Westminster Education Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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The pupil premium - impact on raising attainment, best practice, and the future direction of policy


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is bringing schools and a wider group  stakeholders together with policymakers to examine the future and record so far of the pupil premium - focusing on the impact on raising attainment, best practice, and the future direction of policy.

Key areas for discussion:

With the Government pursuing a levelling up agenda - the seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss:

  • the future direction of the policy - particularly concerning funding,
  • the impact of the pupil premium since its introduction in narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and fellow students,
  • the role of pupil premium champions in forming and delivering individual school approaches to implementing the funding, and
  • how disadvantaged children and those that receive the pupil premium can be supported by government during and following the COVID-19 epidemic to ensure they don’t fall behind their peers in terms of attainment.

Why this is relevant now - the context:  

  • The Government encouraging schools moving from annual reviews to a three-year strategy - aimed at:
    • saving time,
    • establishing a longer-term view, and
    • coordination with wider school improvement.
  • Pressure on schools to demonstrate that pupil premium funding is making a difference in the attainment of underprivileged pupils.

The agenda:

  • The role of the pupil premium in improving social mobility and its impact so far;
  • Using evidence-based research in the implementation of pupil premium funding in school;
  • Creating an integrated approach to the use of the pupil premium - addressing the challenges of resource management and applying evidence-based research to improve attainment;
  • ‘Using the pupil premium: insights from research’
  • Best practice case studies in the use of the pupil premium in schools; and
  • Pupil premium policy going forward.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This one’s no different. Places have been reserved by a range of officials from the Department for Education.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates