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Narrowing the Gap - final guidance year 2

You can read the full Narrowing the Gap - Final Guidance Year 2 report (3Mb PDF file) or the relevant sections below.

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Section One - An introduction

an introduction to the Narrowing the Gap programme, a guide to using the pack 'How to use this pack' and a glossary of definitions.

Narrowing the Gap – Final Guidance Year 2 report - Section 1 (287Kb PDF file, 15 pages)

Section Two - Narrowing the gap - an overview

sets out the main findings of the Narrowing the Gap programme and recommendations for central government, local government and the Children's Trust partners, regulators and all those who work with and for children and young people.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 2 (289Kb PDF file, 15 pages)

Section Three – Golden threads

a summary of the 'Golden Threads', the essential 'must-do's' for improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. (The NtG Year 1 guidance sets these out in full).

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 3 (204Kb PDF file, 2 pages)

Section Four - NFER Summary - key messages

 

a summary of the NFER research 'The relationship between leadership and governance' of Children's Services.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 4 (147Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

Section Five – Self evaluation templates

 

2 self-evaluation templates for local leaders and those involved in governance, focussing on 'what leaders and governors' do to narrow the gap and how best they do it.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 5 (277Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

Section Six - Case studies 

28 case studies of examples of effective leadership and governance, supporting the main findings of the report. These are drawn from Children's Trusts, Schools (through NCSL leadership programme) and Early Years settings.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 6 (792Kb PDF file, 54 pages)

Section Seven - Research studies

The 2 full NFER reports on (i) Effective Leadership of Children's Services and (ii) Effective Governance of Children's Services, drawing on national literature and research, plus local case studies.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 7 (717Kb PDF file, 114 pages)

Section Eight – Acknowledgements

acknowledgements of all those who worked with and for the Narrowing the Gap programme, including 101 Local Authorities, in the course of two years.

NTG Final Guidance Year 2 - Section 8 (209Kb PDF file, 3 pages)

 

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Narrowing the Gap – final guidance year 1

You can read the full Narrowing the Gap – Final Guidance Year 1 report (3.2Mb PDF file) or the relevant sections below.

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Section One - An introduction

This illustrates how best to use the pack and the suitability of each section for different audiences. The glossary at the end of section one provides a common set of definitions, drawn from our experience in the first year and the contributions made by those working with us.

Narrowing the Gap – Final Guidance Year 1 report - Section 1 (136Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

Section Two - Narrowing the gap - an overview

This is essential reading for everyone and sets out an overview of the Narrowing the Gap programme, what we are doing and why.

 

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 2 (179Kb PDF file, 22 pages)

Section Three – Golden threads

This identifies the top 12 Golden Threads – the critical core hypotheses that we have drawn from the evidence and from the work with the 101 participating Local Authorities and their Children's Trust Partners. These golden threads have to be taken together, applied universally and pursued relentlessly to achieve significant change.

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 3 (186Kb PDF file, 26 pages)

Section Four - NFER Summary - key messages

 

This gives a summary of key messages from data, literature and research. It identifies the key gaps in children's outcomes and in data collection, synthesised from the studies done by NFER over the first year. It is also essential reading for everyone.

 

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 4 (254Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

Section Five – Self evaluation templates

 

This sets out, in five self evaluation templates, the critical ‘building blocks' that need to be in place to ‘make the difference' based on the professional judgement of practitioners and organisations.

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 5 (1.5Mb PDF file, 32 pages)

Section Six - Every Child Matters: a benchmark for narrowing the gap

This provides a benchmark for central and local government, schools and early years settings. It provides a baseline from which services can develop but also provides a measure of what absolutely must be in place universally across all of children's services.

 

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 6 (170Kb PDF file, 4 pages)

Section Seven - Acknowledgements

This lists the Local Authorities who, with their Children's Trust partners, participated in the regional workshops, contributed material, and supported the work with evidence and critical analysis.

 

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 7 (162Kb PDF file, 4 pages)

Section Eight – Case Studies - examples of effective local practice

This gives examples of effective practice where Local Authorities, Children's Trust partners, health services and others, schools and children's centres are already implementing the 12 golden threads in their work to narrow the gap in outcomes.

NTG Final Guidance Year 1 - Section 8 (587Kb PDF file, 80 pages)

 

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Narrowing the Gap – first report

This is the first pack or suite of material and has been developed using evidence from research and from a wide range of experts in the field. It is work in progress and will be subject to ongoing changes arising from further research, as well as the fieldwork with participating local authorities.

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1. How to use this pack

This pack contains all the material that that has been produced during the first phase of the Narrowing the Gap project. It is designed to be used by everyone working with or for children and young people and their families across the children's sector – locally, regionally or nationally.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 1 (703Kb PDF file, 3 pages)

2.  Narrowing the gap – an overview

This sets out an overview of the Narrowing the Gap project, what the project does and why.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence- Section 2 (627Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

3.  Where are the gaps? – an overview of the data by NFER (a summary)


 

This gives a summary of what the data shows about the gaps in children's outcomes and the gaps in data collection, through an analysis of available data.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 3 (231Kb PDF file, 9 pages)

4.  What seems to ‘make the difference' – the top 10 golden threads


 

This section sets out the critical core hypotheses that have been drawn from the evidence and from extensive work with a wide range of stakeholders. These 10 golden threads have to be taken together, applied universally and pursued relentlessly to achieve significant change. arrangements).

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 4 (82Kb PDF file, 7 pages)

5.  The critical ‘building blocks' - what makes the difference in more detail


 

Section five sets out, in five templates, the critical ‘building blocks' that need to be in place to ‘make the difference' based on the professional judgement of practitioners and organisations, informed by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) reviews

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 5 (470Kb PDF file, 79 pages)

6.  What research is telling us – a review of literature and evidence by NFER (a summary)

Section six provides a summary of a review of available literature and research by NFER. This review looked at 800+ pieces of evidence, looked in detail at 70 and draws out key messages. The full report can be found in appendix B.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 6 (4.8Mb PDF file, 9 pages)

7.  The next steps

Section seven provides some concluding thoughts for policy-makers and deliverers of children's services alike.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - Section 7 (83Kb PDF file, 7 pages)

Appendix A –

 

Overview and analysis of available datasets on vulnerable groups and ECM outcomes.

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence- cover diagram and contents (717Kb PDF file, 2 pages)

Appendix B –

 

A review of the research evidence

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - review report (454Kb PDF file, 68 pages)

 

Appendix C –

 

Glossary and definitions

Narrowing the Gap A review of the research evidence - glossary and definitions (54Kb PDF file, 4 pages)

Appendix D –

 

Acknowledgements

Narrowing the gap A review of the research evidence - acknowledgements (38Kb PDF file, 2 pages)

 

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Narrowing the Gap - benchmark tool

The 'benchmark' tool will be used by the DCSF to ensure that there is a focus on 'narrowing the gap' in policy development; to aid thinking, discussion and conversations within DCSF and the Government Offices and to further support their ongoing work to develop relationships with Local Authorities and their partners, to improve outcomes for children and young people. It has also been released as a self-audit tool for Children's Trusts to use voluntarily if they wish.

Narrowing the Gap benchmark tool (23Kb PDF file, 1 page)

 

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Narrowing the Gap - leadership and governance

These reports set out the overlapping features of effective leadership and of effective governance for narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups. The studies were conducted by NFER (Martin et al., 2009 and Lord et al., 2009).

Narrowing the Gap - governance report (818Kb PDF file, 63 pages)

Narrowing the Gap - leadership report (649Kb PDF file, 50 pages)

Narrowing the Gap - relationship between leadership and governance report (194Kb PDF file, 8 pages)

 

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Narrowing the Gap in deprived areas of Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council has recently undertaken an in depth scrutiny review into Narrowing the Gap in Deprived Areas of Lincolnshire. The scrutiny review, which was completed in July 2010, has been conducted by a Task and Finish Group comprising seven non-Executive County Councillors and a Parent Governor Added Member. The Task and Finish Group received comprehensive free support throughout the scrutiny review from C4EO Sector Specialists.

The Task and Finish Group has produced an excellent final report containing 15 recommendations, and C4EO has offered to provide further free support to Lincolnshire County Council's Children's Services in relation to three of those recommendations.

Narrowing the Gap in deprived areas of Lincolnshire (996Kb PDF file, 74 pages)

 

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