Closing the Achievement Gap
Both Welsh Government and the DFE have placed an emphasis on improving the outcomes for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Simply because this group of pupils do significantly less well than their peers. Through the additional funding provided to schools , through the Pupil Premium in England , and the Pupil Development Grant in Wales both countries hope to close the achievement gap that currently exists between those group and their peers. Whilst this additional funding is most welcome, allocating funding accurately to have an impact on pupil outcomes is proving difficult. What's more whilst there is much research out there , and helpful websites such as the Toolkit provided by the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF) , we are still not sure what works.
As a former strategic advisor for Closing the Gap , Huw Duggan as significant experience in working with schools to raise outcomes for eFSM pupils. We can provide a range of support, training and evaluations to help take the headache out of outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. So the question remains , what works?
The simple answer, good pedagogy! Teaching and learning. The Right Learning Company offer a range of training and packages focused on the pedagogy of closing the gap.