Challenge and Engagement for All

INSET on Challenge and Engagement for All


Tailored for primary or secondary classroom teachers. Other frontline staff will also benefit.

In brief

Highly practical, interactive and experiential INSET exploring and modelling the five elements of Inclusive Quality First Teaching (IQFT), with an appropriate focus on the Engagement through Challenge element.


Option 1: Challenge and Engagement for All (full day INSET)

Full day face-to-face INSET. Hosted at your school and scheduled to suit your INSET timetable.

Option 2: An Introduction to Challenge and Engagement for All (half day / morning INSET)

Half-day face-to-face INSET. Hosted at your school and scheduled to suit your INSET timetable.

Option 3: Engagement through Challenge (twilight INSET or webinar)

Twilight face-to-face INSET or interactive webinar. Hosted at your school or on your school's videoconferencing platform and scheduled to suit your school day.


Full and transparent costings for INSET sessions are available on the costs page.

Full session details

What to expect

This is a highly interactive and practical session, where colleagues will try engaging teaching and learning techniques in pairs or table groups and reflect on what makes each technique effective and how it might be adapted to their specific classroom context. During frequent focused discussions the facilitator will also model a range of inclusive questioning and dialogue methods. We'll also sometimes be out of our seats engaged in 'whole class' activities.

This is no 'chalk and talk' session: participants will be engaged in various challenges and will be very active throughout. This is essential to model the pedagogy of Challenge and Engagement For All. Colleagues can expect to have their thinking challenged in various ways throughout the day, and will be encouraged to step into the shoes of less confident learners to better understand their experience of challenge in the classroom.

Aims and objectives

  • To recognise the five learner behaviours associated with 'narrow gap' classrooms, and how these behaviours can be supported through Inclusive Quality First Teaching (IQFT).

  • To understand that 'dumbing down' a challenging curriculum for learners who have fallen behind will further disadvantage vulnerable learners, and that engagement in appropriate challenge is essential for all learners, especially in the context of post-pandemic Recovery Education.

  • To explore experientially a range of teaching and learning strategies that effectively include currently less confident learners and secure engagement in appropriate levels of challenge.

  • To consider questioning and dialogue techniques that support the inclusion of currently less confident learners.

  • To consider a range of factors that influence motivation and engagement with learning.


These courses are led by Jake Mansell, the Director of Narrowing the Gaps Ltd.


The session is run in your school hall or large learning space with colleagues working together around tables. Groups of six are ideal, as this allows for colleagues to work as individuals, pairs, trios and whole table groups. The venue should have a large enough breakout space for all participants to take part in 'out-of-seats' activities.

Technology and resources

The venue should be equipped with a data-projector and screen or giant TV screen with HDMI input; and a paper flipchart or whiteboard. Participants will need access to paper, pencil and pens.

Sign-up process

If you would like to make a cost enquiry or go ahead and book, please use our no obligation booking enquiry form. If you'd like to know more, please get in touch.


"Great session that was relevant and practical"

"Brilliant. Loads of great ideas for refreshing practice."

"Very engaging."

"Jake is an excellent facilitator."