How to use case studies
They can be an effective way to:
- Report to governors or trustees on how you're using the pupil premium and what effect it's having on individual pupils
- Help inform your teacher training (including early-career teacher training)
- Share knowledge and experience with other schools (including other academies within your multi-academy trust)
- Add context and colour that may not come across through quantitative data alone
You don't need to use case studies in your strategy statement using the DfE's template
This is because the DfE requires you to show how your spending strategy is informed by research evidence, referring to a range of sources including the Education Endowment Foundation's (EEF's) pupil premium guide. The guide states that while case studies may demonstrate your school's experiences, they won't provide evidence for how effective your approach is.
Read more about the DfE's reporting requirements here.
Adapt them to fit your school's context and reporting