The Pupil Premium Summit has triggered new debate and a spate of information release.
‘The pupil premium next steps’ recommends: continuation of the pupil premium; strong commitment to rigorous evidence; better identification of eligible pupils; and rewards for those that succeed. An NFER survey shows use of evidence in the classroom is growing, 64% of school leaders said they used research to decide how to spend their pupil premium, compared with 52% in 2012. National Audit Office reports this week that the attainment gap between disadvantaged and other pupils narrowed by 4.7 percentage points in primary schools and 1.6 percentage points in secondary schools between 2011 and 2014, but no clear trend has been established and the gap remains wide. It also highlights that 77% of schools spend the money on all pupils, meaning that some of the poorest children miss out on the “full benefit” of the cash. Read the latest batch of EEF evaluation reports here.