Our Aim

We want to ensure that every child in the South West has the opportunity to make the most of their lives, no matter where they live or their background. 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 often not improving as well as for their peers i.e. the gap is unfortunately widening when you look across the 2017 and 2018 outcomes, both at KS2 and KS4. 

To ensure that we maximise this learning we will be working in two geographical areas of the South West and concentrating on making the difference with our Early Years and Primary aged children. The aim is to ensure that we narrow or eliminate the gap for Disadvantaged children at the earliest stage in their educational experience. Schools supporting other schools, leaders sharing their most effective strategic approaches and teachers demonstrating best practice in the classrooms, will be key features of our approach to ensuring that the South West becomes a beacon of best practice in the country in tackling social disadvantage. 

  Our Objectives

  1. To build upon the disadvantaged pilot from 2018 by engaging best practice schools to partner with targeted schools identified by REP Boards.  In addition engaging additional best practice schools in joint project work, pilot-partner work and dissemination of best practice
  2. To develop a best practice research group from the primary pilot schools and best practice primary schools in a cascade model focused on identifying proven strategies which have made maximum impact on the most vulnerable pupils in SW schools.
  3. To ensure that impact of regional SSIF projects on outcomes for disadvantaged pupils is reviewed and shared across the system.
  4. To focus on Early Years with the identified LA areas of focus by building a plan with the English hubs together with best practice in other LA areas such as Cornwall and the Opportunity with a particular focus on early language development and oracy

  Strategic Lead Contacts

Sue Rogers Deputy CEO Redstart Learning Partnership. 

  Latest Documents

The DfE have published their latest update on the Pupil Premium and it includes a section related to the PP Strategy Statement which is published on the school website. Schools are 'encouraged' to develop a longer term strategy.
Download the document here.

  Useful Links


  Existing Networks 


  Case Studies

Sub-Region A: Somerset, Bristol, Bath, NE Somerset and South Gloucestershire – Sian Kinder
Sub-Region B:Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire – James Passmore
Sub-Region C: Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole – Fritz Penn-Barwell
Sub-Region D: Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Plymouth and Torbay – Teresa Lawrance



Maths in SW England Mathematics has a critical role to play in the future of the region’s and the wider UK economy and mathematical and quantitative skills are increasingly required, not just for traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics routes but for a wide range of future careers. Our education system needs to develop and nurture the mathematicians of the future and this is why the DfE have created Maths Hubs across the country to support schools to raise the standard of mathematics education and backed this with £41m funding to scale up mastery mathematics teaching approaches across primary schools. Maths attainment and progress remains a particular priority for the SW region.  Attainment at KS2 and progress to KS4 remain a challenge for us all when we compare the South West with National Averages, however collaboration of the four Maths Hubs and organisations with Maths expertise is strong in the South West. 

High expectations for all pupils and teacher confidence is crucial. It is important that schools know how to access the CPD opportunities available to them. The Teaching Schools, Local Authorities, Diocese and Regional Schools Commissioning team collaborate effectively with the South West Maths Strategy group, including the Maths Hubs, to plan a coordinated offer. Maths Development opportunities are available for all schools in the region and can be accessed via the portal and in system wide communications.

There are 35 Maths Hubs across England of which four are in the south west: Cornwall and West Devon (CODE), Jurassic, Boolean and GLOW.

Each Maths Hub forms a collaborative network of people involved in maths education. If you teach maths in Early Years, primary, secondary or FE, they can support you with your professional development.

The aim of the Maths Hubs network is to develop and spread excellent practice in maths teaching, for the benefit of all pupils and students. Each hub is based at and locally led by an outstanding school or college.

Professional development opportunities for maths teachers like you are taking place in the south west and across the country right now. Most of the events run by the Maths Hubs are free to join. To find out more about the work of the Maths Hubs and get involved, find your hub and get in touch.

  Strategic Lead Contacts:

 Anabelle Grose  (Regional Lead (SW) National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics)

 Useful Links


 Case Studies/Research:


 Other Key Contacts


About Governance & Leadership in South West England


Governing boards play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for pupils: one that discovers and fosters the unique talents of every individual, so that they can contribute with confidence to a future which we can only imagine.  Governing boards are the vision-setters and strategic decision-makers for their schools and have a significant degree of autonomy in an increasingly school-led system.  

Whether your role is as a trustee/director in an academy or as a governor in a maintained school, central to the board’s role is ensuring robust accountability for every aspect of the school’s performance – as well as your own. Without a thorough understanding of performance measures, financial planning and resourcing, and how the curriculum enables your vision, you will be unable to carry out your role effectively.

National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

National Leaders of Governance are designated by the DfE. They are experienced and effective chairs of governors.  They use their skills supportively to help other boards to ensure they are having a positive impact on school and academy performance. They might do this through

  • - Mentoring chairs and through them, supporting the board 
    - Undertaking an External Review of Governance (ERG) and making recommendations for future practice
    - Mediating difficult relationships
    - Providing a fresh pair of eyes, which can help even the best boards to improve

NLGs are deployed to facilitate the development of existing boards, not to take over.  Nevertheless, in circumstances where schools have significant challenges, an NLG might be called upon to

  • - Chair and/or be a member of an interim executive board (IEB)
    - Join a governing board of a school in need of support

We know that no board sets out to do a bad job, but that sometimes boards lack the skills to ask the right questions; sometimes they take evidence at face value or simply become too close to be truly objective; sometimes they are so preoccupied with holding others to account that they forget to evaluate their own practice.  We want to see every governing board meeting the exacting standards of governance set for them, so that every child in the South West receives an education fit for the future, whatever that brings.  Please help us to help you. Each NLG provides 35 hours’ support across the school year free of charge, so the sooner you contact one, the less likely they are already to have used their 35 hours. Beyond that time, NLGs are at liberty to negotiate fees with individual schools.

We work in subregional teams. Subregions have a Regional Governance Lead who works closely with their Regional Teaching School Lead. A Project Manager is responsible to the TSCSW national council member for the NLG governance network in the region.  For details, see ‘contacts’ below.

Local Leaders of Governance are being recruited to complement the work of the NLG network and increase capacity in the South West.  Might you be, or know someone who could support governance in this way?  To find out more (Download Flyer) and/or apply, contact the Project Manager (Julia Steward)  for an initial conversation. 

How do I find an NLG?

To find a named NLG, go to the ‘Find Support’ menu at the top of this page, go to the drop-down menu ‘Designations’ and select ‘NLG’ then search by postcode.  If you know the name of the NLG you wish to look up, then go to the'Search NLG by Name' menu which hangs off the 'Find Support' menu.  You can also search by subregion if you know which area you are in.

Regional Leadership and Governance Events

Free Governor Training : 

30 March 2019 Cornwall Governors Conference (venue tbc)


 Region   Local Authorities    Lead
 Region A  BANES, Bristol, North Somerset,  Somerset,  South Gloucestershire  Geoff Mountjoy
 Region B  Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire   Keith Clover
 Region C  Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole   Keith Clover
 Region D   Cornwall,  Devon, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Torbay  Jackie Eason
 South West Region NLG Network Project Manager   Across the region.  Julia Steward

Sub Regional :


 Sub Region 

 Regional Governance Lead   Teaching School Lead 
 A: Bristol, BANES, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and North Somerset  Geoff Mountjoy  Sian Kinder
 B: Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire  Keith Clover  James Passmore
 C:  Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth  Keith Clover  Fritz Penn-Barwell
 D: Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Devon and Torbay  Jackie Eason  Teresa Lawrance
 Project Manager  Julia Steward

 National TSC South West representative

Tony Bloxham