Pictures, video and report from the recent Learning Exchange primary heads’ conference

North Somerset welcomed a range of speakers to our recent conference focusing on the progress of all pupils, in particular pupil premium pupils.

The event took place at Cadbury House on Friday 17th January as was themed “The Well Educated Child – ensuring the progress of all groups of pupils”.

Dr Charlotte Carter Wall opened the conference with a speech that set out ‘An insistence on success for all pupils’ and the need to close the attainment gap, not simply narrow it. The impact of high quality teaching on disadvantaged pupils suggests that matching our strongest teachers with these pupils can add a year and half’s learning.

The audience were reminded that this group of pupils is not a homogenous one and that no-one size fits all.

We then welcomed Nick Aslett from ‘Achievement for All’ to share the impact of this programme with the conference. Pupils at 15 North Somerset schools are already part of the project in our authority the progress of those pupils identified for Achievement for All is significant and positive.

St Martin’s Primary shared the impact it has had for them citing accelerated progress, increased parental engagement and improved provision. Addressing the audience Nick that the programme ‘trains teachers to be listeners not talkers’.

Finally Lynne Gavin Headteacher of Pakeman Primary in Islington shared her schools inspirational journey to winning the National Pupil Premium award for 2013. Lynne talked about Growth Mindset and the need to challenge low expectations. ‘Poverty of expectation is the single biggest thing we need to undo. We need to set the bar as high as we possibly can’.

By creating a climate where children can achieve their potential and have belief in themselves pupils understand the value of hard work ‘Learning isn’t fast and easy. It takes hard work and mistakes’.

The conference was a great success and in the afternoon Heads were joined by Chairs of Governors to look at what they need to do to ensure pupil premium funding is effectively used and reported. One Governor reported ‘I found the afternoon informative and very enjoyable. Thank you’

We would love to hear your ideas on how you are spending your pupil premium and how you are measuring impact.

‘A fantastic day – we are going back to our school buzzing with ideas’

North Somerset Head Teacher

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