Hear from education experts to identify the key steps in addressing disadvantage and closing the gap for the disadvantaged pupils in your school.
With the progression of Covid-19 and disruption to pupils’ education and it’s impact on their home lives and wellbeing, the disadvantage gap has inevitably widened. Hear from experts in this field to identify the key steps in addressing disadvantage and closing the gap in your school.
This half-day digital conference will look at how schools can recognise the needs of disadvantage pupils across all phases of education, with a particular focus on how to equip their staff with strategies to ensure disadvantaged pupils can attain and progress as well as their peers.
Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Learners Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership, will be opening the conference with his keynote entitled
Improving outcomes for disadvantaged 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, he 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, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Swansea University, will be delivering the second keynote:
Parental engagement and children’s learning
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. Her keynote will address the importance of parental engagement and impact that this has on children’s learning.
Both Marc and Janet will be joining Rachel Macfarlane, Director of Education Services, Herts for Learning, for an open panel session, offering delegates the opportunity to discuss, explore and share knowledge and practical steps to close the disadvantage gap.
Herts for Learning believes that raising outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils is a moral imperative and should be a high priority for all schools.