Descriptions of the main themes and topics that our speakers intend to cover in their sessions are outlined below to assist you in gaining a strong overview of the conference and to help you choose the workshop sessions that best suit your needs and areas of interest:

MORNING KEYNOTE: Nine years of research evidence and the Pupil Premium
SPEAKER: Professor Becky Francis

It has been almost nine years since the Pupil Premium was introduced. In that time a wide-ranging evidence base has been built showing schools and teachers the approaches, interventions and strategies that are likely to prove most successful with our disadvantaged students. Leading the way in this research revolution has been the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). But what have we learnt in these past nine years about what works with our most disadvantaged pupils? And what is in store in the coming years when it comes to evidence-led Pupil Premium practice?

In this keynote session, the Professor Becky Francis will look at the most important research findings since 2011 and those most relevant to Pupil Premium success. It will consider the most effective Pupil Premium approaches, in terms of value for money and in terms of achieving maximum pupil progress.

The session will offer delegates ideas and advice for 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.


PRIMARY: Ofsted and the Pupil Premium: Inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
SPEAKER: Helen P Frostick

Since September, the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) has signalled a new focus for Ofsted inspectors, who will be looking for broad and rich curriculum offers and scrutinising curriculum ‘intent, implementation and impact’ in schools. There is also a significant focus on personal development and skills, pupil wellbeing and disadvantage, as well as issues like teaching to the test and off-rolling. The overlaps between these changes and Pupil Premium practice are clear. In this workshop, Helen Frostick will report on inspection preparation under the new EIF regime. Her school, St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School, has recently undergone an intensive EIF-focused review conducted in collaboration with four local authority school improvement partners, one of whom is an Ofsted inspector. In this workshop she will talk about the lessons she has learned from the experience – with a specific focus on what Ofsted is looking for when it comes to Pupil Premium practice, interventions, evaluation and outcomes. St Mary Magdalen’s is an outstanding school with around 9% Pupil Premium.


WORKSHOP 1B: PRIMARY: High leverage teaching: Dispelling the myth that only eligible children can benefit from Pupil Premium spending
SPEAKERS: Deb King & Mike Foster

At the Extol Learning Trust, our belief is that having an effective teacher in front of every class – and that supporting every teacher to keep improving – is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be the top priority for Pupil Premium spending. This workshop will explore how our commitment to developing high leverage teaching is impacting on the whole school community at Thorntree Academy in Middlesbrough (65% Pupil Premium). We will consider what this looks like in practice, how it fits into whole-school and classroom-level Pupil Premium & CPD strategies, and what lessons other schools might learn from our work.


WORKSHOP 1C: SECONDARY: Study skills, learning habits and parental engagement

There is increasing evidence showing the power and impact that study skills and learning habits can have for all students, but especially for those on the Pupil Premium. In this workshop Jon Tait will discuss Acklam Grange School’s (41% Pupil Premium) work to embed essential high-quality study skills and learning habits across its curriculum, including approaches such as spaced learning, interleaving, and retrieval practice. A key part of the work has been to provide parents with the resources, tools and confidence to help their children exploit these skills at home – this includes video blogs and direct engagement with families, especially those who are disadvantaged. The ultimate aim of the work is to help students develop learning habits that are set in stone and which they can fall back on at difficult moments. Jon will offer practical insights into the work, including challenges faced, ideas to adapt and adopt and further advice.


WORKSHOP 1D: SECONDARY: Ofsted and the Pupil Premium: Inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
SPEAKERS: Helen Everitt & Ryan Sallows

Since September, the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) has signalled a new focus for Ofsted inspectors, who will be looking for broad and rich curriculum offers and scrutinising curriculum ‘intent, implementation and impact’ in schools. There is also a significant focus on personal development and skills, pupil wellbeing and disadvantage, as well as issues like teaching to the test and off-rolling. The overlaps between these changes and Pupil Premium practice are clear. In this workshop, Oriel High School (15% Pupil Premium) will report on what inspection is like under the new EIF regime. The school has experienced a successful visit from Ofsted under the EIF and in this workshop senior leaders Helen Everitt and Ryan Sallows will talk about the lessons they have learned from the experience – with a specific focus on what Ofsted is looking for when it comes to Pupil Premium practice, interventions, evaluation and outcomes.


WORKSHOP 2A: PRIMARY: Identifying barriers to learning, including for SEND and complex needs
SPEAKER: Dr Donna Chambers

There are clear links between SEND and the Pupil Premium. Meeting the needs of pupils with complex SEND is a challenging agenda for schools and when you add in overcoming barriers to attainment due to deprivation, it is difficult to know where to start. Sometimes we have to put the child's primary SEN to one side and explore the additional barriers, including sensory needs, emotional wellbeing, our partnership with parents, and the triggers of behaviour and communication difficulties. This sounds relatively straightforward, but trying to do this while ensuring that our disadvantaged pupils, in particular those with SEND, access an ambitious curriculum alongside their peers adds another layer of challenge. In this workshop, Dr Donna Chambers will draw on her experience as a primary school headteacher, special school executive headteacher and her recent EdD research into these crucial areas of education to offer best practice reflections and advice for primary or special schools in the context of the Pupil Premium agenda.


WORKSHOP 2B: PRIMARY & EYFS: Using outdoor learning and effective SEND work to tackle inequality
SPEAKERS: Zoe Beach, Sara Wassell & Sean Harris

Around 50 per cent of the pupils at Northwood Primary School attract Pupil Premium funding, while 12 per cent of these children also have SEND, with language and communication needs a particular challenge on entry to the school. This workshop will describe some of the school’s most effective strategies, both for Pupil Premium pupils and those with SEND. The school makes effective use of outdoor learning to engage Pupil Premium children and promote healthy lifestyles. It also has a range of out-of-hours and extra-curricular opportunities to support learning and development. This work goes hand-in-hand with the school’s excellent SEND provision. The workshop will look at a number of interventions and strategies used by the school, how and why these are effective, and how other schools might adapt and adopt them.


WORKSHOP 2C: SECONDARY: Cultural capital and the Ofsted EIF
SPEAKER: Matt Bromley

This workshop will explore the role that “knowledge and cultural capital" plays in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework. Former school leader and SecEd editorial board member Matt Bromley will explore what Ofsted says about cultural capital, what cultural capital is and why it is important, and why some students – often those on the Pupil Premium – lack cultural capital. More importantly, Matt will then discuss what, practically, schools can do to develop cultural capital and level the field for disadvantaged students. How can cultural capital be embedded in a knowledge-rich curriculum? What practical next steps can school leaders take on their return to school? This will be a session full of ideas for whole-school and classroom-level interventions/strategy.


WORKSHOP 2D: CROSS-PHASE: Pupil Premium strategy across phases and schools
SPEAKER: Faye Longden Thurgood 

This workshop will focus on cross-phase working, between primary and secondary schools, to support positive Pupil Premium outcomes. It will look at the strategies and best practice in place at Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust on the south coast of England, notably work on-going between Brune Park Community School (46% Pupil Premium) and Rowner Junior School (38% Pupil Premium). The workshop will discuss the three-year MAT strategy and the hurdles that have been encountered and overcome, including creating a three-year Pupil Premium strategy and the potential barriers that must be considered. A core focus of the MAT’s work is finding, sharing and using a good evidence-base to create its Pupil Premium strategies – from whole-school interventions to classroom approaches. This include lessons learned from the schools’ journeys to date, evidence suggested by the EEF and others, and the evidence that comes from working closely within all the three phases of the MAT (each phase creates its own barriers – however these are often similar within the context of the school).


AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Effective Pupil Premium practices: Lessons from across England
SPEAKER: Marc Rowland

From Jersey to Essex to Yorkshire, Marc Rowland has spent the past six years supporting schools to help raise the achievement and attainment of their disadvantaged learners.
In this session, the author of A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium will discuss the lessons he has learned from his work across England, offering practical insights and reflections on whole-school strategies and classroom-level Pupil Premium practice. This will include 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 and exceptional provision for vulnerable and Pupil Premium learners.

Themes during the keynote will include leadership, family engagement, teacher expectations, The Matthew Effect, using research to inform strategies, language and oracy skills, feedback and more. He will also discuss the common traps to avoid when considering the learning and performance of Pupil Premium students, including the dangers of labelling students and how generalised approaches can undermine your whole-school Pupil Premium strategy.

Marc will also talk about the work he has done with the Department for Education to reform Pupil Premium accountability.


WORKSHOP 3A: PRIMARY: A Pupil Premium culture: Wellbeing, assessment, teaching, learning and high expectations

SPEAKER: Glenn Russell

Under the leadership of Glenn Russell, Stalham Academy has gone from special measures to an Ofsted good school. In this workshop, Glenn will give an overview of the key strategies that have led to this turnaround, including the school’s various approaches for Pupil Premium children and its focus on mental health and wellbeing. The school lives by its motto of “Valued People: Successful School”. This is the principle that all in the Stalham learning community are to be valued, looked after and supported – children, staff and families. The school has a learning approach of independent and collaborative methods that promote key skills such as reasoning and enquiry. There is a focus on staff CPD to back this up and to ensure effective assessment and feedback. There is also a focus on pupils’ neurological development. Pupil Premium students in the school (33%) have benefited by osmosis from the range of teaching and learning policies – with high expectations a key part of this ethos. This workshop will look at the school's general teaching and learning strategies, its focus on mental health and wellbeing and how this work benefits all pupils, including Pupil Premium children. 


WORKSHOP 3B:  SECONDARY: Tackling the common wellbeing and pastoral challenges facing Pupil Premium students
SPEAKER: Grace Kelly

Many schools will be aware of the range of pastoral, wellbeing and related issues that can create barriers to learning and positive outcomes for Pupil Premium students. In this workshop, Grace Kelly, from St Bede’s Catholic High School (11.5% Pupil Premium) will discuss what practical steps her school takes to protect and promote the wellbeing of Pupil Premium and vulnerable students and how this links to improving Pupil Premium outcomes. She will touch upon intervention ideas and the common challenges they have to tackle. The session will include practical tips and guidance for strategies that have worked for them, the importance of developing resilience in ALL students (and examples of how), as well as information, study and research on the necessity to encourage the development of a Growth Mindset and the need for students to understand failure in order to achieve. The session will cover all Pupil Premium students, including those identified as SEND and gifted and talented. 


WORKSHOP 3C: CROSS-PHASE: Pastoral support, Pupil Premium and successful pupil outcomes
SPEAKER: Adele Bates

How do we address the pastoral needs of our Pupil Premium students in order to support positive academic outcomes? This workshop is aimed at both primary and secondary colleagues and will examine how pastoral initiatives can work for Pupil Premium students, and how we can tie them directly to positive academic progress. We will look at how the new, compulsory PSHE and RSE and mental health curriculum can support this work; how staff who work with Pupil Premium children can be supported themselves; and parent/carer relationships with school. Participants will the leave the workshop with clear ideas on how to put the young person and their individual needs first in order to create effective and practical pastoral strategies of support that link directly to learning and actually work.


WORKSHOP 3D: CROSS-PHASE: SEND and the Pupil Premium: Myths, EHCPs, teaching and other practical insights
SPEAKER: Garry Freeman

The crossovers between Pupil Premium and SEN are clear and must be considered as part of any whole-school Pupil Premium strategy. In this workshop, SENCO and National SEN System Leader Garry Freeman will investigate the co-occurrence between disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. In doing so, he will tackle issues around SEND myths – especially those which hold back progress and achievement. He will also advise on requesting and achieving EHCP needs assessments. He will focus on how, in practical terms, we can consider our Pupil Premium and SEN work in tandem. This will include practical lessons on how we can raise achievement for SEN and Pupil Premium students and what this means for classroom teachers and middle leaders.