SecEd launches Eighth National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Learning together: Students from Manor High School impressed delegates at the 7th National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference in March (Image: Harrison Moore))

A total of 16 workshops and keynote sessions covering topics ranging from attendance and disaffected pupils to SEN and parental out-reach will be on offer for delegates at the Eighth National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference.

The popular bi-annual event is being run once again by SecEd and our sister title Headteacher Update and will take place at Birmingham’s NEC on Friday, September 29.

We expect to have as many as 150 secondary and primary school colleagues with us on the day, with the event also offers excellent networking opportunities and an exhibition of services and providers.

The keynote session will be led by Steve Baker, the executive headteacher of Kilgarth and Gilbrook Schools in Birkenhead. He will be joined by Mick Simpson, head of school at Kilgarth.

Both schools are rated outstanding and between them cater for pupils aged from 5 to 16 with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The session, entitled Back from the Brink, will focus on strategies to re-engage with hard-to-reach Pupil Premium pupils and those at risk of disengagement, dropping out and exclusion.

During the rest of the day, 15 workshops will run aimed at either secondary delegates, primary delegates or suitable for both.

All the phase-specific workshops will be led by schools and will offer practical ideas, interventions, advice and guidance based on experience. All workshop speakers have been asked to give delegates practical strategies and ideas to take back to their schools.

The secondary-relevant workshops include:

  • Two separate case studies of schools. One where their Pupil Premium gap has been halved and one where it was closed almost completely.
  • The Pupil Premium & SEN overlap – getting it right and some practical suggestions.
  • Strategies for ensuring pupil wellbeing and good attendance.
  • Principles of effective Pupil Premium teaching.
  • From start to finish – Pupil Premium intervention in year 7 and year 11
  • Lessons from PRUs – working with alternative provision to identify, engage with and support young people at- risk of exclusion (cross-phase).
  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged youngsters – target-setting and the Pupil Premium (cross-phase).
  • Pupil Premium Reviews –what are they and how can you get the most out of them? (cross-phase).

The conference will also include networking time for delegates as well as a Pupil Premium exhibition. Early bird booking is now available at £269 until June 9. The standard rate is £299.

For the full programme and further information, visit


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