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Closing the gap: how system leaders and schools can work together

How national leaders of education and teaching school alliances can work with other schools to close gaps in attainment.

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A high priority for schools is to close gaps in attainment between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.

This report summarises the outcomes and learning for system leaders from a research project in 2012. National leaders of education and teaching school alliances worked together to support:

  • other schools to close gaps in attainment
  • the progress of pupils eligible for free school meals

Examples from case studies explain the work that was undertaken.

The full case studies are available on The National Archives website:

  1. Closing the gap action research: case study of Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and Irlam and Cadishead College
  2. Closing the gap action research: case study of Broadoak Primary School and The Cathedral Primary School
  3. Closing the gap action research: case study of Chestnut Grove and St Cecilia’s secondary schools
  4. Closing the gap action research: Case study of Danehill Church of England Primary School
  5. Closing the gap action research: case study of Dunraven Secondary School and Crown Lane Primary School
  6. Closing the gap action research: case study of Forest Way teaching school alliance
  7. Closing the gap action research: case study of Gilmorton Chandler Church of England Primary School
  8. Closing the gap action research: case study of Halterworth, Wellow and Awbridge primary schools
  9. Closing the gap action research: case study of Kibworth Church of England Primary School
  10. Closing the gap action research: case study of Little Ilford School
  11. Closing the gap action research: case study of The Meadow Community Primary School
  12. Closing the gap action research: case study of Michael Faraday and St Peter’s Church of England primary schools
  13. Closing the gap action research: case study of St Eanswythe’s and Christ Church Church of England primary schools
  14. Closing the gap action research: Case study Tollgate Primary School
  15. Closing the gap action research: Case study of The Heath School
  16. Closing the gap action research: case study of Victoria Infant and Nursery School
  17. Closing the gap action research: case study of Yesoiday Hatorah Primary School