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Back on Track for Vulnerable Learners

An evidenced based programme to support school leaders with the return of vulnerable pupils to school following the profound effects of school closures as a result of COVID-19.

The Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE) is developing a knowledge exchange (KE) programme called Back on Track for Vulnerable Learners.

As schools begin to respond to the impact on pupils from months away from school, this programme is designed to support schools in identifying gaps, responding to need and evaluating progress. 

What is Back on Track for Vulnerable Learners?

Back on Track for Vulnerable Learners is a structured programme in which schools are paired with a facilitator to work through an audit of their response to COVID-19. The audit covers the domains below and will help schools to identify fruitful areas to put resources to make a difference to the whole school community. We provide an action plan template, plus online individualised support over a six-month period. 

The domains of Back on Track for Vulnerable Learners:

  • Whole school morale
  • Individuals’ wellbeing and mental health
  • Exclusions
  • Attainment.

The core domains for all CIE KE programmes:

  • Enabling environment
  • Teaching and learning
  • Building relationships
  • Robust communications.


The free of charge guidance offers a summary of key research which underpins our approach to meeting the educational needs of children and young people and gives an overview of the potential impact of COVID-19. The last section provides a wealth of ideas and resources to support children and young people across a wide range of need. 

Contact us

Please email inclusive.education@ucl.ac.uk for more information.