Pupil Premium Conference: Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Children
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“I want all children to get a truly world-class education that not only inspires them to make the most of their lives but also gives them the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, no matter where they live.” – Damian Hinds, Education Secretary
Since the pupil premium was introduced in 2011, the additional funding for disadvantaged young people has been widely welcomed by teachers, schools leaders and education experts. But despite some high profile success stories, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the policy when it comes to closing the attainment gap.
Nearly two million school children in England are eligible for pupil premium funding but research has shown that only a third of them will secure five good passes at GCSE. Those who fail to achieve these grades struggle to move on to employment or further study.
Join us for the Pupil Premium Conference where leading experts from the education sector will discuss how schools can improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and get the most from the additional funding.
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Topics covered on the day will include:
- What evidence is there for the positive impact of the pupil premium?
- What are the barriers and challenges preventing us from closing the attainment gap?
- What are the fundamental principles for supporting disadvantaged pupils?
- What training do staff need in order to make the most of the pupil premium?
- How can funds be used to support the mental and physical wellbeing of students?
- How can schools engage with families and the community to prioritise areas where students need the most support?
- How can we better understand the overlap between pupil premium and SEND?
- What specialist support is on offer to SEND pupils?
- How do targeted interventions work and what can be learned from the most successful examples?
- Network with delegates from across the education sector and discuss different approaches to the pupil premium.
- Hear from leading experts in education and school funding.
- Analyse examples of best practice from schools which have used pupil premium funding to adopt innovative new approaches.
- Understand how to engage with disadvantaged pupils and put strategies in place to halve the attainment gap.
- Plan ahead and anticipate challenges as funding policies change.
Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks and Session from Chair
David Birch, Associate Director, National Education Trust
An overview of the national picture of Pupil Premium
KEYNOTE - David Birch, Associate Director, National Education Trust
NET Associates form a body of knowledge about teaching and learning which consistently produces excellence as standard. In being asked to become a NET Associate the National Education Trust (NET) is recognising in you the characteristics of effective teaching, learning and leadership that lead to exceptional outcomes for children and young people.
David is an Associate Director of the National Education Trust and has worked extensively on its school improvement projects across the country, speaking at conferences and training events, leading CPD and undertaking school reviews. He leads NET’s partnership with OneCPD at Salford University. He taught English in schools in London and Oxfordshire before becoming a secondary Headteacher in Devon for 12 years.
Using the pupil premium effectively
KEYNOTE - Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) (Invited)
Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.
Reviewing Pupil Premium to meet Ofsted and DfE requirements
Peter Humphries, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted (Invited)
Refreshments & Networking Break
Case Study to be delivered by: Shakespeare Schools Foundation
Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) is a cultural education charity that gives young people across the UK the confidence to succeed in life.
The world’s largest youth drama festival lies at the heart of SSF’s transformative process. Every year, we work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and school type across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings in professional theatres nationwide; a night which can give confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime.
KEYNOTE – Gary Wilson, Freelance Education Consultant (Invited)
Gary Wilson is one of the country’s leading experts on raising boys’ achievement. He is a freelance education consultant, speaker, trainer, author and former teacher of twenty-seven years. Gary has advised and delivered training in over a thousand schools and over thirty LAs across the UK.
Lunch & Networking
Tackling educational disadvantage and maximising the impact of the Pupil Premium
Marc Rowland, Head of the Research School, Rosendale Research School (Invited)
Head of the Research School based at Rosendale Primary School Former Director of Policy and Research for the National Education Trust from 2007 to 2017. Over the past four years, Marc has worked with Rosendale on two major school-based research projects on Lesson Study and Metacognition. The second edition of his book “An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium’ was published in December 2015 (John Catt Educational). His latest book “Learning without Labels” was also published by John Catt in March 2017. Marc is currently working with the Jersey government on the introduction of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’ and with Learn Sheffield on their Priorities Project. He is also the co-author of the Essex LA funded Pupil Premium self-evaluation toolkit and has worked with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampson, Swindon and Warwickshire LAs on year-long projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Marc has worked with over 300 schools to support them with their strategy to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, and spoken to approximately 6000 school leaders in conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall.
Case Study to be delivered by: TBC
Refreshments & Networking Break
Developing a Holistic Approach to Pupil Premium Spending
Improving the Development of Pupil Premium Students
Andrew Day, Executive Head Teacher, Northumberland Church of England Academy (Invited)
The Northumberland Church of England Academy is an exciting, innovative and rapidly-improving academy which seeks to ensure that all the children and young people we serve are given the very best opportunities in life to secure a future that is successful and happy.
Andrew is the Executive Director of the NCEA, an all-through, 0–19 academy, including a provision for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The Academy currently educates over 2500 children on six campuses in Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Lynemouth. The Academy is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Newcastle and Northumberland Estates. Andrew previously taught English and History in both the independent and state sectors. He joined the Future Leaders programme in 2006, following a spell in the travel industry, and took a Deputy Headship in Ealing, West London in the same year, before becoming Principal of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy in south east London in 2009. He took up his current position in 2012. He is currently training to be a priest in the Church of England. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a trustee of the Hirst Miners’ Welfare, chairs the Association of Anglican Secondary Heads, serves on the National Headteachers’ Reference Group for Teach First and on the NAHT Secondary Heads group, amongst other commitments.
Evaluating the impact of PP funding for disadvantaged pupils
Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, NASEN (Invited)
Dr Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme. In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects.
David Birch, Associate Director, National Education Trust
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- Identifying the barriers and challenges in narrowing the gaps
- Developing a pupil premium policy
- The leadership of the pupil premium, including governance
- The importance of teaching and learning in narrowing the gaps
- Reporting on and accounting for the PPG
- How to evaluate the impact of interventions
- Engaging parents and the community
- Supporting high attainers through the PPG
- Creating enrichment and opportunity through the PPG
- Helping vulnerable pupils through transition between and beyond schools