Pupil Premium Reviews – elixir of equality or snake oil?

The short answer is I can’t tell you, but to be a Pupil Premium reviewer, you have to go through a process of quality checking. School leaders who wish to become pupil premium reviewers must provide evidence of having improved the achievement of disadvantaged pupils in schools they have led or supported closely ( https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-reviews-a-guide-for-nles#who-can-apply ). Examples of the evidence can include: Continue reading

Mind your gaps

The performance of vulnerable groups in schools has been a concern for some time, but particularly since the introduction of the pupil premium.  Gaps between attainment & performance of the disadvantaged and others even form part of the inspection framework, so in my school we’ve focused a lot on closing these gaps.  Now is the time of year when we are looking forward to what we want our Year 11 and Year 10 students to achieve so I’ve been looking at the national picture of attainment & performance gaps.  How does your school measure up? Continue reading