Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Conference

Beyond Barriers

Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Conference

Tuesday 19th March 2019 | Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter | 09:00 - 15:45

The attainment outcomes for pupils who are disadvantaged continues to be a challenge for all schools in all circumstances. In their report, ‘The Attainment Gap 2017,’ published in January 2018, the EEF identifies that if schools want ‘to tackle the challenge of the attainment gap [it] requires us first to understand it – both the scale and nature of the gap, as well as the factors most likely to help close it.’

We are aware that, despite many strategies and significant resources, this continues to be one of the most demanding issues in education and is something that we are collectively challenged to address.

This conference will continue to support us on our journey of exploration regarding what the barriers to achievement are and how we break these down to help children succeed. The day will provide a combination of key note speakers, with a national perspective, and workshops provided by local schools showcasing what has worked for them and how they have approached this deep rooted challenge.

Key Reasons to Attend:

› Hear from leading educational experts

› Explore practical strategies and ideas to boost the progress of disadvantaged students, both in lessons and in tailored interventions

› Be inspired by local schools’ approaches to Pupil Premium

› Reviewing the international, national and local evidence (OECD) to the South West

Who Should Attend?

All phases of education:

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Senior Leaders
  • Governors
  • Teachers

About Professor Sonia Blandford

Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for All

She is one of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility and author of the influential publication: ‘Born to Fail? Social Mobility, A Working Class View’.

Founder and CEO of the award winning education charity, Achievement for All (, Sonia is also visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

She has held leadership positions in schools, higher education and charities including Director of Research and Leadership at Teach First, Professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Warwick, where she now holds an honorary professorship and pro-vice chancellor and dean of education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Sonia was named in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK in 2015 and 2016 and was among the 2016 Women of the Year.

Follow Sonia on Twitter at @SoniaAFA3AS

About Marc Rowland

Marc Rowland, Head of the Research School

Head of the Research School based at Rosendale Primary School Former Director of Policy and Research for the National Education Trust from 2007 to 2017.

Over the past four years, Marc has worked with Rosendale on two major school-based research projects on Lesson Study and Metacognition. The second edition of his book “An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium” was published in December 2015 (John Catt Educational). His latest book “Learning without Labels” was also published by John Catt in March 2017.

Marc is currently working with the Jersey government on the introduction of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’ and with Learn Sheffield on their Priorities Project. He is also the co-author of the Essex LA funded Pupil Premium self-evaluation toolkit and has worked with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampson, Swindon and Warwickshire LAs on year-long projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

Marc has worked with over 300 schools to support them with their strategy to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, and spoken to approximately 6000 school leaders in conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall.

Conference Price

Early bird price: £155+VAT. Available until 19th October 2018.
Full conference price: £205+VAT


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One of the best pieces of INSET I have been on in the last two years. Research-based, pragmatic and inspirational - especially the keynote speaker.

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