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Pupil Premium - Supporting Attainment For Disadvantaged Pupils

Effective leadership is critical for closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils and effective use of pupil premium funding.  I can provide the pupil premium training, 1:1 leadership support and advice you need.  Add in other activities such as pupil premium reviews.  Tap into expertise to help you develop your pupil premium strategy.  I can help you ensure actions are evidence based.  Leverage the research to help you tackle stubborn issues and raise attainment for disadvantaged pupils.

1.  Support for the leader.  For new pupil premium leaders or those colleagues who really want to develop expertise in closing the attainment gap, why not choose to attend a year-long programme of training with a small group of leaders who all have the same goal.  This is four days spread out across the year + online study between sessions. 

2. More intensive support packages. For schools who would like more intensive support for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, why not design your own bespoke package of support.  Purchase a number of consultancy days and divide this into sessions (90 min, 2 hour, half-day, full-day) of coaching, advice, training and support for the pupil premium leader and for other colleagues in school.  I can work 1:1 with colleagues or in small groups via zoom.  Add in other activities as needed, such as pupil premium reviews which can be conducted on site.

3.  Classroom focus: Instructional coaching through the lens of pupil premium.  A fantastic toolkit for leaders to enable coaches to work 1:1 or in small groups with teachers.  Enable colleagues in your school to act as coaches and provide them with resources to help them engage in conversations about quality first teaching and targeted academic support for disadvantaged pupils. You can purchase this as a stand alone online product, or you can add in live zoom sessions to support implementation, e.g. 1:1 support for the pupil premium leader to set up the programme, small group tutorials for coaches to upskill colleagues, 1:1 supervision for coaches throughout the year.


I have dedicated many years of my professional career to studying research and best practice in improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.  I have worked with school teams to increase their knowledge and understanding of the issues and supported them to make progress with their pupil premium journey.  A layered approach is essential for ensuring the right elements are in place for disadvantaged pupils to thrive in your school.  Each layer has to be strong.  Together, the mesh approach helps to close gaps.

“Enabling disadvantaged pupils to thrive and be successful in education is complex.  There is no simple fix or overnight solution.  Instead, schools must be brave enough to invest time in developing a multi-layered approach. Only a system where everyone sees themselves as part of the solution will manage to close progress and attainment gaps.  We have amassed a great deal of knowledge in the education sector about what works for disadvantaged pupils, but implementing the research is not straight forward, nor quick to achieve.”

Leaders can join a live course, or schools can create their own bespoke programme of support.

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Instructional coaching toolkit
with a focus on disadvantaged pupils

A fantastic toolkit for leaders to engage in conversations and instructional coaching with a focus on disadvantaged pupils. 

The PPP-SEE toolkit is divided into four sections: 

  1. Pupil Premium Preparation (focusing on how teachers preparations impact on disadvantaged pupils);

  2. Supporting development (elements that directly influence success, e.g. oracy, feedback, metacognition);

  3. Essentials (considering how basic skills can hinder progress and what action classroom teachers can take to address barriers); and

  4. Environment (consideration for how relationships, classroom management and locus of control impact on pupils).

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