Closing the Gap was formed because:
- There is a compelling need to improve the life chances of children and young people in Leicester by improving educational outcomes and reducing the number of children in poverty.
- Standards of education in Leicester do not match or exceed national averages and targeted focused interventions are needed to address the “gap”.
- Leicester is a city with low social mobility with fewer managerial workers than average. Our city is growing fast with a bulge in secondary education.
- The impact of low aspirations on our system needs to be addressed strategically to break the cycle of low achievement and develop resilience and ambition.
CTPs vision is that schools, colleges and all learning providers develop a strong collaborative identity, where the benefits of working together are recognised.