This interactive training course will provide participants with strategies and methods for effective catch-up teaching and learning, with a view to close the attainment gap in secondary schools which has grown as a result of COVID-19 and related school closures. Exploring the latest evidence-based interventions, classroom-based and online pedagogy, and preparation for the 2021 assessment season, teachers and leaders will be provided with intervention toolkits to support the various needs of pupils in different contexts.
Addressing core subjects and skills for KS4 pupils in particular, including literacy, maths and science, experts in inclusive education will share their expertise and the latest research for how to close the attainment gap in a series of interactive and engaging sessions. In addition, attendees will work in small groups, in virtual break-out rooms, to share challenges and solutions with each other, providing opportunities to learn from fellow practitioners as well as sector leaders. Discussions will include effective approaches to blended learning, as well as utilising the government’s £1 billion catch-up funding in schools and through the National Tutoring Programme, as well as the latest £700 million of further funding announced in the March 2021 budget. This new package includes a one-off £300 million Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools, £200 million to expand tutoring programmes, plus £200 million for secondary schools to deliver face-to-face summer schools.
- As a school leader, learn how to evaluate catch-up activities so far, and budget for ongoing and future support required to close the attainment gap
- As a subject leader or teacher, explore new strategies for supporting pupils in the classroom and with remote learning, and developing core subject knowledge ahead of the 2021 exam season
- Discuss with peers different ways of utilising the government’s catch-up funding, and discover what interventions work effectively in different contexts
- Learn how to adapt the concept of differentiation to the pedagogy required for different classrooms
- Examine the role of support staff and other partners in delivering school-based interventions for a more holistic approach to closing the attainment gap
Attendees will be invited to share their key objectives for the day, both in advance of the event and during this opening session, so that guidance and conversations throughout the day can be effectively tailored to the needs and concerns of participants.
In this introductory session, Daniel will share key principles of narrowing the attainment gap and drawing on experience and expertise from working with over 2,000 schools will share ‘what works’ for pupils in different contexts. Key aspects will include:
- How teachers can adapt the concept of differentiation to facilitate catch-up activities and teaching for all pupils ahead of the 2021 exam season
- How pastoral leaders can best work with teachers to ensure a holistic approach to inclusion in schools
- How school leaders can evaluate the effectiveness of catch-up activities thus far, and understand how well their spending of the government’s catch-up funding is working to reduce the attainment gap
In this interactive discussion session, participants will be invited to pose their questions and concerns to Daniel, who will help work through challenges around closing the attainment gap, and then offer solutions around enhancing inclusion and delivering targeted interventions, with the help of teaching assistants and SENCOs, that lead to tangible outcomes.
Continue the conversation with fellow delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function or use this time to take a screen break.
Attendees will be encouraged to pose questions and comments throughout the session.
Key takeaways will include:
- Learning how to understand the differences in tracking attainment for school-based learning, remote learning, and a blended approach
- Learning ‘what works’ from the Research Schools Network in terms of planning, teaching and assessing using remote and blended pedagogy
- Showcasing examples of how to conduct assessments for the catch-up era
- Learning how to enhance COVID-19 catch-up interventions ahead of the 2021 assessment season and into the next academic year
In a 30-minute session, groups will discuss:
- How the government’s catch-up funding has been effectively spent to help deliver specific activities
- Approaches to teaching during the catch-up period, and how these have aligned with wider strategies to close the attainment gap in a more holistic way
- Different interventions for pupils at KS3, KS4 and KS5, and how these are being further tailored to support pupil attainment in the 2021 exams
Following this there will be 10 minutes for groups to share the key points of their discussions with each other, to ensure maximum opportunity to learn from various approaches in different contexts.
- Exploring the challenge of learning recover post-COVID, from the perspective of the neuroscience and psychology evidence about learning
- Highlighting key principles that may help learning designers to ensure that catchup programmes are as effective as possible
- Reflecting on the evidence about motivation, learning and emotions and making sure learning gains are not compromised by stress and demotivation
- Discussing how such principles and research evidence could be integrated into recovery programmes
In this session, Andy will run through a series of practical evidence informed approaches that are supporting teachers to close the disadvantage and attainment gap, following COVID-19, providing examples of how these tools are being implemented. Andy will work with delegates on the day on how these resonate and might be implemented within their own schools.
Key learning outcomes from this session will include:
- Building positive relationships and reconnecting with pupils
- Diagnosing misconceptions and gaps in learning through understanding clues
- Utilising metacognition and self-regulation, especially in core subjects, to develop skills and knowledge among pupils ahead of the 2021 assessment season, and longer term
In this session, Richard and Andy will continue to explore the key strategies shared as they engage in conversation with each other and Daniel around implementing these interventions and examine what the latest advice means for teachers and leaders.
Attendees will also be invited to submit questions, comments and participate in the discussion, to seek further clarification on the practical advice shared by Richard and Andy.
In this closing session, Daniel will summarise the key learnings from the day and share his own top tips to ensure you return to your school as a leader or teacher feeling equipped to deliver teaching practices and interventions for your pupils that will:
- Work to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
- Mitigate the long-term impact of COVID-19
- Help prepare pupils to reach their full potential during the upcoming exam season
*Programme subject to change
This interactive online training is specifically designed for Secondary Schools. Typical job titles will include:
- Deputy Headteachers
- Assistant Headteachers
- Heads of Inclusion
- Heads of Pupil Premium
- Pupil Premium Coordinators
- Pupil Premium Champions
- School Improvement Advisers
- Heads of Year
- Heads of Department
- Teaching Support Staff