Inclusive Quality First Teaching

Our INSET on Inclusive Quality First Teaching supports teachers at your school to narrow attainment gaps through enhanced classroom practice.

Whilst there are many effective interventions that help schools close the gaps, a relentless focus on Inclusive Quality First Teaching (or Narrow Gap Teaching) is likely to yield the greatest - and often most cost effective - impact.

Our definition of Inclusive Quality First Teaching is drawn from the growing evidence base about what accelerates progress for disadvantaged learners, namely teaching that fosters the following five learning behaviours:-

  • maximum participation;

  • engagement in appropriate challenge;

  • dialogue;

  • the inculcation of thinking skills and meta-cognition; and

  • collaboration.

Outstanding INSET for your School (online or offline)

Many schools book an introductory session (usually a whole day, whole staff INSET session but more recently online via webinars) for teachers to be introduced to the principles and practicalities of narrow gap teaching and learning. This session is delivered by Jake Mansell, Director of Narrowing the Gaps Ltd.

Jake has worked with schools (primary and secondary), local authorities, academy chains and conference organisers across the country and also delivers several of the NEU's national CPD courses.

If you would like to find out more about our CPD offer please contact Jake Mansell on with your name, role, school, estimated number of participating teachers and any available dates in your INSET calendar. Sessions are extremely engaging, challenging, practical and inspiring - and are therefore very popular - so please book well in advance. You can read some testimonials from session participants here.

You can see some of the teaching and learning strategies covered in the session, and reflective feedback from teachers who have used them at the Narrowing the Gaps Pedagogy Project website.