Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Ofsted Will Look Forensically at How Well Pupils Do': News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Ofsted Will Look Forensically at How Well Pupils Do': News

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It will report back to Nick Clegg on the pupil premium's impact.

Nick Clegg has warned headteachers that Ofsted will "forensically" analyse how well students in receipt of the pupil premium perform over the coming years, with reports being made directly to him.

The deputy prime minister issued the caution this week in a speech that spelled out his plans for the policy, which hands additional money to schools based on the number of pupils on roll who are entitled to free school meals.

The comments were greeted with concern by heads' and teachers' leaders, who believe the government is showing an "over-reliance" on the schools' watchdog when it comes to accountability.

The Liberal Democrat leader, speaking from the New North Academy in North London, said schools would be free to spend the pupil premium as they saw fit, but added that Ofsted would be reporting back to his office on how well the money was being spent.

"Schools need to know that, in assessing their performance, Ofsted will be looking forensically at how well their pupil premium pupils do," Mr Clegg said. "Inspectors are already being instructed to look closely at how schools are spending the money and to what effect, with plans to publish a survey early next year.

"And, because Ofsted understands the priority I attach to this issue, it will be providing me with regular reports detailing the progress schools are making in closing the attainment gap."

The premium is expected to double in size by the end of this Parliament, growing from Pounds 1. …

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