Online Conference: 18 & 19 January, 2.30pm-6.00pm daily

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Organised by SecEd & Headteacher Update, the popular bi-annual event includes 12 CPD certified, school-led keynotes and seminars – all of which will offer practical strategies that can be adapted and adopted for your school’s unique circumstances.

Split into two days, we will bring together senior leaders, Pupil Premium leads, teachers and other experts to help you discover and debate deliverable, evidence-based and practical interventions and strategies for raising attainment, overcoming key barriers to learning and achievement, and narrow the gap for disadvantaged pupils. 

Day 1 will see cross-phase keynotes and seminars for all delegates to attend, and day 2 will be split into two streams, so you can attend either the primary or secondary sessions which will all be focused on in-school practice, case studies, specific initiatives and other innovations. 

Themes include Ofsted & the Pupil Premium, inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), high leverage teaching, study skills, parental engagement, Pupil Premium culture, high expectations, SEND & EHCPs, outdoor learning, cultural capital, common wellbeing and pastoral challenges, identifying barriers to learning, cross-phase working, transition, pastoral support and more.

It has been almost nine years since the Pupil Premium was introduced and as such we have invited key speakers Professor Becky Francis and Mark Rowlands to deliver our keynote speeches.

Our opening keynote will take us from theory and research to practice as the National Education Trust’s Marc Rowland – author of A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium – will discuss the lessons he has learned from his work with schools and others across England. This will include practical insights and reflections on whole-school strategies and classroom-level practice, including from his recent work to create a Pupil Premium toolkit for schools in Essex and his work with schools in the Oldham and Derby Opportunity Areas to identify good practice.

Prof Becky Francis is the incoming CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation and has spent her recent career immersed in the research evidence that schools need to guide effective Pupil Premium spending. 
This second keynote will consider what we have learnt in these past nine years about what works with our most disadvantaged pupils and will look at what the evidence-base tells us about what works and what doesn’t, in terms of value for money and achieving maximum pupil progress.


     Primary workshop topics include:

  • Ofsted and the Pupil Premium: Inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

  • High leverage teaching: Dispelling the myth that only eligible children can benefit from Pupil Premium spending

  • A Pupil Premium culture: Wellbeing, assessment, teaching, learning and high expectations

  • Using outdoor learning and effective SEND work to tackle inequality

  • Identifying barriers to learning, including for SEND and complex needs

  • Pupil Premium strategy across phases and schools

  • Pastoral support, Pupil Premium and successful pupil outcomes

  • SEND and the Pupil Premium: Myths, EHCPs, teaching and other practical insights

     Secondary workshop topics include:

  • Study skills, learning habits and parental engagement

  • Ofsted and the Pupil Premium: Inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

  • Cultural capital and the Ofsted EIF

  • Tackling the common wellbeing and pastoral challenges facing Pupil Premium students

  • Pupil Premium strategy across phases and schools

  • Pastoral support, Pupil Premium and successful pupil outcomes

  • SEND and the Pupil Premium: Myths, EHCPs, teaching and other practical insights


The keynote sessions will offer:

  • An in-depth look at the ever-increasing evidence base for Pupil Premium work – including what has been shown to work, the most cost-effective approaches, and the strategies that yield the most progress.

  • A look back at nine years of Pupil Premium research and practice – what have we learnt? What is in store in the coming years?

  • The most important research findings since 2011 and those most relevant to Pupil Premium success.

  • How to place research evidence at the heart of both whole-school strategies and classroom practice, including how to empower teachers to make the best use of research.

  • A range of examples of Pupil Premium practice from across the country including whole-school strategies and classroom-level Pupil Premium practice.

  • Specific focus on leadership, family engagement, teacher expectations, The Matthew Effect, using research to inform strategies, language and oracy skills, and feedback.

  • The common traps to avoid when considering the learning and performance of Pupil Premium students.

  • The latest from the Department for Education on Pupil Premium accountability.


This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to:

  • Headteachers

  • Deputy headteachers

  • Pupil Premium coordinators

  • Senior leadership team members

  • Heads of year and subject leads

  • SEN and inclusion professionals

  • Pastoral leaders

  • Classroom teachers

  • Education advisors

  • Governors

How to register:

You can register for the online conference using the button below or click here

The fee to attend this online event is just £99.00 +VAT (£118.80) per person* for access to:

  • All of the live sessions across the four days - view the programme
  • Live Q&A with the presenters
  • Opportunities to network with exhibitors and view their products and services
  • On-demand access to all sessions for up to three months after the live conference date

* Click here to view the booking terms and conditions

Once registered, you will receive an email from BigMarker, the online conference platform, with your joining instructions.





SecEd is the established, trusted, weekly newspaper dedicated exclusively to secondary education. Supported by weekly e-bulletins and, the SecEd brand aims to provide all those teaching in secondary education with news, analysis, best practice guidance, and research-based content.


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