Annal Nayyar and fis-ed solutions report The government announces the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards for schools that do the most to help disadvantaged pupils.

Schools across England that do the most to help disadvantaged pupils improve their results stand to win a share of £4 million, thanks to the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws today (1 May 2014).

Thousands of pupils in up to 500 schools across England could benefit from the awards, which encourage schools to find innovative and effective ways of using pupil premium funding – extra money given to schools for every disadvantaged pupil they teach, worth a total government commitment of £6.25 billion by 2015.

In the third year of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Pupil Premium Awards, prizes for schools that best improve the performance of their disadvantaged pupils will include:

  • £250,000 for the top secondary school
  • £100,000 for the top primary and special schools
  • up to 20 regional rewards of £100,000 for secondary schools and £50,000 for primary and special schools
  • up to 18 runner-up prizes of up to £50,000
  • hundreds of qualifier awards of up to £5,000

The awards will bring together schools from across England to a ceremony in London next year to celebrate the hard work of teachers, pupils and governors.

Schools can use the money to fund extra teacher support for pupils who need it most or send their disadvantaged pupils on educational visits that benefit their studies.

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