Pupil Premium Conference: Overcoming disadvantage
“The pupil premium was introduced by the previous coalition Government and it is continuing to be supported… precisely to make sure that funding gets to those children who need it most.” – Justine Greening, 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 can offered 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
A Comprehensive Pupil Premium Strategy
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.
Key strategies to halve the Pupil Premium attainment gap
Jennifer Ingham, Assistant Headteacher, Blackburn Central High School
Jennifer Ingham completed her GTP in 2006. She started her teaching career in Newark High School in Nottingham and has always chosen to work in schools considered to have high levels of deprivation. Jennifer believes her own experiences stand her in good stead to champion the rights of disadvantaged students. At 18 she lived in a hostel alongside ex-offenders and had to quickly learn how to adapt to her new life. After some tough times she had her son in 2001 and this motivated her to re-engage with education, determined secure a brighter future. Jennifer is now an Assistant Headteacher at Blackburn Central High School where she is in charge of Behaviour and Pupil Premium. The school has recently been inspected and retains it status of ‘Good’.
Tackling underlying emotional issues that are the barriers to pupil success.
Helen Akbary, Mindfulness Teacher / Trainer, MBSR, MBCT, NLP CCHYP and Mark Barker, Assistant Headteacher, Forge Valley School
Helen Akbary has been a teacher in secondary schools for 20 years and now provides effective support in schools for pupils and staff to assist in raising aspirations through developing a strong and secure sense of self. In 2006, she began studying Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy and mindfulness to assist individuals with emotional barriers to achievement, initially on a one to one basis. She then started combining the different skills to create group sessions and courses for both schools and other organisations. In 2015, she developed an optimising exam performance program for pupils about to sit exams which looks at specific stress and anxiety around exams and teaches how to get into the most resourceful state to achieve the best results possible. The course has proved very popular and received much positive feedback.
Mark Barker has been a secondary school teacher for the last 14 years and is now an Assistant Headteacher of Forge Valley School, Sheffield. Mark manages the Pupil Premium Strategy across the school which focusses on providing enrichment to pupils' social and cultural capacity as well as pastoral and academic development. The Pupil Premium strategy at Forge Valley School is proactive and we believe in the importance of mindfulness as one of the fundamental stepping stones to its success.
Refreshments & Networking Break
Developing a Holistic Approach to Pupil Premium Spending
Andrew Day, Executive Head Teacher, Northumberland Church of England Academy
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.
Lunch & Networking
The overlap between SEND and PP
KEYNOTE - Garry Freeman, Director of Inclusion & SENCo Guiseley School, Lead Secondary SENCo Leeds LA, Associate Consultant Nasen, Associate of Leeds Beckett University, Guiseley School
Implementing Successful Pupil Premium Interventions and Measurements of their Impact
Helen Frostick, Headteacher and National Leader of Education, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School
Helen has thirty years of experience working in education both in the U.K. and overseas. She is the National Leader of Education (N.L.E) for the National College of School Leadership and an Educational Journalist.
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