The London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not-for-profit organisation led by experienced Headteachers to empower schools to take forward school-to-school improvement in London and beyond, has today (9th December 2014) welcomed The Fair Education Alliance’s Report Card 2014 report outlining the coalition’s ambitions to end the persistent achievement gap between young people from our poorest communities and their wealthiest peers.
Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of LLS, says: “We welcome the launch of The Fair Education Alliance’s Report Card 2014. It recognises that London is leading the way in narrowing the gap for children and young people and proving that deprivation does not need to determine destiny.
“The London Challenge has shown that with ambition, aspiration and a clear focus on raising standards and closing attainment gaps, backed by committed leadership at all levels, an education system can be transformed. We particularly welcome this report’s call for greater focus on leadership and training in schools and its call for collaboration between schools, including funding of continued professional development.”
Kerwin-Nye continues: “We welcome the report’s analysis of the use of the Pupil Premium and its ambition for it to be used effectively rather than just plugging holes in school budgets. We need to ensure that the Pupil Premium allocations are reaching those in need by thorough and expert evaluation of the effectiveness of a school’s use of the funding, which is why we have launched our Pupil Premium Review Service – a thorough and expert evaluation of the effectiveness of a school’s allocation of Pupil Premium funding.
“We urge caution on the report’s suggestion that the Pupil Premium is targeted at students of low income and low attainment. Whilst there is undoubtedly a need to ensure money is targeted where it is most needed, the fact remains that even if a poorer pupil does succeed at primary school, they are more likely to fall behind once they get to secondary.
“As this Fair Education Alliance report identifies, poorer children are too often only just pushed over the minimum expected requirements and are not being stretched to succeed at the highest levels. By changing the allocation formula of the Pupil Premium we run the risk of penalising bright children from low income homes, children whose aspirations could be raised and horizons could be widened through opportunities they might not otherwise experience.”
The Fair Education Alliance was formed in response to the growing demand for a national debate on why thousands of children do not get a fair education. The coalition encompasses 25 organisations including Teach First, Teaching Leaders and a number of LLS partners including Whole Education and Mulberry School for Girls.
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