Liverpool businesses lead the way to close attainment gap

Liverpool businesses are joining forces to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Various companies have signed up to the Pupil Premium Conference 2016 to focus on providing a holistic, whole family approach to the use of funding and how this can be used to tackle the issue. 

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The event will be held at Liverpool Hope University, the event has been organised by School Improvement Liverpool Ltd (SIL), which delivers training and consultancy to schools and academies across the UK. 

Michelle Dow, managing director at MerseySTEM, says: “We at MerseySTEM do amazing things to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools, business, the community and beyond! We are looking forward to meeting with teachers to share what we do, how we can enrich their school’s STEM provision and help further connect them with industry partners.

“We believe that these partnerships not only widen the horizon for individual pupils as they continue to learn and consider their future, but that the benefits to the region’s prosperity are huge. Today’s students and their skills are the future of the Northern Powerhouse, we need to work together to inspire our future workforce.”

Liverpool-based FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), the UK’s leading media arts centre, will exhibit on the day, alongside MerseySTEM, which works across Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects to life.

A new report: Northern Schools: Putting education at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, has highlighted how pupils from low-income backgrounds in the North are falling behind their peers in other parts of the country.

The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research and funded by education charity Teach First found that eligible pupils for free school meals at northern schools do worse at GCSE than their counterparts in London.

The day will equip delegates with examples of using Pupil Premium to raise attendance and inclusion; maximising impact through rigorous self-evaluation and how creative activities and enriched experiences can make a real difference.

Sue Shinkfield, chief executive at School Improvement Liverpool Ltd, says: “Tackling the attainment gap between disadvantaged young people and their peers is a top priority for school leaders and the government and it is something we are very passionate about at School Improvement Liverpool.

“This conference hopes to share some of the best practices found in northern schools and highlight how an effective Pupil Premium strategy can help close the gap.

“Unlocking the potential and ambition of our young people, who are so vital for our future economy, is of utmost importance. We’re looking forward to welcoming local businesses and schools, keynote speakers and school leaders from across the country to this one day event at Liverpool Hope University.”


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