Closing the SW Disadvantage Gap
 

We know that as a region, we need to do more to close the disadvantage gap more quickly and more effectively. We will be building on the established good practice in narrowing the disadvantaged gap by working with schools who are clearly demonstrating best practice and linking them with schools who see this as significant priority in achieving better outcomes.

 
Whilst the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, measured by the DfE’s attainment gap index, has narrowed by 13% at key stage 2 and 9.5% at key stage 4 since 2011 (the year the pupil premium was introduced), attainment or progress for SW disadvantaged pupils is not improving as well as for their peers i.e. the gap is widening when you look across the 2017 to 2019 outcomes, both in the EYFS and at KS2 and KS4.  We now have the largest gaps across all three phases nationally.

 

Narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils is an urgent priority for the South West. We know that as a region we need to do more, close the disadvantage gap, quickly and effectively so that every child in the SW can succeed regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

What are we already doing collectively to address the widening gap? You can contact regional leads using the details on this page.


Disadvantage News



What are we already doing collectively to address the widening gap?
 

There are many projects underway in the SW led by various stakeholders and system partners to close the gap in several localities as part of place-based approaches:

  • Team South West have convened a Disadvantage Working Group made up of key partners from the EEF, RSC office, DfE, TSC, Whole School SEND, EdTech, and NCETM to develop a coherent and more systematic means of enabling school leaders to access the best available research and expertise. Contact: Chrysta Garnett: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

  • The West Somerset Opportunity Area is a great example of systematic place-based approach that has yielded excellent outcomes for young people in a relatively short amount of time. By partnering with the West Somerset Research School, the EEF, the Local Authority and expert system leaders and local networks this work is likely to be sustained across all education phases. Contact: Jan.Downie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

  • The EEF has many regional projects in the pipeline that are designed to address very specific local needs where the highest numbers of EEF priority schools in an area have been identified. Contact: Lorwyn Randall: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

  • Plymouth Local Authority and the DfE have partnered with Kingsbridge Research School, the EEF and Ambition Institute to provide a targeted Secondary Improvement Strategy across Plymouth secondraries that has 3 key strands: 1. Individual School Support and MAT collaboration  2. An outstanding CPD offer in the city to build leadership capacity  3. Implementation of a strategy that tackles key barriers to system improvement in Plymouth. You can find out more about this project here: https://www.plymouthstrategy.org/


Guidance and Regional Support Available for Schools

Guidance and resources focusing on disadvantage in schools


Podcasts

A range of podcasts have been produced with Jim Rogers. Jim interviews the people whose ideas are challenging the future of education. Each one links to an educational theme and each guest has something valuable to offer. They are no more than 60 mins. If you listen to them all you'll notice they resonate with each other and key themes emerge.  Find out more here:  https://www.cpdportal.org/pages/podcast


 
Marc Rowlands

Marc is currently the adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners for the Unity Schools Partnership.  Marc is currently working with the Education Endowment Foundation’s national Research School Network on the roll out of their national Pupil Premium training programme. He is also working on  a range of programmes focussed on educational disadvantage nationally. He was formerly the Head of Rosendale Research School in Lambeth. 

He has an excellent blog page providing a one stop shop for evidence, case studies, templates etc to support schools and Trusts with their work around supporting Disadvantaged learners.
 
Marc has also produced a webinar with HISP Research School 'Meeting the needs of disadvantage pupils during and post-pandemic'.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed at https://youtu.be/NWdELV6I8rg. Please click here to view the accompanying powerpoint presentation.


West Somerset Research School & Kingsbridge Research School

The Research Schools Network is a collaboration (EEF and IEE) to create a network of schools that support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.

 

 


‘Evidence into Action’ - EEF podcast focuses on ‘Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils’

 

The Education Endowment Fund publish a monthly podcast, ‘Evidence into Action’. This opening instalment focuses on how schools can ‘Make the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils’.

For quick and easy access to future episodes, search for 'Evidence into Action' in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts and make sure you subscribe there.and make sure you subscribe there.
 


Case Studies: The EEF 3 Tiered Approach

Practical, evidence-based guidance to support schools in the busy and unpredictable year ahead.

 

 



TEDx Exeter : How can we level the playing field of life? | Lee Elliot Major 

Social mobility is getting worse, leading to extremes of inequality and a disconnected, dysfunctional elite. So what can we do to create a more level playing field? Lee Elliot Major explores how middle-class privilege is increasingly ingrained by our education system, arguing that radical reforms are needed to tackle a massive waste of talent. 


Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

A collection of curated links and resources from Bill Jerman on Supporting Disdavantaged Pupils.

WK Jerman Education Consultancy - Resources 

 


 

 

 

Edtech Demo regional dashboard

Helping schools and colleges with support for remote education, powered by a national network of Demonstrator Schools and Colleges and supported by a consortium of Delivery Partners.The programme is funded by the English Department for Education as part of its get help with technology initiative.  

The DfE and delivery partners have identified 48 schools and colleges nationally to act as Demonstrator Schools which have demonstrated excellence in their use of technology to support teaching and learning and have the capacity to help others. 

These schools and colleges represent a wide range of contexts, from rural to urban and primary to further education and include a number of Trusts with special needs provision. 

Please register for interest here https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net/register-your-interest by February 2021.



Featured Resource 

The GEC App for Education

We know that the SW has the largest gaps when it comes to Disadvantage. That is why we have created the GEC App; this is the solution for early years to post16. We support school leaders with groundbreaking data analysis, research-led CPD, as well as best practice policy and practice to provide everything you need to both identify and diminish the difference for all of your stakeholders.


OUR FRAMEWORK

2 YEARS OF RESEARCH

3 LEADING UK UNIVERSITIES

100+ SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

COMMUNITY OF 10,000+

 

We launched December 2020, after a national pilot with schools and colleges from across the UK. This is THE framework and toolkit when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion - including Socio-Economic Status, Anti-Racism, LGBTQ+ and Gender Equality support. It is all online, puts the data and education into your hands without the need for expensive consultancy. We call this the #GECApp. 
 

You will also explore the educational pathways of your students from when they start school to post16, educating you on every aspect of gender equality and the 9 characteristics of the Equality Act (2010) and Disadvantage

Best of all, it’s all online (and it won’t break the bank at £150 per setting as our business arm sponsor education). 

 

OUR MISSION | To combine your data with our groundbreaking framework and online CPD training, making you the expert.

 

 

So, the question is WHY wouldn't you do the GEC App to help you serve your underserved students better?

For more information click here.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

 



All Disadvantage Documents 

Find an Edtech School SW | Featured SW Edtech CPD & Support | Edtech Guidance & Resources


The DfE and delivery partners have identified twenty schools and colleges to act as Demonstrator Schools which have demonstrated excellence in their use of technology to support teaching and learning and have the capacity to help others. There are plans to extend the reach of this programme over the coming weeks.

These schools and colleges represent a wide range of contexts, from rural to urban and primary to further education and include a number of Trusts with special needs provision. 

Advice and training will be available to some schools and colleges across the country which are most in need of support, for example those which have recently deployed a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.

The South West of England has six Edtech Demonstrator Schools, you can search for your nearest support provider below:
 

Find an Edtech Demonstrator School


Regional Edtech News


Edtech Guidance and Resources

This section of the Edtech Demonstrator Website gathers together guidance and resources from our demonstrator schools and colleges and advice on a range of issues including edtech strategy development, safeguarding and wellbeing and support for Special Educational Needs.

Boost your Organisation’s Profile and Extend its Reach!  
 

 

Your organisation has its own website, individuals in your area know about your organisation,
and you’re still not achieving the level of engagement you’re looking for with your CPD offer. How can you improve this
?


Search for School CPD across SW England from a single search toolSubscribers to the CPD Portal-SW service can promote their events to an audience of over 10 000 users across SW England and beyond. The Portal is ‘Booking Platform Agnostic’ – it doesn’t matter where your events are being processed, you can still add them to the Portal’s CPD catalogue.

 

Users click the ‘Register’ button next to an event listing and they’re routed through to the site where the event’s bookings are being managed. Many organisations use services such as EventBrite, Google Forms or Third Party booking systems; the Portal can accommodate all events regardless of how bookings are managed by an organisation.
 

The Power of Search

Search Simplified - Users can find CPD from one simple search box, searching across an extensive catalogue of CPD from over 80 CPD Providers across the whole of SW England and beyond. If the event is added to the Regional Portal you’ll find it there.

Search for School CPD across SW England from a single search tool
Search for School CPD across SW England


Enter a phrase and the Portal will display the CPD available throughout the region.  Users can also carry out an advanced search by category or even postcode.
 

Adding a CPD Event is as Simple as ABC…

Simply add your event by completing the ‘Add an Event’ form and begin promoting your events to a wider audience.

The following video outlines how to add an event:


 

What do I need to begin Promoting My Events on the Regional Portal?


Existing Subscribers

Your organisation will need a CPD Provider account for the Regional Portal https://www.cpdportal-sw.org . As we are transitioning between Sub Regional sites and the Regional Platform, if you're already a subscribing organisation you’ll currently need two accounts. Your Sub Regional account will NOT work on the Regional Portal. You can request a Regional Portal account here.

NOTE: We will only provide an account to the registered email address attached to your organisation’s Sub Regional Portal CPD Provider Account.


New Subscribers

You can sign up your organisation as a CPD Provider on the Portal from the link below:

>> Sign up your organisation as a CPD Provider
 

Support

We’ve created a new ‘Support FAQs’ area on the Portal (Available to Registered Users). From here you can view the most common support questions raised by CPD Providers. We will be retiring the current ‘Help’ site over the coming weeks, and centralizing support at the Regional Portal level.

You can also contact support by filling in the ‘Contact Portal Support’ form on the Contact Page.

If you'd like to talk to us please contact our 'Collaboration Lead' 
 

If you’re having problems using your Portal account, please go to the ‘Contact’ menu on the Regional Portal, fill in the ‘Contact Portal Support’ form and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

 

How to sign up so you can display your organisation's CPD Offer across SW England 


The Portal brings together everything you need to promote and deliver your organisation's CPD programmes and events across the region.  The service provides a range of options for promoting and managing your school's CPD offer.

Subscribers to the CPD Portal-SW service can promote their events to an audience of over 10 000 users across SW England and beyond. The Portal is ‘Booking Platform Agnostic’ – it doesn’t matter where your events are being processed, you can still add them to the Portal’s CPD catalogue. Users can find CPD from one simple search box, searching across an extensive catalogue of CPD from over 80 CPD Providers. Users click the ‘Register’ button next to an event listing and they’re routed through to the site where the event’s bookings are being managed. Many organisations use services such as EventBrite, Google Forms or Third Party booking systems; the Portal can accommodate all events regardless of how bookings are managed by an organisation. Simply add your event by completing the a simple online form and begin promoting your events to a wider audience. 

Raise Your Organisation's Profile and Extend its Reach - A Single Searchable CPD Catalogue of CPD Across SW England

 



 If you have any questions, please use the contact form.


What you need to do... 

Each organisation should nominate a lead 'CPD Manager' who will manage their CPD events on the Portal. The individual will be able to promote/manage events through the platfom. 

 


What happens next? 


Step 1

Your Organisation: Please complete the following form:

CPD Portal SW New Provider Setup Form

Step 2

Teaching Schools Council SW Portal Team :   We will create a 'CPD Provider' account for you.

IMPORTANT: You must ensure the email address you use is an official address associated with your organisation. We will not accept account requests from non organisational email accounts. 

Step 3

Your Organisation:  You will receive an automatic email from the system informing you your account has been setup along with a 'Quick Start Guide' and access to our Help Site. 

Step 4 

Your Organisation: Log into the CPD Portal

Read the 'Quick Start Guide' (we will email this to you).

You can now begin promoting your CPD events! 

Why not sign up to the Portal Newsletter?


 If you have any further questions, please use the contact form.