“We have introduced strategies in school and at home that are seeing disadvantaged pupils make significant gains in their learning.” Liz Laws, Pickhurst Infant Academy
What is Challenge the Gap?
A whole school improvement programme, working at all levels
Challenge the Gap is a whole school improvement programme that builds capacity at all levels with the aim of breaking the link between poverty and poor outcomes for good. Leaders, teachers and para-professionals join together on Challenge the Gap as a Team that becomes a catalyst for change within their school.
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.
A national programme run by schools, for schools
Teams become part of a powerful local network called a Cluster, led by one of our expert quality assured Facilitation Schools. Clusters provide them with the opportunity to work with colleagues from schools in their local area over the course of the year. This enables them to work with their peers in other schools to develop new practice, as well as providing them with an opportunity to share with each other what works. Challenge Partners also facilitates sharing of emerging effective practice between Clusters through collecting and sharing case studies.
Read more about Challenge the Gap impact.
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.
We recommend that schools take part in Challenge the Gap for at least two years as we have evidence that this is how schools can maximise the impact of the programme. However we do not require schools to commit to two years when they sign up.
What is the cost?
The cost for schools to take part is:
- Primary: £4,975 per year +VAT (you could see this as fewer than 4 Pupil Premium eligible pupils)
- Secondary: £8,500 per year +VAT (you could see this as 9 Pupil Premium eligible students)
We offer a 10% discount for schools that are also members of our Network of Excellence.
When and how can you join?
Challenge the Gap is an annual programme that runs from June to May each year.