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Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Exhibition and Networking Breakfast
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Jean Gross CBE
Jean Gross CBE
Director
The SEAL Community
Confirmed
9:40 am
Opening Keynote: Effective Use and Accountability for the Pupil Premium
  • What does ‘disadvantage’ mean in 2020? Exploring who schools should consider supporting with pupil premium
  • Reflecting on the effective practice evidence that can inform a school’s pupil premium strategy to make maximum impact with the grant
  • Discussing how pupil premium should be reported following changes introduced by Ofsted and the Department for Education
  • Exploring the impact and further potential of the £1 billion catch-up funding to support pupils following a loss of learning during the lockdown period
Helen Waite
Helen Waite
Deputy Director
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
Steve Kethero
Steve Kethero
Policy Adviser
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Implementing the National Tutoring Programme

In this session, John will share an update on the rollout of the National Tutoring Programme, and how the £350 million of funding from the DfE is being utilised to support disadvantaged pupils to catch-up on lost learning time due to the COVID-19 lockdown period.

John Nichols
John Nichols
President
The Tutoring Association (TTA)
Confirmed
10:20 am
Keynote: Ensuring Social Mobility Becomes a Reality for Disadvantaged Pupils
  • Outlining the nuanced approaches that must be taken by early years, primary, secondary, and further education mainstream providers, as well as special schools, to provide adequate support for disadvantaged pupils throughout their school career
  • Exploring schools’ roles in facilitating social mobility, and how this can be achieved through extra curricula activities and out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities
  • Considering best use of Pupil Premium funding to improve outcomes at school that will support development post-16
  • Advising school leaders on implementing a whole school approach to supporting disadvantaged pupils, in a way that doesn’t further marginalise those pupils
  • Examining how the DfE funding to boost pupil progress following the loss of learning during the COVID-19 lockdown period can help support social mobility among young people
Catherine Knowles
Catherine Knowles
CEO Researcher and Fundraising
Achievement for All
Confirmed
10:40 am
Questions and Answers Session
11:10 am
Networking Breakout and Refreshments
11:35 am
Sponsored Session

This session will include time for questions.

 

 

*Please note that after this session attendees will have the opportunity to move into a stream focusing on inclusion, or to hear an update on the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants Project.

12:00 pm
Inclusion Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Practical Insights: Lessons from 2,000 Schools

Daniel and his team have worked with over 2,000 schools in narrowing the attainment gap and maximising inclusion.

Along the way Daniel has spotted common mistakes, themes and worked out simple solutions to overcome these.

In this session, attendees will be given many practical suggestions for narrowing the attainment gap in different contexts, based on evidence-informed best practice.

Daniel Sobel
Daniel Sobel
Founder and Lead Consultant
Inclusion Expert
Confirmed
Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants – Sharing Updates on Guidance Implementation
  • Understanding key evidence-based recommendations for the effective deployment of TAs and TA-led interventions to support disadvantaged pupils, and the underpinning research
  • Summarising lessons learned from the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme (600 schools over 6 years)
  • Discussing the independent evaluation of MITA and sharing observations from school leaders on the effective implementation
  • Looking at the next steps for guidance development and implementation, and the role of TAs in catch-up teaching and learning
Sally Franklin
Sally Franklin
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) Project, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch and Networking

*Please note that the afternoon sessions will be split into dedicated breakout streams for Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Interventions, and a stream dedicated to the deployment of Teaching Assistants.

2:00 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Case Study: Providing a High Quality Supportive Learning Environment for Young Pupils
  • Implementing support strategies for pupils that are tailored to their individual contexts, for example using a giant world map oilcloth as a conversation starter for pupils in an area of frequent changes among families due to a significant maritime regiment demographic
  • Discussing how results for disadvantaged Years 1 and 2 pupils were significantly improved to match those of their peers, through a range of teaching improvement as half termly twilight CPD sessions were rolled out
  • Outlining how the academy council effectively supports, and challenges, progress being made for disadvantaged pupils, and how resources and best practice are shared across the MAT
  • Highlighting key areas of the 2019-2022 Pupil Premium strategy, and the mitigating factors in place to overcome challenges identified, including more targeted training for teachers and LSAs, and the introduction of new learning models for certain subjects such as maths

Fawley Infant and Blackfield Primary Schools, of the Inspire Learning Partnership, were named by the DfE in 2019 as a best practice example of Service Pupil Premium use.

Claire Lowe
Claire Lowe
Executive Principal / CEO,
Inspire Learning Partnership
Confirmed
Mandy Hooper
Mandy Hooper
Associate Principal
Inspire Learning Partnership
Confirmed
Case Study: Case Study: Implementing an Effective Pupil Premium Strategy in a Secondary School
  • Outlining a successful pastoral and leadership structure to drive a whole school approach to utilising Pupil Premium
  • Demonstrating how to evaluate current Pupil Premium spending, to identify gaps and opportunities to improvement, that may feed into the whole school improvement plan
  • Implementing an effective Pupil Premium Strategy, including progress meetings and year-group focused action plans, encouraging staff to continuously gather and share best practice
  • Sharing methods for getting feedback from pupils and parents on how funding has been spent, what should be considered for future plans, and how effective they find the approach, to ensure collective consideration of improvements
  • Discussing how technology can be used to further support the learning of disadvantaged pupils, following lessons learned during the COVID-19 school closures
Marc Rowland
Marc Rowland
Pupil Premium Adviser
Unity Schools Partnership
Confirmed
Case Study: Rethinking the Role of TAs - Practical and Strategic Implications
  • Discussing the practical and strategic implications of rethinking the role of TAs and upskilling them
  • Sharing the school’s experience in fully engaging with the MITA project
  • Using the experience of the MITA project to empower our support staff to be increasingly effective in supporting the learning of pupils
  • Exploring how redesigning learning spaces to create a flexible and creative learning experience can be crucial in unlock the potential of TAs
  • Setting a network for HLTAs across a partnership of schools to share good practice identified from the MITA research projects and how to make the most of learning spaces
Scott Maclean
Scott Maclean
Headteacher
Cuddington Croft Primary School
Confirmed
Alison Cunningham
Alison Cunningham
Deputy Headteacher
Cuddington Croft Primary School
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Primary Education for Disadvantaged Pupils
  • Ensuring that school leaders explore and understand the therapeutic, academic and social needs of disadvantaged pupils to offer a coordinated and tailored learning experience
  • Understanding the decision to fund a PIT Stop team to help pupils, staff and families overcome barriers to learning, including through PAWsB Mindfulness training and as part of a transition to secondary school programme
  • Exploring the wider uses of Pupil Premium funding including for sporting activities and to enhance skills such as debating, encouraging pupils to represent the school in local forums, the impact of which is closely evaluated against Premium spend
  • Sharing best practice in closing the attainment gap in maths and literacy skills specifically across key stage 2 where notable progress is made
Gulcin Sesli
Gulcin Sesli
Headteacher
Midfield Primary School
Invited
Case Study: Successfully Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Pupils
  • Developing a strategy which works to close the attainment gap across the school and compared to the local authority average, which has increased the progress 8 score of disadvantaged pupils from -0.09 in 2017 to -0.52 in 2019
  • Prioritising teaching as a method for enhancing attainment and outcomes by delivering coaching sessions for teachers, and offering subject-specific teaching and learning resources for staff and children with pupil premium funding
  • Considering the impact of vocabulary on achievement potential, and its link with current and future socio-economic status, ensuring a focus on filling vocabulary gaps
  • Understanding how Pupil Premium funding is spent on implementing this approach, and how impact is measured against the prioritised activities
Andy Webster
Andy Webster
Headteacher
Park View School
Confirmed
Practical Insights from the Teaching Assistant College on Effective Deployment
Eva Cartwright
Eva Cartwright
Principal
The Teaching Assistant College
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Questions and Answers Session
Questions and Answers Session
Questions and Answers Session
3:20 pm
Networking Breakout and Refreshments
3:40 pm
Researching Best Practice: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes

This session will highlight the latest research on improving social mobility and supporting disadvantaged pupils, including by exploring:

  • Features of schools which have raised attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • Pathways to success for pupils and staff
  • Risk factors and how to mitigate these

Key takeaways will include:

  • Strategies for early years, primary and secondary school leaders to implement among teachers and learning support assistants
  • Guidance on developing a whole-school ethos of attainment for all
  • An understanding of how to utilise school data to improve staff deployment and spending for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils
Caroline Sharp
Caroline Sharp
Research Director
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Implementing Improvements: A Tiered Approach to Pupil Premium Spending

This session will explore the tiered approach to spending the funding, considering key aspects of the three themes:

  • Teaching
  • Targeted Academic Support
  • Wider Strategies

Key takeaways will include:

  • An update on the DfE-Funded National Tutoring Programme, and the use of Partners and Coaches to boost attainment
  • A framework for balancing different forms of spending
  • Example activities to include in each key theme, including how to measure their impact
  • A plan for prioritising one or more key theme, to ensure the most effective spending for different contexts
Senior Representative
Senior Representative
Education Endowment Foundation
Invited
4:20 pm
Questions and Answers Session
4:40 pm
Conference Close

*Programme subject to change