Head teacher joins ed­u­ca­tion equal­ity panel

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ON THE PANEL: (From left) Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of GAP Ed­u­ca­tion Quentin Gun­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fu­ture Lead­ers Heath Monk, LKM co-di­rec­tor Loic Men­zies and Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege prin­ci­pal Cather­ine Davies help tackle ed­u­ca­tional in­equal­ity A SCHOOL head joined a panel of speak­ers in West­min­ster to help tackle ed­u­ca­tional in­equal­ity.

Cather­ine Davies, prin­ci­pal of Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege, was at the launch of the NOGAP 2020 cam­paign event, which aims to at least halve the at­tain­ment gap in the UK by 2020.

The school, in Nar­cot Lane, Chal­font St Peter, has worked with so­cial en­ter­prise Gap Ed­u­ca­tion, which leads NOGAP 2020 to de­velop ef­fec­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ships with fam­i­lies over the past few months.

It has in­volved 12 meet­ings with par­ents cov­er­ing dis­cus­sions in­clud­ing strengths and dif­fi­cul­ties, rou­tines and habits, health and nu­tri­tion and mak­ing the most out of life.

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity coach Chris­tine San­ders said: “The GAP Pro­gramme has a great struc­ture to it, is easy to follow and we have seen some great im­prove­ments in our stu­dents, in relation to attendance, at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour. We are look­ing for­ward to rolling out the GAP pro­gramme to more fam­i­lies this year.”

Mrs Davies was ac­com­pa­nied by Mrs Saun­ders and about 100 lead­ers from ed­u­ca­tion, business, pol­i­tics and non-profit groups at the West­min­ster event on Mon­day, Jan­uary 12.

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