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How schools choose how to spend their Pupil Premium

How schools choose how to spend their Pupil Premium

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Using research and evidence from fellow schools can help with making vital decisions about how to invest Pupil Premium funding.

The government’s evaluation of the Pupil Premium, published this week alongside details of new measures from September 2013, produced interesting findings about the way that schools choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money.

The research found that:

  • 70% of schools use evidence from other schools

  • 45% use research to help them make decisions

Pupil Premium: What works?

Useful research has been done into what works when it comes to the Pupil Premium, and much of it backs up our belief that our online qualifications and materials are a cost-effective and, importantly, justifiable way to spend the Pupil Premium.

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, compiled by Durham University academics, found that the most effective strategies for using the Pupil Premium include:

  • Effective feedback on learning – vision2learn’s clear learning goals and motivation tips help learners get ready to learn.

  • Learning to learn – vision2learn learners can see their progress at a glance and are encouraged to work and think independently.

  • Digital technology – vision2learn’s online resources mean pupils can learn anytime, anywhere through modern, interactive content.

We also recently commissioned independent research* into the difference vision2learn is making to results in schools with high proportions of disadvantaged pupils. The study proved that schools in areas of high deprivation using vision2learn outperform their expected attainment levels, and the longer they’ve used vision2learn the better their results are! This is convincing proof that vision2learn supports schools in raising attainment. (*CIL, March 2013) See the research now

Pupil Premium: Evidence from other schools

Feedback from other schools on how they use their Pupil Premium and what has worked is useful in making decisions about how to invest the funding, which will rise to £900 from September.

Schools are required by Ofsted to clearly outline their Pupil Premium spend and publish this report online so this can be a fast and easy way to see how other schools are utilising the money. For example, more and more schools are listing vision2learn as a key Pupil Premium investment to raise attainment amongst their disadvantaged learners.

Here are just a small number of the schools that are already investing their Pupil Premium in vision2learn:

Saint Pius X, Rotherham

“New vision2learn courses to be used in one to one and group sessions with a number of learners to engage and motivate. The courses will lead to accredited qualifications.” Find out more

Oasis Academy Enfield

“vision2learn courses allowed us to provide students with a taste of early achievement, and the different learning style provided by a combination of online and face to face sessions.” Find out more

Langley Park School for Girls

“vision2learn...has enabled 35 students, 26 of them on Free School Meals, to achieve an additional GCSE-equivalent grade.” Find out more

Deptford Green School

“To support the Drake Curriculum and to ensure our students are able to achieve the highest level of appropriate qualifications the school has invested the vision2learn programme. Students ... work in small classes with teachers who have been trained to deliver a bespoke programme which aims to support students in achieving their potential.” Find out more

If you’re looking for effective ways to invest your Pupil Premium to raise attainment amongst FSM pupils, just get in touch to find out more about how vision2learn could help. .

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