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Award-winning headteacher Catherine Hobbs tells the success story of St John's Cathedral Catholic Primary School, where a focus on attendance and individual support has seen significant improvements.

A Year 6 class is follows on from the Up for It Juniors scheme as they take part in a mini lecture and graduation ceremony at the University of Portsmouth. Head of the project, Suzy Henderson, explains the importance of encouraging children to aim higher before they reach secondary school.

Extended services manager at Portsmouth County Council, Mark Scarborough, highlights the benefits of a carefully coordinated multi-agency approach in an area of urban deprivation.

Also, find out how a mobile skate park at St Edmund's School is helping to bridge the gender attainment gap.

Part of the series: Bridging the Gap

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