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Awards place greater spotlight on Pupil Premiums

10 July 2013

Pupil Premiums have featured in the headlines this week with Nick Clegg announcing the three schools who are winners of his Pupil Premium Awards. Each school took home cash rewards of up to £10,000 in recognition of the way they have pioneered the use of the Pupil Premium.

This announcement comes days after Ofsted's proposals to downgrade schools in which disadvantaged students failed to make good progress were reported. Under the new plan to focus on students receiving Pupil Premium funding, Ofsted inspectors will have to consider the differences in academic achievement between disadvantaged students and their non-disadvantaged peers. Ofsted is now unlikely to rate any school as outstanding if it has a wide attainment gap or if disadvantaged students are making poor progress.

With the Pupil Premium currently on both Nick Clegg’s and Ofsted’s agendas, it should probably also feature as a standing item on governing body agendas so that due attention can be given to the attainment of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium.

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