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Closing the Gap at Secondary: Improving Outcomes for All

Around 30% of primary pupils don’t start secondary school with the expected standard in English, maths or both – so what can we do to support them? Our proven strategies will help you support those pupils who need it most – improving maths skills, knowledge and reasoning, writing ability and expanding their vocabulary, and improving reading skills to help them access the wider curriculum.

  • Increase engagement and drive to improve
  • Improve writing and vocabulary choices
  • Develop reading skills
  • Support mathematical reasoning

About this INSET

As pupils move into secondary schools, some are very well prepared – others are likely to struggle because of gaps in their knowledge (that can happen for a wide range of reasons).  In this INSET, we aim to give secondary teachers – particularly those in KS3 – a range of practical activities that can help to plug those gaps, increase student vocabulary breadth, improve confidence in reading and writing – and develop mathematical thinking that will combine to support their learning in other subjects as well.

This training will:

  • Give teachers a deeper understanding of what it takes to close gaps in learning.
  • Focus on developing skills in reading, writing and maths to support wider learning.
  • Provide you with a range of practical activities to demonstrate what classroom practice may look like.
  • Consider how ongoing assessment models can support great learning, and close gaps quickly.
  • Enable your school to continue its journey towards excellence.



  • Secondary school curriculum leads
  • KS3 Phase leaders / Year 7, 8, 9 year leaders
  • Secondary school teachers – particularly of KS3

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this INSET day, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please fill in the form below to send us a message. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with us by email: info@tteducation.co.uk