The Pupil Premium & Ofsted - Ensuring Successful Outcomes conference provides access to an engaging mix of expert speakers and innovative schools from across the primary and secondary sectors.

Current speakers and workshop leaders include:


Owen Carter, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ImpactEd.

Owen is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ImpactEd, a non-profit organisation partnering with schools to support them in evaluating the impact of the programmes they run. Prior to running ImpactEd, he led a number of research and evaluation projects at education charity The Brilliant Club, and developed a digital platform for teacher professional development at Optimus Education. Owen is a winner of the 2018 Teach First Innovation Award, and one of PwC’s ‘Tomorrow’s Business Leaders’.


Neil Nottingham, Executive Headteacher, Stranton Primary School & CEO, Stranton Academy Trust, Hartlepool

Neil is currently executive Headteacher of Stranton Primary School, Hartlepool and CEO of the Stranton Academy Trust.

In January 2007, after teaching for just 4 years and being an Assistant Headteacher for 2 years, he was given the fantastic opportunity to become Headteacher of Stranton Primary School in Hartlepool. A School with a 70% Pupil Premium population.

In 2012, Stranton Primary School was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, and in the same year he established the first Academy Trust in Hartlepool. In 2013, Owton Manor Primary school (now Eskdale Academy) joined his Trust, and in 2015, his Trust became 3, as Jesmond Gardens Primary School joined the Trust. Neil's role is now Executive Headteacher and CEO to the 3 schools – a truly wonderful job. 


Beth Hodgson, Reception Teacher, Horton Grange Primary School, Blyth

Beth joined Horton Grange as a Newly Qualified Teacher four years ago, has completed the first year of a middle leadership course and is excited to begin her new role of EYFS leader. Since starting university, Beth has always had a passion for early education, believing that children
deserve the best start in life. She has strongly focused on ensuring that staff in the Early Years have high expectations and challenge for all children, regardless of their gender, ability or background. This has had a great impact on the outcomes for the children. Breaking the poverty cycle is something that she cares deeply about and has worked alongside other charities, institutions and schools to share best practice and initiatives.


Emma Brownrigg, Pupil Premium and Inclusion Lead, Horton Grange Primary School, Blyth

Emma Brownrigg lives in Whitley Bay with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs. She is an Assistant Head at Horton Grange Primary School and she has taught for 20 years in various schools in the North East. As Pupil Premium Lead she is passionate about making access to quality education a reality for all children regardless of the financial circumstances they find themselves in. As a child she was poor but not disadvantaged. She had parents championing her from the sidelines. She want to make sure all children have someone championing them.


Matt Stevenson, Assistant Principal, Cromwell Community College, Cambridgeshire

Having worked in a range of various secondary schools primarily around Peterborough Matt is currently in charge of Pupil Premium and Safeguarding in a large Secondary soon to become the first all-through school in Cambridgeshire. He has held a variety of curriculum based roles through his career that have aided his understanding of what disadvantaged students need – the removal of barrier to learning and great teaching.


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

Helen has been Headteacher of St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in the Archdiocese of Southwark for fourteen years. St. Mary Magdalen’s is a National Support School for the National College of School Leadership and is particularly effective in supporting schools with teaching and learning, writing and building ethos and communities. 

Helen is a National Leader of Education with responsibility for supporting schools in challenging circumstances. She has recently been deployed by the City of London as a Headteacher mentor as part of their Leadership Strategy. 

Including the diverse experience of working overseas in Poland and Washington D.C, Helen has over 30 years of teaching experience. She writes for four national publications and specialises in safeguarding, narrowing the attainment gap, Relationships Education and the Creative Curriculum. Helen also speaks at national conferences on these subjects.


Jill Wright, Deputy Headteacher, Whitefield Primary School, Liverpool 

Jill Wright is the Acting Headteacher at Whitefield Primary School in Everton, Liverpool. She has 30 years experience working as a teacher, reading recovery teacher and deputy headteacher. She leads innovative school improvement initiatives through a lesson study approach to development. She has worked to develop a whole school approach to self regulation using strategies based on an understanding of the impact of attachment and trauma on vulnerable pupils.


Marguerite Young, Inclusion Officer, Whitefield Primary School, Liverpool

Marguerite Young is the Inclusion officer at Whitefield Primary School in Everton, Liverpool. She has 20 years experience working with the most vulnerable children and their families. She has been instrumental in developing holistic strategies which have had a significant impact on the achievement of disadvantaged children.


Rachel Brailsford, Assistant Headteacher

Rachel Brailsford is an Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding lead at Allestree Woodlands School. During her 15 years of teaching Rachel has occupied various roles within the secondary sector, Drama Teacher, Head of Faculty and Head of House. She is currently in her second year on SLT and she has currently completed her NPQSL. Rachel has a strong belief in education for all and continues create opportunities and experiences in and outside the classroom for her pupil premium students.


Rachel Middleton-Lee, Deputy Headteacher, Allestree Woodlands School, Derby 

Rachel is currently Deputy Headteacher at Allestree Woodlands School, a large secondary in Derby City, responsible for outcomes and raising standards. She began her career as a PE teacher, following the route of Advanced Skills Teacher working across the local authority on school improvement projects, developing her love for Teaching and Learning and professional development. As a result she was able to develop her career and gain various school leadership roles. Rachel has recently completed her NPQH and strives to make a difference as a Headteacher in the near future.


Debbie Law, Vice PrincipalNorth Shore Academy, Stockton-on-Tees

Debbie has worked in education for the last 15 years, working in a variety of roles across Stockton-on-Tees. Having transformed pastoral care at Our Lady and Saint Bede Catholic Academy, Debbie took on new challenges agreeing to work for NET in their drive to improve the life chances of young people in the North East. As Vice Principal, Debbie has relentlessly led the team in developing strategies to make effective use of the Pupil Premium at North Shore Academy.

  Rachel Weir, Teacher & Aspiring Leader, North Shore Academy, Stockton-on-Tees

Jackie Wilson, Founder, Empower Education & Emotions Toolkit

Jackie is on a mission to improve the mental health and potential of the next generation.

As founder of Empower Education, she is passionate about empowering children with the skills to grow healthy thriving minds, and believes ‘Self Education’ is the missing link in a child’s education. Jackie runs self education workshops, programmes and 1-1 interventions in schools, along with training for educators.

She is co-founder of Emotions Toolkit, a unique and valuable resource to support children in learning to self-regulate their emotions more easily. 

Jackie is also a keynote speaker, and co-leads ‘Teachers Come First’ Conferences and ‘Positively Empowered Kids’ Festivals.


Matt Ward,  Lead Teacher for Behaviour, Rushey Mead Academy, Leicester

Matt Ward has been a speaker on classroom behaviour management for over a decade. He speaks and leads CPD often in schools and academies across the Midlands and the North of England, specialising on practical methods of classroom management and why certain specific methods of behaviour management work from the perspective of the children we teach, and why others do not. He is widely published and has acted as consultant in the development of online CPD training materials for large online educational platforms. He currently lives in the East Midlands and tweets from @MWardBehaviour


Mike Williams, Assistant Headteacher & Pastoral Care, Archbishop Holgate's School, York

Based in North Yorkshire, I have always had a passion for supporting young people, in particular those from a disadvantaged background. Prior to teaching, I worked in Widening Participation, helping disadvantaged students or students unlikely to access university, access higher education. After moving into teaching, I have been a Head of Department, Head of Year and for the last three years, Assistant Head Teacher: Pastoral Care. I am responsible for ensuring the alignment of curriculum and pastoral agendas within the school, with a particular focus of supporting middle leaders to ensure the achievement of all disadvantaged students across Key Stage 3, 4 5 whilst ensuring challenging progression and destinations for all of these students. I am also oversee the Personal Development agenda within schools, with a particular focus on the development of character, alongside day to day pastoral care.


Darren Martindale, Service Manager: Vulnearble Leaders & Virtual School Head, City of Wolverhampton Council

Darren Martindale (BA, PGCE, MA) is Service Manager for Vulnerable Learners at City of Wolverhampton Council, which includes the role of Virtual School Head for looked after children (LAC). He has over 15 years of experience in educational inclusion, having spent several years as a secondary teacher beforehand. A former Chair of the West Midlands Network of Virtual School Heads, he works closely with Ofsted on improving support for LAC and other disadvantaged pupils in schools, and has contributed to DfE statutory guidance on the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children. He is a regular contributor to national conferences, specialising in developing inclusive pedagogy and best practice in the use of Pupil Premium Plus.

Darren has contributed to DfE statutory guidance on the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children and writes regularly for publications such as SecEd and the TES, and for training providers on educational inclusion.

In recognition of his support for the inclusion agenda both locally and nationally, he was recognised as an ‘Outstanding City Ambassador’ by the City of Wolverhampton Council in 2018.


Sarah Barlow, Head of Lower School, Adelaide School, Crewe

Sarah Barlow has worked at Adelaide SEMH Special School for 10 years after initially teaching in a primary setting. She established 'nurture' at Adelaide and they have since achieved the Nurture Network Quality Mark on several occasions. Sarah is now the head of Adelaide School where there is a significant focus on mental health and well being. The school achieved the Carnegie Gold Mental Health Award this year. Sarah completed an MA which focused on understanding Attachment Difficulties and improving provision for these pupils. She delivers training on this for a range of professionals.


Kelly-Ann Jones, Lead Practitioner, Adelaide School, Crewe

Kelly-Ann has worked for Adelaide SEMH Special School in various capacities over the last 10 years. Starting out as a Drama practitioner with her Theatre company, and using these strategies to help pupils manage strong emotions. She then moved into a role creating KS4 nurture provision. Previous to this Kel worked as a mental health nurse with a focus on young people. Kel's role now as Lead practitioner is to provide and manage the bespoke, alternative provision branch of Adelaide school. This includes an outreach provision. Kel delivers mental health training for other practitioners. The school has recently achieved the Carnegie Gold Mental Health Award.


Sara Trickey, Pupil Premium Lead, Lea Manor High School, Luton

Sarah qualified in 2004 and she is currently the Head of Faculty for Computer Science & Business at Lea Manor High School, responsible for raising the profile of her subjects and revitalising the curriculum to develop successful learners who reach their full potential. Her previous roles have included Teaching & Learning Team Lead with responsibility for improving the progress and outcomes of disadvantaged pupils, as well as being the Head of Department in two other schools. At LMHS, we consistently monitor and track pupils’ progress in line with curriculum expectations supporting them in becoming lifelong learners. Every child matters to us and we ensure that our additional learning programmes provide pupils with the support to achieve in line with their peers.