Using the School Effectiveness and Pupil Deprivation Grants to best effect
The School Effectiveness Grant and Pupil Deprivation Grant are funds allocated by the Welsh Government to meet the specific aims established to improve education standards.
Additional growth for low-income students
The funding is provided to schools with the purpose of:
- improving standards in literacy
- improving standards in numeracy
- reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment
Official documentation from the Welsh Government outlines the strategic ways in which schools ought to be meeting these objectives. Effective learning is paramount, as schools will be required to demonstrate the impact the funding is having on attainment.
An independent study conducted by the Education Endowment Foundation and Durham University in 2015 found that students using Accelerated Reader achieved an additional three months growth in reading age compared to their peers, over a 22-week period. Low-income students were found to achieve an additional five months growth with AR – outperforming their peers and closing the gap between them.
“The study shows that poorer children can catch up with their peers as long as the right choices are made by schools.”
Professor Stephen Gorard, Durham University School of Education
Interim progress monitoring
Guidance from the Welsh Government stresses the importance of data in informing teaching practice.
AR and the STAR Reading interim assessment provide reports of test results in custom groups, including those with Pupil Premium eligibility.
Because the test is quick and easy to administer, typically taken four times each year, teachers have the information they need to diagnose any potential problems early in the school year.
Reading is an indicator of success
Students who read for pleasure regularly are significantly more likely to perform better than their peers at school. By fostering a love of reading, Accelerated Reader (AR) motivates students to read and develop their reading skills which will help them on their way to success across the curriculum.
“I use the reports within AR to monitor students’ progress… which helps to identify students who are struggling and allow teachers to direct their time appropriately.”
Saint George’s Church of England School
“The AR Diagnostic reports are… clearly presented, so we have been able to implement intervention strategies at an early stage where necessary.”
Bluecoat Academy, Nottingham
“Our aim was to raise literacy standards, which we feel we have achieved through the use of Accelerated Reader.”
“Because we have been using AR as an intervention tool, Pupil Premium funding has been key to our implementation of the programme. We have used it to purchase books to be used with the programme and to support it with other resources such as prizes and incentives.”
The Mountbatten School, Hampshire
Find out more about Accelerated Reader
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020 7184 4040
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A member of our team will guide you through the programme in approximately 30 minutes. The demo can be arranged at a time to suit you.
Please complete the form below to request more information about Accelerated Reader and STAR Reading.
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Please use the form below to arrange an online demonstration of AR from a member of our team.
You will be introduced to the key features of AR, see how it works, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the product. The demo will last approximately 30 minutes.
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AR is available by subscription and quotations are tailored to each school’s specific needs and requirements. A member of our team will contact you to discuss your needs further and provide a quotation for the programme.