Pupil achievement report makes ‘narrowing the gap’ recommendations

Mike Appleyard
Mike Appleyard

A report into how Vale schools can narrow the performance gap between disadvantaged children and their peers has been welcomed by cabinet members.

Bucks has some of the highest performing schools in the country but also one of the widest attainment gaps between children eligible for free school meals - the Pupil Premium - and their wealthier classmates.

A county council report into how the gap can be narrowed has been put together and includes 12 recommendations.

The suggestions include improving literacy, setting up ‘learning development centres’ and engaging with parents to encourage their children to make improvements.

The report was presented by Val Letheren, chairman of the Education, Skills and Children’s Services select committee.

And it has been welcomed by Mike Appleyard, deputy leader and cabinet member for education and skills, who said he is ‘passionate about improving life for schoolchildren’.

He said: “We’re already doing a great deal of very good work and the committee’s report focuses our attention on areas where we can make the transition from ‘very good’ to ‘better’.”