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