Closing the Gap

  • Prioritise the key starting points for closing the achievement gap

  • 7 data-driven strategies to make an immediate impact

  • Create clear, long-term plans to secure the academic entitlement of every pupil

  • Build a sustainable future of equity for your school

John West-Burnham

John West-Burnham

Dates: 6th Mar 2018, 13th Mar 2018

Professor West-Burnham has devoted his life to research and day-to-day practice of headship, as an experienced leadership consultant, facilitator and writer. He has worked with school leaders in 26 countries and is best known for his work on leadership learning and development, and personal resilience and sustainability.

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The Education Policy Institute’s ‘Closing the Gap’ report shows that, by the end of KS4, disadvantaged pupils are academically two years behind their non-disadvantaged peers.

The latest policy updates and understanding ‘the gap’

Address the latest research, plus government and Ofsted policies

  • data from PISA, Ofsted and the Sutton Trust

The nature and causes of the gap

Closing the gap – the moral case


A step-by-step guide to closing the gap in your school

Unpick what successful schools are doing

Address your own school-based causes of the gap

Develop effective leadership and governance for changing cultures

Focus resources to efficiently support the most disadvantaged

Educate disadvantaged pupils:

  • classroom evidence

  • whole-school strategies

Engage with families and the community


Move towards preventing and then eliminating the gap

  • Support systems for the most at risk
  • Pupil Premium spending plans
  • Address the needs of your most at-risk students


Participants will leave the course with a future-proof strategy that has clear, prioritised actions and is ready for negotiation and development in their school.

First delegate rate

£299 + VAT

Additional delegate rate

£279 + VAT

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