The new Ofsted framework (2012) and the requirement to publish how we as governors have made the best use of the ‘Pupil Premium’ poses some interesting dilemmas as the government seeks to gain some quick wins in the system.? Governors and our professional teaching colleagues may have differing opinions on how best to use these funds – either ‘per pupil who generate the monies’ or a more holistic whole school approach.? The recent Sutton Trust research makes for very interesting reading and will enable anyone involved in governance to?make a more informed opinion on how to best deploy the money.
Doubling the pupil premium must make the difference to disadvantaged children
Commenting on the announcement of the increase in Pupil Premium funding Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:
?This increase in funding is welcome but the money must be spent on what the evidence shows works ??extra support in school and support for families to help their children learn.? ?
We know that not all children come into the classroom ready and able to learn.?Schools need the extra funding to pay for high quality staff to spend more time working with children who need extra support at school and at home in the family. This needs to be at the centre of schools pupil premium strategies to improve outcomes and make social mobility a reality.?
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