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Jean Gross CBE, Director, The SEAL Community (CONFIRMED)

  • 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

Steve Kethero, Policy Adviser, Department for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)
Helen Waite, Deputy Director, Department for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)

  • Clarifying what Ofsted does and does not inspect with regards to Pupil Premium use, including how it fits into wider school strategies, and the auditing process
  • Exploring how Pupil Premium fits into inspections under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
  • Understanding when schools should commission an independent review of their Pupil Premium use, if provisions for disadvantaged pupils are deemed inadequate, and how to conduct this
  • Sharing best practice advice from successful inspections where schools have demonstrated an improvement in attainment and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, specifically through effective use of funding

Chris Jones, Director, Corporate Strategy, Ofsted (invited)

  • 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 schools 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

Catherine Knowles, CEO Researcher and Fundraising, Achievement for All (CONFIRMED)

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, CEO and Founder, Inclusion Expert (CONFIRMED)

*Please note that the afternoon sessions will be split into dedicated breakout streams for Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Interventions

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, Research Director, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (CONFIRMED)

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:

  • 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

Kathryn Davies, Programme Manager, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) (invited)

*Programme subject to change