CAM in top 1% of schools narrowing the attainment gap

The Co-operative Academy of Manchester is in the top one per cent of schools in terms of the rate of progress in closing the attainment gap between those on pupil premium and other students. In four years the school has closed the gap in GCSE attainment by half, which is five times more than what has happened nationally. The academy’s Principal, Mr Steve Brice, attributes this to the “rigorous quality assurance of assessment and accurate, timely and data driven intervention.”


He added: “The academy’s values-led culture and no excuses mind-set ensures students make good progress regardless of which pupil group they happen to belong to. The key to successful intervention is ensuring teachers are equipped to identify and track gaps in performance at class level.”


The data, collected by FFT, compares students for whom the academy receives the pupil premium and those for whom the academy does not receive this additional funding.


Since opening in 2010, the academy has transformed the opportunities of young people in Higher Blackley. The academy attained the highest attendance rates of all schools in the city in January. Last summer the academy’s GCSE results rocketed by 16%, making the academy the most improved school in Manchester. This year the academy expects its school leavers to achieve even higher grades.


In the media: we were mentioned in a story about the impact of the pupil premium on Teach Secondary.

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