DRET Teaching School Hub

KYRA Research School

KYRA Research School

KYRA Research School, with DRET Teaching School Hub will be holding a CPD event over 3 days, ‘Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils’.
These will be held virtually on:
Tuesday 7th December 2021 9.30am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 11th January 2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 9.30am – 3.00pm
Core Programme: Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils

The gap may have widened, but the link between family income and educational attainment can be broken:
This programme brings together schools from across the region to explore practical, evidence-informed approaches for closing the poverty-related attainment gap. Engaging with the best available evidence on high quality teaching, targeted academic support and school-wide approaches, school leaders will develop and implement a Pupil Premium strategy fit for their setting so that all pupils can flourish.

Every school, their staff and their pupils, have been impacted in some way by COVID-19. And whilst schools have managed the crisis with characteristic care, determination and resilience, the disruption to learning will mean that many pupils will have fallen behind. Participants will explore appropriate responses to specific COVID-related issues as part of a wider three-year Pupil Premium Strategy for their school. These include:

  • Teaching and whole-school strategies e.g. supporting great teaching, pupil assessment and feedback etc
  • Targeted approaches e.g. One to one and small group tuition, intervention programmes etc
  • Wider strategies e.g. Social, Emotional Learning, behaviour, parental engagement, pupil attendance etc

Programme aims

Make and act on evidence-informed decisions to close the attainment gap for children most at risk of underachieving:

Use a tiered approach for developing a whole-school Pupil Premium Strategy that meets the needs of all learners

  • Accurately identify key priorities within teaching & learning, targeted support and whole school strategies to tackle educational disadvantage in your context
  • Apply the principles of effective implementation to embed and sustain the processes, practices and programmes in your strategy
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of your strategy to adapt / sustain approaches according to pupil needs


The programme is made up of 9 modules, with a blend of self-directed, remote and face-to-face professional learning. Three themes form the foundation of the work that will take place back in school in order to make the difference for disadvantaged children:

Theme One: Evidence
Theme Two: Strategy
Theme Three: Implementation

To book this event (directly with KYRA) please click on the following link:
For your information, the webpage on the KYRA Research School website: https://researchschool.org.uk/kyra/event/making-the-difference-for-disadvantaged-pupils-2.

Should you wish to get in touch with KYRA directly, please find contact details below:
Kyra Research School 
01522 287020