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  • Alternative provision: how to choose and work with providers Download our alternative provision (AP) audit to help you decide whether a provider is suitable for your pupils. Plus, find out how Ofsted inspects your AP and how you should work with the provider during your pupil's stay there.
  • Closing the gap in primary schools How can primary schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils? In this article, we refer to research and guidance on how schools can close the attainment gap and improve attainment. We also look at how schools can use the pupil premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Evaluating intervention strategies: advice and tracking tool Is there guidance on evaluating the impact of interventions? We relay expert advice on evaluating interventions, and link to a guide from the Education Endowment Foundation. We include a downloadable KeyDoc tool for evaluating interventions, and guidance on reporting to governors about interventions.
  • Handwriting interventions for pupils with SEN Are there examples of handwriting interventions in schools for pupils with SEN? We look at examples of handwriting interventions for these pupils in schools. We also link to an article with advice on improving the writing of pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
  • Intervention strategies for English and maths (primary) Use our guide to help you navigate the huge number of primary intervention strategies that are out there. Understand what makes a good intervention, and how best to implement them in your school.
  • Intervention strategies (secondary) How can we accelerate progress among low attaining pupils? We look at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) toolkit, which includes research on effective interventions. We also look specifically at literacy interventions and examples of interventions run by secondary schools.
  • Raising attainment in maths (primary) Follow our 5-step guide to find out how you can raise attainment in maths across your school. Know what good practice looks like and use it on a whole-school or teacher level.
  • Research into raising achievement (secondary) Is there research on raising achievement in secondary schools? We refer to research on effective strategies to raise achievement, and look at factors that influence achievement. You will also find information about The Key’s CPD Toolkit, including a module on raising achievement.
  • School reopening: how to accelerate catch-up learning for pupils who've fallen behind Some pupils have lost more learning time than others during coronavirus and have fallen more behind than the rest. Curriculum experts Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington share their key guiding principles for helping these pupils catch up.
  • School reopening: how to help disadvantaged pupils catch up School closures are likely to reverse progress made to narrow the attainment gap in the last decade, and the gap could widen by up to 75%. Find out what evidence-based measures you can take, and how to spend your pupil premium funding, to mitigate this and reduce the gap in your school.
  • Strategies to raise achievement (secondary) How can secondary schools raise achievement? We look at case studies on how secondary schools have raised achievement. We also relay advice on how schools can use continuing professional development for staff and personalised career goals for pupils to raise achievement.
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  • Challenging the most able pupils under the primary curriculum How can we challenge the most able pupils under the primary curriculum? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on providing challenge within the National Curriculum, and introducing curriculum content early.
  • Defining English as an additional language (EAL) Know when a pupil has EAL, and how to record languages spoken by a pupil on your school census and in your own internal records.
  • Improving writing for pupils with SEND Find strategies to help your pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to improve their writing and boost their confidence.
  • Raising the attainment of pupils with SEN How can we raise the attainment of pupils with SEN? This article looks at teaching strategies schools can use to raise the attainment of pupils with special educational needs (SEN). It also features case studies on how schools have improved the outcomes of pupils with SEN.
  • Supporting pupils with EAL to access the curriculum Understand the needs of children with EAL and find a range of tools to help teachers guide them through the challenges of the curriculum, from a strategic seating plan to differentiated activities. See how one school embedded support for EAL pupils into its inclusion policy.
  • Supporting vocabulary development for pupils with EAL and/or SEN How can we support vocabulary development for children with EAL and SEN? We relay guidance from two of our associate experts on techniques and tools that can be used to support vocabulary development for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), special educational needs (SEN), or both.
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