Exchanging Excellence is an exciting new programme being run by Herts for Learning (HfL) for Hertfordshire schools. It is the umbrella programme for all of the work HfL are doing and plan to do in the future, to find and share best practice and professional learning with their customers on a range of current and relevant topics.
HfL are launching the programme with a cross phase project to find practice that is having most impact in improving outcomes for pupils eligible for pupil premium; whilst ensuring that other groups continue to be stretched and achieve at least expected progress.
This first project within the Exchanging Excellence programme is called “Closing Gaps” and will be taking place over the next few months.
The project is being led by David Birch and Marc Rowland. They will be working with the Teaching Alliances, other school leaders and HfL staff, identifying practice where there is evidence of most impact, in schools and settings in different circumstances and geographical areas across the county. They will draw upon work that is already taking place in specific phases, such as the primary phase RANGe project (Raising Achievement Narrowing Gaps effectively) and work being led by the Teaching Alliances; bringing all of the relevant professional learning together, identifying common themes and threads and supplementing that with evidence based research taking place nationally.
Information about the project and its findings will be shared and exchanged under the Exchanging Excellence section of the HfL website and regularly updated. There will be opportunities to attend conferences in the summer term to hear more about the findings and to examine the practice that might be most relevant and useful to your school or setting.