In February 2016 the NCTL appointed Twynham School as one of 9 Pupil Premium Champion Schools across the country, with specific responsibility for the South West region. The challenge of closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers is one that speaks to the heart of education.
The social, moral and educational case for giving additional support to children born less fortunate than others remains as strong as ever.
A key aspect of the Pupil Premium Champion role is to develop a model for sharing and promoting best practice across the South West region. Consequently, we have been building a range of networks across the region that support all leaders with responsibility for Pupil Premium in their schools.
Central to our work as a Pupil Premium Champion School has been the training of Pupil Premium reviewers as well as delivering Pupil Premium reviews ourselves. Pupil Premium reviews use an evidence-based approach to assess how a school is spending its pupil premium funding, and identifies the most effective interventions and overall strategy. So far, we have trained over 50 reviewers from right across the South West region who are able to undertake a detailed assessment of a schools’ approach to the Pupil Premium funding and the provision in schools.
We continue to offer training for suitably qualified colleagues to become accredited Pupil Premium reviewers. Full training on how to deliver a review is given along with on-going support, quality assurance of initial reviews and access to our network of accredited Pupil Premium reviewers across the region.
We are also able to offer Pupil Premium reviews for schools wanting an independent assessment of their strategies to support disadvantaged students. Typically the review process takes 3 days spread over the course of a month and a follow-up visit about 6 months later.
Alongside Pupil Premium reviews and training we are currently developing a range of networks to support those with responsibility for the disadvantaged agenda in the South West. Network meetings, conferences and opportunities to share best practice are planned and will be advertised in due course.