School Toolkit Short Film on Closing the Gap(FASTKit Film)

Provider: Gap Education C.I.C.

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Description Short video about using the A+ programme to improve outcomes for pupil premium children in schools.
Categories Primary, Secondary, Early Years/Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Parents and Community, Parent Support, Out of school, In school, Online, After-school meetings, Physical resource, Book, Webinar, Video, DVD / CD ROM, Behaviour Interventions, Social and Emotional, Coaching / Mentoring, Use of Pupil Premium, Programmes of two to six months, Programmes with a proven track record of impact, Training of facilitators or professional development , Includes parent or community involvement , Skills taught directly linked to learning in schools, encouraging pupils to apply the skills they learn, Sensitive and targeted intervention may benefit at risk or more vulnerable pupils, Help schools find best way to spend Pupil Premium
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Opportunity to learn about the work of 2 schools who were early adopters of the A+ Family Advocacy School Toolkit (FA+STKit) from Gap Education which helped "turnaround" some of the most challenging pupils in these schools.

Evidence underpinning this approach

The A+ programme has been developed over the past 2 years by former Headteacher Quentin Gunderson. It is built on the theory of change that if you can establish greater well-being, resilience and aspiration in the home (where children spend the majority of their time), then you can dramatically affect outcomes in school.

Research by Save the Children in 2012 pointed to an 80% variability in school outcomes dependant on circumstances beyond the school gates. However, over 90% of the pupil premium is spent on changing things inside school. Furthermore, Professor Charles DesForges' research concluded that where parents are involved with their childrens' education, attainment increases by 15% regardless of Socio-Economic Background. The research of Stephen Gorard and others has also found that the 2 most important factors of parental attitudes and behaviours are the extent to which Schools are engaged with Parents and also the extent to which Parents are engaged with the learning activities of their children.

The A+ programme is a unique 4 phase approach to Parental Engagement for pupil premium families. It is being used in schools from North Yorkshire to the West Country. Currently there is a high engagement rate of 81% and a 89% positive outcome rate of success.

Colleagues are invited to join this, and other, discussions about how to close the gap by registering for our free monthly webinars. Email [email protected] or visit and register. You can also follow us on Twitter @GapEducation

How users/participants can evaluate success

Participants are invited to contact schools who are successfully using the toolkit. Details are available at: 

Alternatively Gap would welcome discussions about upcoming CPD and other training in various UK locations to support effective parental engagement and closing the gap. 

Follow-up activities and support

Primary Colleagues Free Webinar - September 9th 3:45-4.25pm 

Secondary Colleagues Free Webinar - September 16th 3:45-4.25pm

To register go to: 


Introduction to the benefits of supporting greater Well-being, Resilience and Aspiration at home that leads to improved outcomes in School.

Format: Short film (<5min) with case studies. 


Associated Files File_icon Closing_the_gap_leaflet_2015.pdf