Disadvantaged Pupils / Pupil Premium - Ideas Exchange

Date & Time: Monday 27 November 2017
15:45 - 17:30
Event Type: Ideas Exchange
Event Format: Twilight session
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: WCTSP School: £24
Non WCTSP school: £30
Event Focus Categories: Pastoral
SEN / Differentiation
Teaching and Learning
Event Subject or Topic Area: Diminishing the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils
Target Audience: Staff who specialise in Disadvantaged Pupils / Pupil Premium/ Diminishing the Difference
Event Description:

This will be an ideas exchange where speakers will share strategies, tools and findings that they have found to effectively raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference between them and their peers.

One of our speakers is the Executive Head of Maiden Erlegh School, a Key Stage 4 finalist for the past two years, in the Department for Education's Pupil Premium Awards. They were KS4 South East Regional winners for the school which most effectively used the pupil premium grant to improve the life chances of disadvantaged pupils.

We will finish with a workshop session to enable group work and discussion amongst participants.


  • Emily Waddilove, Teaching & Learning Adviser (Closing the Gap), Children's Services, Wokingham Borough Council
  • Mary Davies, Executive Head of Maiden Erlegh School and NLE
  • Richard Staton, SLE for Closing the Gap and Science, Deputy Head at Bulmershe School
  • Jamie Hudson, Assistant Head at St Crispin's

Event Outcomes:
  • Share ideas and experiences of approaches to help address disadvantaged pupils' needs.
  • Provide a welcoming location for networking for Pupil Premium coordinators.
  • To expand knowledge in this area so that participants can try out effective new tools and strategies in their schools.


Course Leader 1: Emily Waddilove (Teaching & Learning Advisor)
Emily works for the Wokingham Borough Council school improvement team, with a focus on 'diminishing differences' for vulnerable pupils. Improving outcomes for disadvantaged students is one of the key priorities for the Local Authority and for schools in the borough. Emily has learnt much about the 'diminishing the differences' agenda through her work with schools which includes support for pupil premium leaders, conducting pupil premium reviews, and facilitating CPD. During the last academic year she was part of an HMI-led working group focussing on disadvantaged learners.
Course Leader 2: Mary Davies (Executive Head of Maiden Erlegh School and NLE)
Maiden Erlegh was a Key Stage 4 finalist in the Department for Education’s Pupil Premium awards for the past two years. They were the South East Regional winners for the school which most effectively used the pupil premium to improve the life chances of disadvantaged pupils.
No of Participants: 20+
Event Prerequisites: Course feedback
SPONSOR/PARTNER Wokingham Borough Council
Wokingham Borough Council