We are delighted to have again secured a fantastic range of prizes for the winning schools and providers for the 2017 Pupil Premium Awards.

Those schools selected as winners by our judging panel and who have done the most to improve the performance of their disadvantaged children will be rewarded with prizes donated by our sponsors.

Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group will offer each winning school, a visit to one of: Science Museum (London), Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester), National Media Museum (Bradford), National Railway Museum (York).

Dr Kenny Webster, Head of Learning Operations said “The Science Museum Group considers itself to be an extremely accessible collection of venues that strongly believe in equality and equity. By offering prize visits to schools that make the most of their Pupil Premium, we hope to welcome more visitors that may have additional barriers to visiting us”.

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts will offer a prize to each winning school of an art practical workshop, led by artists. For SEN schools, the will be offered tickets to their annual SEN conference.

Anna Nunhofer, Learning Programme Coordinator from the Royal Academy of Arts said “The Royal Academy believes that art is the core for imagination and creativity throughout the curriculum.”

Apps for Good

Apps for Good will offer the Primary and Secondary category national winners, national runners up and regional winners the AfG offer of free access to course content framework (mini and/or full course), regional events, online CPD, Experts, national competition and Fellowship programme (details on our website here).

For teachers:

  • Additional online training and mentoring from AfG team
  • AfG online / telephone support to prepare competition entries to the AfG Awards
  • Selection of AfG in-school promotional material

For students:

  • In school careers talk by an Apps for Good Expert or corporate partner

Natalie Moore, Global Head of Education Partners said “Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers. Supporting the Pupil Premium Awards gives Apps for Good the opportunity to support more young people to create real technology products that can change their world for good”.

National Youth Dance Company

NYDC will offer the national winner, national runner up and regional winners 30 tickets to see a performance or dress rehearsal during the National Youth Dance Company Tour, Summer 2017, followed by a question and answer session with the company dancers. Tour dates are:

25 June - Plymouth

1 July - Newcastle

8 July - Leicester

18 July - Ipswich

20 July - Hull

23 July - London

Hannah Kirkpatrick, General Manager of NYDC said “We are proud to support the awards and really look forward to meeting the prize winners from across the country”.

Dance City Newcastle

Dance City will offer our North East regional Primary and Secondary winners a 1 hour dance workshop and tour of our building for a max of 25 pupils.  The workshop will take place in their purpose built Dance house in the centre of Newcastle for pupils to experience a professional studio space.  The class can be in a range of dance styles suited to the young people involved.

Helen Kumar, Dance Engagement Co-ordinator at Dance City Newcastle said “We believe all should have access to a high quality dance experience and believe in the transformation that can bring. We would like to make further inks with schools across the North East and can offer regular sustainable activity both at Dance City or at your school directly”.

South West Music School

The South West Music School will offer our Secondary regional winner in the South West two workshops:

  • Workshop 1 would look at songwriting strategies and the SWMS team would work with a group of students to explore songs and how to write them, using creative techniques focusing on melodies, rhythms, raps, lyrics, beats, arrangements.
  • Workshop 2 would look at how to arrange and perform the set of songs created in the first workshop. This workshop would focus on the balance of instruments, electric and non-electric and how groups of players work with each other to produce the best possible results. 

Dr Simon Pitt, CEO of the South West Music School said “The Pupil Premium Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the work of students who do not always have the same advantages that are enjoyed by their more fortunate peers.  The Awards demonstrate that challenging circumstances should not be a barrier to creativity or achievement”.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance will provide the secondary school winner in the Yorkshire & Humber Region with a full day dance workshop. 

The school will also be invited to come for a guided tour of the world-class facilities in Leeds and be able to observe first-hand their dancers in training.

Tracey Witney, Head of Learning and Participation, said “Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) are thrilled to be supporting the Pupil Premium Awards. NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training as a School of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in Leeds. We wholeheartedly appreciate the support and commitment that schools and teachers give to young people and are excited to be able to offer this award”.

Historic England

Historic England will offer our Primary winners whole-staff training and resources for teachers which could include: how to embed local heritage into the curriculum; a set of archive maps of the local area and support on how to interpret them; access to a range of free local heritage resources and archive images and guidance on how to plan outstanding local history and heritage projects.

Lois Gyves, Heritage Schools Programmes Manager at Historic England said “Historic England wants every child to be inspired by their local and national heritage and every teacher to have brilliant resources to use inside and outside the classroom. Our award-winning Heritage Schools programme has been delivered across the country since 2012 with continued funding support from the DfE. We have worked with a wide range of fantastic schools and teachers, who have provided inspiring learning opportunities for their pupils, as part of the programme. We are delighted to support the Pupil Premium Awards and extend our Heritage Schools training and resources to the prize-winners - who are clearly working hard to provide the best possible education provision for their pupils”.

London Symphony Orchestra

LSO will offer the Primary and Secondary London Regional winner:

  1. Morning or afternoon visit to your school; an inspiring creative music session for a class or a group of teachers led by a skilled music leader and an LSO player, OR
  2. A visit by your class to a specially designed Key Stage 1, 2 or 3 schools concert performed by the LSO at the Barbican Centre, with an INSET day for the class teacher beforehand. (Transport not provided; schools who have not visited the City for three years are eligible to claim transport costs), OR
  3. Free attendance by one or more Primary class teachers at an LSO creative music day.

Judtih Ackrill, Head of LSO Discovery said “The LSO is committed to engaging with young people of all ages and backgrounds, to create music together and encourage confidence, imagination and communication skills”.

Swindon Dance Youth Academy

Swindon Dance Youth Academy will off the South East Secondary regional winner a one off workshop for pupils delivered by a dance artist who will teach a class in contemporary or jazz dance including a creative element. Pupils will experience an introduction to the technical style of dance and look at how to apply imagination, their own creativity into movement material. Finishing with a discussion about dance career opportunities, ways to engage/access dance and the transferable skills dance practice can bring. Including opportunity for pupils to ask questions.

Sarah Ferris, Youth Dance Academy Programme Manager at SDYA said “Swindon Dance is delighted to be part of the Pupil Premium Awards 2017. As an organisation we believe that everyone is entitled to access excellence in dance and are dedicated to providing dance opportunities for a broad and diverse range of people. We believe that taking dance out into the community can enrich peoples’ lives through developing creativity, participation and engagement”.

National Space Academy

The National Space Academy will offer the winner of the Secondary and Pupil Premium Plus categories a package including a hands-on curriculum linked space science masterclass for students and a teacher training session on using space contexts in the classroom, to be delivered at their school.

Dr Kierann Shah, General Manager of the National Space Academy, said “The National Space Academy is delighted to support the Pupil Premium Awards.  We work with schools and teachers to use the inspirational contexts of space – from investigating the origins of the universe to improving life on Earth - to raise student aspirations in STEM subjects”.

Into Film

Into Film are offering the four national winners a training event for up to 20 members of staff covering either Raising Literacy Attainment Through Film, Curricular Filmmaking or First Steps in Filmmaking, along with a related workshop for pupils.

Into Film CEO, Paul Reeve said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 2017 Pupil Premium Awards and celebrating the great work of schools who go above and beyond to engage disadvantaged pupils. Pupil Premium funding makes a real difference to the lives of so many young people, giving them access to a wide range of important learning opportunities and experiences".

National Space Centre

The National Space Centre will offer the winner of the Primary category Visit for one class group to the National Space Centre, to include entry, a planetarium show, and one workshop to be chosen after seeking advice from the bookings team on the options available (eg depending on age group, numbers).  
Chas Bishop, CEO National Space Centre, said “The National Space Centre is thrilled to sponsor this award and looks forward to welcoming the winning school for a great day out.  Good luck to all the finalists, hearing about the ways you have put Pupil Premium to use to benefit your students is inspirational – we hope that together we can help them reach for the stars!”

Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books

Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books will offer the Early Years category runner up an Early Years Hooks into Books pack, along with a telephone consultation on how best to utilise this unique resource. They will carefully select seven beautiful, high quality books with the potential to really engage young children and inspire them to explore and play with stories and language, as well as to support their development in other areas.  They are accompanied by activity ideas to maximise the impact of the books in your setting. 
Sue Walters, Learning and Participation Co-ordinator for Early Years, said “Seven Stories is commited to using books to empower children and young people to engage with and to shape their world. Our Hooks into Books packs support adults to have a greater understanding of the power of creative communication in the lives of children and young people.”

Discover Children’s Story Centre

The Discover Children’s Story Centre will offer the winner of the Early Years category and Early Years outreach visit from one of Discover’s Story Builders: this is an offer for a day’s outreach based on one of Discover’s Early Years shows, brought out to the winning setting for a day. The Story Builder will deliver four sessions across the day, involving movement, story telling, sensory props, early language and craft. Each session is available for a standard sized class.  Ben O’Donnell, Head of Learning, said “Discover is delighted to be able to support the Pupil Premium Awards 2017. Through our bespoke Early Years events we are proud to help celebrate the vital work that Pupil Premium funding enables, allowing children to explore and learn through their imagination and creativity.”

Norwich and Norfolk Festival

The Festival will offer the winning Secondary school from the East of England region a free arts workshop for 30 pupils in Spring 2018 that will include the delivery and certification of Arts Award Discover for each pupil who takes part.

Tanner Barnes, Participation and Engagement Manager, said “We believe every child and young person should have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. It is our ambition to continue to make future work with, by and for children and young people. We can continue to provide meaningful opportunities and to signpost creative career pathways by supporting the impressive efforts of the schools shortlisted by the Pupil Premium Awards.”