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Pupil premium

Dr Karamat Iqbal

Disadvantage: looking beyond the pupil premium

School leaders can take meaningful steps to address the prevalence of disadvantage, not just through the use of pupil premium but their core budget. Disadvantaged children have an unequal start in life. Such children have shorter learning days, can lack ‘broader knowledge’ and cultural capital, and...
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Alex Masters

The pupil premium toolkit: your 3 steps to success

It’s great news that pupil premium funding policy is set to continue, but school business managers still face a huge amount of pressure. Our experts are on hand to help. Summary Our Pupil Premium Toolkit provides a range of information and advice. Find out what crucial advice Pupil Premium Champion...
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Alex Masters

Early years pupil premium funding: expert advice from Dr Julian Grenier

How should you implement the early years pupil premium funding? Watch this two-minute video interview with Dr Julian Grenier , headteacher and national leader of education, for advice you can begin using today. The Department for Education’s introduction of the early years pupil premium in April...
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Alex Masters

DfE round-up week ending 27/7/15

From data security and pupil premium funding to post-16 education, the DfE released another raft of reports last week. Alex Masters offers a condensed version. Leadership and governance Advice: the DfE’s advice publications for schools and LAs which reflect the current legal position but may not...
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Alex Masters

The early years funding challenge

The DfE’s decision to introduce an early years pupil premium was welcomed with open arms. But with opportunity comes challenge, as content lead Alex Masters discovers Did you know that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five ? Did you also know that recent research shows a 19-month...
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Rob Jones

Evidencing impact of the pupil premium

How do you evidence your pupil premium funding? Deputy head, Rob Jones, reports back from our recent conference, ‘The Pupil Premium: Evidence Impact & Drive Progress’, and shares some insights from the day. The art of the batsman is to ‘mind the gap’ between wicket and bat. The art of the...
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Alex Masters

Evidencing impact: the million-dollar question

It’s the ‘million-dollar question’ that you hear across schools today: ‘What is the best way to evidence the impact of Pupil Premium Funding?’ I’ve been talking to a lot of educational professionals recently, and the same concerns arise: not only are people struggling to close the gap between...
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