Pupil Premium in Early Years

A brief overview with links

What is Pupil Premium?

  • Pupil Premium is given to schools or early years providers to offer targeted children support to raise their achievement
  • Originally for 3-4 year olds, it is now available for 2 year olds who are entitled to free school meals
  • It is £300 per child per year for 3-4 year olds
  • How it is spent depends on needs of the child
  • The interventions are chosen by the setting and can be arts based e.g. an artist in residence
  • Ofsted will ask how it was spent and about impact
  • The government have recently finished a consultation on pupil premium. PACEY comment here

Find out more:

General guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/early-years-pupil-premium-guide-for-local-authorities

Sutton Trust and EEF have developed a toolkitaccessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils’.

Literacy Trust news piece on the government had allocated over 1 million of funding for the pupil premium. They have a link to their own ‘Early Words’ programme, and benefits and impact.

Getting the most out of the pupil premium from The Guardian Teacher Network

 ‘The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) welcomed today’s Government response to the early years pupil premium consultation and confirmed it will be funding trials to find out more about the effectiveness of different interventions in narrowing the attainment gap in the early years.’ Read more here


If you have any more information on pupil premium or if you are running an arts project/ programme funded by pupil premium- we'd love to hear about it.

This an introduction and not a definitive guide; it is always wise to do your own research and let us know if you find more resources and information.

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Elsewhere on leanarts.org.uk:


Have you seen our Introduction to Pupil Premium in schools?

This post is part of our early years Rainbow Collective Information Library