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Closing the gap

Closing the gap

All UK curricula aim to close the attainment gap to ensure children do as well as possible, whatever their backgrounds, special needs or disabilities. To help you embed an effective system for closing the gap in your school we have put together a wealth of resources and support.

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Tips for TAs

Take a look at these 12 great tips to help teaching assistants make the most of their one-to-one sessions with struggling readers

Closing the Gap Report (PDF)

Download this free report about giving every child the chance to succeed

Motivating children as readers (video)

Maureen Lewis talks about the importance of motivation when learning is hard.

5 min 11 seconds

Comprehension Strategies (video)

Maureen Lewis explains how to help children focus on understanding during reading.

5 min 56 seconds

Tips for struggling readers (video)

Di Hatchett, Maureen Lewis and Marilyn Joyce give tips on how to support struggling readers to make progress.

5 min 34 seconds

Keeping track of progress (video)

Di Hatchett explains how to identify a child who may benefit from a reading intervention and how to monitor progress.

2 min 33 seconds

Reaching Hard to Reach Parents (video)

Jean Gross gives top tips on how to encourage parents to support their children’s learning.

4 min 44 seconds

Strengthening children's phonic skills (video)

Marilyn Joyce talks about how additional systematic teaching can best support the needs of struggling readers.

5 min 6 seconds

Pupil Premium Report (PDF)

Download this free report (updated June 2014) about making the Pupil Premium work in your school

Facts about Pupil Premium (video)

Jean Gross outlines the key facts about the Pupil Premium, focusing on what schools need to do and what Ofsted will be looking for.

7 min 50 seconds

Using the Pupil Premium – what works (video)

Guidance from Jean Gross on how to make the Pupil Premium really work for disadvantaged pupils in your school.

9 min 12 seconds

Leadership and Management (video)

Jean Gross discusses how to use regular school improvement systems to get the best impact from the Pupil Premium funding.

7 min 45 seconds

Pupil Premium Funding Template (PDF)

Use the template as a starting point for your pupil premium report

Raise standards quickly with effective closing the gap resources

Project X CODE

A breakthrough for SEND and struggling readers in KS1

Training for Project X CODE

Edge Hill University offer courses to enable successful implementation of Project X CODE

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

A phonics intervention for struggling readers in KS2 and KS3

Read Write Inc. One-to-one Phonics Tutoring Kit

Resources and guidance to deliver tuition to children who are falling behind, perfect for pupil premium

Read Write Inc. Training

Ruth Miskin Training offer courses to enable successful implementation of all of the Read Write Inc. programmes including Fresh Start

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A proven approach for teaching maths loved by teachers and children

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Project X CODE (PDF)

Find out how Project X CODE supports approaches identified as raising the attainment of disadvantaged children

Read Write Inc (PDF)

Find out how Read Write Inc supports approaches identified as raising the attainment of disadvantaged children

Read Write Inc Fresh Start (PDF)

Find out how Read Write Inc Fresh Start supports approaches identified as raising the attainment of disadvantaged children

Numicon (PDF)

Find out how Numicon supports approaches identified as raising the attainment of disadvantaged children

Embed consistent closing the gap teaching throughout your school

Find whole-school support on Oxford Owl

  • A School Improvement Pathway that guides you through a four step process to improving your provision for closing the gap.
  • Professional Development & Best Practice support, including videos, case studies & links to face-to-face training.
  • Teaching & Assessment Resources to support teaching using Oxford programmes.
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    Help parents support their children's reading at home

    Oxford Owl For Home

    Direct parents to Oxford Owl For Home for free advice and guidance on helping struggling readers at home.

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    Expert

    Di Hatchett

    Di Hatchett

    An expert on early intervention and the leadership of inclusion

    Expert

    Jean Gross

    Jean Gross

    Focusing on the lowest achieving children; Author for parent engagement pathway.

    Expert

    Maureen Lewis

    Maureen Lewis

    Reading and comprehension expert

    Expert

    Lorraine Petersen

    Lorraine Petersen

    Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and the new Ofsted Framework

    Expert

    Marilyn Joyce

    Marilyn Joyce

    An expert in early literacy and systematic synthetic phonics for struggling readers

    Expert

    Ruth Miskin

    Ruth Miskin

    Leading literacy expert and creator of the transforming Read Write Inc. programmes

    Professional Development

    Children Who Struggle with Reading (Video)

    Di Hatchett, Maureen Lewis and Marilyn Joyce explain the problems that children can face when learning to read, and offer suggestions on how to support struggling readers in making progress.

    5 min 34 seconds

    Handout (PDF)

    Professional Development

    Closing the Gap: Giving every child the chance to succeed report (PDF)

    Closing the Gap: Giving every child the chance to succeed report (PDF)

    The theme of this report is ensuring that all children do as well as possible, whatever their backgrounds, special needs or disabilities. It’s about narrowing the gaps in performance.

    Professional Development

    Pupil Premium: Making it work in your school report (PDF)

    Pupil Premium: Making it work in your school report (PDF)

    The aim of this report is to provide practical support to school leadership teams and governors in identifying and deploying the Pupil Premium to raise achievement and narrow the gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. (Report updated June 2014)

    Professional Development

    Children Who Struggle with Reading (Video)

    Di Hatchett, Maureen Lewis and Marilyn Joyce explain the problems that children can face when learning to read, and offer suggestions on how to support struggling readers in making progress.

    5 min 34 seconds

    Handout (PDF)

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