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Pupil Premium Strategies #4 – Parental Engagement

This is the fourth in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Collaborative Learning

Parental engagement, perhaps not surprisingly, has been found to be most effective when it is implemented in early education and deeper involvement is often easier to achieve with parents of very young children. Research shows that parental involvement is most successful when it is implemented based on existing evidence. As with metacognition and collaborative learning, it is considered one of the lower cost strategies that has a decent level of effectiveness.

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Pupil Premium Strategies #3 – Approaching Collaborative Learning

This is the third in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Using Feedback

Often introduced at a primary school level to develop the skills related to collective learning, collaborative strategies involve encouraging participants to focus on how their own contributions shape the work of the group. More colloquially called group learning or group work, it’s a low-cost strategy that can be flexible and adaptive.

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Pupil Premium Strategies #2 – Effectively Using Feedback

This is the second in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Metacognition

Feedback is information given to the learner and/or the teacher about the learner’s performance relative to learning goals. It should aim towards (and be capable of producing) improvement in students’ learning. Feedback redirects or refocuses either the teacher’s or the learner’s actions to achieve a goal, by aligning effort and activity with an outcome.

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Pupil Premium Strategies #1 – What Is Metacognition?

This is the first in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help.

It’s likely that almost everyone reading this will know what the pupil premium is. Introduced in 2011, this is a government bursary given to schools with the express purpose of investing in strategies to address the attainment gap. The amount is fixed, and is determined per pupil in the school that is eligible for free school meals (FSM). There are no official releases on how schools should be spending the pupil premium; only guidelines.

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World Values Day 2017 – What Matters To Your School?

What are your values? How about the values of your school? Do you think students at your school would be able to explain the school’s values to an outsider? If you found it difficult to answer all three, then you’re not alone; we tend to just assume our values are part of us and are reflected in our day-to-day lives. That’s true to an extent of course, but reaffirming what matters is never a bad thing.

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The Lessons We’ve Learned: The Ones That Stuck

Happy #WorldTeachersDay! We’re not the type to shy away from an excuse to celebrate all that educators do for us, as well as generations before us and those that will follow. Whether you remember them fondly or with a little apathy, we all have memories of teachers at certain times in our lives, and it is their tireless hard work in an increasingly challenging environment that lends us so many of these stories.

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