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Striving for Equity: The Herts for Learning Annual Disadvantaged Conference

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Assistant Headteachers / Chair/Vice Chairs of Governors / Classroom Teachers / Deputy Headteachers / Early Years Leaders / Early Years Practitioners / ECT (Early Career Teacher) / Governors / Heads of Department/Faculty / Heads of Year / Headteachers / Middle Leaders / New Headteachers / Overseas Trained / Returning Teachers / SENCOs / Senior Leaders / Teaching Assistants
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Event Description
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 half-day digital conference for 2022 will look at how schools can recognise and address the needs of disadvantaged pupils, with a particular focus on how to promote equity within schools.

The conference will comprise a number of keynotes, the first of which will be delivered by Sameena Choudry, Founder of Equitable Education and Senior Standards and Effectiveness Officer, entitled:

Equitable Education: What everyone working in education should know about closing the attainment gap for all pupils

Following Sameena, Tracey Adams, will be delivering a keynote. Tracey is Assistant Director of St Matthew's Research School and Depty Head at St Matthew's CE Primary School, where where she is Teaching and Learning, Pupil Premium, Pastoral, Maths, PSHE and Music Lead. She is an SLE for Maths and School Improvement, and a NCETM Professional Development Lead/Maths Specialist Teacher.

Dan Nicholls, Executive Director of Education for the Cabot Learning Federation will also be speaking at the conference. Previously Dan was Executive Principal and prior to that Principal of Bristol Brunel Academy.

In addition, there will also be a focus on the importance of vocabulary development to support pupils to develop fluency in their speech, language and communication skills. This priority focus enables pupils to overcome barriers to learning and ensure engagement with the widest breadth of learning opportunities at all phases of education and beyond.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to listen to a series of pre-recorded seminars, enabling sharing of best practice across schools. There will be a range of seminars available to access, covering a range of relevant areas of interest to all phases of education. These seminars will be drawn from the expertise of some of our local leaders who will share the good practice they have developed in their settings to ensure high-quality 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. Every child matters and we aspire to have exceptional provision for them in every learning environment, tailored to their individual needs.
Training objectives
The aims of the conference are to:

  • raise the profile of these pupils who need us most by hearing from keynote speakers who are respected leaders in this area

  • provide staff in schools and settings with new and fresh ideas to stretch and challenge disadvantaged pupils in their learning and provide ideas for removing some of the key barriers to learning

  • gain a greater insight into what works well to raise achievement for our vulnerable learners

  • access practical resources and ideas for implementation in schools that have worked effectively in other settings

  • raise aspirations which will improve the life chances of our pupils

Learning outcomes
This half-day online conference will provide delegates with:

  • the opportunity to learn from the expertise of skilled and respected practitioners

  • strategies to ensure pupils can attain and progress as well as their peers

  • resources and ideas for implementation in schools that have worked effectively in other settings

  • the confidence to be proactive in addressing the moral purpose of education – no child left behind, no school left behind

Additional Information
Sessions will be recorded and available afterwards should delegates book but are unable to attend on the day.

The standard cost for this conference is £79 per school, this includes access for all staff members to both the free event and recordings afterwards. Please note only one member of school needs to register, that person will be sent details of the live session and recording to cascade to colleagues.
Closing Date
Wednesday 16 March 2022
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1 17 March 2022 09:00 - 13:00 Webinar Map
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