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

Where are you in the Swarm?

Of course, like most data geeks, I love the performance tables. In 1994, the publication of data about school performance was a revolution, and like most revolutions was greeted with horror and satisfaction depending on your prejudices. In the decade since, there has been much debate about the performance table data but usually with more heat then light being shed. We’ve been through Continue reading