Key Points
  • Hear James Turner, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust give an overview of the research to date and discuss how schools should spend their pupil premium funding for best effect
  • Understand pupil premium outcomes in the context of the New Ofsted Education Inspection Framework
  • Learn how to develop a positive pupil premium culture, persuade the parents to apply for funding and measure and evaluate the effectiveness of your pupil premium strategies
  • Take proven strategies from four real-life school case studies on how they have raised the attainment for disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and closed the gaps between them and their peers
Guest of Honour

James Turner Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
  • Daniel Jones, CEO, Children's Endeavour Trust (Springfield Juniors, National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)
  • Serge Cefai, Headteacher, Sacred Heart Catholic School (National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)
  • Ron Skelton, Headteacher, Broadway Academy (Headteacher of the Year, Education Awards 2018)
  • Helen Frostick, National Leader of Education & Headteacher, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School
  • Helen Everitt, Deputy Headteacher, Oriel High School
  • Ryan Sallows, School Business Manager, Oriel High School
  • Rachel Arthur, Assistant Headteacher for Outcomes and Curriculum, The Oldham Academy North
  • Jenny Pritchard, Assistant Headteacher, The Chase

    Having the resources to target support at disadvantaged pupils is the first step to closing the attainment gap. But it is how those resources are spent that will really make the difference." Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation, February 2019

    Determining how best to spend your pupil premium funding to ensure that every penny has an impact and yields results for your disadvantaged pupils is no easy task. Once more, the attainment of children who attract pupil premium must improve or questions will be asked.

    Westminster Insight's Pupil Premium conference will demonstrate how schools can effectively and efficiently use the financial and human resources they have for maximum impact in raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and closing the gaps between them and their peers.

    Designed for primary and secondary school headteachers, deputy and assistant heads and pupil premium leads, this one-day, case study-led event will feature a number of award winning primary and secondary schools that have made excellent use of the pupil premium funding and learned a number of lessons along the way.

    Featuring a keynote address from James Turner, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust on how schools should spend their funding for best effect including an overview of the research to date, this event will also examine pupil premium outcomes in the context of the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework - an interpretation of the new Framework through the lens of the disadvantaged.

    Alongside proven strategies of initiatives that have worked, this event will also demonstrate how to foster a positive pupil premium culture, how to engage the parents to sign up; and how to monitor and evaluate your progress to ensure you really are closing the gap

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:30 - 10:00
    Registration

     

    10:00 - 10:15
    Chair's Welcome and Opening Keynote

     
    Keynote Address: Closing the Attainment Gap


    Speakers

    Kevin Harcombe Headteacher, Redlands Primary School

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    10:15 - 10:50
    The Sutton Trust's Perspective on Social Mobility and the Pupil Premium

     
    • An overview of the research to date
    • The APPG on Social Mobility's Report on Closing the Regional Attainment Gap 
    • The EEF's Attainment Gap Report
    • The Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit
    • How should schools spend their pupil premium funding for best effect?

    Speakers

    James Turner Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust

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    10:50 - 11:25
    Pupil Premium Outcomes in the Context of the New Ofsted Inspection Framework: An Interpretation of the New Framework Through the Lens of the Disadvantaged

     
    • What does the new Oftsed Inspection Framework suggest about showing impact of the pupil premium grant and possible implications for pupil premium strategies?
    • What sorts of evidence might schools use to demonstrate evidence?
    • How will the curriculum cater for disadvantaged and minority groups?
    • What are the drivers for developing cultural capital?

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    Mary Davies National Leader of Education and Chief Executive Officer, Maiden Erlegh Trust

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    11:25 - 11:50
    Developing and Ingraining a Positive Pupil Premium Culture Within your School; Ensuring the Teachers and the Rest of the School Staff are On Board

     
    • Increasing whole school understanding and awareness of what we mean by disadvantaged children 
    • Avoiding labelling or targeting pupils in a system that is unreliable and where one size doesn't fit all 
    • Adopting a school-wide approach to meeting the individual needs of all pupils
    • Training staff to show empathy rather than pity
    • Engaging teachers and the rest of the school staff and getting everyone on board so there's not just one person spearheading it
    • Ingraining pupil premium in everything your school does so it forms part of the culture

    Speakers

    Serge Cefai Headteacher, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Southwark (National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)

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    11:50 - 12:10
    Coffee

     

    12:10 - 12:35
    Case Study 1: Children's Endeavour Trust, Ipswich

     
    In 2017, Springfield Juniors won the National Pupil Premium Award. They have a strong track record of excellent sustained results for their disadvantaged pupils. 30% of pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. In 2017, over 80% of their disadvantaged pupils achieved expected levels at Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths. In 2018, it was 90%, which is 18% more than the expected levels for national non-disadvantaged pupils. Their approach is based on a language-rich curriculum, precise high quality teaching, a rigorous approach to basic skills and carefully targeted support.

    Speakers

    Daniel Jones CEO, Children's Endeavour Trust (Springfield Juniors, National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)

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    12:35 - 13:00
    Identifying Which Pupils Qualify for Pupil Premium Funding and Persuading the Parents to Sign Up

     
    • Raising awareness of pupil premium funding and the benefits the funding can bring
    • Dispelling the stigma attached to pupil premium and the myths around what are disadvantaged children
    • Engaging with the parents to persuade them of the benefits of applying for funding 
    • How can you get more parents on board to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged children?

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    Helen Everitt Deputy Headteacher and Ryan Sallows, School Business Manager, Oriel High School, Crawley

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    13:00 - 13:25
    Case Study 2: The Chase, Malvern, Worcestershire

     
    The Chase is a fully comprehensive 11-18 school with 1,235 students on role, of which 20% are disadvantaged and 10% receive free school meals. There has been a significant attainment gap over the years with GCSE results reaching an all-time low in 2016/17 with a gap of -1.35. Utilising the PP funding effectively and changing the school culture have been the main drivers in the considerable closing of this gap throughout the last two years.  

    The Chase has ensured there has been a whole school approach in driving improvements for disadvantaged students. The main barriers facing The Chase are attendance, school engagement and development of learning skills. And through teaching and learning developments, effective pastoral support and tailored interventions, they have started to address these key issues. Throughout the last year a variety of strategies such as the school Empowerment programme and a Focus 5 system have supported the school on its journey in moving from a disadvantaged P8 of -1.23 to a predicted P8 of -0.3 in 2018/19. 

    The Chase feels strongly that its success is not merely demonstrated in the improvement in grades but is also reflected through better relationships across the school and a greater level of engagement and they strive to build on this in driving progress of its disadvantaged students.  


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    Jenny Pritchard Assistant Headteacher, The Chase

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    13:25 - 14:25
    Lunch

     

    14:25 - 14:50
    Case Study 3: The Broadway Academy Trust, Perry Barr, Birmingham

     
    The Broadway Academy Trust, formerly Broadway School, is built on very solid foundations. It has a strong and transformative record of academic achievement based on highly ethical and transformative practice: they have not permanently excluded a student in five years and they have not excluded any student for poor behaviour this academic year. Attendance at The Broadway Academy Trust is phenomenal – way above the city and national averages. Disadvantaged students excel; they have a whole Academy bias towards the poor and marginalised. Their 2018-2019 GCSE cohort is made up of 51% (104) pupil premium students with a predicted Progress 8 score of +0.18. In their 2017/2018 GCSE cohort, 57% (109) pupils were pupil premium students and they achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.15.

    Speakers

    Ron Skelton Headteacher, Broadway Academy (Headteacher of the Year, Education Awards 2018)

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    14:50 - 15:15
    Measuring, Evaluating and Demonstrating the Effectiveness of your Pupil Premium Strategies

     
    • Establishing a clear monitoring process and defining the criteria for success early on
    • Identifying each child's barriers to learning to put appropriate interventions or experiences in place
    • How can you measure happiness, confidence and resilience as well as attainment and progress?
    • Tracking and evaluating your pupil premium interventions - how effective are they and are they closing the gap? 
    • How can you demonstrate the impact of your interventions?
    • Accounting for every pound spent; ensuring you demonstrate value for money

    Speakers

    Helen Frostick National Leader of Education & Headteacher, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School, Mortlake, London

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    15:15 - 15:40
    Case Study 4: The Oldham Academy North, Oldham, Greater Manchester

     
    The Oldham Academy North is proud to serve students from one of the most deprived wards in the UK. With 56.8% of students classified as disadvantaged and therefore eligible for Pupil Premium funding, they are determined to use the funding to ensure their students get the best outcomes possible.

    The Pupil Premium strategy is focused on addressing the barriers their students face which are identified through their annual student survey. These key areas are lack of sleep, punctuality, homework, aspirations, mental health support, literacy and numeracy, and lower than average prior attainment. Alongside their TEAM ethos and quality first teaching they believe this strategy has allowed them to achieve excellent outcomes. 

    The Oldham Academy North achieved a progress 8 score of +0.29 for all students and the same progress 8 score for their disadvantaged students. There is no gap between the outcomes for disadvantaged and all other students, which is a testament to the hard work of the staff to ensure all students are entitled to the same education no matter the family income or situation.

    Speakers

    Rachel Arthur Assistant Headteacher: Outcomes, The Oldham Academy North

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    15:40 - 15:50
    Chair's Summary

     

    Speakers

    Kevin Harcombe Headteacher, Redlands Primary School

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    End

    Speakers

    Rachel Arthur Assistant Headteacher: Outcomes, The Oldham Academy North

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    Serge Cefai Headteacher, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Southwark (National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)

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    Mary Davies National Leader of Education and Chief Executive Officer, Maiden Erlegh Trust

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    Helen Everitt Deputy Headteacher and Ryan Sallows, School Business Manager, Oriel High School, Crawley

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    Helen Frostick National Leader of Education & Headteacher, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School, Mortlake, London

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    Kevin Harcombe Headteacher, Redlands Primary School

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    Daniel Jones CEO, Children's Endeavour Trust (Springfield Juniors, National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)

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    Jenny Pritchard Assistant Headteacher, The Chase

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    Ron Skelton Headteacher, Broadway Academy (Headteacher of the Year, Education Awards 2018)

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    Ryan Swallows School Business Manager, Oriel High School

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    James Turner Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust

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    Venue details

    Central London


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