Drawing on tried and tested practice from her own London primary school, as well as national examples, National Leader of Education Helen Frostick looks at some key tenets of Pupil Premium work

This article focuses on the work carried out on narrowing the attainment gap for Pupil Premium pupils at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in London. It also includes “nuggets” of practice from other schools across the country which I have come across in my role of National Leader of Education and which have had a positive impact on pupil outcomes.

Whole-school ethos of high attainment for all Pupil Premium strategies cannot be effective if they do not sit within a whole-school approach, which is established through an ethos centred on a commitment to high attainment for all. Nor can they be effective if the pupils are viewed as a stereotypical group with less potential to succeed, rather than as individuals.

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