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Closing the Pupil Premium GAP at KS3: an Evidence Based Approach

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In 2011, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published a Teaching and Learning Toolkit, designed to help schools decide how best to spend the Pupil Premium in order to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. From 2010-2014, James and Kate designed and developed a whole school, evidence-based approach to narrowing the attainment gap while raising standards overall.

This approach met with considerable success, closing the Pupil Premium gap from 25% to 2% in the space of one school year, and resulted in the best set of exam results in their school’s history. In this hands-on one day workshop the tutors will share a range of practical real world techniques for closing the Pupil Premium Gap “from the bottom up”. Delegates will work collaboratively to develop context-specific action plans to help them replicate this success in their own schools.

Course aims:

  • Understand why there is an educational attainment gap between disadvantaged young people and their peers, and what can be done about it
  • Explore a range of practical strategies which are known to close the Pupil Premium Gap
  • Learn how to develop a dynamic, flexible Whole School Language of Learning
  • Carry out a simple audit for how to develop similar practices in any school
  • Complete short, medium and long term action planning for how to implement evidence-based changes

9:30 Registration and Refreshments 14:00 Audit: How Ready is My School?
10:00 What is the Attainment Gap? Why does it exist? What can be done about it? 14:30 Action planning: how to implement Evidence Based Change
10:30 The importance of speaking and listening (oracy) 15:15 Sharing (and tweaking) our planning
11:15 Coffee 15:45 Course Close
11:30 How to develop a Whole School Language of Learning    
12:15 A Framework for Implementing Evidence Based Change    
13:00 Restaurant lunch    

Kate & James

James is a lead professional for science at a secondary school in Sussex. He has an MA in Person Centred Education and, in conjunction with his teaching responsibilities, is currently completing a PhD at Cambridge focusing on evidence-based improvements to schools' curricula and pedagogy.

Kate has spent the last 12 years working to develop evidence-based approaches to improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people. She is currently working an Educational Consultant to develop her ideas more widely. Kate is also the founder of a charity that helps provide education for refugees.

Suitable for: 
Senior/Secondary, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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