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Narrow The Gap - Could Change A Child's Life

Tuesday 16th November 2010

Head teachers from across the borough are invited to consider strategies that are proving effective in narrowing attainment gaps for children eligible for free school meals. The much anticipated ‘Narrow the Gap’ conference takes place on Thursday 18th November, from 9 – 4pm, at the Robinson Executive Centre, Wyboston Lakes.

 

The ‘gap’ is measured as the attainment between children entitled to free schools meals and those who are not.

 

The Department of Education holds considerable evidence of the nature and significance of differences in outcomes for young people and the reasons for these differences. Similarly much is already known about how much impact variations in school/service provision has on these differences. This ‘Narrow the Gap’ conference is intended to help promote understanding of these issues and develops strategies that can be taken back into schools.

 

Speakers on the day include Estelle Morris, University of York and Member of House of Lords and, John Bangs, Visiting Professor at Institute of Education, University of London and Fellow of Wolfson College.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Narrowing the attainment gap is a key priority. Every child is equal and we need to reflect this in their schooling experience. This event will provide an opportunity to discuss alternative ways to support our schools in assisting them in addressing the particular attainment and achievement gaps in each school.”

 

Those expected to attend the conference are Head teachers, staff from education departments, governing bodies and individuals working within broader vulnerable children services.

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