On 1st March 2017, the Department for Education launched the 2017 Pupil Premium Awards. Since 2013, these awards have recognised the achievement of schools that have done the most to raise the attainment and life chances of disadvantaged pupils through the Pupil Premium funding.

For the first time in the awards’ five year history, there is now a new Early Years Pupil Premium category which will recognise the hard work that Early Years providers across the country are doing for their children in receipt of the Early Years. The application period will run until 31st March and applications can be made here.

To enter for a national prize, you will need to submit an application with information about how the Early Years Pupil Premium has been used effectively and could include information and evidence on;

  • Supporting the transition from Early Years to school;
  • Promoting healthy eating and lifestyles;
  • Improving parental engagement;
  • Using the Education Endowment Foundation’s Early Years Toolkit.

For more information on entry criteria, prizes and previous winners visit the Pupil Premium website.