Sir John Dunford headlines 3rd national Pupil Premium & Ofsted Conference


An in-depth and practical session with the National Pupil Premium Champion, Sir John Dunford, is awaiting delegates at SecEd’s Third National Pupil Premium and Ofsted conference.

An in-depth and practical session with Sir John is awaiting delegates at the event, which is taking place in March at the prestigious Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Sir John is to work with delegates over the course of a three-hour morning session, during which he will offer his insights, practical strategies and advice about effective Pupil Premium practice, including guidance on justifying your spending strategies and inspection tips.

Sir John will use his experience as the government’s National Pupil Premium Champion to:

  • Give an up-to-date account of national Pupil Premium policy.

  • Consider the barriers to learning that exist for many Pupil Premium pupils.

  • Set out a strategic planning process for schools to ensure that they are spending pupil premium funding most effectively.

  • Talk about a wide range of successful strategies currently in use in schools that have narrowed the gap.

  • Show how curriculum development can be used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

  • Lead an action planning session for attendees.

Sir John was appointed the government’s National Pupil Premium Champion last year and has been working in this role to spread best practice and support schools across the country.

The Pupil Premium is now worth £935 for every eligible secondary student and £1,300 for every eligible primary pupil, and all the major political parties are expected to include the continuation of the funding policy in their manifestos for the May 2015 General Election.

Elsewhere at the event, an afternoon workshop programme will offer delegates access to a range of school-led case studies, inspection expertise, and data advice.

Among these sessions, experienced school inspector John Peckham will update delegates on the latest Ofsted requirements, with a focus on what the inspectorate wants to see when it comes to the Pupil Premium.

We will also have SecEd author and experienced school leader Matt Bromley, who will be discussing inspection preparation and what kind of Pupil Premium paper trail you must have in place before Ofsted arrives.

Meanwhile, among our school-led sessions, we will have a case study from Derbyshire of how one school narrowed the achievement gap and worked to sustain this reduction, and a focus on effective pastoral interventions to help boost outcomes for Pupil Premium students.

Data will also be a key theme for the conference, with two sessions focusing on best practice when it comes to preparing your data for inspection and analysing your data to help target and justify Pupil Premium spending. We will also focus on using soft data as part of strategies to close the attainment gap.

Booking information

The event takes place on Friday, March 13, and booking is now open. The early bird rate is £269 and is available until January 23, after which the standard rate of £299 will apply. 

The conference programme is online at and to reserve your place, contact 020 7501 6762 or email


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