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9:15 am
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9:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Jean Gross CBE
Jean Gross CBE
Director
The SEAL Community
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
Professor Sonia Blandford
Professor Sonia Blandford
Founder and Chief Executive
Achievement for All
Confirmed
10:40 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

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11:10 am
Break, Virtual 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.

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11:35 am
Sponsored Session: Narrowing the Attainment Gap with Online Tuition

Post-national lockdown, disadvantaged students now face a learning gap of 4+ months compared to their better-off peers, according to the NFER. Online tuition, delivered through the government’s National Tutoring Programme, promises to be a powerful tool in schools’ arsenals to narrow this gap.

In this session, Richard will discuss:

  • The impact of online tuition on pupil progress and attainment, using insights from 550+ MyTutor partner schools
  • How to run an effective online tutoring programme in practice, from student selection to lesson logistics and measuring progress
  • Tuition in the context of COVID: ensuring programmes are resilient to local lockdowns and school closures

 

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.

Richard Angus
Richard Angus
Head of Education Partnerships
MyTutor
Confirmed
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
Break, Virtual 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.

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*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: Engaging with Parents to Provide a High Quality Supportive Learning Environment for Young Pupils

In this session, Scott will share successful strategies for engaging and working with parents and families to improve outcomes for disadvantaged primary age pupils. 

Key takeaways will include:

  • Why parental communications are fundamental within a positive school community
  • How to nurture relationships with parents to enable us to develop and maintain trust in a challenging landscape
  • How the current pandemic has shone a light upon the importance of parental communications and what might learn from these times
Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton
Leader of Learning and Development
Haytor View Community Primary School
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
A session will include time for a Q&A.
Scott Maclean
Scott Maclean
Executive Head
Cuddington Croft and the Warren Mead Partnership
Confirmed
Alice Kiddell
Alice Kiddell
Head of School
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
  • Detailing a case study of a pupil with autism, and how social communication and regulation support helped to boost his confidence alongside interventions in reading, writing and maths according to priorities identified by data analysis
  • Exploring how Pupil Premium funding is used to provide additional support and experiences included music sessions and pet therapy, as well as a Speak Out to Stay Safe Programme
  • Sharing how this approach to interventions has demonstrated impact including increased confidence, reduced rigidity and enhanced personal skills, and examining how this impact relates to closing the progress and attainment gap
Sally Burston
Sally Burston
Head Teacher
Delamere School
Confirmed
A Practical Focus on the Importance of Curriculum Vision and Design, in Supporting the Achievement of Disadvantaged Pupils Over Time
  • The importance of curriculum vision and design: Aspiration and entitlement for all
  • Forming the vision
  • Practical steps for ensuring positive impact for pupil premium pupils
Andy Webster
Andy Webster
Headteacher
Park View School
Confirmed
Natali Kojik
Natali Kojik
Associate Headteacher
Park View School
Confirmed
Empowering Teaching Assistants for Successful Pupil Premium Outcomes
  • The purpose and role of teaching and learning assistants in shaping successful outcomes
  • Providing effective professional development to enable the delivery of confident interventions
  • Maximising the Impact of teaching and learning assistants during whole class delivery
  • Strategies for successful TA practice

 

This session will include time for a Q&A with Eva.

Eva Cartwright
Eva Cartwright
Principal
The Teaching Assistant College
Confirmed
2:50 pm
Primary Stream
Secondary Stream
Teaching Assistants Stream
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

Case Study: Detailing Effective Teaching Assistant Upskilling and Interventions
  • Advising on how to determine the development requirements for support staff, and how to invest in these in a way that ensures maximum impact for pupils and holistic support for families
  • Sharing the training provided to develop key roles including a Family Support Worker and ELSA, and how the school environment has been adapted to best utilise these roles, including by creating a wellbeing space to meet with pupils
  • Detailing the support provided for individual pupils, such as individualised work and regular phone calls during the COVID-19 lockdown, and coaching with a class teacher to better adapt teaching approaches to learning needs, in and out of the classroom
  • Examining the impact of this tailored support, for pupils and families, including reduced anxiety and issues being raised and solved much earlier, to reduce a negative impact on pupils

 

Q&A will follow directly, before the afternoon break.

Stacey Sawicki
Stacey Sawicki
Assistant Head Teacher
Hebden Green School
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Break, Virtual 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.

3:30 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
Caroline Sharp
Caroline Sharp
Research Director
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Confirmed
3:55 pm
Practical Insights Session: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding for Demonstrated Impact
  • Sharing a detailed method for reviewing spending according to areas including communication, engagement, transition and attendance, and how to review the impact across these themes
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of key staff related to Pupil Premium, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions provided by these
  • Utilising Pupil Premium funding during COVID-19: An overview of pro-active approaches to continuing support for pupils during lockdown, and how these can be adapted to different school contexts
  • Transforming the curriculum following COVID-19, how this has been linked with the Pupil Premium Plan since September 2020, and sharing the impact of the new approach so far
James Pidcock
James Pidcock
Assistant Headteacher
Tor View School
Confirmed
4:20 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

4:40 pm
Conference Close

*Programme subject to change

 

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