Guest speaker: Closing the disadvantage gap: We need to talk about Jason

11th September 2023| Blogs

Inexpensive, practical and realistic classroom strategies

In this 2-hour webinar for primary and secondary staff, Jean Gross suggests effective techniques to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, whilst also promoting their wellbeing.

Drawing on case studies from outstanding schools, her knowledge of research on what works and her years of experience working with disadvantaged learners, she introduces inexpensive, practical and realistic classroom strategies. From valuing mistakes to helping classmates learn more about each other, the strategies in Jean’s keynote will leave you confident in being able to make all children feel powerful in their own learning – and in their own lives.


How to book your place

‘Closing the disadvantage gap: We need to talk about Jason’ is worth 5 CPD points to Thrive Licensed Practitioners and is happening on Zoom on Tuesday 23rd April between 10.00am and 12.00pm. This includes a Q&A.

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Jean Gross


Actionable insights, tips and techniques

After 2 hours, you'll leave Jean Gross’ webinar with:

  • An understanding of the troubled journey through education taken by Jason and many other disadvantaged children like him
  • An awareness of how educators can re-route that journey through practical, low-cost strategies
  • Learning about little-known research on the importance of self-efficacy, belonging and connectedness for educational attainment
  • An understanding of the particular relevance to disadvantaged learners
  • An insight into the seven secrets of self-efficacy, from the way we give feedback to learners, to the opportunities we provide for them to exercise real responsibility


About Jean Gross

A popular speaker and best-selling author, Jean Gross is a national expert on tackling disadvantage in all its forms. With a background as a teacher and educational psychologist, she has been Head of Children’s Services in a local authority, and a Visiting and Associate Fellow at three universities. She was formerly the Government’s Communication Champion for children, responsible for promoting the importance of good language skills. She has led many national initiatives including approaches to social and emotional learning in schools and was awarded a CBE for services to education in 2011.

Her many books include Beating Bureaucracy in special educational needs, Time to Talk and the influential Reaching the unseen children: practical strategies for closing stubborn attainment gaps in disadvantaged groups. She co-authored the 2019 Education Endowment Foundation/ Early Intervention Foundation guidance report Improving social and emotional learning in primary schools, and the recent Anna Freud Centre/Early Intervention Foundation Classroom wellbeing toolkit for secondary subject teachers.


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