“Being part of Challenge the Gap means that our Pupil Premium students are now at the forefront of teachers minds, and more than ever they know why there is a gap, why it shouldn't exist and simple effective strategies to ensure teaching and learning opportunities are the best they can be to try and make sure that gap doesn't exist at all."
Maya Cheetham, Leader, Bishop Challoner School
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.
Our stories of change
We have conducted a series of interviews with leaders from participating schools which describe the positive change they have brought about in their schools and the impressive progress their pupils have seen as a result of the programme:
- Upton Primary: personalised Pupil Premium support
- Bishop Challoner (secondary phase): a ‘Pupil Premium First Approach’
- Dunstone Primary: challenging the vocabulary gap
Read more about Challenge the Gap impact.