Challenge The Gap

Challenge the Gap is an innovative and ambitious programme developed by Challenge Partners with funding from the Education Endowment Foundation, to improve the academic performance of pupil premium students. Our programme is led by schools for schools, changing whole-schoolpractice to drive long-term impact from within.


Training Dates and Times (2017/2018)

Dates: 10 July 2017, 7 November 2017, 5 December 2017, 16 January 2018 & 19 June 2018
Times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Closing date for all applications is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course


Primary  :  £4975 per year + VAT (you could see this as fewer than 4 Pupil Premium eligible pupils)

Secondary  :  £8500 per year + VAT (you could see this 9 Pupil Premium eligible pupils)


We offer a 10% discount for schools that are also members of the Challenge Partners Network of Excellence

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Suitable for

Teachers in mainstream primary and secondary schools.

Programme structure

The programme runs over one year. It is delivered through face-to-face taught sessions and in-school workshops and activities at the participant’s school.

Course aims

The core aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop effective strategies that improve outcomes, based on what works for your pupils.
  • Drive change and build capacity across all levels of your school with extensive leadership training.
  • Access relevant research & school best practice from across our network.
  • Build powerful and enduring networks with colleagues in local schools.
  • Maximise the impact of your Pupil Premium funding.

What does it involve?

All schools work in Trios of one Lead school and two Accelerator schools. Teams of practitioners – leaders, teachers and para-professionals – identify, share and evolve pedagogies and interventions for their Trio. They initially focus on a small cohort of pupils, which enables them to understand in detail the issues and challenges and to test approaches; those that prove effective are rapidly cascaded. Their programmes are supported by a series of workshops that provide momentum, access to international research and a focus for collaborative working.

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