Over recent years, the Council has found it hard to consistently improve outcomes for disadvantaged children across all ages. In response, the Liberal Democrats have sought to secure additional funding, which could be made available, to close York’s attainment gap.
If approved by Executive on the 21st June, £100K will be set aside to be spent solely on initiatives to tackle York’s attainment gap.
Current evidence shows that the most effective way to close the attainment gap is to focus on improving the outcomes of disadvantaged children in their early years. As a result, it is proposed that £100K is used to create a dedicated Social Mobility Project coordinator, who will work with schools to develop the following:
- Digital interventions to develop family engagement (currently being trialled by the Education Endowment Fund).
- Speech and language interventions to develop early language skills - a significant factor in the early years attainment gap.
- Developing a programme of professional development, with Early Excellence, to improve teaching and learning in the early years.
Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of the Council, said:
“We know that the attainment gap in York is an area of significant concern and that is why we are proposing to ring-fence this funding in order to tackle the issue head on.”
“All the evidence points to early intervention, particularly children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and that is why we propose to establish a new dedicated Social Mobility Project coordinator.”
“This new coordinator will be able to work closely with schools in ensuing the right interventions are made at the earliest opportunity; giving the child the best chance to see positive outcomes later in life.”
If approved by Executive, we will closely monitor the effectiveness of this new initiative and look to act, where we can, to build on this crucial work.”