Improving attainment for disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths

Why this is an issue:

Pupils currently perform worse in primary school (key stage 2) and at the end of secondary school (key stage 4) than nationally.

Disadvantaged pupils tend to achieve lower levels of attainment compared to non-disadvantaged pupils in Ipswich and disadvantaged pupils nationally.

Too few pupils are qualified to level 2 (GCSE level or equivalent) in English and maths by age 19, particularly pupils who are disadvantaged.

What we will do:

Accept applications from schools for grants of up to £25,000 from out evidence-based practice fund to improve outcomes in English and maths for disadvantaged pupils

Offer schools funded trips to visit other schools across the country to learn best practice

Work with the Ipswich Research School and Suffolk and Norfolk Maths Hub to help schools evaluate their own practice and direct them to evidence-based practice

Prioritise Ipswich schools for national funds

Trial approaches to improve support for disadvantaged pupils entering secondary school and college in September 2018 


Our targets:

  • Attainment at key stage 2 and key stage 4 will be in the top half of all local authority districts in England
  • The gap between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and all pupils will be half of what it was in September 2017
  • The average Progress 8 score of disadvantaged pupils will be in the top half of all local authority districts in England
  • The proportion of pupils achieving level 2 in English and maths by age 16 will be more than the national average

Contact us for more information and to find out how to be involved.