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 common question I get when delivering Pupil Premium reviews is: what should we be spending the money on? I believe that when interventions and provisions address the root and cause of an issue directly, rather than the end results, then they are often successful. The problem is that this is a hard-to-define formula.

In this article, I will demonstrate the most effective approaches to narrowing the gap that I have come across. By describing and examining their processes, I hope it will enable you to apply the thinking as opposed to copying the exact idea, which may not be relevant for your school. I will also demonstrate the process I go through with schools when carrying out a review to enable them to arrive at their own bespoke approach.

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