On Friday 13th October, we were delighted to welcome 110 delegates from across the education sector at the Understanding the Gap 2017 conference in Clevedon, North Somerset, run in partnership with The Priory Learning Trust.

The day focused on hard hitting subject matters and was very thought provoking.:

  • Presentation – ‘Growing up poor in the age of austerity: the impact of poverty on children’s lives at home and at school’ by Professor Tess Ridge OBE, FAcSS, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath
  • Presentation – ‘Can we leave poverty at the school gates? What children say about school, being poor and daily life’ by Jim Davis MBE, Head of Youth Engagement in The Children’s Society.
  • Presentation – ‘Maximising the Impact of the Pupil Premium ‘ by Marc Rowland, Head of the Research School based at Rosendale Primary School,  Lambeth
  • Case Studies Marketplace
  • Professor Tess Ridge OBE and Jim Davis MBE – Presentation on Longitudinal Studies

It was wonderful to see such a diverse group of people come together in one place to talk about some really difficult issues. As well as our wonderful speakers, a huge thank you to the following people for presenting their case study:

  • Adam Matthews – Bournville Primary School
  • Emma Rogers – Bradley Stoke Community School
  • Angela Humphreys – Fiveways School
  • Katrina Best – Priory Community School Academy Trust
  • Marc Rowland – Rosendale Primary School
  • Lisa Dadds and team – St Anne’s Primary School
  • Janine Ashman – St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
  • Lynn Winter – XTND – Improving Futures

Thank you to all of you who attended and supported this fantastic day.


I truly had a very informative and fabulous day – the speakers were inspirational, informative and the messages really hit home, I left with a strong message and I have come back to school with the question “what else can we do?” – we have planned our next meeting with our PPG crew to feedback the day. The day was planned so well and I would be interested in attending any other similar days to follow this – thank you so very much, conferences like this don’t just happen overnight so a huge thank you for your hard work and for making it happen