The Pupil Premium Review Framework

The framework below sets out a six-step process, with a summary of each step and the approximate amount of time needed.


The reviewer should research the school website and pupil premium statement, analyse school data and Ofsted reports, speak to the head, agree and share an itinerary for the visit, and understand the school profile and the amount of pupil premium funding.


Before the arrival of the reviewer, the school being reviewed should identify any strategies which might improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and evaluate the impact of any existing strategies in place. The reviewer and the head of the supported school should share and discuss the findings ahead of, or during the school visit.

The reviewer should visit the school, taking an evidence4 based approach to reviewing the self4evaluation, chosen strategies and their impact. Reviewers will wish to speak to pupils as well as those with responsibility for improving outcomes including: the headteacher, chair of governors, the governor responsible for the pupil premium, subject leaders for English and maths, the SENCO and parents/carers.

The reviewer might undertake a more detailed analysis of the strategy selection and evaluation and draw on evidence to ask: What is going well / badly?; Is there clarity around the barriers to learning, desired outcomes and success criteria?; Has there been an evaluation of current strategies and could better strategies be used?

The reviewer should draw up an action plan, to include a clear executive summary and a list of strategies which will improve the school’s use of the pupil premium and impact positively on outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. The plan should build on the school’s self4evaluation, and identify clear milestones, responsible individuals, success criteria and accountabilities.

The reviewer should carry out a follow4up visit. This is an opportunity for the reviewer and school to evaluate the progress made and the emerging evidence of impact. The reviewer and school may adapt the plan accordingly, to ensure that the strategies being followed are as effective as possible in order to meet the defined outcomes.

The Rowan Learning Trust

Pupil Premium Review

Information required in advance

The most recent RAISEOnline / ASP report.

The most recent inspection dashboard.

The most recent examination results analysis conducted by the school including the attainment and progress gaps between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.

The Process

The school conducts its own self-evaluation of its performance of disadvantaged children using a supplied pro-forma.

The reviewer meets (or has a telephone discussion) with the author of the self-evaluation document to review its content.

The reviewer spends a day in the school with an agreed schedule to include:

  • A meeting with the Headteacher.
  • A meeting with the lead on Pupil Premium.
  • A meeting with a governor or governors.
  • Learning walks in English, maths and some other subjects.
  • A conversation with a group of KS3 and KS4 students.
  • A meeting with the head of English and the head of maths.
  • A meeting with the literacy and numeracy coordinators (if applicable).
  • Feedback at the end of the day.

An action plan or report is written by the reviewer.

A follow up visit to the school takes place between two and six months after the visit to evaluate the impact of the action plan or report.

The whole process takes between three and four days of time including planning and preparation for the reviewer with a total cost of £1500 to £2000 which can be included in the school’s Pupil Premium spending plan.