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.

Our targets by 2021:

  • 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.

What we set out to do:

  • Offer schools grants of up to £25,000 from our Evidence Based Practice Fund, to improve outcomes in English, Maths and STEM or supporting transitions for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Offer schools funded trips to visit other education establishments across the country to learn and bring back best practice.
  • Work with the Ipswich Research School and Suffolk & Norfolk Maths Hub to help schools evaluate their own practice and directing them to evidence-based practice.
  • Prioritise Ipswich schools for national funds, such as Strategic School Improvement Funds (SSIF) and Teaching Learning Innovation Fund (TLIF). 
  • Trial approaches to improve support for disadvantaged pupils entering secondary school and college

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

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