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Evaluation of Pupil Premium : Research brief

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DfE external template Evaluation of Pupil Premium Research Brief July 2013 Hannah Carpenter, Ivy Papps, Jo Bragg, Alan Dyson, Diane Harris & Kirstin Kerr, Liz Todd & Karen Laing TNS BMRB, TECIS, Centre for Equity in Education, University of Manchester & Newcastle University 2 Contents Executive Summary 3 Introduction 3 Key findings 4 Identifying and targeting disadvantaged pupils for support 4 Selecting and providing effective interventions for disadvantaged pupils 5 Trends in support following introduction of the Pupil Premium 6 Perceptions of the Pupil Premium’s impact on support 8 Future plans for supporting disadvantaged pupils 8 Recommendations for national policy 9 Background 10 Methodology 10 3 Executive Summary Introduction This report, commissioned by the Department for Education, presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium takes the form of additional funding allocated to schools on the basis of the numbers of children entitled to and registered for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Schools received £488 per eligible pupil - approximately 18% of the pupil population - in 2011-12 and £623 per eligible pupil in 2012-13. Eligibility was widened to cover approximately 27% of the population in 2012-13 with the inclusion of those recorded as eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. The expectation is that this additional funding will be used to support Pupil Premium eligible pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. A survey of schools during the Autumn term of 2012 to collect quantitative information and financial data, case studies and analysis of the National Pupil Database were conducted to investigate how Pupil Premium funding is being spent by schools in England. The evaluation aims to answer the followi

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