Pupil Equity Fund: national operational guidance 2022

Guidance to help schools plan how they will most effectively spend their Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) allocation.

Reporting on Impacts

To ensure transparency, schools will be expected to incorporate details of their Pupil Equity Funding plans and explicitly report on the impact on outcomes for learners impacted by poverty. This should be done within existing local authority reporting processes to their Parent Council and Forum, including in their annual School Improvement Plans and Standards and Quality Reports.

These plans and reports must be made publicly available so that parents and carers can easily access, understand and where appropriate, challenge, what is happening in their school with regard to Pupil Equity Funding. The arrangements for publication will be confirmed by the local authority.

Inspection visits and other review processes include a focus on how well schools use their Pupil Equity Funding. 'How Good Is Our School? 4th edition' includes a quality indicator to support self-evaluation of the school's success in raising attainment and achievement and ways in which schools can demonstrate improvements in the provision of equitable opportunities for all learners to succeed. This aspect is evaluated, during school inspections, using the six point scale.

It can be helpful to promote engagement with your school to communities through engaging and innovative reporting methods, for example; some schools have highlighted how they have spent their PEF online through Twitter, Sway and other means.

In addition, the operation, use and effectiveness of the Pupil Equity Funding at closing the poverty-related attainment gap at a local authority level will feed into other existing quality assurance processes, such as Audit Scotland's Shared Risk Assessment.


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