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Learn about the changes to your pupil premium reporting requirements for 2021-22, and see examples of other schools' published strategy statements.

20 April 2021: We've updated this page to reflect the new requirements set out in conditions 7 and 8 of the pupil premium conditions of grant for 2021 to 2022 from the Department for Education (DfE). 

You must use the DfE's templates to publish your strategy statement

These templates, along with sample statements to help you fill them out, are available here.

You must fill yours out for 2021/22 by the end of December 2021. The DfE will perform monitoring checks on a sample of schools' published reports.  

Primary schools: the DfE doesn't expect you to publish data about phonics, but you might want to review disadvantaged pupils' progress in phonics when drafting your statement.   

From September 2021: you must demonstrate the evidence basis for your spending

For the academic year 2021-22, you must show how your spending strategy is informed by research evidence, referring to a range of sources, including the toolkit published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The DfE says this here

Activities should include those that: 

  • Support the quality of teaching, such as staff CPD 
  • Provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
  • Tackle non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour, and social and emotional support 

These are set out on page 9 of the EEF's guide to the pupil premium

Example statements from schools

Please note: While these examples aren't presented in the newly required format, we've included them here to give you an idea of what evidence other schools are using when reporting on the pupil premium. 

We're updating our content to showcase more examples of how primary, secondary and special schools are spending the pupil premium funding in line with the new requirements. We hope to publish it in early May - click 'save for later' at the top of this article to get a notification when we do.

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Special schools



This article is based on conditions 7 and 8 of the DfE's pupil premium conditions of grant for 2021-22. 

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