Research and analysis

Evaluation of the Gaining Ground strategy

This report presents the findings from an evaluation of the effect and value for money of the gaining ground strategy.


Evaluation of the Gaining Ground strategy


The gaining ground strategy was launched with a budget of £40 million and ran for 2 years (September 2009 to July 2011). It supported school improvement in secondary schools that had reasonable-to-good GCSE examination results, but had poor progression rates in English and mathematics. The strategy comprised four main strands focusing on:

  • school-to-school partnership working
  • additional support from school improvement partners
  • additional training in assessment for learning
  • study support

This report looks at the effects and legacy arising from the strategy.

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Published 28 June 2012

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