This includes pupils eligible for pupil premium (PP), children looked after (CLA), those with special educational needs (SEN), black and minority ethnic (BME) pupils and pupils with English as an additional language (EAL). It also includes case studies about transition from/to different phases of education.

    Closing gaps - project

    The first project within the Exchanging Excellence® programme was called “Closing Gaps”, a cross phase project to find practice that is having most impact in improving outcomes for pupils eligible for the pupil premium. The project is currently in phase 2.

    Phase 1 took place in the spring and summer terms of 2014 and involved HfL consultants working with the Teaching Alliances, other school leaders, HfL staff and the Virtual School for Children Looked After, identifying practice across the county where there is evidence of most impact. The main research findings and recommendations from this first phase were collated into a report 'Pupil Premium in Hertfordshire: Use and Impact'

    In Phase 2 of the project schools interested in developing work on this important theme and contributing to the bank of research evidence were invited to apply for additional Exchanging Excellence® funding and support.

    Full details of the project and the report can be found here

    Closing gaps - Hertfordshire case studies

    Raising attainment and narrowing the gap effectively (RANGe) (PDF/343kb)

    Date: Autumn 2014

    Key stages: KS2

    Themes: Pupil premium, curriculum


    A focus on Mathematics for pupil premium children in Dacorum (PDF/447kb)

    Date: Autumn 2014

    Key stages: KS2

    Themes: RANGe mathematics pupil premium


    The North Herts transition project (PDF/358kb)

    Date: Summer 2014

    Key stages: KS1 - KS2

    Themes: Transition


    ‘Its not just the teaching assistants, it’s what they do’: using pupil premium funding to close the gap : Longlands Primary School and Nursery (PDF/444kb)

    Date: April 2015

    Key stages: EYFS - KS2

    Themes: Pupil premium


    Facilitating a smooth transition into secondary school with a summer school: The Sele School (PDF/315kb)

    Date: August 2015

    Key Stages: KS2 - KS3

    Themes: Transition, summer school


    Maximising the progress of Children Looked After

    Camps Hill Community Primary School (PDF/385kb)
    Central Primary School (PDF/387kb)
    Presdales School (PDF/377kb)
    Redbourn Infants’ and Nursery School (PDF/382kb)
    Rickmansworth School (PDF/382kb)
    Sir Frederic Osborn School (PDF/379)
    The Bushey Academy (PDF/381)
    The Highfield School (PDF/377)
    Verulam School (PDF/382)

    Date: July 2015

    Key stages: KS1 - KS5

    Themes: Children Looked After, pupil premium


    Narrowing the gap in writing: Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery (PDF/510kb)

    Date: April 2016

    Key stages: KS1 - KS2

    Themes: English, literacy, writing, pupil premium


    Supporting the progress of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in Hertfordshire: 4 Hertfordshire primary schools (PDF/375kb)

    Successful and positive integration of Roma pupils: St Nicholas C of E VA School (PDF/457kb)

    Supporting the integration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and families: Oaklands Primary School (PDF/461kb)

    Date: July 2016

    Key stages: EYFS - KS2

    Themes: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils


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