Narrowing the Gap – Research

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This page is where you can find interesting research as well as useful information and resources to support pupils in different vulnerable groups, such as those entitled to FSM; those living in poverty; boys; Looked After Children; Ethnic Minority Children; Young Carers and those with SEN. This page is also where you can find the case studies from various NtG Learning Networks which have been focusing their in-school research on these specific vulnerable groups. Click on the titles below to access the documents. Also look at the resources under the ‘Documents’ button as there are some useful strategies there for all vulnerable groups.   FSM / POVERTY Please also look at the ‘News’ section where you can find out about ‘Poverty Proofing’ your school. Poverty Proofing Top Tips

NEW! ‘State of the Nation 2015: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain’ – Dec ’15. An update on progress since the 2010 Child Poverty Act. Too large to upload here but you can read it at:

2 Skint for School briefing – Time to end the classroom divide. Effective Classroom Strategies A New Approach to Child Poverty Too Young to Fail…. A fair start for all…. Greater Expectations Gaps in Secondary Schools Unseen Children – Access and Achievement The challenge for schools with small numbers of FSM pupils FSM posters and leaflets Not new but NEW here! Following on from our recent Headteachers’ visit to Morpeth Secondary School in Tower Hamlets – case studies and ideas for secondary schools : Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling Against the Odds ‘The Pedagogy Project’ led by Jake Mansell, was an extended three day programme designed for classroom teachers who wished to strengthen teaching and learning approaches to improve pupil attainment. The Project focused on developing an in-depth working understanding of proven strategies, addressing the attainment inequalities between different groups of learners. 6Gz5BJxI Jake is a school improvement consultant with experience as a Teaching and Learning consultant in Kensington and Chelsea. As a director of ‘Narrowing the Gaps Limited’ he has worked with schools and local authorities across England and is passionate about what makes the most difference in classrooms to narrow the gaps between different groups of learners. This course generated masses of resources so these have been put on Slack at Course members have automatically been invited to join this closed forum but others can find some resources on Jake’s website at   BOYS Hard_Hat_EmmetA network group of schools (primary & secondary) worked last year with Lego Education UK on NtG in boys’ Literacy using the LEGO© ‘StoryStarter’ pack. Click on the case studies below to find out more:









23 Strategies for Boys

Boys Achievement in Secondary Schools Classroom Strategies – Research Review Yes he can… Schools where boys write well Gender issues – what works to improve achievement for boys and girls

Addressing Gender and Achievement: Myths and Realities

Good Practice – White Boys/Low Income – Ofsted


Improving the attainment of looked after children in primary schools

Improving the attainment of looked after children in secondary schools

ETHNIC MINORITY PUPILS Resources to support the achievement of Black and minority ethnic, disadvantaged and gifted and talented pupils YOUNG CARERS Draft Young Carers Policy SEN/BEHAVIOUR N Lincs Behaviour Toolkit.  Plenty of resources are available on the N Lincs Local Offer website to support with behaviour and inclusion.


In 2013-14 representatives from 7 schools formed a network to look at ‘Making Best Use of Pupil Premium’. Each member did some small scale action research in their schools based on an aspect of Pupil Premium and ‘narrowing the gaps’ that was relevant to them.

Click here to read the case studies: click here

In 2015-16 representatives from 5 schools formed a network to look at ‘Improving White British Boys’ Literacy’. Each member did some small scale action research in their schools based on an aspect of boys’ literacy that is relevant to them. Some were also part of the LEGO network as well. Click on the case studies below to find out more:

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