Raise the Aspirations and Achievement of Deprived Pupils - Central London

Wednesday 28 Sep 2011 - Thursday 1 Jan 1970
Practical strategies to engage the disadvantaged, focus funding and teaching effectively to help break cycles of deprivation

Free School Meals should not equate to lower attainment. But, all too often the correlation between this economic disadvantage indicator and educational achievement rings true. The Coalition assures us of its determination to break the cycle of deprivation, and is confident that its Pupil Premium initiative will provide schools with the financial tools to accelerate the academic progress of the country’s poorest children.

Yet as schools nationwide battle with disengaged parents and pupils alike it is questionable whether funding alone can improve current aspirations and the next generation’s life chances. 

Are you struggling to close the attainment gap between socially deprived pupils and their more affluent peers?


Rt Hon Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, will deliver the opening keynote and share his inspirational proposals to transform anti-poverty programmes and prevent poor children from becoming poor adults.

Hear from Jo Shuter, Headteacher, Quintin Kynaston School, who will share her success in u-turning her school to achieve ‘outstanding’ recognition. Dr Jo Lyons, SPJ Consultants, will provide techniques on engaging disinterested parents in their child’s learning and development. Chris Wellings, UK Policy Advisor, Save the Children will reveal how to implement timely intervention strategies that reduce the effect of social deprivation on academic progress. Dr Charlotte CaterwallDirector, Transform Education Consultancy ltd will deliver practical strategies on using the Pupil Premium appropriately to have the maximum impact on pupil progression.  Linda Dawson, Deputy Headteacher, The Bemrose School, will communicate her school’s successes in motivating transient pupils to positively include them in the school community. Fergus Crow, Programme Director - Education and Learning, National Children's Bureau, will demonstrate how to work well with multi-agency partners to balance a duty of care with specific academic needs.

Click here to see the list of Speakers for this event. 

You can also see details of the day in our conference programme, and you can register here

Hear tried and tested techniques in our interactive sessions on:

  • Tracking and maximising the efficiency of the Pupil Premium in supporting deprived pupils

  • Creating personalised learning pathways that identify and support differing academic needs through targeted curricular delivery

  • Boosting pupil self-esteem to inspire positive attitudes to learning and tackle an anti-education culture

  • Sustaining one-to-one tuition to deliver targeted support that improves individual learning outcomes

  • Making post-16 education accessible to all pupils to counteract rising NEET levels