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Trust among country's best for disadvantaged pupils

Published on 20/12/18

The Inspiration Trust is one of the country's best schools groups at helping disadvantaged children succeed, according to a new report.

Analysis by the Sutton Trust has placed the Norwich-based trust in the top dozen academy groups in the country in its overall rankings.

The report looked at GCSE exam results in English and maths, alongside performance in the Government's preferred Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.

Inspiration Trust runs 13 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, and has twice been ranked the top comprehensive schools group in the country for overall pupil progress to GCSE.

Chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "We set up the Inspiration Trust to improve education for all young people, whatever their background, and it is pleasing to see this study showing that children with some of the toughest home lives are benefiting from the hard work of our staff in schools.

"We have deliberately taken on some of the most challenging schools in the region, and I think we have shown that used well, the additional freedom over curriculum and organisation that academy trusts have can make a real difference to our pupils."

The Sutton Trust's fifth Chain Reaction report looked particularly at exam results of pupils qualifying for pupil premium, an additional payment that schools can claim where a child is in care or their family receives certain benefits.