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Using Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds to Reduce the Attainment Gap

The Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds have been fundamental in helping schools decrease the attainment gap between students and helping disadvantaged students catch up with their peers. We heard from Lee Raftery, Deputy Headteacher of the Royal Liberty School about how interventions funded by the catch-up fund have helped improve student progress.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Lockdowns have had a massive impact on the education sector, with schools across the UK being closed for months on end, and learning having to move online. This briefing examines the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector; discussing the ways schools have had to adapt teaching strategies so students are continually supported in their learning journey.

Attainment Gap: Cultural Capital and the Attainment Gap

Cultural Capital is the knowledge children need to prepare them for future success in life. We heard from Jackie O’Hanlon of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how culture and the arts can be used to help close the attainment gap and improve language development.

Attainment Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

For the first time since 2011 As a result of the pandemic and the impact of remote learning, the attainment gap between children has started to widen. Alex Quigley, of the Education Endowment Foundation shared how early intervention and sustained parental involvement in learning can help provide better support to disadvantaged students.

Attainment Gap: Using Schoolwide Strategies to Tackle the Attainment Gap

The pandemic posed significant challenges for schools, with remote learning and disruption to learning widening the attainment gap across England. We heard from Sarah Rostrom of St Bede Church of England Primary Academy about how innovative schoolwide strategies can improve support for teachers, enabling them to deliver bespoke learning packages to students to tackle the attainment gap.

Reducing the Attainment Gap through Early Years Intervention

In 2016, Norwich was ranked second-lowest in terms of social mobility in the country. In this case study we’ll explore the ongoing work to raise the level of four- and five-year old’s language acquisition in the Norwich Opportunity Area.
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