Pupil Premium Audit for Primary, Secondary & MATs

All schools should ensure that their Pupil Premium Strategy Statements for 2022/23 academic year are published on the school website by 31 December.

The template that should be used can be found here – Pupil premium Template 2022

The statements must detail the evidence that supports the activities being funded.

JMC Inspection Team

A Pupil Premium Audit will help your school or academy deliver effective outcomes for disadvantaged pupils; this sits right at the heart of the moral purpose for our schools. The Pupil Premium Strategy is the Department for Education’s statutory guidance that supports schools to deliver equitable outcomes for all their pupils.

The DfE’s on-going “understanding progress” research shows that disadvantaged and other vulnerable pupils have been hardest hit over the last two years, particularly when it comes to lost learning, wellbeing and safeguarding concerns.

Educational institutions such as schools, academies and free schools must meet and observe a range of guidelines and statutory requirements in order to meet the regulations set out by the Department for Education for their pupil premium strategy.

Pupil Premium Requirements for Ofsted

During an Ofsted inspection , they will gather evidence about your school’s use of Pupil Premium and catch-up funding. Inspectors will want to find out about the level of funding in the current academic year and previous years, how leaders and governors have spent the funding, the impact the funding has had, and the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils.

What is included in a Pupil Premium Audit?

Our Pupil Premium reviewer will carry out an onsite visit, meeting with the School Pupil Premium Champion and other relevant members of your team.

This visit will:

Ensure full compliance with current statutory regulations:

  • Pupil Premium – Guidance (DfE, 2021)
  • Using Pupil Premium Funding – Guidance for school leaders (DfE 2019)

Typically the visit will involve:

  • Pre-visit self-evaluation & data analysis against national benchmarks
  • Review and analysis of barriers to learning in your context
  • Review of Pupil Premium Strategy documents including: DfE reporting template
  • Discussion of impact of current processes – Tiered approach: Quality 1st Teaching, Academic interventions & wider strategies
  • Identification of best practice, that aligns with your contextual needs
  • Identification of success criteria with specific and measurable outcomes
  • Feedback and co-creation of action plan.

Are you the Pupil Premium Champion? Would your Senior Team like training on developing a high impact Pupil Premium Strategy? Find out more here

JMC Pupil Premium Review Team

When should Schools commission an Audit?

All schools should consider whether they could benefit from the fresh perspective of an experienced Pupil Premium Reviewer 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 an audit if, as a result of a section 5 inspection, it identifies specific issues regarding the provision for disadvantaged pupils.

The Pupil Premium Audit Report

The Pupil Premium reviewer give verbal feedback to the HeadTeacher, Pupil Premium Champion and other relevant members of the SLT during the visit.

After the visit we will follow up with a full written report which can be presented to the Governing Body / Trustees.

Funding the Audit

Schools and Academies can pay for the audit or our Pupil Premium Training for SLT, and any subsequent follow-up or support, using their pupil premium funding. For guidance on the funding rates and spending see the DfE website.


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