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Some principles of effective Pupil Premium teaching

We’re all focused on hard and fast interventions for Pupil Premium students, but what difference can we make in our general approach as teachers? Pupil Premium lead teacher Caroline Sherwood discusses some key tenets of effective support for disadvantaged students

There is no doubt that the Pupil Premium has enabled schools to do more to improve the outcomes for their disadvantaged students, but the achievement gap is rooted in wide societal issues, which can feel overwhelming to a classroom teacher.

However, the minute we think that we can’t make a difference is the minute we stop believing that education is the answer and we no longer believe that by working hard we can rise up to any position in society.

Teachers and school leaders who are uncompromising in their belief that education can change lives, will change lives.

Any student in your classroom can be a vulnerable student. Sometimes it is useful to generalise in order to personalise our practice so that we can do our very best for every student.

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