Pupil Premium: Creating Effective Dialogue

I have really only scratched the surface of research into the most effective ways of implementing strategies for improving PP attainment (really the attainment of all pupils that are struggling). This is what I have so far:

Dialogue about PP students:

  • Precise assessment of needs – STAR reader, other SEN tests, assessments by other external agencies – Vulnerable? Carer? Looked after?
  • Regular and timely discussions about PP students with rapid interventions (internally, need some kind of back channel or ‘chat’ ability, not email or face to face meeting)
  • Regular and timely discussions about PP students with rapid interventions (externally)


  • Breakfast club
  • Homework club
  • counselling
  • taxi service
  • Mentor – older pupil? Teacher?

Dialogue between teacher and pupil:

  • Building relationships – talk with pupil about wider interests/hobbies (teacher #hack 360 data), buy simple resources
  • Effective questioning strategies
  • Marking feedback – marking PP books first, asking questions in their books, SMART
  • DIRT – make this a routine/expected occurrence
  • Quiet moment with a pupil to reinforce understanding
  • Working with a small group in order to reinforce understanding (in class)
  • Working with a pupil/small group out of class in order to improve understanding

Whole class strategies for effective dialogue:

  • Read out PP work to class for critique
  • Visualiser? Display PP work and critique
  • Differentiation – scaffolding, glossaries, challenges

Peer to peer dialogue:

  • Effective peer assessment – Success criteria, modelling peer assessment
  • Learning Spies – G&T pupils to go round with Lazy Teacher questions, perhaps quietly ask one of them to include a PP (don’t say it in those terms!)
  • Effective group work (group roles, focused tasks, silent discussions on sugar paper, time bonded tasks)
  • Peer mentors (in class or in form time)

Meta cognition (a dialogue with learning?):

  • AfL -clear criteria, all/most/some, return regularly to objectives, model answers
  • CREAM (Perfect Assessment for Learning)
  • Student Help Desk
  • Thinking Process display
  • Learning Spies
  • Plenary dice with following questions/tasks – Read out the best line/paragraph from your work – How can we recap the learning at the start of next lesson – What was the easiest and most difficult thing to understand? – One thing you have learned and one question you still have – Define a key word in your own words – Nominate someone you think has written a good piece of work 

Enrichment (a dialogue with the wider world):

  • Workshops with external groups (e.g. a Shakespeare company)
  • Writer’s visits
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Trips

Something that I still need to read – IPPR report – Excellence and Equity

Sutton Trust

Sutton Trust PP report 

NewToThePost Pupil Premium

@TeacherToolkit Resouces

@LearningSpy DIRT



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