5 Reasons Why You Need to Attend this Year's Pupil Premium Conference

The Pupil Premium Conference is back and for the first time ever, it will be run exclusively via the virtual events platform Swapcard. With less than a month to go now until this year’s Conference on 10th December, we take a look at what makes this year’s event unmissable.

 

1. Learn how to make the most of this year’s Pupil Premium allocations following COVID-19:

What does it mean to be ‘disadvantaged’ in 2020? This year has thrown a lot more challenges at schools than could have ever been expected. But with the move to online learning, more pupils have been left behind.

At this year’s Pupil Premium Conference, Steve Kethero, Policy Adviser from the Department for Education (DfE), will look at who you should consider supporting with pupil premium and how to develop your strategy to maximise funding.

Kelly Morgan, Deputy Principal from Tor View School will also offer practical insights for utilising Pupil Premium during COVID-19 to continue supporting the most disadvantaged pupils, whilst also sharing a detailed method for reviewing spending according to areas including communication, engagement, transition and attendance.

 

2. Explore new ways you can narrow the attainment gap:

According to the NFER, disadvantaged pupils now face a learning gap of 4+ months compared to their better-off peers following the first national lockdown and the continued impact of COVID-19. Therefore, this year, more than ever, it is imperative schools are taking action to narrow the ever-increasing attainment gap.

To help, we have invited MyTutor to explore the impact of online tutoring on the attainment gap, share how to run effective online tutoring programmes that support pupil progress, and how to ensure such programmes are resilient to potential school closures.

Daniel Sobel, Founder and Lead Consultant from Inclusion Expert will also be joining us to share common mistakes made in schools, proven solutions for narrowing the attainment gap, and suggestions for narrowing the gap in many different contexts, based on his experience working with over 2000 schools to date.

 

3. Join our dedicated Teaching Assistant stream and find out how to increase pupil support:

New for this year we also have a dedicated Teaching Assistants (TA) stream. Here, you can hear from sector experts including Eva Cartwright, The Teaching Assistant College, Sally Franklin, UCL Centre for Inclusive Education and Stacey Sawicki, Hebden Green School as they share insights to the effective deployment of TAs and TA-led intervention, summarise lessons learnt from the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme, and offer best practice for rethinking the role of TAs to better support pupils.

 

4. Engage with evidence based best-practice to ensure success:

Joined by Caroline Sharp from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), this conference will also provide you with the opportunity to explore evidence-based best practice that has been proven to minimise the attainment gap and improving social mobility for disadvantaged pupils.

Looking at features of schools which have successfully raised attainment, implemented pathways to success, and reflected on the risk factors and how to mitigate these, this session will allow you to leave with the ability to build your own strategy and a deeper understanding of the next steps to take to ensure success.

 

5. Network with your peers and overcome common challenges together

For the first time ever, this year's event will be hosted online via 
Swapcard, a dedicated virtual events platform that will ensure all the interactive features and networking opportunities of our in-person events remain, and in many cases are enhanced.

Connect with your peers ahead of the event, arrange 1-to-1 meetings, and continue the conversation for up to 30 days after the Conference.

You can find out more about what to expect from an online Inside Government event, along with the benefits, 
here.

Don’t just take our word for it; here’s what some of our past delegates have had to say:

I came away inspired by the passionate speakers and ready to continue to fight the PP gap Pupil Premium Conference Delegate, 2019

A great opportunity to keep up to date on the latest legislation regarding PPG, as well as listening to some outstanding practice and reflecting on one's own school situationPupil Premium Conference Delegate, 2018

I found the event a fascinating insight into areas of the topic that I had never before considered; I have already implemented some of the things that I picked up and intend to come back next year! Pupil Premium Conference Delegate, 2016

A really focused event that got straight to the heart of the issue through a well crafted list speakers. Each provided valuable information and insight to take back to school. Pupil Premium Conference Delegate, 2016

There are still a handful of places remaining on this year's virtual Conference on 10th December. Register your place below to avoid disappointment!

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This article was written by Liberty Smith, Marketing Executive, IG Schools Team

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