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Schools are being encouraged to adopt scientific methods to carry out research into the best strategies for improving the performance of disadvantaged pupils. David Gordon looks at the thinking behind a £4 million government-backed project to find out ‘what works’
Ofsted has pointed to the active involvement of governors as one of the characteristics of schools that are successfully using their pupil premium funding to improve achievement. David Gordon looks at the report recommendations
The schools minister David Laws has announced that schools failing to reduce the gap in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers can no longer be judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted.