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Free guidance and toolkits to help address disadvantage at your school or trust

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How's your board tackling disadvantage in education?

The National Governance Association (NGA) has published a series of free toolkits along with guidance to help governing boards understand and tackle disadvantage in their setting.

The toolkits focus on the drivers that are impacting pupils, with practical advice and resources for boards to address them, including:

  • Poverty
  • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Vulnerability (including looked after children and young carers)
  • Certain ethnic groups
  • Mental health and wellbeing


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Explore the guidance

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Widening the lens on disadvantage

This report looks at what's meant by disadvantage, top tips for addressing educational disadvantage and steps towards making a strategy.

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Tackling disadvantage in education - SEND toolkit

This toolkit for governing boards on SEND looks at what the evidence shows so far, governing board and staff responsibilities, training and more...

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Tackling disadvantage in education - Ethnicity toolkit

This toolkit for governing boards on ethnicity looks at barrier to achieving in schools, how to develop inclusive policies, staff CPD and more...

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More free resources

Access more toolkits to help you tackle disadvantage and watch a webinar on the subject.

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