Case studies

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


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


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



NFER Research Insights 2015

Headteacher Update's Research Insights articles, published in conjunction with the NFER, offer in-depth, evidence based advice, guidance and best practice covering a wide range of areas relevant to primary school leadership and education. Download the latest articles from 2015 and 2014 for free ...



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


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.


Supporting White working class boys

Of those groups eligible for free school meals in schools, one of the worst performing is White, British boys. Tom Welch has been involved in a project to discover what factors can help these students to buck the trend

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