Pupil Premium

Setting up a primary school nurture group

Drawing on the work of South Rise Primary School, Jo Corrigan considers what makes nurture group provision successful, the impact it has on children and their families, and offers advice for schools


Looked-after children and Attachment Theory

Looked-after children continue to struggle in our education system. Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at why this is, including a focus on Attachment Theory and how we might reduce the high number of exclusions for this cohort


Pupil Premium: A gap that’s proving hard to shift

The government has made it clear that narrowing the gap between those who are disadvantaged and their peers is a priority. Five years after the introduction of the Pupil Premium, are we any closer? Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


The attainment gap in EYFS

It is well known at the attainment gap starts to develop long before children arrive at school. But what can we do in the EYFS to tackle the problem early on? Daniel Sobel offers his reflections


An award-winning Pupil Premium school

Earlier this year, Northern Saints Primary School was named a national winner at the Pupil Premium Awards 2016. Emma Lee-Potter finds out how this Sunderland school uses its Pupil Premium funding to raise aspirations and outcomes for pupils


A whole-school guided reading programme

Deputy headteacher Auveen Twomey describes her work to introduce a whole-school guided reading programme to raise standards of literacy, boost reading for pleasure and raise pupil outcomes


Pupil Premium: Narrowing the gaps

The recent Pupil Premium Awards saw a range of schools from across the country recognised for their work in closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils. Jo Corrigan looks at the approaches of two finalists


Tackling hunger and engaging parents

The raft of challenges facing Richmond Hill School made narrowing the gap seem like an outrageous challenge. However, by tackling the barriers that prevent pupils from being ready to learn, among other strategies, the school is making huge strides. Daniel Sobel explains


The building blocks of Pupil Premium success

Drawing on the work of more than 1,300 schools, new research into the Pupil Premium has identified common successful strategies and the key ‘building blocks’ for their implementation. Dorothy Lepkowska reports


Slow and steady wins the Pupil Premium race

Since its introduction in 2011, the Pupil Premium has become a key priority for schools. Last term one of the most in-depth reports to date on its use was published. Suzanne O’Connell summarises the main findings, all of which have clear practical implications for schools


Strategies to bridge the attainment gap

Is it possible to halve the attainment gap in just six months? Drawing upon his work with one school, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel offers five lessons for effective whole-school Pupil Premium strategies


Literacy difficulties and the Pupil Premium

Whole-school approaches to supporting students with persistent literacy difficulties and spending the Pupil Premium are essential. Sarah Driver explains more and offers practical advice and ideas


Creative uses of the Pupil Premium

It’s the question all schools ask, but if there was a provision that would guarantee narrowing the attainment gap then you would have heard of it by now. There isn’t. However, Daniel Sobel discusses some of the most creative and inspiring uses of the Pupil Premium that he has come across



Justifying your Pupil Premium spending

It is essential that schools are able to justify their decisions over how to spend the Pupil Premium when inspectors come calling. Daniel Sobel offers some simple, yet effective approaches


Demonstrating Pupil Premium impact

Inclusion and Pupil Premium expert Daniel Sobel offers some incredibly simple – yet effective – steps to help you think about and demonstrate the impact that your Pupil Premium spending is having


NFER Research Insights 2015

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Narrowing the gap

Successfully narrowing the gap for Pupil Premium pupils is the key priority for all schools. Headteacher Helen Frostick offers some ideas and advice by asking six key questions for school leaders


Spending the Sport Premium effectively

Government research suggests that the PE and Sport Premium funding is having a positive impact on primary school sports provision. Suzanne O’Connell finds out how some schools have been using the money.


A two-stage Pupil Premium strategy

An effective, two-stage Pupil Premium strategy at Stanley Grove Academy has seen the pupils given the confidence to take control of their own learning. Teacher Karen Richardson explains more.


Introducing peer-to-peer reading

A peer-to-peer reading programme at Barry Island Primary School has proved a great success. Headteacher Ty Golding explains how they went about implementing the scheme and offers his advice to others wanting to do the same.


The top six Pupil Premium problems

What are the main Pupil Premium challenges faced by primary schools? Catherine Stevens from the Challenge the Gap initiative outlines six key challenges to effective Pupil Premium strategies and offers some solutions


Pupil Premium: Ensuring successful outcomes

Headteacher Update’s inaugural Pupil Premium and Ofsted conference – Ensuring Successful Outcomes – took place in Birmingham last month. Sal McKeown looks at what advice the experts and school-based case studies on show had to offer.


Will the FSM expansion threaten Pupil Premium?

The announcement of free school meals for all key stage 1 children was greeted positively by most. However, as we draw closer to its implementation, the implications of this new legislation seem to go far beyond kitchen capacity.

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