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““41% The number of leaders using their pupil premium to plug gaps in their general budget.””
School Funding and the Pupil Premium April 2023, The Sutton Trust
““Our evidence suggests there should be a greater focus on very low-attaining pupils and closing the disadvantage gap” ”
Ben Styles, NFER researcher
The gap in attainment at GCSE level, between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers has once again widened, and is at its highest for over a decade. At the same time the annual School Funding and Pupil Premium report from the Sutton Trust has shown that the number of school leaders using pupil premium to plug budget gaps has increased from 33% to 41% in a year. With the impact of Covid still being felt, the increasing challenges of the cost-of-living crisis and huge concerns about school attendance rates, the disadvantage gap looks set to continue rising.
This conference has been designed to help schools can get the most out of their pupil premium funding by putting in place a robust, evidence-based pupil premium strategy. Through a series of sessions led by expert speakers and case studies demonstrating outstanding practice, you will come away with a clearer understanding of how disadvantage impacts pupils, and how you use your funding to deliver pupil premium interventions that will have an impact.
You will also leave the day with a clear understanding of your duties for reporting and the recent changes in this area, ensuring that your strategy, data and evidence for spending decisions is all ready for inspection day.
With increasing pressure on school finances, ensuring that you are maximising the impact of your pupil premium funding is crucial for your overall school budget.
Who should attend?
Headteachers, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, School Business Managers, Head of Pupil Premium, Heads of Inclusion, Pupil Premium Co-ordinators, SENDCOs and other staff with involvement in pupil premium spend.
This conference will enable you to:
· Keep up to date with changes to guidance on pupil premium spending for the 2023/24 academic year
· Make worthwhile developments to your pupil premium strategy to ensure its ongoing effectiveness
· Identify the challenges faced by disadvantaged pupils and how pupil premium can support them
· Improve how you engage with parents around the pupil premium and build stronger relationships
· Introduce effective professional development for classroom teachers to boost the quality of teaching
· Ensure that your pupil premium data is ready for Ofsted inspection
· Demonstrate the evidence on which your spending is based
· Effectively monitor the impact of your initiative on progress and learning
· Understand the importance of using pupil premium funding to support attendance and how best to tackle this
· Provide targeted academic support to groups and individuals