THE final tickets remain available for the Pupil Premium Conference 2016, which will focus on providing a whole family and school approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding and how this can be used to make a real difference to disadvantaged pupils. Since the introduction of the Pupil Premium grant in 2011, a vast number of strategies have been explored to increase the progress of disadvantaged pupils, however demonstrating the impact of this has been a real challenge. Successful case studies from schools that have adopted high-impact strategies are now emerging and this event will provide attendees with ideas on how to create a culture of high expectations. Due to be held at Liverpool Hope University on Friday 8 July, the event has been organised by School Improvement Liverpool Ltd (SIL), which delivers training and consultancy to schools and academies across the UK. It will focus on providing a holistic approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding and how this can be used to narrow the attainment gap. The day will equip delegates with proven examples of using Pupil Premium funding to raise attendance and inclusion; maximising impact through rigorous self-evaluation and how creative activities and enriched experiences can make a real difference. The conference will include talks from keynote speakers: Sue Hackman, former Chief Advisor on School Standards to several secretaries of State at the DfE between 2006-2013; Peter Henderson, Research Officer at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Dr Ian Belger, Chief Engineer at BNFL. SIL Ltd has also engaged the world renowned Julia Skinner to share how the ‘100 Word Challenge’ improves writing outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Julia will be delivering two workshops during the day. Schools conducting workshops include Whitefield Primary School, Wellesbourne Primary School, Bank View High School, Abbots Lea School, St John’s Catholic Primary School, Lister Infants School, The Federation of St Sebastian’s and St Cuthbert’s, Stockton Wood Primary School and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School. This child-focused conference will debut the Deaf Active choir from Lister Infants School. Pupils from Whitefield Primary School will share their experiences and Young Ambassadors from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy and St Francis of Assisi Academy will be on hand to support the delegates and presenters. Liverpool businesses are also attending the event and exhibiting on the day. Exhibitors include FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), MerseySTEM, Reading Wise, Beanstalk, Little Sports Coaching and Sapere: Philosophy for Children. Sue Shinkfield, chief executive at School Improvement Liverpool Ltd, says: “Tackling the attainment gap between disadvantaged young people and their peers is a top priority for school leaders and the government and it is something we are very passionate about at School Improvement Liverpool. “Pupil Premium can make a real difference to the most disadvantaged pupils, but sometimes the benefits are not fully realised. This conference hopes to share some of the best practices found in schools and highlight how an effective Pupil Premium strategy can help close the gap. “Unlocking the potential and ambition of our young people, who are so vital for our future economy, is of utmost importance. We’re looking forward to welcoming local businesses and schools, keynote speakers and school leaders from across the country to this one day event at Liverpool Hope University.” Date: 8 July 2016 Time: 9:00 – 16:00 Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Eden Complex centre, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD Cost: £175 +VAT per delegate For further information visit http://www.ednet.co/Training-Details?courseID=654 or contact SIL on 0151 233 3901.