Balshaw’s Church of England High School works to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of its students. Closing the attainment gap that exists nationally and within Balshaw’s between the attainment of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students is a key priority. In doing this Balshaw’s realises that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution, but develops strategies for individual pupils to make a difference as well as implementing strategies that have an evidence base of success (EEF Toolkit, for example).
In order to close the attainment gap Balshaw’s has a number of basic underlying principles:
1. Promote an ethos of high expectations for all students who are treated as individuals without an expectation that one group of students has less potential to succeed.
2. The focus on closing the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students comes from Quality First Teaching, Challenge for All, acknowledging that the place for learning to close the gap is in the classroom rather than bolt-on strategies.
3. Decisions on intervention are based upon data and a response to the evidence using frequent tracking.
4. Although a Pupil Premium Co-ordinator may have oversight of this cohort of students, the responsibility for closing the attainment gap is devolved to all teaching and support staff.
You can read our latest Pupil Premium strategy and impact statement on our School Policies page.