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The NFER Building Blocks for Success*

Support available from Babcock 
(*Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils:
Briefing for school leaders, DfE, Nov 2015)


Whole-school ethos of attainment for all
Successful schools have a clear vision for what all their pupils will achieve, with an ethos that reinforces aspiration and attainment for all 
By having a Pupil Premium Audit, we can help you develop a clear vision and ethos for your school that reinforces attainment for al land provides the right advice and guidance, including the development of a pupil premium policy

Addressing behaviour and attendance
The Ofsted framework contains guidelines for school in relation to Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.  It also evaluates 'how effectively the school engages with and promotes the confidence of parents'. For disadvantaged pupils to improve attainment, it is important that: :
* Attendance levels are checked and systems put in place
* Challenging behaviour is addressed
* Parents, pupils and teachers understand the causal link between attendance, behaviour and achievement  

Attendance Profile and 5 Point Plan
• Enables schools to fulfil Ofsted’s requirements in regard to raising attainment and improving behaviour
• Identifies specific areas of concern for particular groups of learners

Behaviour Healthcheck
Covers the strand ‘The Behaviour and Safety of Pupils at the School’ and provides advice on developing the school behaviour policy and best practice
for managing behaviour.

Behaviour Support SLA
• Advice and coaching for school development to meet the demands of the Ofsted framework
• Specialist training for staff to support the progress of children at risk of exclusion

Parental Engagement Review
The review will identify areas of good practice, areas for improvement and recommend successful strategies

 3 High quality teaching for all
'For poor pupils the difference between a good teacher and a bad teacher is a whole year's learning.'
The best leaders set high expectations for all teachers, facilitate high quality CPD, the sharing of best practice and insist teachers prioritise classroom strategies that have shown to have particular benefits for disadvantages pupils 
Consultancy to establish Quality First Teaching
Provides an objective view of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in your school. Includes:
• Subject review and audit of teaching and learning
• Identification of specific vulnerable groups, particularly where achievement gaps are wide or widening
• Expert advice on Early Years and how to identify and intervene at the earliest stage
• Literacy and numeracy programmes of support
• External verification of excellent teaching
• Recommendations for appropriate staff CPD and in-house training
 4 Meeting individual learning needs
Pupil's specific needs should be accurately identified and appropriately addressed for them to achieve better learning outcomes.  Leaders and staff should work collaboratively to identify and provide the right, targeted support and intervention strategies.  Teachers and support staff should be fully trained to deliver carefully chose intervention programmes  

Intervention Programmes
Quality-assured trainers accredited by the Institute of Education, UCL and Edge Hill University, deliver nationally-recognised programmes that ensure
accelerated progress and have noticeable impact.
Literacy Interventions
• Reading Recovery, Early Literacy Support, Boosting Reading Potential,
• FFT Wave 3 Literacy Intervention,
• Project X Code, Inference Training,
• Hi Five KS2 Literacy Intervention,
• FFT Write Away Together,
• Talking Partners
Mathematics Interventions
• Numbers Count/2/New Teacher Training/Fast Track,
• Every Child Counts – A School’s Story,
Success@Arithmetic: Number Sense/Calculation,
FirstClass@Number/Number 2,
• Talk 4 Number, SNAPIntervention Programmes

 5  Deploying staff effectively
The best school leaders ensure the right staff are allocated to the right students, and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable is a constant priority.  CPD is carefully aligned to the school's strategic plan and needs of the pupils. In effective schools, teaching assistants are well-managed and they know exactly how they should be working and towards what outcome  
Maximise the effectiveness of your Teaching Assistants
Using pupil premium funding to simply increasing Teaching Assistant (TA) hours, does not necessarily mean improved outcomes. Our CPD programmes for TAs
can help you:
• Underpin your TA support with expert advice from experienced practitioners
• Ensure your TAs are equipped with the skills to raise achievement in the classroom
• Raise the confidence of your TAs when collaborating with teachers
• Develop your TAs skills in Sutton Trust/EEF interventions which are proven to raise attainment and vital for evidence in Ofsted inspections
 6 Data driven and responding to evidence
The most successful schools use data strategically to identify trends and areas of strength and weakness.  Good use of data can inform decision making, target the needs of individual pupils and check the effectiveness of strategies and interventions employed, to make sure spending is carefully targeted and rigorously checked for effectiveness 
Effective use of Assessment and Data
Consultancy and support includes:
• A review of performance data for pupils eligible for pupil premium
• How best to assess pupil attainment and subsequently track and record the achievement and progress of pupils
• Review of present assessment systems and recommendations for improvement
• Support for SLT, Governors and staff on understanding performance data/how to make best use of it and approaches to assessment
 7 Clear responsive leadership
Underpins the degree of success in narrowing the gap and driving aspirational outcomes for disadvantages pupils.  Ofsted recognises the importance of middle leaders as being central to the overall success of the school.  There is an expectation that school leaders and governors make strategic decisions on how the pupil premium grant is spent and its effectiveness 
Leadership Development Programmes
Help to build the capacity of individual leaders or leadership teams:
Effective Middle Leadership – stimulates leadership thinking to support and challenge participants to secure school improvement
Senior Leadership Team – an initial 360 degree review of the team will be carried out and the outcomes used to design a bespoke programme for the team
Leadership for Narrowing the Gap – gain insight into practices that are making a difference to raising attainment and create a culture of sustained improvements in pupils’ progress
Support for Governors
• Understanding performance data and how to make best use of it
• Headteacher Appraisal – build governors knowledge, understanding and confidence of the appraisal process

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 "The Pupil Premium audit and  funding report,has proved to   be a worthwile investment of resources.  The HMI commented on the thorough analysis and documentation of how Pupil Premium funding is spent."

Deputy Headteacher, Long Ditton Primary School, Surrey

 Are you making the most of the Pupil Premium? 

Schools can make their own decisions on how to spend their Pupil Premium funding, but it has become increasingly apparent that a school will not receive a positive Ofsted judgement, unless they can demonstrate they are focused on improving outcomes for eligible pupils and show a definite commitment to closing the attainment gap, even if the proportion of disadvantaged pupils in the school is very small.
Our Pupil Premium Advice and Guidance Package, including an Audit, provides the right support to maximise the impact of your Pupil Premium. 

Undertake a Pupil Premium Audit which will:  

  • Review/evaluate existing provision, with a focus on data
  • Help you explore new ways of supporting the progress of disadvantaged pupils
  • Identify key strategies and interventions, that help to close the attainment gap
  • Identify training needs
  • Support you in reporting on the impact of Pupil Premium funding and activity 

    What's involved in a Pupil Premium Audit?
  • Preparation for visit based on the audit document and data scrutiny
  • School visit  focusing on key areas identified (full day or half-day depending on requirements)
  • Report and advice outlining strengths and areas for development


    What the research says... and how to maximise the impact of your Pupil Premium

    Recent NFER reserach identified seven building blocks of success as the most effective way to support disadvantaged pupils' achievement.  Babcock's range of support is based around these seven themes and can be tailored to your specific needs.


    Download our FREE Guide to using the Pupil Premium effectively here 
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