Closing the Gap Strategy 2016 - 2017

Having identified the main barriers to learning of our Disadvantaged Student, analysed the Pupil Premium spend of a number of Academies; read research and best practice reports, Folkestone Academy’s strategy for ‘closing the gap’ between Disadvantaged and Non-Disadvantaged Students’ progress and achievement will be to address:

1.Student personal needs by:

Ensuring our Disadvantaged Students are ready to engage in learning by providing:

a.       Breakfasts

b.      Academy uniform

c.       Counselling

d.      Classroom equipment

2.Student study needs by:

Ensuring equal access to additional learning and extra-curricular activities by providing:

a.       Contributory payment for school educational visits

b.      Support in purchasing revision materials to facilitate learning at home

c.       Access to Saturday School including the Shine Project which looks at closing gaps in literacy, mathematics and science for students in KS2 and KS3

3.Student academic progress needs by:

i.       Ensuring intervention is provided where specific academic weaknesses are identified by providing one-to-one and small group learning support with:

a.       Learning Mentors in KS4

b.      Learning Coaches in KS3 supporting Literacy and Numeracy

ii.      Ensuring intervention is provided where barriers to learning are identified resulting from behavioural issues through providing:

a.       Alternative curriculum provision where deemed appropriate

b.      One-to-one behavioural support

c.       Raising aspirations through C.I.E.A.G

         iii.      Ensuring high quality first wave teaching and formative feedback through providing one-to-one support for teachers to improve their classroom practice by having access to a number of pathways so that practice can improve. 

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