Pupil Premium Conference

This week, Su Kinney, Regional Operations Manager for Axcis and Louise Clifford, Branch Manager for Axcis Bristol went along to the Pupil Premium Conference in Bristol.


Louise Clifford, branch manager for Axcis Bristol at our stand

Louise Clifford, branch manager for Axcis Bristol at our stand

The day started with a welcome message from John Dunford and was followed by a video entitled; National Pupil Premium Champion. After which Simon Rowe, HMI spoke about the Pupil Premium. This was followed by round table discussions with Rowe and Jane Neech HMI.


After mid-morning coffee, there was a case study from Holy Family Primary School concerning what is working for them in terms of including the voice of children and staff when it comes to planning and evaluating. James Richardson, from the Education Endowment Foundation then spoke about Evidence Based Approaches to Raising Attainment before delegates broke for lunch with plenty to think about and reflect upon. After lunch there were a range of fantastic workshops on offer, they were:



  • Attendance – strategies that work to reduce absence, managed moves
  • Why the children of offenders are particularly vulnerable and how to help them
  • Self-evaluation toolkit from EEF: what strategies work best
  • Mastery learning and feedback and the right conditions for it to work
  • What works for children with Literacy difficulties – Dr Greg Brookes research on Literacy intervention
  • Building self esteem – programmes available
  • What do we know works: case studies from headteachers


On the Axcis Stand


On the Axcis stand, Su and Louise spoke to lots of delegates about how specialist SEND staffing can be an effective way of utilising a Pupil Premium allocation. Where one to one support, or group support is required, Axcis can help to find staff with the training, skills and attitude to really make a difference. When students would benefit from the support of a specialist support assistant, such as having an LSA who can sign using Makaton, or a professional trained in managing challenging behaviour – for example with Team Teach training, this is where a specialist agency like Axcis can really help.


Axcis are the foremost suppliers of SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools in the UK. We have offices nationwide and work with a range of candidates, from TAs and Teachers to Therapists and School Leaders. We believeto do well, we must do good. This philosophy is reflected in our stringent recruitment methods and strong school relationships as well as our charitable support and partnerships. We would love to hear from you if you are looking to recruit any temporary or permanent SEND staff, or seeking employment in this sector. Axcis provides quality people for day to day cover, long-term and permanent assignments. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to your needs and find you the right candidate, no matter how specialist your requirement. We consistently receive excellent feedback from candidates and clients alike (don’t just take our word for it – see the video below from one of our clients). Contact us now to be put in touch with your own personal consultant.



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