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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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REPORTS ON  PUPIL PREMIUM RESEARCH , ACADEMIES AND COOPERATIVE SCHOOLS , AND NON TEACHERS TEACHING IN SCHOOLS , HAVE ALL APPEARED  IN THE NEWSPAPERS RECENTLY . CHECK THEM OUT IN FULL  FOR INTERESTING INFORMATION.

EXTRACTS ONLY BELOW.

IN THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT BY : STEPHEN EXLEY 20TH JULY 2012

UNION ( NASUWT) BACKS COOP ACADEMIES OVER `PREDATORY` CHAINS  , “THEY ARE A SAFE HAVEN ,FROM PRIVATISATION AGENDA IT CLAIMS. A MAJOR CLASSROOM UNION TOOK THE UNPRESEDENTED STEP THIS WEEK OF BACKING COOPERATIVE SCHOOLS – INCLUDING ACADEMIES – AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS THE “PRIVATISATION AGENDA ” OF ACADEMY CHAINS .

IN THE INDEPENDENT BY : RICHARD GARNER . 27TH JULY 2012

SCHOOL`S SPENDING FAILING POOREST PUPILS .RESEARCH CARRIED OUT BY THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR EDUCTIONAL RESEARCH  FOR THE SUTTON TRUST CHARITY ,WARNS THAT VERY LITTLE OF THE “PUPIL PREMIUM “£1.25bn ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS FOR TEACHING DISADVANTAGED PUPILS IS BEING SPENT ON MEASURES TO BOOST THEIR PERFORMANCE . ONE IN 10 SCHOOLS WAS FOUND TO BE USING MONEY TO PLUG THE GAP LEFT BY BUDGET CUTS

IN THE INDEPENDENT BY RICHARD GARNER .28TH JULY 2012

ACADEMIES `SET FREE` TO EMPLOY NON-TEACHERS . IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT FREE SCHOOLS , AND THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR, ACADEMIES ARE NOW FREE TO EMPLOY  NON-QUALIFIED  TEACHERS AND TO PUT THEM  IN CHARGE OF THE CLASSROOM .CHRISTINE BLOWER OF THE NUT HAS STATED THAT “THE NUT BELIEVES THAT ALL CHILDREN DESERVE TO BE TAUGHT BY QUALIFIED TEACHERS  AND IT`S NOT JUST THE PROFESSION THAT THINKS SO.”

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FROM :    i  THE INDEPENDENT : ENGLAND :  EDUCATION  : BY :   ANDREW GRICE  POLITICAL EDITOR : TUESDAY 15TH MAY 2012 .

The Government will not ringfence the £2.5bn a year to be handed to schools for the most disadvantaged pupils to ensure all of it is spent on them, Nick Clegg admitted yesterday .

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said it would be wrong to ” micro-  manage ” every school from Whitehall by dictating how money allocated under his ” pupil premium ” scheme is spent.He dismissed criticism that it could be used to cover spending cuts.

 

But Alan Milburn, the Government`s independent reviewer of child poverty and social mobility , is to investigate how and where the money is being spent.” It is opaque .” said the former Labour cabinet minister .” That is the real problem .”

 

In a speech yesterday, Mr Clegg said the Coalition would not copy the previous Labour government by trying to hold the hand of every teacher . He is confident staff will innovate and spend the money  well in different ways- such as one – to – one tuition , catching -up classes, breakfast clubs or counselling .

 

But Christine Blower , general secretary of the National Union of Teachers , said : “The Pupil Premium is simply being used to plug gaps in school`s budgets because of other funding cuts.”

AT LAST , AN INVESTIGATION  INTO THE EFFECTS OF NON RINGFENCED  FUNDING  ON BOTH STUDENTS AND STAFF.       PAT CARTER : TUTOR  . PORTSMOUTH . ENGLAND.

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PORTSMOUTH ,  May  2011  :

In  Portsmouth,  schools  should  have  the  capacity  to  support  One  To  One  Tuition  through  the  Pupil  Premium.  Especially  those  who  are   Looked  After  Children, and  children  who  are  at  risk  of  not  making  progress.

CONSIDER  THIS……. FROM THE BBC  WEBSITE  :

On  the BBC  News  Education  and  Family  website  Mike  Baker  a  freelance  education  journalist  and   broadcaster  said:  “Nor  is  it  that,  as  the  government  confirmed  in  it’s  spending  allocations  statement,  some   individual  schools  will  not  only  fail  to  get  a  real  terms  spending  increase,  but  may  get  an  absolute  cash  terms  cut.”

A   tutor  spoke  to  the  BBC  and  said : “I  have worked  as  a  One  To One  Tutor  for  the  last  two  years  and  have  seen  first  hand  the  benefits  of  this  provision.  Pupils  have  shown  a  huge  increase  in  confidence. Not  only  with  working  with  me  individually,  but  also  when  they  are  back  in  the  classroom.

Their academic  improvement  has  been  amazing, far  beyond  what  was  expected.  For  some  children  just  having  someone  to  reassure  them  at  every  step  makes  the  difference.  Take  this  provision  away  and  I  dread  to  think  what  will  happen  to  British  education.”  R. UK.

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