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Innovation in learning: Cost-effective use of Pupil Premium

Innovation in learning: Cost-effective use of Pupil Premium

Friday, 11 October 2013

How do schools ensure that Pupil Premium use is cost-effective, measurable and makes a difference?

This autumn sees Pupil Premium funding for secondary schools rise to £900 per pupil. The recently announced Pupil Premium Plus will allocate secondary school pupils in care £1,900 of funding from April 2014.

Increased funding means schools are under even closer scrutiny when it comes to Pupil Premium spending. Ofsted now places a greater emphasis on schools’ performance in raising standards among pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

Schools judged by Ofsted to require improvement overall and in leadership and management, and to have significant issues regarding the attainment of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, may have to undergo a new Pupil Premium Review process.

In short, with increased accountability for Pupil Premium spending and results, it’s now more vital than ever that schools’ Pupil Premium use is cost-effective, measurable and delivers tangible benefits for disadvantaged learners.

Digital technology and collaborative learning

The Sutton Trust’s Pupil Premium toolkit, compiled with the EEF, details the most effective way of spending the funding, both in terms of costs and results. High on the toolkit’s list are the use of digital technologies to support learning and collaborative learning.

vision2learn for schools online GCSE resources support and complement classroom learning with a range of digital innovations. We have online GCSE resources in Religious Studies, Child Development, Leisure and Tourism and IGCSE English. These GCSE resources include features we know work online, such as:

• Step-by-step learning goals
• Highly structured templates to help pupils organise their ideas
• Practice papers to master exam technique
• ‘Help me’ alerts to show teachers exactly where learners are struggling
• Attitude and behaviour self-checks to encourage reflective and peer learning.

Our latest online GCSE resource, IGCSE English, includes a number of highly engaging digital features including videos, sound files and quizzes. Short video coaching clips by teacher Rachel Johnson are interspersed throughout the programme to help reiterate key points and provide constant encouragement and support.

In essence, vision2learn e-learning is a fresh and innovative approach to study, combining both digital and collaborative elements, which can help spark a renewed interest in learning for disaffected students.

Proven and measurable results

The difference vision2learn is making in schools with high proportions of disadvantaged pupils is supported by our recently commissioned independent research. Find out more about the research.

Schools choose vision2learn as a Pupil Premium investment to raise attainment amongst their disadvantaged learners because it offers a tangible and measurable investment. See how these schools use vision2learn.

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

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