The Pupil Premium is a valuable focus for closing the attainment gap. Wickersley Partnership Trust schools consider how they can best use all their resources to improve the quality of teaching, as this will benefit all pupils, but particularly the most disadvantaged.
It is WPTs ambition to match the “10% of primary schools and 8% of secondary schools where disadvantaged pupils are doing better than the national average for all pupils.” Educational Endowment Foundation.
WPT believes that is possible to narrow the attainment gap by finding effective ways to learn from the successes of the best-performing schools, both within the Trust and nationally. So, Trust schools are actively involved in action research projects, alongside Learners First, to carefully consider the effective use of resources (both financial and human) to have the maximum impact on student’s attainment.
WPT schools use the EEFs Teaching and Learning toolkit as a guide to the ‘best bets’ for improving pupils’ attainment on the basis of high-quality research of what has (and also what hasn’t) worked in the past. They also use the EEF’s Families of Schools database to make performance comparisons to similar schools based on factors including; prior attainment, percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals, and the number of children with English as an additional language.
The quality of teaching in formal education holds huge potential in reducing, and in some cases even eliminating, the attainment gap.
Educational Empowerment Foundation