Challenge the Gap

The programme

Challenge the Gap is a national whole school improvement programme developed by Challenge Partners. The programme aims to narrow the gap between pupil premium children and their peers, through a team of staff developing innovative projects to improve attainment for a targeted group of their pupils.

Who is it for?

Challenge the Gap is a programme for schools who are looking to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in their school by improving the effectiveness of their pupil premium spending. Secondary schools select 1 leader, 3 teachers and 2 para-professionals to take part in the programme. Primary schools select 1 leader, 1 teacher and 1 para-professional to take part.

A strategic, evidence-based model that works

Each team learns how to develop, trial and scale up effective, tailored strategies to benefit disadvantaged pupils in their context, using the latest research, best practice and emerging innovation.

Workshops overview/content:

  1. The starting line - Programme launch; building relationships; identifying common issues to tackle; establishing a baseline of pupil data.

  2. A deep dive into pupil data - What does the research say? What are the programme themes and why are they important? What does your data tell us about your target pupils? Identifying what needs to be done at your school and planning for the year.

  3. The Academically Competent Learner - Building academic literacy, academic numeracy or critical thinking in the classroom (focus area chosen based on local needs).

  4. The Self-Aware Learner - Developing Metacognition in the classroom; leading change for your target pupils.

  5. The Resilient Learner - Building resilience in and out of the classroom; leading change across your school.

  6. So What… And What Next? - Evaluating progress and extending the reach of your impact

Impact

The 13 schools participating this year are already reporting a positive impact, with one participating teacher remarking “The change was remarkable: after one session of quality time with a parent, the child’s day was dramatically different - better behaved, more focussed and showing a genuine desire to learn.”

Get involved

If you are interested in participating in Challenge the Gap and wish to find out more, please email us at info@southwarktsa.co.uk

2017/18 programme outline

Schools participating in the programme this year are as follows:

Charles Dickens cluster: Camelot Primary School, Charles Dickens Primary School, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, Friars Primary School, St John and St Clements C of E Primary School, The Belham Primary School.

Riverside cluster: Alfred Salter Primary School, Bacon’s College, Brunswick Park Primary, Robert Browning Primary School, Heber Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary School.

Event/workshop dates:

  • 19th September 2017 – Challenge the Gap Headteachers & Governors Briefing Event (9:30pm-6pm)
  • 22nd September 2017 - Challenge the Gap training – facilitation schools only (11am-2pm)
  • 4th October 2017 - Challenge the Gap Workshop 1 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 5th October 2017 – Challenge the Gap Workshop 1 – CDPS cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 18th October 2017 – Challenge the Gap Development Day 1 – facilitation schools only (9:30am-4pm)
  • 9th November 2017 – Challenge the Gap Workshop 2 – CDPS cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 10th November 2017 Challenge the Gap Workshop 2 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 4th December 2017 Challenge the Gap Workshop 3 – CDPS cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 8th December 2017 Challenge the Gap Workshop 3 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 17th January 2018 Challenge the Gap Development Day 2 – facilitation schools only (9.30am-3pm)
  • 26th January 2018 Challenge the Gap Workshop 4 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 1st February 2018 Challenge the Gap Workshop 4 – CDPS cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 14th March 2018 Challenge the Gap Development Day 3 – facilitation schools only (9:30am-4pm)
  • 19th March 2018 - Headteacher and Governor training (5-6.45pm, Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 5LX)
  • 22nd March 2018 Challenge the Gap Workshop 5 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 24th May 2018 Challenge the Gap Workshop 6 – CDPS cluster (9am-3:30pm)
  • 25th May 2018 Challenge the Gap Workshop 6 – Riverside cluster (9am-3:30pm)