Interventions

Case study: Engaging disadvantaged families

An initiative at Catton Grove Primary School is opening up the countryside for its disadvantaged children while also engaging parents with life-skills courses. Emma Lee-Potter finds out more


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


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


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


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


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.


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.



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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