Key Points
  • Implement the right pupil premium strategies for your school and disadvantaged pupils - decide what to spend the funding on for best effect
  • Measure the impact of pupil premium - what practices and models are there for measuring impact and measuring spend?
  • Engage the parents of pupil premium children and get more parents on board to work better together and improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children
  • Hear proven strategies from four primary and secondary schools on raising the attainment for disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and closing the gaps between them and their peers
Guest of Honour

James Turner Deputy Chief Executive, The Education Endowment Foundation

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Martyn Parker, Headteacher, Charters School
  • James Turner, Deputy Chief Executive, The Education Endowment Foundation
  • Tom Fellows, Senior Research Lead, National Governance Association
  • Emma Beresford, Director, Parental Engagement Network
  • Patrick Foley, Headteacher, Southborough Primary School
  • Amanda Hough, Headteacher/SENCO, St Luke's Church of England School
  • Steve Piggot, Principal, Fullhurst Community College
  • Marc Rowland, Head of the Rosendale Research School, Author of a Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium
  • Alison Walker, Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding, Maiden Erlegh Trust

Deciding how best to spend your pupil premium funding requires not only an understanding of the issues facing your disadvantaged pupils but a thorough understanding of how to implement the solutions most likely to work.

Westminster Insight's one-day Pupil Premium conference will deliver proven strategies from four primary and secondary schools on what works well. It will also focus on how to measure the impact of your pupil premium strategies and how to demonstrate that impact, when held to account for your pupil premium spend.

Aimed at all primary and secondary school headteachers, deputy heads and pupil premium leads and champions, this event will also feature a keynote address from the EEF on how to close the attainment gap and apply the EEF teaching and learning toolkit for best effect.

We all know, however, that narrowing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers isn't just about teaching and learning. Parental engagement is also key, as is enrichment and emotional well being, and nurturing and building self esteem. We will, therefore, showcase how schools have achieved success in this area. In addition, the Parental Engagement Network will focus their session on how to engage parents to support learning at school and at home.

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 10:00
Registration

 

10:00 - 10:10
Chair's Welcome

 

Speakers

Martyn Parker Headteacher, Charters School

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10:10 - 10:55
Keynote Address: The EEF's Perspective on Pupil Premium and Closing the Attainment Gap

 
  • The latest statistics on raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and closing the gaps between them and their peers
  • The EEF Toolkit - how does it work
  • Which programmes and approaches are the most effective for disadvantaged children and why; evidence of ‘what works’ to improve teaching and learning
  • Embedding evidence in school improvement and demonstrating impact

Speakers

James Turner Deputy Chief Executive, The Education Endowment Foundation

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10:55 - 11:25
Engaging the Parents of Pupil Premium Children

 
  • Outcomes and lessons from a research project engaging the families of pupil premium funded children in the early years and work engaging parents at the transition to high school
  • How can you get more parents on board and work better together to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children?
  • What are the barriers to parents getting more engaged in their children's learning and how do we overcome them?

Speakers

Janet Davies Lead Trainer, Parental Engagement Network

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11:25 - 11:55
Morning Coffee

 

11:55 - 12:25
Maximising the Impact of Pupil Premium

 
  • Implementing the right pupil premium strategies for your school and disadvantaged pupils - deciding what to spend the funding on for best effect
  • How can schools make even more effective use of the pupil premium to improve progress and raise outcomes for disadvantaged pupils?
  • Measuring the impact of pupil premium - what practices and models are there for measuring impact and measuring spend?
  • Evaluating the impact of your pupil premium strategy effectively

Speakers

Marc Rowland Head of the Rosendale Research School, Author of a Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium

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12:25 - 12:55
The governing board’s role in spending, monitoring and evaluating the pupil premium

 
Drawing upon the findings from a survey of 875 governors and trustees and the analysis of 36 pupil premium strategies, this session will offer an overview of the governing board’s role in spending, monitoring and evaluating the pupil premium. Amongst other interesting findings, the session will cover the following questions:

  • How do governing boards across the country view the pupil premium and what is important to them when it comes to spending the money?
  • At what stages should the governing board get involved in making pupil premium spending decisions?
  • What sources of information should governors and trustees use to ensure the pupil premium is spent and monitored effectively?
  • What factors impact upon attainment and progress for pupil premium pupils?
  • How can schools get the balance right between spending the pupil premium on pastoral initiatives as opposed to teaching and learning? 
  • What does an effective pupil premium strategy look like?


Speakers

Tom Fellows Senior Research Lead, National Governance Association

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12:55 - 13:55
Networking Lunch

 

13:55 - 15:40
Delegates will now hear four inspirational case studies from primary and secondary schools with varying percentages of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding

 

13:55 - 14:20
Case Study 1 (Secondary) - Maiden Erlegh School, Wokingham

 
At under 9%, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils at Maiden Erlegh School is much lower than the national average. One of the school's main priorities is to ensure that being entitled to the pupil premium grant is not a stigma, but rather an advantage in which the students have a stake.

Maiden Erlegh School have adopted a very personalised approach to pupil premium, including allocating each student a personal bursary, which the students together with their parents are free to spend on anything that they feel will help with their education. This alongside a range of actions at school, department, pastoral and teacher level mean that each student can access a bespoke package of support, encouragement and intervention.

As a consequence, Maiden Erlegh School has won Secondary Regional Champion at the National Pupil Premium Awards two years in a row.

Progress 8 score for all students in 2017 was +0.64. For their disadvantaged students it was +0.41.

Speakers

Alison Walker Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding, Maiden Erlegh Trust

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14:20 - 14:45
Case Study 2 (Primary) - St Luke's Church of England School, Maidenhead

 
At St. Luke's, 20% of children are eligible for pupil premium funding with the main barriers to learning identified as low starting points and limited communication, literacy and language skills, a limited reading experience and or lifetime experiences as well as low expectations of self.

Many of their disadvantaged families also struggle emotionally and their welfare needs and involvement with other agencies can have a knock on effect on pupils’ experiences of school and wider school life.

St. Luke's therefore encourages participation academically, as well as, pastorally through an enrichment approach alongside their creative curriculum. They regularly plan enrichment activities and creative curriculum experiences to raise pupils’ aspirations and expectations of self.

Their success in this area was highlighted in a recent Ofsted inspection where it was noted that, "the pupil premium grant is used to outstanding effect".

Speakers

Amanda Hough Headteacher/SENCO, St Luke's Church of England School

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14:45 - 15:10
Case Study 3 (Primary) - Southborough Primary School, Bromley

 
Southborough Primary School is proud of its rapid success in improving outcomes for children. They use an enquiry based approach to leadership and school improvement. Over the last seven years this has enabled them to become a high attaining, inclusive, nurturing school where children make exceptional progress.

Over the last two years progress in reading and maths is in the top 5% of schools and attainment is well above national comparators. This is the same for all children as well as disadvantaged children, which make up around 20% of the school population.

This success was based on a leading through enquiry. They have good knowledge of their school, a clear understanding of what needs to improve, a clear vision of what they want, a clear plan to improve and a strong belief and the will to do so. This includes ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed. They understand the barriers to their success and they make plans to remove them.

Speakers

Patrick Foley Headteacher, Southborough Primary School

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15:10 - 15:35
Case Study 4 (Secondary) - Fullhurst Community College, Leicester

 
With 50% of students classified as disadvantaged, and therefore eligible for the pupil premium, Fullhurst Community College rigorously ensures that the funding is used to 'transform lives' and allows every student to achieve.

Fullhurst Community College's pupil premium strategy is based on overcoming four barriers to education for disadvantaged students: Improving attendance; improving behaviour; improving reading skills and engagement in reading; and raising aspirations and ambition through filling the cultural capital deficit disadvantaged students have.

Fullhurst Community College in 2017 had a progress 8 score of +0.64 and for its disadvantaged pupils a score of +0.41. It was named the Secondary Regional Champion for 2017 in the National Pupil Premium Awards demonstrating the school's success with pupil premium funding.

Speakers

Steve Piggot Principal, Fullhurst Community College

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15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Summary

 

Speakers

Martyn Parker Headteacher, Charters School

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15:40 - 15:40
Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Janet Davies Lead Trainer, Parental Engagement Network

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Tom Fellows Senior Research Lead, National Governance Association

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Patrick Foley Headteacher, Southborough Primary School

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Amanda Hough Headteacher/SENCO, St Luke's Church of England School

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Martyn Parker Headteacher, Charters School

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Steve Piggot Principal, Fullhurst Community College

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Marc Rowland Head of the Rosendale Research School, Author of a Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium

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James Turner Deputy Chief Executive, The Education Endowment Foundation

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Alison Walker Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding, Maiden Erlegh Trust

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Venue details

Cavendish Conference Centre Cavendish Conference Centre - 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT

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