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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)

  • 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

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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