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  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in education and local authorities and social care, in leadership and support focused roles.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Asma Benhenda
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
9:40 am
Department for Education Policy and Funding Update: Effective Use and Accountability for the Pupil Premium
  • What does ‘disadvantage’ mean in 2021? Exploring who schools should consider supporting with pupil premium, given the impact of the pandemic on social and emotional development as well as learning outcomes
  • Outlining the full range of support available for pupils through the government’s £1.7 billion package, exploring the impact so far and continued opportunities for effective spending on tutoring, summer schools and wrap-around support
  • Discussing how pupil premium use should be reported following changes introduced by Ofsted and the Department for Education, and in line with the recovery premium
  • The next steps for supporting disadvantaged pupils: Looking forward to opportunities beyond COVID-19 recovery, supporting pupils at every key stage and transition, and the role of Pupil Premium Leads within this

This session will include time for questions.

Steve Kethero
Steve Kethero
Policy Adviser
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Education Recovery Commissioner Update: Leaving No Child Behind

In this session, Kevan will outline plans for, and share updates around, key areas as part of the COVID-19 education catch-up strategy, offering advice and insights on what this means for your pupils.

Key themes will include:

  • Curriculum development and delivery
  • Teaching time and approaches
  • Narrowing the progress and attainment gap

This session will include time for questions.

Sir Kevan Collins
Sir Kevan Collins
Education Recovery Commissioner
Confirmed
10:40 am
Sponsored Session
11:05 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet-Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:25 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Making the Most of the National Tutoring Programme to Support Pupil Progress

This session will explore key questions relating to effective use of the NTP, including:

  • How can schools involve pupils in decision-making around the focus of their tutoring, to ensure they have a voice in their learning?
  • What does effective tutoring mean for pupils at different key stages, and with specific needs?
  • How can virtual heads support and evaluate schools’ choices of tutoring partners?
  • How can tutoring support curriculum enrichment opportunities?

Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout.

Kathryn Davies
Kathryn Davies
Senior Programmes Manager
NTP Tuition Partners
Invited
Victoria Matthews
Victoria Matthews
Leadership Consultant
The Minster Junior School
Confirmed
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Headteacher, Churchill Community College
Churchill Community College
Invited
Shaun Booth
Shaun Booth
Assistant Headteacher and SENCO
Pinderfields Hospital Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Invited
12:00 pm
EEF and the Pupil Premium: Using Evidence to Narrow the Attainment Gap

This session will examine the latest evidence that can help inform the recovery period and will explore how to make the most of the EEF guidance on use of the Pupil premium

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to implement a three-tiered approach in your school that balances teaching quality, interventions and wider support
  • How evidence can inform decisions between different approaches and interventions
  • Upcoming changes to the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and how they can support effective use of the Pupil Premium

This session will include time for questions.

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
Head of Policy
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Confirmed
12:25 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Sharing Key Insights for Supporting the Social, Emotional and Academic Needs of Looked After Children

This session will explore the needs of a key cohort of pupils eligible for pupil premium, considering how to best tailor catch-up support for wrap-around activities for Looked After, and previously Looked After, Children who have largely remained able to attend school through the pandemic.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How to deliver innovative approaches to social and emotional support for LAC, including attachment-aware trauma informed approaches, and how this might align with support being offered for the wider pupil cohort
  • What is the role of local health and social care partners in delivering support as part of the recovery period, and how can schools and virtual heads ensure a joined-up approach
  • How to build on the teaching and learning approaches for LACs through the pandemic to further utilise tailored support and the use of tech into the next academic year
  • What opportunities are there to build cultural capital as part of recovery interventions and support
Patrick Ward
Patrick Ward
Virtual School Head for Lewisham
Incoming Chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH)
Confirmed
Darren Martindale
Darren Martindale
Service Manager, Vulnerable Learners and Virtual School Head
City of Wolverhampton Council
Confirmed
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin
Lead Education Adviser, Secondary Phase, Virtual School
Hertfordshire County Council
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Championing the Needs of Disadvantaged Children and their Families

In this final session of the day, Marcus will reflect on his campaigning through the pandemic and the impact of his efforts to ensure every child is able to access food, to help them live, learn and thrive.

Looking forward through the COVID recovery period and beyond, Marcus will share his priorities for tackling child poverty and disadvantage, and encourage all partners involved in pupil premium interventions to unite and ensure no child is left behind.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford
Footballer and Campaigner
Invited
1:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Dr Asma Benhenda
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
1:10 pm
Coffee Catch-Up and Drop-In

This session will offer the opportunity for delegates to drop in live to an open breakout room, where you can ask questions, recap on key takeaways from the day with fellow attendees, and reflect on how to implement learnings into your context, ahead of Day 2.

1:45 pm
End of Day 1

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in education and local authorities and social care, in leadership and support focused roles.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Asma Benhenda
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
9:40 am
Uncovering the Reality of Learning Loss: What the Research Tells Us and Learning How Best to Respond

In this opening session, David will share updates on insights and findings from the research on learning loss conducted by EPI and Renaissance Learning on behalf of the Department for Education.

Following the publication of an interim report in February 2021, with results from the autumn term, in this session David will explore key themes from more recent results including:

  • What the data shows about learning loss among disadvantaged pupils, and the wider pupil cohort, according to key stages
  • How learning loss manifests at different points through the academic year, and what this means for planning curriculum delivery for 2021/22
  • The effect of catch-up interventions so far in recovering learning loss, and how to use this evidence to help plan for future pupil premium spending

This session will include time for questions.

Rt Hon. David Laws
Rt Hon. David Laws
Executive Chairman
Education Policy Institute (EPI)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Utilising the Latest Research to Close the Attainment Gap in Your School Following COVID-19
  • Understanding different levels of required catch-up support, and how to tailor in-class and online teaching and assistance according to different needs of pupils
  • Exploring the nuances between recovery learning in schools, and local areas, with different levels of deprivation, and what the latest research suggests about how to adapt catch-up activities for these different contexts
  • Acknowledging the wider issues that affect attainment for pupils in your school, and how to work with families and partner agencies to ensure maximum support for a child’s learning and wider development, including around mental health and wellbeing

This session will include time for questions.

Caroline Sharp
Caroline Sharp
Research Director
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Invited
10:35 am
Closing the Attainment Gap in Your School: Sharing Insights from Working to Close the Attainment Gap in Over 2000 Schools

Bringing extensive experience and insights to help you narrow the attainment gap and maximise inclusion in your school, Daniel will share practical, evidence-informed best practice for teachers and leaders to provide a better offer for disadvantaged pupils.

Expert guidance will be shared on key themes including:

  • Quality first teaching
  • Differentiation
  • Social and emotional mental health
  • Parental engagement

Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout the session.

Daniel Sobel
Daniel Sobel
Founder and Lead Consultant
Inclusion Expert
Confirmed
11:35 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet-Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:55 am
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Workshop: Adapting Evidence-Based Pupil Premium Approaches to the Needs of Your Pupils

In this session, Daniel will share insights and guidance based on his school’s successful approach to facilitating excellent outcomes for their pupil premium cohort.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to identify areas of need for teaching staff CPD in order to ensure quality first teaching
  • Practical ideas for curriculum enrichment activities for pupils, and how to use this time efficiently to deliver CPD for staff
  • Methods for mapping the best use of support staff to deliver tailored interventions, based on complex and individual pupil needs

This session will include time for questions.

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones
CEO
Children's Endeavour Trust
Confirmed
Workshop: Identifying Key Issues To Tackle as Part of COVID-19 Catch Up and Recovery in 2021/22

In this session, Marc will highlight key questions for school leaders and pupil premium leads to consider as you plan interventions and support for the next academic year, and will begin to help you answer these and set up next steps for enhancing your school’s approach.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to identify the causes of underachievement or learning loss, to move beyond just treating the symptoms
  • How to consider the impact of disadvantage on the learning process, to explore interventions that can have maximum impact
  • How to best use the data collected from in-school assessments since pupils returned in full in spring 2021, and anecdotal data from staff, to tailor interventions according to individual needs through the next academic year

This session will include time for questions.

Marc Rowland
Marc Rowland
Pupil Premium Adviser
Unity Schools Partnership
Invited
Interactive Questions and Answers Session: The MITA Project

Ahead of the conference, delegates will have access to an hour-long recorded workshop from Sally, including the latest updates and guidance from the MITA project and associated research, containing advice related to COVID-19 catch-up activities and interventions.

This session will then be an opportunity for participants to pose any follow-up questions and comments to Sally, seeking further advice or clarification on how to best utilise and the adapt the guidance for the teaching and/or education and learning support assistants in your school.

Sally Franklin
Sally Franklin
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) Project, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Workshop: Tracking Progress and Development to Enhance Outcomes for Your Pupil Premium Children

In this session, Jess will outline a proven strategy for monitoring academic progress alongside behaviour, participation and engagement with interventions in order to enhance outcomes and ensure long-lasting benefits.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Learning how to set up a meaningful and useful Pupil Premium Progress Tracker, and exploring how to use this on a termly basis to track behaviour and participation in different contexts of school life
  • Learning how to utilise the tracker to assess the impact of interventions, and subsequently better monitor the spending of the premium, adapting the budget accordingly
  • Discovering the steps taken to roll out this approach with all school staff who interact with pupil premium children, and how to align use of the tracker with your wider School Development Plan

This session will include time for questions.

Jess Hawley
Jess Hawley
Designated Senior Leader for Mental Health and Co-Pupil Premium Leader
Markeaton Primary School
Invited
Workshop: Building Resilient Learners – Improving Student Resilience and Wellbeing

In this session, Lisa and Hollie will share the findings from their evaluation of using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with over 4000 Year 7 students in secondary schools. Building Resilient Learners trains and supports teachers to deliver a taught programme to students at a key transition point to develop; emotional literacy, self-management, tackle avoidance behaviour, reframe negative thinking and provide students with coping strategies to cope with challenge.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Learn about the principles of CBT, the cycle of avoidance, and how this may apply to your pupils
  • How to effectively collaborate across sectors to support all young people
  • How validated methods can be effectively used for evaluating pupil wellbeing and resilience, and how to use these findings to plan interventions
  • Why planned wellbeing interventions should be evaluated
  • How to address the new statutory guidance on teaching about Mental Wellbeing, as outlined in the Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) guidance 2020
  • Ideas on how a focus on improving wellbeing and resilience can have a positive impact on wider student outcomes, including attendance

This session will include time for questions.

Lisa Whitworth
Lisa Whitworth
Senior Lead for the Building Resilient Learners Project
Sidmouth College
Confirmed
Hollie Gay
Hollie Gay
Project Research Associate, Building Resilient Learners
University of Exeter
Confirmed
Interactive Panel Discussion: Successfully Deploying Teaching Assistants to Ensure No Child is Left Behind

During this session, experienced practitioners will share insights and best practice around utilising teaching assistants so that they are able to effectively support pupils who need additional help to thrive.

Offering impactful strategies, ideas for “what works”, and plans for the ongoing role of teaching assistants through the COVID-recovery period, key themes discussed in this session will include:

  • Providing speech and language therapy, particularly for pupils who have struggled in this area due to the pandemic
  • Methods for teaching assistants to facilitate emotional literacy and wider wellbeing support, as a separate and necessary intervention alongside academic catch-up
  • How teaching assistants can deliver group-based interventions with particular cohorts, for example white working-class boys or pupils using EAL
  • Delivering attachment-aware trauma-informed approaches to pupil support following the pandemic, and the role of teaching assistants within this
Gill Robinson OBE
Gill Robinson OBE
National Leader of Education
National Leader and SEND Representative, Teaching Schools Council
Confirmed
Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor
Assistant Head Teacher for Inclusion
Plumcroft Primary School
Invited
James Findlay-Pidcock
James Findlay-Pidcock
Assistant Headteacher
Tor View School
Confirmed
Charlotte Bowyer
Charlotte Bowyer
Pupil Premium Coordinator and Assistant Headteacher
King Ecgbert School
Invited
Sally Franklin
Sally Franklin
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) Project, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Primary Breakout Peer Discussion: Implementing Key Takeaways

In this session participants will work in small groups, led by our workshop leaders, to discuss what has been learnt throughout the two days of the Conference, and during the streamed workshops. Share ideas with each other on next steps for implementing new initiatives by discussing key points including:

  • How to disseminate learnings to wider staff across your school or trust
  • How to conduct an audit of your current provisions, to identify where new interventions could be added or adapted
  • How to review your current and planned budget for pupil premium spending, and map plans for the next academic year to balance value for money with impactful outcomes
Secondary Breakout Peer Discussion: Implementing Key Takeaways

In this session participants will work in small groups, led by our workshop leaders, to discuss what has been learnt throughout the two days of the Conference, and during the streamed workshops. Share ideas with each other on next steps for implementing new initiatives by discussing key points including:

  • How to disseminate learnings to wider staff across your school or trust
  • How to conduct an audit of your current provisions, to identify where new interventions could be added or adapted
  • How to review your current and planned budget for pupil premium spending, and map plans for the next academic year to balance value for money with impactful outcomes
Teaching Assistants Breakout Peer Discussion: Implementing Key Takeaways

In this session participants will work in small groups, led by our expert speakers, to discuss what has been learnt throughout the two days of the Conference, and during the streamed workshops. Share ideas with each other on next steps for implementing new initiatives by discussing key points including:

  • How to disseminate learnings to wider staff across your school or trust
  • How to conduct an audit of your current deployment of teaching assistants, and identify potential changes or adaptations based on ideas shared through the Conference
  • How to review where teaching assistants fit in with your current and planned budget for pupil premium spending, and map interventions for the next academic year to balance efficiency with impactful outcomes
1:15 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Dr Asma Benhenda
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
1:30 pm
Coffee Catch-Up and Drop-In

This session will offer the opportunity for delegates to drop in live to an open breakout room, where you can ask questions to key speakers, recap on key takeaways from the day with fellow attendees, and reflect on how to implement learnings into your context.

2:00 pm
End of Day 2

*Programme subject to change

The Pupil Premium Conference 2021: The Online Experience

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  • Match-making networking and live meeting scheduling with delegates
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
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  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Real solutions, ideas and answers for all colleagues working to raise outcomes for pupils
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources to facilitate implementation of key takeaways