Leeds for Learning Primary & Secondary Achievement for All Conference & Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

15th March 2019


Achievement for All : Breaking Down Barriers

The 2019 Primary and Secondary Achievement for All : Breaking Down Barriers Conference will be a day of professional learning, aiming to support leaders and governors to break down the barriers and advantage disadvantaged pupils in raising attainment.  Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership and former Deputy Director of the National Education Trust is the keynote speaker and he will share his wealth of expert knowledge and experience around strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.   Guidance on how to minimise the impact of the barriers will also be explored through exciting and inspirational workshops led by local and regional schools that have had proven impact on pupils across all phases.

All of this will take place in the excellent facilities of Weetwood Hall, and will be hosted by Leeds City Council School Improvement Team and local leaders, who have a proven track record of delivering high impact professional learning.

During the Conference, Mondale Events are delighted to present an exhibition, where a range of companies and organisations catering for both Primary and Secondary Education will be displaying their products and services. This event is likely to be very popular and companies wishing to exhibit are urged to book their space as soon as possible. Please view the list of those exhibitors already participating and contact us should wish to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote your product in this marketplace.


Weetwood Hall Hotel, Otley Road Leeds LS16 5PS

Delegates are requested to register using the register button to the left of this page.

Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and, in the event of a workshop being full, delegates will be asked to choose an alternative. The full day delegate cost for this conference is £210 for SLA schools and £240 for non-SLA schools which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Book one place and bring a second delegate for half price: £105 for SLA schools and £120 for non-SLA schools.

Governors with the responsibility of Closing the Gap and Diminishing the difference are invited to attend until 11.25am at a cost of £60 to hear the keynote speech.

Schools will be invoiced directly from Leeds City Council following registration on this site.


The following workshops will be running and can be selected on the booking form.

1A) Improving Attendance in Secondary

John Zeb, Senior Vice Principal, Leeds West Academy, White Rose Academies Trust and Oliver Brady, Deputy Head, South Hunsley Academy 

South Hunsley School is an outstanding school that has maintained student attainment consistently in the top 5% nationally for the past 5 years. The school has won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2014 and 2017, based on the consistent high attainment of its Pupil Premium cohort. This has led to the development of a successful SSIF project that, based around building and supporting an explicit link between attendance and attainment, is working with a number of schools in the region to support improvements in Pupil Premium performance.

Day: Friday
Time: 11:25 am
Duration: 1 Hour

1B) Wellbeing and supporting parents in the EY

Clara Granville, Learning Improvement

Improving outcomes for and meeting the needs of disadvantage learners in the Early Years through parental engagement and supporting mental wellbeing. A look at strategies and practices which impact on provision for our youngest disadvantaged learners.

Day: Friday
Time: 11:25 am
Duration: 1 Hour

1C) EAL/ BME (Primary)

Joanne Marshall, AHT, Harehills Primary School 

The leaders from Harehills Primary school will share their successful approaches to tackling barriers that families new to the country face. This includes families from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) communities and many new to English and new to school pupils. Hear how the school have used their pupil premium funding to fund an experienced and skilled Pastoral Hub team dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the children.

Day: Friday
Time: 11:25 am
Duration: 1 Hour

2A) Raising Aspiration and Expectations, Reducing Prejudice - School cultures and practices: supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils (Mainly Primary, other phases welcome)

Louise Booth HT and James Lillywhite AHT, Beeston Hill St Luke’s Primary School 

This workshop is based on the recent DfE report which adds another piece to a growing jigsaw about meeting the needs of disadvantaged learners. The research provides an in-depth analysis of a set of school cultures and practices that existing research has linked to positive outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. These cultures and practices range from how schools support parents’ and pupils’ aspirations and expectations, to the way in which they use data and evidence to monitor outcomes and how they respond to the latest developments in research. Beeston Hill St Luke’s was part of this research and the leadership team will share how they create a culture that supports high attainment for all children.

Day: Friday
Time: 1:10 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

2B) Ensuring consistent quality of teaching/insufficient focus on disadvantaged in schools or settings (Primary & Secondary)

John Hutchinson HT, St Therea’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Erica Hiorns, School Improvement adviser

Having a growth mindset, resilience and good strategies for learning can ensure that a child succeeds. Hear how the leadership team at St Theresa’s RC Primary have developed a whole school approach so that all children consistently achieve well.   Erica will then share how a knowledge based curriculum support disadvantaged pupils.

Day: Friday
Time: 1:10 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

3B) Encouraging Parents to Engage in Learning (Primary and Secondary)

Bracken Edge Primary School and Batley Girls’ High School

Challenging Poverty of Aspiration: Practical strategies to engage parents and build parental and community partnership. Building a culture of aspiration in order to secure progress and outcomes. Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with better academic outcomes. This is particularly important for disadvantaged learners. Bracken Edge Primary School and Batley Girls’ High School will share how their parent workshops help families to support their children and increase confidence with all aspects of school life.

Day: Friday
Time: 2:25 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

Event Speakers

Marc Rowland

Marc Rowland

Marc is currently working with the Jersey government on the introduction of a ‘Jersey Pupil Premium’. He is also the co-author of the Essex LA funded Pupil Premium self-evaluation toolkit and has worked with North Yorkshire, Essex, Sheffield, Hampshire, Suffolk, Swindon, Warwickshire LAs, and a number of high profile Multi Academy Trusts, on year-long projects to support better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Marc has also worked with the Department for Education and over 300 individual schools to support them with their strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. He has spoken to approximately 8,000 school leaders at conferences on Pupil Premium, from Northumberland to Cornwall. Over the past four years, Marc has worked with Rosendale on two major school-based research projects on Lesson Study and Metacognition and is now working as Pupil Premium Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership. The second edition of Marc’s award-winning book, ‘An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium’, was published in December 2015 (John Catt Educational). His latest book ‘Learning without Labels’ was also published by John Catt in March 2017. Marc has also contributed to a number of other publications, such as ‘Great Expectations’, edited by David Bartram OBE, and ‘Spotlight on Disadvantage’ from the National Governors Association. Marc is an education adviser to the Driftwood Association, a charitable association funding small scale projects in Nepal and was Director of Policy and Research for the National Education Trust from 2007 to 2017.
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Event Exhibitors

2Simple Software
Creative Play
Edenfield Training
Exa Networks
Leeds City Council 0-19 School Improvement Team
Mable Therapy
National Online Safety
Oxford University Press
Scanning Pens
School ICT Services
Streetscape Products & Services
Talk the Talk
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
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