Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils

Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils: A Suite of Resources

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed therefore to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium grant. Evidence suggests however, that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers.

1. Teaching

Schools arrange training and professional development for all staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.

2. Academic support

Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.

3. Wider approaches

This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits
  • speech and language therapy

This web page is designed to bring together a range of resources to assist schools to:

  • Deliver an excellent education, with the highest of expectations for all regardless of background or barriers to learning.
  • Use funding appropriately to support improved attainment, raised expectations and readiness for life and learning.
  • Deliver high-quality teaching.
  • Use appropriate interventions for vulnerable groups that are robustly tracked and monitored, with the support of outside agencies.
  • Direct the Pupil Premium Grant to ensure disadvantaged pupils access excellent teaching and learning every day that focuses on gaps in learning.

Resources from the Education Endowment Foundation:

In response to the unprecedented closure of schools to most pupils, the EEF has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning. For schools, there are helpful planning prompts and other practical tools. There are also useful resources for schools to share with parents who are looking to support their children’s learning - from establishing home learning routines to shared reading help, to handy tips for supporting maths in the home.

To help support home learning and maximise the impact of work set, the EEF has produced some initial planning and reflection tools. Metacognitive strategies will also be particularly important for pupils if teachers can’t be with them in the classroom. The frameworks offered can help schools create learning sequences while conducting home learning. There are also clear tips for communicating with parents in accessing and supporting home learning, questions for senior leaders to reflect on when schools set home learning to ensure the needs of disadvantaged pupils are taken into account and practical tips, including suggested text messages and emails schools can send to promote shared reading, home learning routines, and maths at home.

For further support please contact Diane Stygal (Senior Adviser for Leadership) Tel: 01223 507115 / 07375087833 Email:


Diane Stygal - Senior Leadership Adviser 01223 507115