Narrowing the Gap for Vulnerable Learners

SAfE is committed to working with partners to ensure that all children and young people receive an inclusive education and a support offer that matches their needs.

We will work to improve outcomes and progress for identified vulnerable groups including disadvantaged and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

As part of this work, SAfE will be focused on supporting schools to ameliorate the COVID gap ensuring that approaches align with Pupil Premium strategies and wide school improvement priorities.

This webpage signposts advice, guidance and resources to support schools to address the learning needs and to narrow the gap for vulnerable learners.

Cross Phase Webinar - Planning for Narrowing the Gap

Planning for Narrowing the Gap Cross-Phase Webinar July 9th 2020 from Schools Alliance for Excellence on Vimeo.

On July 9th SAfE hosted the first in a series of Cross-Phase Webinars focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners, with input from Prof. Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, and speakers Jean Gross CBE, education expert and erstwhile government Communication Champion for Children, and Dr. Kathy Weston.

Resources to Support this Webinar

The following resources have been shared by our speakers to support and be used in conjunction with this webinar.

Please click the links below to download these resources:

Resources from Dr Kathy Weston

Raising outcomes for pupil premium learners in Surrey Secondary Schools


In the Autumn term of 2018, we launched our project to raise outcomes for PP learners in Surrey Secondary schools.

The project started with a conference that set the scene for our work, stating the stubborn issue of the continued attainment gap for children and young people in Surrey.  We heard from a variety of experts who helped to inform and shape our thinking.

Over 20 secondary schools committed to participation in our project which was due to run over the next five terms.  We established action research groups, each facilitated by a senior leader from a Surrey Secondary school where outcomes for PP learners were above the Surrey and national norms.

At each session, participants had the opportunity to learn from each other as well as specialists from other schools and organisations.  Using the EEF implementation guidance as a tool to lead change, school leaders were able to reflect and review progress they were making with the priorities they had identified in their own school.

As the academic year 2019/20 draws to a close, we asked participants to record a summary of their work.  There will be much to celebrate as well as lessons learned.  As we prepare to support young people with their learning in the post pandemic world, the learning from these projects will not only be informative to those who ran them, but also to colleagues in other schools.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank every leader who has generously shared their work with us, and permitted us to share their summaries with you.


Summaries of these projects are provided here.

Please note, the following are powerpoint presentations so we recommend you download on desktop only:

Please note, the following are Loom video links:

Tomlinscote School


Tomlinscote School - Raising outcomes for PP students project from Schools Alliance for Excellence on Vimeo.

REMA Support for Vulnerable Learners 

Surrey CC and Surrey's Race Equality and Minority Achievement team have shared resources to help support vulnerable learners as they return to school after the long school closures. Download these presentations using the links below.


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