Schools that are leading the way in helping students from disadvantaged homes to reach their potential have been recognised in the shortlist for the inaugural Pupil Premium Awards.
The prestigious awards - run jointly by TES, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Department for Education - offer cash prizes of up to #163;10,000 to schools in England that are making the best use of pupil premium money to improve the results of children from poor backgrounds.
The regional winners revealed below will be invited to a ceremony in London in July, where the overall winners - judged by an independent panel of educational experts - will be announced.
The pupil premium, a flagship policy of Mr Clegg's party, the Liberal Democrats, gives schools an extra #163;900 a year for each student who has received free school meals in the past six years.
"I introduced the pupil premium to provide extra help for schools in supporting their most disadvantaged pupils," Mr Clegg said. "It's clear from the quality of entries to the TES awards that schools are employing some really innovative approaches to using the money. It was a pleasure to write to the regional winners this week to let them know they have made it through to the final."
TES editor Gerard Kelly said that he had been "highly impressed" by the entrants. "We are delighted to be involved in this competition and to shine a light on the fantastic work schools are doing to close the attainment gap for children from some of the most deprived areas in the country," he said.
The winners are...
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will announce the winners of the Pupil Premium Awards at a ceremony at Admiralty House, London, on Monday 8 July.
Primary school of the year
Regional winner: Willowbrook Primary School, Leicester
Commended: Kirton Primary School, Boston, Lincolnshire
Commended: St Margaret's Church of England Primary School, Withern, Lincolnshire
East of England
Regional winner: Kingsway Infant School, Watford, Hertfordshire
Commended: St Lawrence Church of England Primary School, Colchester, Essex
Regional winner: Pakeman Primary School, Holloway, North London
Commended: Thames View Infants, Barking, Essex
Commended: Crawford Primary School, Southwark, South London
Regional winner: Frederick Nattrass Primary School, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
Commended: St Bede's Roman Catholic Primary and Nursery School, South Shields
Commended: Walbottle Village Primary School, Tyne and Wear
Regional winner: St John's Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
Commended: St Mary and St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, Blackburn, Lancashire
Regional winner: Stanton School, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Commended: Brookfield Junior School, Aylesford, Kent
Commended: Halterworth Community Primary School, Romsey, Hampshire
Regional winner: Widey Court Primary School, Plymouth, Devon
Commended: Park Junior School, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
Commended: Christchurch Junior School, Dorset
Regional winner: Smith's Wood Community Primary School, Birmingham
Commended: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Birmingham
Commended: Lillington Nursery and Primary School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Yorkshire and the Humber
Regional winner: New Pasture Lane Primary School, Bridlington
Commended: Ling Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Halifax
Commended: Grange Lane Junior School, Scunthorpe
Secondary school of the year
Regional winner: Babington Community College, Leicester
Commended: Cordeaux Academy, Louth, Lincolnshire
East of England
Regional winner: Barnfield West Academy, Luton
Commended: Harrowden Middle School, Bedford
Regional winner: Westminster Academy, West London
Commended: Beaverwood School for Girls, Chislehurst, Kent
Regional winner: Belmont Community School, Durham
Regional winner: Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire
Commended: The Heath School, Runcorn, Cheshire
Regional winner: Baylis Court School, Slough, Buckinghamshire
Commended: Trinity School, Newbury, Berkshire
Regional winner: Dawlish Community College, Devon
Commended: Oasis Academy John Williams, Bristol
Regional winner: Coundon Court, Coventry
Commended: Brownhills School, Walsall
Yorkshire and the Humber
Regional winner: Sirius Academy, Hull
Special needs school of the year*
Fred Nicholson School, Dereham, Norfolk
Longford Park School, Manchester
Adelaide School, Crewe, Cheshire
Hope School, Liverpool
Belmont School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Broadmeadow Special School, Wolverhampton
James Brindley School, Birmingham
* Not regional.