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

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Neighbourhood Statistics or just “Worst towns for GCSE”?

Sometimes even I think statistics aren’t that helpful, particularly if they are reported thoughtlessly.  Last Friday afternoon brought a prompt report from the Telegraph about some Education statistics released that day.  The report title “Worst towns for GCSEs named in new league tables” wasn’t that accurate but sounded sexier than “Neighbourhood statistics in England: academic year 2012 to 2013”.  In fact,  Continue reading