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These one-day pieces of work evidence what is working well in your setting, and what could give further impact, whilst also providing you with a detailed report.

Collaboration is the key, as the experts are already in school, but often value a focused time when this important piece of work can take place with an external colleague.

Health Checks include:

  • a detailed look at pupil premium on the school`s website to check for compliance prior to the review
  • discussions with the headteacher, governors, parents and all staff who have a responsibility for aspects of pupil premium, including whether the last Ofsted inspection tasked them with any next steps
  • learning conversations with groups of pupils (some of whom will be in receipt of the grant, but who will obviously remain anonymous)
  • discussions about how the school involves parents, carers and outside agencies
  • discussions about how attendance and punctuality is tracked and what impact this has on pupils
  • how the social, emotional and mental health needs of pupil premium children are supported
  • how the school’s assessment and tracking systems are responsive to the needs of pupils
  • the impact of the register of interventions and support strategies on pupil outcomes and on the school’s budget
  • how the Education Endowment Foundation toolkit is used to further support the school’s effective use of pupil premium funding

Any Health Check will be tailored to your setting; you decide what you want to include.

Contact us for more information about the range of Health Checks that we offer and for bespoke consultancy services.

Joanna Bamford

Joanna Bamford

Joanna Bamford is an Education Adviser working for Juniper Education. She has many years’ experience as a senior leader and headteacher in a variety of schools in Essex, and now works as an adviser both in the county and in a number of other local authorities.