“Headteachers know that their schools will not receive a positive judgement unless they demonstrate that they are focused on improving outcomes for pupils eligible for the pupil premium” (Ofsted)
St Wilfrid’s RC College was one of only 21 schools across the country to have been named as finalist in the national Pupil Premium Awards 2016. This accolades was awarded due to the innovative and effective use of the pupil premium which has led to St. Wilfrid’s success in closing the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. Staff have since been trained as Pupil Premium Reviewers and have been asked to undertake reviews at a number of schools across the region.
The Deputy Headteacher (Teaching & Learning) / Teaching School Lead was designated as a Regional System Leader specialising in maximising the progress of our disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium) in December 2018. This designation was made partly in recognition of her work as a Pupil Premium reviewer and she is the only RSL in the North designated in this specialism.
A pupil premium review looks at how your school is spending its pupil premium funding. The purpose of the review is to improve your school’s pupil premium strategy, so that you spend the funding on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. See here for more information about how and why school’s should commission a review.
As a reviewer, St. Wilfrid’s will work with your school to improve your pupil premium strategy so that you spend the funding on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Our RSL has led a number of reviews, which have resulted in ongoing supportive relationships with the schools involved. The feedback received from schools has been extremely positive, reporting that the detailed support and challenge has been used to drive change from whole school strategies to targeted interventions for individuals.
Her work with a local secondary school in this area was acknowledged in its recent Ofsted report (May2018).
- “Disadvantaged pupils have underperformed significantly over time. The school is now taking more effective action to support their needs, although this work is at an early stage.”
- “Substantial differences have stubbornly remained between disadvantaged pupils and others since the last inspection. However, these differences are now beginning to show evidence of diminishing as a result of the increasingly effective actions being taken by leaders.
Please contact us for information on how we might be able to support your school.