Opening doors to learning for pupils, staff and parents.

Case Study Reference: #CSN519-817
Published: 30 January 2017

Why this is leading practice

This Disadvantaged Pupils Strategy and Action Plan sets out The Evolve Trusts’ approach for ‘Closing the Gap’ for the pupils in our care so they achieve their potential and ultimately improve their life chances. It also outlines how the three Schools; The Brunts Academy, The Beech Academy and The Bramble Academy utilise the Pupil Premium (PP) funding to effectively raise standards of attainment and achievement for all pupils. It enables staff at all levels to access and contribute to a professional learning pathway.

All Academies within the Trust provide outstanding education by creating an inspiring, opportunity-rich learning environment for all. Supporting the development of self-awareness, resilience and high aspirations enabling everyone within the Trust to have the confidence to identify and take the right opportunities.

The Evolve Trust Disadvantaged Pupils Key Aims:

• To develop a clear direction and focus for Closing the Gap across all areas of the three schools; especially PP pupils.
• To embed ‘Closing the Gap’ across the whole school curriculum in all three schools, using a range of resources and strategies.
• To raise levels of attainment and achievement and narrow the gap between target groups and individuals; specifically, for PP pupils.
• To improve knowledge and understanding of Closing the Gap strategies and interventions of staff and to share good practice.

Impact to date



Rationale / Start Point

At the Evolve Trust we recognise the importance of ensuring all pupils, whatever their background or circumstance, are provided with a quality and relevant education. This will ensure that all pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in life beyond School.

Supporting all our pupils is the primary focus, especially supporting those disadvantaged pupils and we aim to ensure this is part of every lesson and all areas of the school. Within the classroom there will be a clear focus on narrowing the achievement gap between groups and individuals through well planned and differentiated lessons that challenge and stretch all pupils. All staff are entitled to a programme of training that allows them to continually expand and experiment with a full range of teaching strategies and techniques to ensure the achievement gap is closed rapidly through the use of timely and appropriate interventions.


Key Strategies

Sustainability and Further Development

Lead Establishment

NameThe Evolve Trust
AddressThe Evolve Trust Ransom Hall South Suite 5 & 6 Ransom Wood West
Southwell Road
NG21 0HJ
Telephone01623 676372
Web Site
Headteacher / ManagerClaire Cuthbert (CEO)
DCSF Number
Local AuthorityNottinghamshire
Phase of EducationEarly Years, Post 16, Primary, Secondary
Type and Status of ProviderAcademy
Awards and Initiatives