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Pupil Premium Reviews


A pupil premium review looks at how your school is spending its pupil premium funding.

The purpose of the review is to improve your school’s pupil premium strategy, so that you spend the funding on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

The reviewer should be an independent, experienced leader with a recent track record of making these improvements for disadvantaged pupils.

The DfE state that

 'You should commission the review from an independent expert... a reviewer who is independent from your local authority, MAT or diocese.'


You can commission a review at any time if you want to improve your school’s pupil premium strategy.

All schools should consider whether they could benefit from the fresh perspective of an experienced school leader to help them try new approaches or improve current provision to help raise the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Ofsted will recommend that you commission a review if, as a result of a section 5 inspection, it identifies specific issues regarding the provision for disadvantaged pupils.

In some cases, the Department for Education, your local authority, your regional schools commissioner, or the organisation involved in running your school, academy or free school (for example, the trust or diocese) may recommend that you commission a review if there are concerns about the results of your disadvantaged pupils.

You should start the process of commissioning a review within 2 weeks of it being recommended and should aim to have the review completed within 8 weeks. If an Ofsted inspection report recommends the review, the monitoring inspector will expect it to be undertaken in a timely manner.


Pupil Premium Reviews can take many forms and are tailored to the needs of the booking school.

A 1 and a half-day review involves data collection, interviewing of relevant staff and governors/trustees and the writing of a report with recommendations. A more intensive package can also be arranged which would additionally provide support with the implementation of the recommendations.

As a guide, a 1 and a half-day review costs £650 per day with one day being spent on site and half a day spent on writing the report.

Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Alliance has a Pupil Premium Review team. To book a Pupil Premium Review, contact Jon Mason, Principal of Chepping View Primary Academy or Kirsty Elliott, Vice-Principal: 01494 535564 office@cvpa.school

This review service is available to Primary, Infant and Junior Schools and Academies based in the following areas: South Buckinghamshire, Maidenhead, Oxford, Slough and Reading. If your school lies outside this area and you would like to discuss a review, please contact us using the details given above.