Online event: 13th National Pupil Premium Best Practice Conference

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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After nine years of the Pupil Premium, the 13th National Pupil Premium Conference will be considering what we have learnt about best practice when it takes place online in January.

This Headteacher Update and SecEd event will be looking back at the wealth of evidence that has now been published about how schools can best support their most disadvantaged pupils.

Originally scheduled to take place in Birmingham in September, the event is now taking place online on Monday and Tuesday, January 18 and 19, from 2:30pm to 6pm each day.

The two keynotes on Monday, January 18, will feature Education Endowment Foundation CEO Professor Becky Francis and the National Education Trust’s Marc Rowland – author of A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium.

Prof Francis, who has spent her recent career immersed in the research evidence that schools need to guide effective Pupil Premium spending, will consider what we have learnt in these past nine years about what works with our most disadvantaged pupils. She will look at what the evidence-base tells us about what works and what doesn’t, both in terms of value for money and achieving maximum pupil progress.

Mr Rowland, meanwhile, will discuss the lessons he has learned from his work with schools and others across England. This will include practical insights and reflections on whole-school strategies and classroom-level practice, including from his recent work to create a Pupil Premium toolkit for schools in Essex.

The day will offer two further sessions, one on whole-school Pupil Premium strategy and the second on the links between pastoral work and the Pupil Premium.

The second day will offer two programmes, one tailored to primary education and one for secondary schools, with each offering four, school-led, practical workshops.

Themes for primary include high leverage teaching, Ofsted inspection, identifying SEND and barriers to learning, and outdoor learning.

Themes for secondary include study skills, Ofsted inspection, cultural capital, and wellbeing and pastoral barriers to learning.

All speakers have been asked to focus on practical strategies that can be adapted and adopted for your school’s unique circumstances. All presentations will be available to view on-demand for three months after the conference and the conference will also feature Q&A and networking opportunities.

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