A brief description of the organisation:
Sparking Success CIC is a non-profit company set up with the aim of helping to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students across the UK.
I am an ex-Assistant Headteacher and MAT disadvantaged champion with 13 years of experience working with some of the UK's most deprived students. My passion is to do more for them and to create greater equality of education across the country. My track record and work in this area is excellent. I was asked to help out at Ian Ramsey Academy in Stockton after they were placed into special measures in 2014 and soon after was offered the job as Assistant Headteacher there. I installed new pastoral, attendance and behaviour systems that helped to turn the school around and have used much of this experience in my planning of Sparking Success.
When I took on the role of disadvantaged champion to work across a Multi Academy Trust I began an intense period of research that has seen me work with and learn from the likes of Sir John Dunford, Durham University and the Education Endowment Fund. I have studied systems from other countries and come up with an adaptable plan of what I should work to improve outcomes in the UK. My extensive research in this area has hastened my desire to do more.
My company will offer two things. Firstly, school based support that can be bought on a termly, two termly or yearly basis. This aims to remove or reduce barriers to learning for disadvantaged students, namely: well-being, attendance, engagement, aspiration and achievement. Our packages include a variety of things ranging from mindfulness, mentoring, workshops, postcode analysis, rewards, equipment, guest speakers and improving shared community aspirations.
Secondly, we offer local community pop up events, inspired by similar engaging flash events from Brazil, these incorporate skills workshops using local businesses and volunteers, guest speakers, music, local services and much more. They aim to increase individual's investment in their own futures and that of their communities.
There are many consultancy firms, literacy based companies and inclusion experts offering schools the golden bullet to close the achievement gap. All of these operate for profit and none of them are centered around putting everything back into boosting the life chances of these children. We are different. The methods that we use work, we want to take the pressure off school leaders so that teachers can teach. We are not interested in working for profit. Any money made will be re-invested back into those schools and areas that buy in to our service.