Free governor training on Pupil Premium – Friday 4 March 2022

This week I highlight free governor training on Pupil Premium, an update on Covid-19 in terms of lateral flow testing, contract tracing, actions for pupils/staff with symptoms and the accountability arrangements for primary school and KS4 and Post 16 assessments.  As well as links to DfE webinars on how schools can improve attendance.

Free Governor training on the role of governors in making a difference for disadvantaged children: Tuesday 15 March 2022 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Governors for Schools are offering this webinar with the NGA and Child Poverty Action Group.  The session will provide an overview of Pupil Premium funding; its core use and what governors should be monitoring and asking to ensure it’s being used effectively. As well as focusing on the Child Poverty Actions Group’s Cost of the School Day project. The project aims to support schools to reduce and eliminate cost barriers that can prevent children from disadvantaged backgrounds from fully participating in learning and wider school life. 

To register your place please use this link for the Governors for Schools website.

Covid update
Lateral flow testing/contact tracing – twice weekly testing in mainstream schools is no longer advised and contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended.  Staff and pupils in specialist SEND settings, Alternative Provision, and SEND units in mainstream schools are advised to continue regular twice weekly testing.

Pupils/staff with symptoms – pupils/staff with Covid-19 should not attend school while they are infectious and should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to school as long as they feel well enough to do so and don’t have a temperature.

Accountability arrangements for primary school assessments and KS4 and Post 16 – the DfE has confirmed the following arrangements:

  • Primary assessments – this year’s KS2 results will not be published in performance tables but will be shared with schools, academy trusts, local authorities and Ofsted for school improvement purposes and to help identify schools most in need of support. This will be a transitional arrangement and DfE intends to publish the data in performance tables again next academic year. KS2 results from this year will also be used to calculate Progress 8 baselines for future institution-level progress measures.
  • KS4 and Post 16 – results from qualifications achieved this year will be published on school and college performance tables, using the normal suite of accountability measures, as far as that is possible.  The DfE will need to adjust the way that it calculates some performance measures at both KS4 and 16 to 18 stages for this year to take account of the fact that results of qualifications achieved in 2020 and the 2020 to 2021 academic year will not be included. At 16 to 18 in particular, it will not be able to use KS4 baseline data from 2020 or 2021, which will affect the 16 to 18 value added measure and the English and maths progress measure this year and in future years.

School attendance
This week the DfE added links to its website on webinars on how schools can improve attendance.