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Disadvantaged Pupils: What Governors Need to Know (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 18/551
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction In April 2011, the Government announced the launch of ‘Pupil Premium Grant’ (PPG). “PPG provides funding for two policies:

• Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
• Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces”
(Pupil premium: allocations and conditions of grant 2018 to 2019)

It is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for students registered as eligible for Free School Meals in reception to Year 11. This entitlement has now been extended to the “Ever6”. This is where a pupil who has ever had free school meals in the past six years, but may not currently qualify, will still receive pupil premium based on this qualification. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social wellbeing of these students.

Please note: This course is fully funded for any school that subscribes to the Premium SPARK package or stand-alone governor support.
Event Content The Pupil Premium Grant is an integral part of the Government’s strategy to diminish the differences in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others. Current pupil premium funding amounts to £2.5 Billion per annum and it is essential that boards, who are formally accountable for how pupil premium spending decisions are made, understand the effectiveness and impact of pupil premium spend within their schools. Understanding the impact of the pupil premium grant has been identified by Ofsted in its recent “Improving Governance” 2016 document as being a common area of weakness amongst governing boards.

The training will provide an insight into the tools that are available to governing boards in order to support them in their review and monitoring of pupil premium funding. It will enable governors to see whether School Policies address the individual needs of disadvantaged pupils.

Governors will be briefed on how to actively promote the educational achievement of all disadvantaged pupils within the school. The desired outcome will be to ensure that the school as a whole, develops a culture where the learning needs of disadvantaged pupils, whether personal, emotional or academic are met.

Governing Boards’ statutory responsibilities remain the same regardless of the amount of pupil premium grant that their schools attract.

The session will be facilitated Rosemary Hafeez, Associate Director for School Standards and Performance, Education Services, Achieving for Children.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of this interactive session, delegates will be able to:

• Explain the definition of “disadvantaged pupils” and the funding that they attract
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of the statutory responsibilities of the Governing Board in relation to the Pupil Premium Grant
• Hold the school/SLT to account for the impact of pupil premium spending
• Analyse external pupil premium data and demonstrate how this can be used by Boards to ask effective and strategic questions on the impact of pupil premium spending
Trainers Rosemary Hafeez
Expiry Date Monday 13 June 2022
Course categories Governor Support
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
Event/course administrator Penny Heighes (training@achievingforchildren.org.uk)
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 13 June 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL