Do we want all children to reach their potential?

Much education policy of late has been based on “all children reaching their potential” and it’s definitely a phrase I’ve used. This article by Prof Danny Dorling made me think about the underlying implications of it and why “to help all children do well and learn without being restricted by our expectations” might be a far better aspiration.

Well worth a read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/jul/22/education-policy-childrens-potential?CMP=twt_gu

Director’s Briefing Report for Governors and Headteachers – Spring 2013

This is a really important document for all governors to read and use for reference over the coming term. It’s staggering that we haven’t had one for so long, but hopefully a sign things to come that this one is here. You can download or read it here.

It contains:

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A quick guide on how to raise attainment

This is a really important piece of research that all governors should have a read of and use as part of discussions with their headteachers.

It very simply summarises 20 popular methods of raising attainment and weighs the research in to them. A simple table lays out the cost, likely benefit and the strength of the research in to each. It then goes on to give a one page summary of each of the methods and the research. It’s concise and very readable and some of the results are surprising.

So if you are looking to raise attainment for disadvantaged students in your school (and if not, why not) you really need to read this.

Read more about the report from the Education Endowment Foundation.

Download the report directly.

The report was originally called the Pupil Premium Toolkit, this is an updated version.