Rosendale Metacognition

The independent evaluation of our RCT into metacognition in primary classrooms has now been published. You can access it here.

We have learned a great deal from the process and the outcome of the trial, and everyone at Rosendale Primary School is pleased about the positive impacts. We are working on changes which may have led to the approach being less successful in a small number of areas.


Pupil Premium and School Websites

The NAHT website helpfully has the latest guidance on what schools need to publish about use and impact of Pupil Premium. I have copied and pasted it here:

Pupil Premium
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools will be required to publish their “pupil premium strategy”. This should include:

In the previous academic year:
how the pupil premium allocation was spent
the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils
The current academic year:
the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
details of the main barriers to educational achievement
how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
and the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.
This expands the existing requirement to provide details on the amount of the school’s allocation from the pupil premium grant, how it is intended to be spent and the effect of the expenditure on the educational attainment of the pupils. Particularly, schools will now be required to explain how the use of pupil premium may have benefited pupils who are not eligible for pupil premium funding, for example if the school has taken a whole school approach to raising standards.

You can access the full guidance via this link to the NAHT website.

These are sensible changes in my opinion, and having a good understanding of this information would be good practice regardless of DfE requirements. Somewhat frustratingly, the DfE guidance on what schools should publish has not yet been updated… I have asked colleagues there when they think this change will be made. I’ll update this site when I know.

Note: 18 September 2016. DfE guidance now fully updated. See here.




Pupil Premium and Disadvantage