In 2007, the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned the NFER to review the best evidence on what works in narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups across the five Every Child Matters areas. The review aimed to underpin the Narrowing the Gap Programme, a major development programme being implemented by the LGA and the DCSF.
- strategies promoting children’s health, safety and economic stability all help to provide the necessary conditions to support effective and enjoyable learning and raise achievement
- interventions to remediate disadvantage and narrow the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups need a long-term focus
- interventions which adopt an holistic and joined-up approach dealing with the range of obstacles and negative influences holding children back are the most effective
- interventions that focus on the whole family and involve children learning and working with their parents/carers are some of the most effective
- interventions need to build upon the positive elements and experiences of children’s and family lives and take account of value and belief systems.
How to cite this publication:
Kendall, S., Straw, S., Jones, M., Springate, I. and Grayson, H. (2008). A Review of the Research Evidence: Narrowing the Gap in Outcomes for Vulnerable Groups. Slough: NFER.