Senior Leaders’ Webinar 3: The pupil premium and the COVID-19 pandemic: What attainment gap should we be trying to close?

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Senior Leaders’ Webinar 3: The pupil premium and the COVID-19 pandemic: What attainment gap should we be trying to close? led by Professor Beck Allen

Policy-maker efforts to close attainment gaps are being redoubled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with children from disadvantaged backgrounds widely expected to have fallen behind as a result of remote learning. In this talk, Becky will explain what we know – and don’t yet know – about widening attainment gaps and their causes. Assessments are central to measuring the size of learning loss and diagnosing solutions, but what should we be assessing and why are there conflicts between the needs of policy-makers and teachers in these diagnostic tools? She will suggest some best bets for modifying the curriculum and classroom experiences to benefit those most at risk of falling behind.

DATE: Tuesday 3rd November 2020

TIME: 10:00-11:00am

We will be using Zoom (online video conferencing software) to host this online event. If you have not used Zoom previously, you may need to download the Zoom software either to a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone, prior to joining. When you have booked your place a link will be emailed to you, within 48 hours of the webinar, with further instructions about how to join the event.

The session will also be recorded and afterwards an edited version will be shared with those schools that have booked a place.



COST: £70 for non-subscribing schools

This webinar forms part of the Gateway Alliance – Senior Leaders’ Network CPD subscription. Schools that have purchased this subscription have 1 FREE place on the live event.

We are delighted to announce that Warwickshire County Council, Education Services have funded access to 3 of the 7 Gateway Alliance Senior Leaders’ Online Webinars this academic year for all Warwickshire schools. If you are a Warwickshire school you should have received a voucher code (this was sent out to schools on the 4th September edition of HeadsUp). Please enter this code at check-out to claim your FREE place at any 3 of these webinars (to view the other webinars please click here and search subject ‘senior leaders’). If you have not received the voucher code please contact us.

For all non-Warwickshire schools, access to this live event costs £70 per person. This INCLUDES a copy of the recorded webinar for use in your own school afterwards.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Professor Becky Allen

Becky is Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the largest teacher survey and professional development tool in the UK. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Until 2018, she was Professor of Education at UCL Institute of Education and over her academic career she has written extensively on school accountability, admissions, expenditure and teacher careers. An economist by training and former secondary school teacher, she is an expert in the analysis of large datasets.

Between 2014 and 2017, she was the founding Director of Education Datalab, a non-profit research organisation that has developed a reputation for making complex, quantitative analysis accessible for those involved with running schools. In 2018, she chaired a Government working group to review how data is used in schools. In addition to her day job at Teacher Tapp, Becky continues to work directly with schools on research to help them make better use of data. Her book on teacher careers called ‘The Teacher Gap’ was published last year.


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