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Pupil Premium: A 10-step spending plan

All schools should be regularly reviewing their Pupil Premium practice to ensure their spending is evidence-based and improving outcomes. John Dabell looks at the wealth of research and guidance out there to help, including some of Sir John Dunford’s best advice

One of the most important jobs in a school is the Pupil Premium champion. Leading the management and delivery of provision for Pupil Premium is a key role and every school needs an effective Pupil Premium champion – but this is not a job for the faint-hearted.

The bottom-line is scary: the attainment of children who attract Pupil Premium must improve or questions will be asked, so Pupil Premium champions must ensure that every penny has an impact and that this money for disadvantaged pupils yields results.

If you are lucky then you will get to work with a focused Pupil Premium support team including a competent Pupil Premium governor who understands “intelligent accountability” and doesn’t lump all Pupil Premium (and Pupil Premium Plus) pupils together or become obsessive about accountability targets and box-ticking

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