The 12th National Pupil Premium Conference: Ensuring Successful Outcomes takes place on Friday 20 September 2019, at The Gallery, the NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT.

Organised by SecEd & Headteacher Update, the event offers 16 interactive and school-led sessions aimed at giving delegates practical strategies that can be adapted and adopted for their own school’s circumstances. We will bring together innovative schools, senior leaders, Pupil Premium leads, teachers and others to help you discover deliverable, evidence-based and practical interventions and strategies for raising attainment, overcoming barriers and – ultimately – narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils.

With school funding under huge pressure and strong accountability measures in place around the Pupil Premium, it is vital to maximise the impact of your interventions and this means effective evaluation. That is why the keynote at the 12th National Conference will be delivered by Owen Carter from ImpactEd – a not-for-profit initiative aimed at closing what it calls the “evaluation deficit” in schools. 

The keynote – entitled What difference does it make? Evaluating the impact of your Pupil Premium work – will arm you with a range of strategies and structures to help ensure that effective evaluation is at the heart of your Pupil Premium work. 

The day will then offer delegates a choice of 15 workshops – primary, secondary and cross-phase – focused on in-school practice, case studies, specific initiatives and other innovations. 

Themes include parental engagement, metacognition and other learning skills, Pupil Premium cultures and strategies, SEND, Attachment & trauma, specific Pupil Premium intervention ideas, raising aspirations, positive behaviour management, cultural capital & enrichment, looked-after children, SEMH needs, and practical classroom strategies to close the gaps.


This conference will provide you with the opportunity to attend relevant and practical workshops led by school leaders and other experts. All speakers are briefed to provide delegates with practical advice and ideas, interventions and strategies that can be taken away, adapted & adopted. The ultimate aim is for you to be able to put these new ideas into practice straight away on returning to your school.

The event features an opening keynote, eight workshops relevant to primary colleagues and nine workshops relevant to secondary colleagues.



     Primary workshop topics include:


  • Wraparound community & parental engagement that boosts Pupil Premium outcomes
  • Building learning skills: Metacognition, resilience and perseverance
  • Supporting Pupil Premium pupils with SEN: developing a whole-year Pupil Premium strategy
  • Attachment, trauma and self-regulation
  • Transforming behaviour by empowering students with self-management skills


    Primary & Secondary workshop topics include:

  • Practical advice for supporting vulnerable & looked after children (Pupil Premium Plus)

  • Supporting the social, emotional and mental health needs of Pupil Premium children

     Secondary workshop topics include:


  • Turning a desired Pupil Premium culture into a whole school strategy
  • Changing the PP culture in a school and restorative practice
  • Case study: Using cycling to open the door for Pupil Premium students
  • A range of successful and adaptable Pupil Premium initiatives
  • A range of specific Pupil Premium ideas and interventions (with implementation advice)
  • Raising aspirations for students living in areas of severe poverty
  • Behaviour management and the Pupil Premium
  • Cultural capital, enrichment and character in an area of hidden poverty
  • Mind the Gap – practical classroom strategies for addressing gaps in knowledge

The keynote sessions will offer:

  • Insights into both school-wide policies and common day-to-day practices that combine to create disadvantages to learning for children living in poverty

  • The lessons learned from “poverty audits” carried out in schools across the North East and beyond revealing the often-hidden barriers to achievement, wellbeing and self-esteem that can lead to disengagement
  • range of small and easy-to-implement ideas that can improve attendance, engagement and outcomes of Pupil Premium students
  • Advice on how to “poverty proof” your school day and self-evaluate your own practice to identify problem areas in school policy

  • Ideas for interventions and changes in practice to overcome the flaws in the Pupil Premium policy on a national level and to level the playing field between students

  • Strategies for improving language and literacy skills, which are often the reason behind the most pronounced gaps in attainment between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students.

  • How to grow pupils’ cultural capital and vocabulary in order to open the door for achievement and attainment.


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




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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