In support of children across the UK, the Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 so that additional
funding could be provided to disadvantaged children from low-income families, those who have been
eligible for the Free School Meals (FSM) programme and also those whose parents are serving in the
According to Ofsted investigations and reports, many schools are using Pupil Premium in the most
effective way possible. They are focusing on the main stages of a child’s development with special
emphasis on the core areas of literacy and numeracy.
One of the initial steps to ensure appropriate spending is to improve attendance. Many academic
institutions devote a lot of time to understanding children’s behaviour and their family dynamics. In
order to provide the right kind of support and to get a child to learn, you have to get them to come to
school. Teachers encourage students to communicate and provide feedback, as well as plan practical
family activities, with some schools even extending the school day to accommodate their students’
Another initiative undertaken by many schools involves private tuition and coaching as a way to help
those students from less affluent or disadvantaged backgrounds.
The specific knowledge of a student’s learning patterns can lead to a more informed analysis of
their overall needs. Fleet Tutors, one of the UK’s leading tutoring agencies, works with educational
institutions across the UK to provide professional guidance in the form of one-to-one or small group
This special attention, supported by Pupil Premium, allows many schools to witness a remarkable
improvement in their students’ grades throughout the course of the academic year.
One of the most effective methods also being adopted by schools today is support in the form of
preparation activities. Students are taught to deal with real life situations through work-related classes,
vocational courses, career fairs, mock interviews and various other informative sessions.
Children need the right kind of guidance and the Pupil Premium, if used effectively, can contribute
to revised approaches that facilitate better learning models. With experienced teachers, increased
practical awareness and private coaching classes, students should have the platform to progress in their chosen respective fields.
Rob from Literacy Shed