David Birch considers the ways in which schools can identify and work with pupils who become disengaged from their learning and suggests ways they can support them to get back on track, including the use of pupil premium funding.
David Birch considers some of the research evidence on initiatives to raise pupils’ aspirations. He describes some approaches schools use to promote aspiration and ambition in their disadvantaged pupils and discusses their potential impact on outcomes.
David Birch outlines the strategies schools are using to improve attendance through use of the pupil premium. He argues that most success is likely to come from initiatives that are based on a clear understanding of the needs of individual pupils and a willingness to be pragmatic in order to secure the most benefit from available funding.
Since the introduction of the pupil premium in 2011, there is an even greater focus on raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Four years on, what do we know about what's working for these students?
David Birch explains how pupil premium reviews work and recommends that schools take steps in their self-evaluation to understand better the needs of disadvantaged students and make the most of the review process.
David Birch argues that weaknesses in primary to secondary transition have a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged pupils and outlines some strategies schools could adopt to secure better progress for all learners.
Ofsted reports are making it clear. The DfE wants to see secondary schools challenging their most able students. In this article, Suzanne O’Connell summarises the criticisms and recommendations from ‘The most able students’ report.