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Overcoming disadvantage

Creating opportunities, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, by:

  • Offering all students the chance to collaborate and work together across partner schools to improve attainment and social skills
  • Providing higher achieving students with opportunities to access additional subjects
  • Supporting the city-wide objective to raise outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Current BEP projects to overcome disadvantage

Oracy Project

The Oracy Project was set up to train year 10 and 12 students from participating partner schools, who were identified as having good oracy and confidence skills, to support younger students to develop these skills. We also have a staff training programme to support the further development and integration of oracy-based approaches in the classroom.

Our partners in this project are Unique Voice and Voice 21.

Debate Days

Debate Days are informal events which enable students from different schools across the partnership to meet and work together to develop their speaking and debating skills. These events are not seen as competitive in any way: rather an opportunity for students from different partner schools and from different backgrounds to meet as a contribution to building community cohesion.

Bristol Achieve

Bristol Achieve involves training student mentors from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College to work with small cohorts of high ability Year 7 students from less privileged backgrounds in partner state schools.