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Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) Round 2

Between January 2018 and March 2019, Exceed School Improvement supported eleven Bradford primary schools to diminish the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in Key Stage 2 Reading. This project was funded by the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). Exceed School Improvement was awarded a grant of £263,500 in Round 2 to lead and implement this project.

The final report for the project, evaluated by Leeds Trinity University, is available here.

A copy of the implementation plan is available, below:

Overall impact and key findings

The project ‘Diminishing the gap for disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 2 in Reading’ has had significant impact.

National curriculum test data (SATs)

Between 2016 and 2018:

  • Disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes at the client schools increased by 28.6 percentage points from 37.9% achieving Expected Standard to 66.5%
  • The gap between non-disadvantaged pupils and disadvantaged pupils in the client schools decreased by 7.2 percentage points between 2016 and 2018
  • This closing of the gap by 7.2 percentage points is higher than the collective improvement of ‘all Bradford schools’ of 3 percentage points, suggesting the rate of progress has been accelerated for the client schools

The improved attainment of disadvantaged pupils was maintained in the 2019 pupil outcomes, demonstrating that the impact of the project was sustained.

Reading Age Tests

  • In the six-month window of classroom-based interventions, the control group of pupils made 6.45 months progress on average
  • The non-disadvantaged control group made 7.2 months progress compared to 13.35 months progress for disadvantaged pupils in receipt of intervention and/or Power of Reading, a gain of 6.15 months over their peers
  • The pupils that received intervention and/or Power of Reading made an average of 13.35 months progress, a gain of 6.9 months on their peers
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