On Friday 5 February, the Department for Education launched the Pupil Premium Awards 2016. These are awards for schools who have done the most to raise the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils (those eligible for the pupil premium).
There are key differences in the application process and prizes compared to previous years. The very generous cash prizes have been scrapped, instead winning schools will be offered opportunities to work with leading arts and STEM organisations.
Primary schools with published key stage 2 results and secondary schools with published key stage 4 results that meet specified eligibility criteria have received a letter from Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, informing them that they are a local winner in the 2016 awards and inviting them to submit an application for the national award in their respective categories. The 2016 awards website lists all of the primary and secondary schools which have received such letters: click here for Key Stage 2 and click here for Kay Stage 4.
Applications need to be made via this online application form. Only schools that are deemed ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted will be eligible, providing they meet the other criteria. Schools should read all of the conditions before applying.
The closing date for entries in all categories is March 4 2016. More information on how the awards process works can be found here.