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Pupil Premium challenges: Supporting the most vulnerable pupils

National Leader of Education Helen Frostick discusses some of the Pupil Premium challenges facing schools and considers some traits of excellent, whole-school Pupil Premium practice

Set against a challenging back-drop, the commitment to ensuring that the most vulnerable pupils achieve well is stronger than ever across schools, and not because of the importance to be seen to be narrowing the gap for Ofsted. Targeting those that have only a 50 per cent chance of achieving as highly as their peer group and using the Pupil Premium funding wisely is at the heart of what schools believe to be right; their core purpose.

However, there are many frustrations and time-consuming developments in education that could swerve leaders from their core purpose if they don't stand firm.

First, there is the challenge of universal free school meals for all infants – and so why should parents bother to register for Pupil Premium?

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