Achieving for Children

Kathryn Kashyap – School Improvement Adviser for Pupil Premium and EMA

Kathryn KashyapA trained English secondary teacher with 10 years’ experience in inner city London schools, Kathryn has worked with pupils from a range of diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds and was Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement in a multi-ethnic, inner city secondary school for four years. During that time, she pioneered partnership teaching, parent/family engagement programmes, community language GCSEs and phonics for newly arrived refugee pupils. Her department was awarded outstanding by Ofsted and her work with EAL and refugee pupils ensured that the school achieved a challenging target for their GCSE A* to C grades.

Whilst studying for her PhD in SEND, gender and migration with a focus on Somali young people, Kathryn developed a highly successful volunteer learning mentor programme with an educational charity that supports children and young people from refugee backgrounds. As well as strategies to support EAL pupils from beginner to fluent with their home learning at all stages of the curriculum, this work focused on significant issues that the children and young people faced due to disadvantage. It included advocacy around EAL/SEND issues, transition to secondary school, post-16 choices and supporting parental-school engagement. Kathryn liaised with class teachers, EAL coordinators, SENCos and Heads of Inclusion, and trained volunteers and parents on issues around the education system, the curriculum and how to best support children and young people in their learning.

Alongside her role with Achieving for Children as School Improvement Advisor for Pupil Premium and EMA, Kathryn also works for Croydon Virtual School as Interim Mentoring Project Lead. She is setting up a new volunteer learning mentor programme for young people aged 14 to 16 who are looked after by the borough. This role draws on her expertise in working with vulnerable young people, both those who were born and brought up in the UK, and those who have arrived as unaccompanied or separated children. She liaises regularly with social workers, foster parents, designated teachers and a range of NGOs to ensure the right support is provided for the young people in the programme.

Kathryn has taught in Pakistan and the Czech Republic. Her dissertation for her Masters in Education, Gender and International Development studied teachers’ gendered responses to orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. She also studied Black achievement in the USA and UK, and gender, racism and bullying in the UK.

Areas of expertise:

  • EAL differentiation
  • Supporting pupils who have had disrupted education
  • Achievement of Black and other minoritised pupils
  • Achievement of disadvantaged pupils
  • Assessment of SEND for EAL pupils
  • Parental engagement
  • Home learning


Contact Kathryn at

Achieving for Children