The Commission encourage all schools to ensure that Governors and Teachers fully understand the links between poverty and educational attainment, and how to address this. We provide training, through Children North East, a leading partner in the Commission, for school Governors and teachers, based on discussions with a number of local authority officers and school staff. This include potential uses of the Pupil Premium, the key funding source for supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The aim of the training is to increase governor’s understanding of the
The training session, lasting between 1.5 – 2 hours, covers the following issues:
What is meant by ‘child poverty’
(Including information on the government definition, how poverty affects children, what causes poverty, why it is right to have a specific focus on children and not just adults and public attitudes to people living in poverty. Also include regional and local statistics where possible)
The links between poverty/disadvantage and educational outcomes
(Including information on the ‘attainment gap’, educational outcomes for pupils on Free School Meals, the role of attitudes and aspirations amongst low-income families, the ‘cost’ of a free education and the school experience for children growing up in poverty)
Background and purpose of the Pupil Premium
(Including information on who gets the pupil premium, how it is allocated, how much it is worth per pupil, who is accountable for spending it and how it will be monitored through the inspection regime)
Evidence exploring ‘what might work’ in spending the Pupil Premium
(Including the Sutton Trust Pupil Premium Toolkit, recent research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a summary of existing research from other academic sources)
The role of governors
(Including the expectations of governors in the inspection programme, how governors can ‘get involved’ in pupil premium discussions and how governors can ensure good practice within their schools in relation to supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds)
Question and answer / discussion session
If you would like to know more about the training sessions, or if you are interested in booking a training session for teachers and/or Governors at your school or in your area, please contact Children North East.
Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.