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Case Study 2Cornwall Teaching Schools Together – a Partnership with EEF and the Research School network

In Spring 2019, 134 schools came together from across Cornwall under a new steering group for a series of focused professional development workshops on Maximizing the Impact of the Pupil Premium. They worked with Research Schools to identify shared priorities and design and deliver an evidence-informed school improvement programme.

Over two terms, participants spent three days identifying their schools’ needs, using the implementation framework to find evidence-based solutions to develop a plan for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Additional support included pre, mid and post workshop tasks to work with their school’s staff and reinforce messages and plans, in addition to a follow up day in January 2020 to quality assure and peer review plans, co-facilitated by Kingsbridge Research School and Cornwall Associate Research School. 

Future Plans

The Partnership across Cornwall is focused on developing capacity and building on the region’s expertise. In Spring 2020, a series of follow on professional development opportunities on metacognition and maths at the transition will take place, building on the evidence in our guidance reports and working in conjunction with the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub. Additional plans include developing assessment strategies to establish a more nuanced understanding of vulnerable learners’ needs and improve monitoring and evaluation. 

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The EEF Central region

North East

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East Midlands

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West Midlands

The EEF West Midlands region

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The EEF South West region