The National Pupil Premium Conference

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Thursday December 10, 2020 - Thursday December 10, 2020


The National Pupil Premium Conference will explore the latest insights, research and best practice in delivering outstanding Pupil Premium interventions for all pupils to enhance attainment and support improved learning outcomes and attendees will gain key updates from leading experts and practitioners in supporting pupil progression, improving the impact of interventions to reduce barriers to learning and developing high quality strategies to narrow the attainment gap for all pupils. There will be dedicated streams for best practice interventions at primary and secondary stages, as well as for effectively deploying teaching assistants to support disadvantaged pupils.

The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown period on disadvantaged children and young people, and how to overcome this in the short and long term, will be a key focus of this year’s Conference. Considering how to best reach all pupils, discussions will include the implementation and impact of the £1 billion support package announced by the Department for Education in June 2020, including £350 million for the National Tutoring Programme and £650 million for schools specifically.

Caroline Sharp, NFER’s Research Director, will be joining the event to deliver a speaking session at 3.30pm on ‘Researching Best Practice: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes’. Her session will highlight the latest research on improving social mobility and supporting disadvantaged pupils, including:

  • Features of schools which have raised attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • Pathways to success for pupils and staff
  • Risk factors and how to mitigate these

Key takeaways will include:

  • Strategies for early years, primary and secondary school leaders to implement among teachers and learning support assistants
  • Guidance on developing a whole-school ethos of attainment for all
  • An understanding of how to utilise school data to improve staff deployment and spending for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils

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RELATED LINKS: NFER’s research on the impact of Covid-19 on primary and secondary schools in England