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Pupil Premium – what is it?

What is it?

Recent GCSE results analysis showed that 31.2% of pupils on Free School Meals achieved 5 or more GCSE A* – C grades. However, this was low in comparison to the 58.8% of non Free School Meal pupils. As an attempt to redress the balance, the government introduced the pupil premium, designed to offer schools extra money for the development of pupils on Free School Meals. The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and saw a total of £488 per pupil given to schools in England where the pupil came from a low income family. This figure now stands at £900 per pupil.

How can you make the best use of it?

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The toolkit identifies Feedback and Meta-cognition/Self-regulation as the two areas which give the best possible return on investment. These are the two key areas that MADE Training focus on. Through effective CPD sessions, we can help your staff to provide their pupils with meaningful and constructive feedback. This in turn leads to greater independence and insight from a pupils perspective and a deeper understanding of how to improve. We also deliver engaging student workshops which focus on helping students to become independent learners and maintain high levels of motivation and ambition.

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