The pupil premium and raising attainment - the use of funding, evidence-based research, and developing a whole-school approach
This conference focuses on the effectiveness of the pupil premium since its introduction, best practice in its application by schools, and the future direction of the policy - particularly in the area of funding.
It follows the recent government publication of guidance on the pupil premium designed to advise school leaders and setting out how schools are going to be held accountable for its use with the introduction of three-year pupil premium strategies for each school.
Delegates will assess:
- The impact of the pupil premium in narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and fellow students; and
- Strategies for maximising its effectiveness and use within schools.
- The role of the pupil premium in improving social mobility and its impact so far;
- Evaluating the way that the pupil premium is used by schools - key findings;
- Pupil premium policy going forward;
- Using evidence-based research in the implementation of pupil premium funding; and
- Creating an integrated approach to the use of the pupil premium - resource management and applying evidence-based research to improve attainment.
There will also be best practice case studies in the use of the pupil premium in schools. Expected areas for discussion include:
- Professional development, training and support for teachers;
- Targeted social, emotional and behavioural support for pupils who are struggling and in need; and
- Tackling attendance issues and maintaining inclusion.
Keynote contributions and case studies
- Helen Waite, Deputy Director, Pupil Premium and School Food Division, Department for Education and Steve Kethero, Policy Adviser, Pupil Premium and School Food Division, Department for Education - on the way forward for policy; and
- Justin Madders MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Mobility (2017-2019 Parliament) - on the role of the pupil premium in improving social mobility and the APPG’s recommendation to repurpose the pupil premium as a social mobility premium.