This annual conference will focus on addressing the needs of our disadvantaged pupils across all phases of education. The aim of the conference is to raise the profile of those pupils who need us most and equip delegates with strategies to ensure they can attain and progress as well as their peers.
This year Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Learners Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership, will be delivering a keynote on improving outcomes for disadvantage and vulnerable learners. Marc is currently working with the Education Endowment Foundation's National Research School Network on the roll out of their Pupil Premium training programme. In addition, Marc has also worked with the Department of Education and over 400 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
Dr Janet Goodall will be delivering the second keynote related to a parental engagement and the impact on children's learning. Dr Janet Goodall is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Swansea University. Janet has researched and written widely on the topic of parental engagement with children's learning, working with school staff, parents, various charities, local authorities and governmental bodies.
In addition to hearing from respected keynote speakers, attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops drawn from the expertise of some of our local leaders who will share the good practice they have developed in their schools to improve provision and outcomes for their disadvantaged learners.
Raising outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils is a moral imperative and a high priority for all of our Hertfordshire schools.