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The Pupil Premium: On Her Majesty’s (not so) Secret Service

Inspired by the release of the latest James Bond film, Sean Harris discusses the 007-themed principles that have driven his work to close the attainment gap and deliver effective Pupil Premium outcomes

Loaded with a critically scrutinised moral purpose and a licence to close schools, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (code name: Ofsted) is charged with the task of holding schools to account, so that they help all students to succeed – including those eligible for the Pupil Premium.

As the world heads to the cinema for another 007 mission, I thought it wise to share my own mission – to rid the world of the villainous attainment gap – and the lessons I learned while attempting to complete it.

During my first year of the Future Leaders leadership development programme, I focused on key stage 3 transition and progress. As I entered my second year I knew that, for my professional development, I needed exposure to forensic data analysis at a whole-school level.

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