Delegates at the 7th National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference hear crucial inspection advice from Ofsted and receive inspiration and some key guidance from the students themselves. Pete Henshaw reports

“Conflating eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low-ability – I have had that conversation a little too often.”

The message was clear at SecEd and Headteacher Update’s 7th National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference – Pupil Premium does not mean low-ability.

The event, which took place in Birmingham on Friday (March 3), saw two keynote presentations, one driven by inspirational contributions from year 6 and year 9 Pupil Premium students, and a second delivered by Ofsted. Both sessions included this key message.

The Ofsted presentation was led by Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s regional director for the West Midlands, and focused on what inspectors want to see in the context of the Pupil Premium when they visit schools.

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