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This course is suitable for

Education leaders, head teachers, curriculum leaders, school business managers, governors and anyone engaged in project management of Pupil Premium provision

All sectors and all phases

It is particularly beneficial for education leaders to attend with their SBM or school finance officer

Course locations and dates

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Please note:

London courses are normally located within the City.

Courses in other locations will be easily accessible from major roads.

Sorry, no dates are currently available for this course

Course fees

Member - £225

Non-Member - £300

Pupil Premium: making and costing the case

Course description

When schools are asked to justify Pupil Premium spending they need to compare the effectiveness of the different projects they have ongoing at any time alongside their cost efficiency. Each project must be reviewed half termly and its educational outcomes compared against cost to evaluate cost efficiency and effectiveness of each project. Governors need to be actively involved and will therefore require a regular report across all projects.

This course will give you the practical skills you need to identify the full cost of your support for Pupil Premium initiatives and projects, and stand you in good stead if you are required to have an independent audit of your Pupil Premium spending.

Additionally, the course will:

  • consider setting outcomes measures, including suggestions for "softer" outcomes that are harder to measure and evaluate
  • explore preparing succinct but complete reports to governors to enable them to monitor, challenge and manage Pupil Premium funding actively, using a bespoke template to help calculate costs and cost efficiency
  • provide templates, tips and techniques for developing an appropriate report to be placed on the school's website

Pre-course preparation

It would be useful for participants to bring a small and contained initiative they would like to start costing.  This will be used in individual work sessions to reinforce learning and to provide an example through which to explore the templates provided to participants for their use on return to the workplace.


It is essential for participants to bring one laptop per school to the event to take full advantage of the individual work sessions.  The laptop will need to be able to work with Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents of version 2007 and upwards.

Course facilitator

Larraine Cooper


Start : 0900 for 0915

Finish: 1530

Aims of this course

  • understand the principles, ground rules and accountability requirements associated with Pupil Premium funding
  • use project planning techniques to plan Pupil Premium initiatives in a way that facilitates easy costing and evaluation of success 
  • through group work, explore potential measurable outcomes associated with some example Pupil Premium initiatives
  • make a start on costing a simple initiative using a pre-prepared Excel template
  • explore project review and reporting techniques to inform decisions on what initiatives to support in future, those to drop and areas where new initiatives should be considered
  • use pre-prepared Microsoft Word and Excel templates to develop overarching reports outlining use of Pupil Premium funding, for upload to the school's website as required
  • use the techniques, course manual and bespoke templates on return to school to cost, evaluate and report on the cost and associated impact of Pupil Premium initiatives

What people have said about this course

  • The course was detailed and fragmented into sizeable chunks which enabled my understanding.  I was able to take away a lot of valuable information, up-to-date and good ideas together with easy to use templates to monitor how I spend the Pupil Premium and its impact.  The tutor was extremely well informed and able to advise and guide us around the complexities of understanding the finer nuances of finance.
  • Excellent Trainer!  Very good delivery, actually held my focus and that is not always easy!  Thank you.
  • Some extremely useful and practical tools that we can take straight back to school and implement immediately.  Thank you.