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SCHOOLS IN THE RICHEST AREAS ARE FAILING THE POOREST PUPILS

BY ANDREW GRICE POLITICAL EDITOR : THE INDEPENDENT i  23rd April 2013

SCHOOLS IN THE MOST AFFLUENT PARTS OF ENGLAND ARE FAILING PUPILS FROM POOR FAMILIES ,THE GOVERNMENT WARNS TODAY . DAVID LAWS THE SCHOOLS MINISTER DESCRIBED THE RECORD IN “SOME OF THE LEAFIEST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ” AS A “DISGRACE ” , ACCUSING THEM OF WASTING EXTRA MONEY PROVIDED FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE .

IF THESE SCHOOLS FAIL TO IMPROVE THE “OUTRAGEOUSLY LOWEXAM RESULTS OF POOR CHILDREN ,HE WARNED THEY COULD BE EVENTUALLY FACE CLOSURE  . CHILDREN FROM DEPRIVED AREAS ARE GETTING BETTER RESULTS THAN THOSE FROM AFFLUENT PARTS ,HE SAID . IN AN INTERVIEW WITH i ,THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MINISTER ANNOUNCED PLANS TO ENSURE HIS PARTYS  £2.5 bn -a- YEAR PUPIL PREMIUM SCHEME MAKES MORE IMPACT .

UNDER THE SCHEME , 1 .8 MILLION PUPILS WHO ARE EITHER  ON FREE SCHOOL MEALS OR HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THEM IN THE PAST SIX YEARS ATTRACT £900 A YEAR OF FUNDING  EACH SO THAT THEIR SCHOOL CAN GIVE THEM SPECIAL HELP .NEW DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION FIGURES SHOW THAT 42 PER CENT OF THOSE CHILDREN GOT FIVE GCSEs WITH GRADES A* TO C IN 2011 -12 COMPARED WITH 67 PER CENT AMONG CHILDREN FROM BETTER OFF FAMILIES -A NATIONAL ” ATTAINMENT GAP ” OF  25 PER CENT .

HOWEVER  , THE MAJORITY OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH THE LOWEST LEVELS OF DEPRIVATION HAVE “WEAK RESULTS”  FOR CHILDREN ON THE PUPIL PREMIUM AND A BIG ATTAINMENT  GAP BETWEEN  THEM AND OTHER CHILDREN . IN CONTRAST ,ALL 10 AUTHORITIES WITH THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF DEPRIVATION  HAVE GOOD RESULTS FOR CHILDREN ON PUPIL PREMIUM AND SMALL GAPS BETWEEN THEM AND OTHERS .

MR LAWS HAS WRITTEN TO ABOUT A 100 SCHOOLS IN THE 15 AREAS WITH A BIG GAP TO ASK THEM TO ENSURE THE PUPIL PREMIUM IS USED TO CLOSE IT . FROM SEPTEMBER ,THE SCHOOLS THAT FAIL TO CLOSE THE GAP WILL BE CLASSED AS ” REQUIRING IMPROVEMENT BY OFSTED ,RATHER THAN “OUTSTANDING ” IF THEY DO NOT IMPROVE IN THE FOLLOW –  UP  INSPECTIONS ,THEY WILL HAVE TO BRING IN A HEAD TEACHER FROM A SCHOOL TO ADVISE THEM FOR A PERIOD . SCHOOLS  COULD BE PLACED IN “SPECIAL MEASURES ” AND EVENTUALLY CLOSED

MR LAWS SAID : SCHOOLS IN THE LEAFIEST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY MAY THINK THAT THEY ARE DOING EXTREMELY WELL  ,BUT THEY HAVE AN OUTRAGEOUSLY LOW NUMBER OF PUPIL PREMIUM YOUNGSTERS GETTING FIVE GOOD GCSEs . TO HAVE 65 PER CENT OF POOR YOUNGSTERS IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE FAILING TO GET FIVE GOOD GCSEs IS A DISGRACE .

LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND SCHOOLS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY CAN NO LONGER HIDE BEHIND GOOD HEADLINE FIGURES IF THEY FAIL A VERY LARGE COHORT OF PUPILS . HE SAID HIS GOAL WAS TO HALVE THE 25 PER CENT ATTAINMENT GAP NATIONALLY .

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