Pupil Premium: Improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
This course is offered jointly with the National Education Trust
The aim of this one day course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills which will ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant is used to best effect in their schools. It will draw on the latest national research, including case studies illustrating the most effective use of the PPG and look at how the Pupil Premium has recently been extended to cover a broader range of pupils.
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Since 2011, the Pupil Premium grant has been the Government’s principal strategy to help schools improve the learning and opportunities of disadvantaged pupils, narrow the gap and in doing so, reduce educational inequality. Although the Pupil Premium Grant initially covered looked after children, the children of service personnel and any children who were eligible for free school meals (FSM), it has now been extended to include children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (the Ever 6 measure) and children who have left the care system through adoption, residence orders or special guardianship orders. This group are ‘Post LAC’ (Looked After Children).
We know that early achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds are overtaken by their wealthier peers by age 7, the likelihood of a pupil eligible for FSM achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-FSM pupil, and a pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their peers from deprived backgrounds.
In 2014/15, the Pupil Premium grant has increased to £1,300 per FSM Ever 6 primary pupil, £935 per FSM Ever 6 secondary pupil and £1,900 for Children Looked After and Post LAC.
Your tutor – David Birch
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.
David taught English in schools in London and Oxfordshire before becoming a secondary Headteacher in Devon for 12 years. He now works as a school improvement adviser in the south west. Much of his recent work nationally has focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, strategies to develop independent learning and whole school literacy. He is a senior A level English examiner and subject expert for Ofqual.
This Pupil Premium course is aimed at Head Teachers, Pupil Premium co-ordinators and inclusion managers in primary and secondary schools, also ideal for advisers and inspectors and all relevant job roles from across the education landscape.
Topic / Activity
Registration and Coffee
Opening presentation: The national background
· What the research tells us: are we making progress; where are the gaps most persistent?
· PPG eligibility criteria: are we up to date?
· The importance of leadership and teaching
· Ofsted’s role in evaluating the impact of the Pupil Premium
· Collaboration and CPD
Best Practice Focus: Identifying the barriers and challenges
· Where are the gaps most persistent in your school and area?
· Understanding your context: parents and the community; tackling the cycle of low aspiration and deprivation
· The challenge of pupils with multiple needs
· Tackling transition: what is the experience of your vulnerable pupils?
· The needs of Children Looked After
Best Practice Focus: What works in narrowing the gaps?
· How resolute leadership makes a difference
· Ensuring high quality teaching
· Engaging parents and the community
· Personalised support and interventions
· The importance of assessment and feedback
· Enriching learning and creating opportunity
· Supporting high achievers
Best Practice Focus: Evidence and impact
· The role of Governors
· Tracking and monitoring pupil progress
· Reporting and recording
· Gathering and presenting data
· Demonstrating impact beyond the data
Final Thoughts: action planning
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After completion of this one day course with David Birch you will be able to address the following key issues that surround the pupil premium grant:
- 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