Analysing pupil progress: questions to ask

Use our questions to help you analyse pupil progress and confidently hold your school leaders to account.

Last reviewed on 8 September 2021
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Questions to ask

How are we supporting the closing of learning gaps between pupils? Are all of our pupils getting the support they need to fulfil their potential? 

Focus on closing learning gaps as the first stepping stone when asking about pupil progress in the autumn term.

Leaders should be able to explain what initiatives/strategies they have or are planning to have in place to support pupils.

They might refer to the funded tutoring programmes to provide tutoring interventions to support disadvantaged pupils.

They should also explain how they're using any of the coronavirus catch-up premium they're carrying forward from the last academic year to support their plans, and how they decided what to spend the funding on.

You need to make sure the funding is:

  • Spent in line with your school's catch-up priorities
  • Used transparently, so that parents understand how your school is using it

Was pupil progress at the end of summer 2021 in line with what you expected?