In the interim report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility in May 2012, entitled Seven Key Truths about Social Mobility, it was emphasised once again that the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage was through education.
And schools have long been using the The Sutton Trust/Education Endowment Fund's Teaching and Learning Toolkit. This considers the effectiveness and impact of a number of strategies on offer in many schools that can narrow the gap for disadvantaged pupils at low, medium and high cost to the school.
Recently invited to an event organised by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond Borough, as a result of being one of the schools successful in securing relatively high attainment for Pupil Premium pupils, I was able to discuss with other headteachers which programmes in our own schools seemed to be having a high impact and making the difference for our most vulnerable, disadvantaged pupils. The feedback from the headteachers can be broken down under six different headings that also form six important questions for schools to ask themselves.
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