27 May '14

News The students behind the data: a guide to pupil premium planning

From being strategic to identifying the needs of individuals, here are five ways school leaders can make the most of funding for free school meals studentsOne of the biggest current concerns for senior leaders is how to manage students who are eligible for free school meals (FSM). It's at the top of Ofsted's checklist and has become a weapon in the armory of what some headteachers call the tyranny of judgment.A students' academic achievement is hugely influenced by their background and level of advantage or disadvantage. The relatively recent introduction of the pupil premium was a significant shift in educational aims in England, moving from the idea of universal entitlement to one of a minimum acceptable standard with no excuse for lack of achievement linked to disadvantage. Continue reading...

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