Social Mobility and the Pupil Premium: Tackling the Attainment Gap

At Dods, what we do best is produce cutting-edge content and partner with the best thought-leaders - to bring to you insights, the latest policy information, best practice and an opportunity to exchange exciting ideas with peers. As, for now, you cannot join us at our live events, we will bring them to you, in the safety of your homes and offices. The Social Mobility and the Pupil Premium Briefing goes online! 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Andy Mellor, Past President, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)
  • Dr Angela Donkin, Chief Social Scientist, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
  • Professor John West-Burnham, Professor of Educational Leadership, St Mary’s University College
  • Mary Jones, Head of Pupil Premium and SEND Intervention, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
  • Catherine Knowles, CEO Researcher, AFA Trust – Achievement for All Education Trust
  • Andrew Lagden, CEO, Andrew Lagden Education Consultants (Chair)
  • Further speakers to be announced


The Social Mobility Commission’s poll for 2019 underlines increasing the entrenchment of class privilege and stark regional differences in the children’s educational prospects. The Social Mobility Barometer published on the 21st of January 2020 also highlights the necessity to make greater efforts to tackle the attainment gap starting in the earliest stages of life through all levels of education. Despite the headline initiatives from central and local government, such as the Pupil Premium, social mobility in the UK is virtually stagnant.

Join us in November at this timely event to examine what steps you can take to narrow the attainment gap and learn how you can inspire an ethos of achievement for all in your school. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the latest update from the Social Mobility Commission and the Department of Education. Gain insights  from sector leaders and their award-winning case studies and find out what is working – and what should be improved.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The Social Mobility Commission: an update on the latest findings and recommendations
  • Designing and delivering an appropriate curriculum to address social mobility issues
  • Proven methodologies: sharing case studies from schools and the Local Authorities
  • Supporting social mobility through higher education access
  • Evaluating the impact of the Pupil Premium programme
  • Role of the Pupil Premium Coordinator
  • Ofsted and the Social Mobility framework

Who should attend?

You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to: governing bodies of maintained schools (including schools with a sixth form) and non-maintained special schools; trustees or directors of academies and free schools; proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools); management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs); SENCOs, virtual heads, teachers, other school staff and school nurses; head teachers, principals and senior leadership teams; Diocese and other faith representatives; relevant local authority staff, and; national and local bodies and anyone involved or interested in improving their practice.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

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Thursday 5th November 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm

Event to be held online.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £395 


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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Background Quote

“Being born privileged in Britain means that you are likely to remain privileged. Being born disadvantaged, however, means that you will have to overcome a series of barriers to ensure that you and your children are not stuck in the same trap.”


Dame Martina Milburn

Chair, Social Mobility Commission

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