Closing the Attainment Gap in Secondary Schools: Pupil Premium as a Driver for Change

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Steve Kethero, Policy Adviser, Achievement and Disadvantage Unit, Department for Education
  • Serge Cefai, Headteacher, Sacred Heart RC School (National Winner, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)
  • Mary Davies, Executive Headteacher, Maiden Erlegh Trust & Headteacher, Maiden Erlegh School (Regional Champion, Pupil Premium Awards 2017)
  • Jennifer Ingham, Assistant Headteacher, Blackburn Central High School
  • (Chair) Alan Barham, Education Consultant and Former Headteacher


With the attainment gap remaining “stubbornly large” in secondary schools, and school budgets coming under increasing pressure, dedicated programmes such as Pupil Premium are more important than ever. How to allocate this funding effectively, and demonstrate as much to Ofsted, is a key question for School Leaders when addressing the challenges of inequality and social mobility.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing for a full update on the latest Pupil Premium policy and evidence, and what Ofsted will be looking for in this area. The agenda will have best practice examples running through the day, ensuring that you take back concrete strategies to implement in your school.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Increasing the impact of the Pupil Premium in secondary schools: Government update
  • Pupil Premium in a wider context: how can it contribute to increasing social mobility
  • The Pupil Premium: what Ofsted looks at
  • Relationship with attainment measures such as Progress 8 and EBacc
  • Accurately measuring and reporting the impact of your spend: effective use of evidence & data
  • The role of Local Authorities in funding and oversight
  • Putting quality teaching and learning first: involving senior leaders and whole-staff training
  • Learning from peers: case studies of effective practice from secondary schools
  • Best practice in publishing results and utilising your school website

About the event:

The morning session will focus on recent developments in Pupil Premium policy and practice, and how it is inspected.

The afternoon session will examine in detail strategies currently being used successfully in secondary schools to close the attainment gap.

Who should attend?

You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Pupil Premium Co-ordinators, School Business Managers, Governors, Local Authority Representatives and anyone involved or interested in closing the attainment gap.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Wednesday 31st January 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

ETC Venues Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London SE1 1GA. For further information about the venue, please click here.

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

More from Dods