All our workshops are constantly updated to reflect the current - and ever-changing - circumstances in all schools relating to Covid-19.
According to the DfE, the coronavirus outbreak may cause the attainment gap for disadvantaged children to widen by as much as 75%. Also, the Mental Health Foundation warns that schools are likely to face a spike in demand for support from “hidden children” who have become vulnerable as a result of the crisis. There is no doubt that within this mushrooming vulnerable group, those worst affected will be boys whose underperformance compared to girls was already a factor prior to the pandemic.
This unique course distils years of experienced best-practice from hundreds of teachers during an original Strategic School Improvement Funding project to close gender gaps in maths. The £450K SSIF project is firmly founded on the research evidence found in the DfE-promoted Sutton Trust-EEF Toolkit and has surpassed expectations in terms of measurable outcomes. (Download the full analysis from bit.ly/SSIFanalysis).
This fully re-engineered online version will be presented by the lead training designer and has been expanded to cover all subjects and key stages. All strategies may be deployed at the teacher’s discretion at relevant points in the lesson stream and may last as little as one minute. There is no need to remove children for interventions, nor to change materials or lesson plans.
Closing gaps: The history and context of the Strategic School Improvement Fund project
The rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches from the EEF Toolkit
Understanding and running inclusive activities in the lesson
Rapid recall & effective revision – mastering the building blocks of learning
The role of direct instruction and modelling in small steps – ‘no child left behind’
Creating context and forming schemata – filling the inherited knowledge gaps
Using activities as guided practice w. intense scaffolding – joint construction before independent work
Embedding metacognition and self-regulation
Building mindsets and mental health – resilience and creativity through structured peer learning
Applied subject vocabulary
Higher order thinking, sharing, explaining and negotiating