Closing The Gap

At Epsom and Ewell High School we strive to ensure that ‘no child slips through the net’. We are very proud of the progress and attainment made by each sub-group of learner and strive to ensure that the gaps between them are negligible

We work very hard to support our high attaining and pupil premium students and those in Year 7 who need additional support with English or mathematics or both and those for whom English is an additional language. We have ensured that our transition from key stage 2 to 3 is at the forefront of our planning so that students make excellent progress within the curriculum when they enter the school in year 7. More details on each of these areas can be found in the menu on the right of the screen.

The key principles that guide our approach to ‘closing the gap’ between different groups of learners are as follows:

  1. We never confuse eligibility for additional support with low ability.
  2. We thoroughly analyse which students are underachieving (regardless of ability), particularly in English and mathematics, and why.
  3. We understand that day-to-day teaching must meet the needs of each learner rather than relying on interventions to compensate for weaker teaching.
  4. We track and monitor performance data every half term to check whether progress was being made and whether any interventions were working – and then make adjustments.
  5. We ensure that the allocation and spending of additional funding is given a high priority in terms of extra staffing to support smaller than average class sizes.
  6. Our designated senior leader reports on the impact of our work to ‘close the gap’ to our link governor and is held to account for its success or otherwise.
  7. We ensure that every child is known by the staff and that personalised learning is commonplace.
  8. We provide well-targeted support to improve attendance, behaviour or links with families where there are barriers to a student’s learning.
  9. We make sure that support staff (particularly teaching assistants) are highly trained and understand their role in helping students to achieve.
  10. We employ only the best staff and act decisively if any group of students is not receiving the very best in terms of teaching and learning.