Key Points
  • Re engaging with students who were most affected by school closures to promote continuity in their learning journey
  • Designing targeted interventions that meet learners where they are and maximise the impact of resources (PEF)
  • Creating whole school approaches to identify gaps in learning and monitor children's progress
  • Harnessing out of school skills to boost pupils' confidence and improve learning outcomes
  • Overcoming barriers to participation and learning
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Professor John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Douglas Hutchinson, Director of People & Depute Chief Executive , South Ayrshire Council
  • Mairi Grant, Headteacher, Dallas Primary
  • Emily Ross, Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School
  • Gillian Reid, Headteacher, Paradykes Primary
  • Margaret Ramsay, Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School
  • Peter Bain, Headteacher, Oban High School
  • Louise Connor, Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council
  • Alison MacAulay, Senior Community Learning & Development Worker , Douglas Community Centre
  • Meg Thomas, Head of Policy and Participation, Includem
  • Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
  • Morven Snodgrass, Headteacher, Seafield Primary School
  • Liz Bain, Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

Join Holyrood Insight’s Equity in Education Digital Conference and explore how to support children to overcome the negative impact of school closures on their learning journey and improve attainment outcomes.

Hear actionable advice on how to re engage students, boosting their confidence with emotional and mental wellbeing support. Dundee City Council will share flexible approaches to respond to students’ needs, highlighting the positive effects of peer support networks.

You will gain insights from best practice of whole school approaches where staff are equipped to effectively identify gaps in children’s learning to provide tailored support options and assess progress. Hear how to design targeted interventions and measure the impact of the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) maximising its reach to those who need it most.

Help students harness out of school skills and experiences, to enhance their aspirations and progression opportunities. Hear how to overcome the challenges of connectivity and digital barriers from the unique teaching experience of in Argyll and Bute’s rural environment.

Join this digital conference to learn from collaborative strategies from schools that have partnered with other organisations to improve students’ experiences. The Cost of a School Day programme, by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland will share evidence on strategies that reduce the financial burden of school related expenses and facilitate communication to support families.


Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Extended Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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09:45 - 10:25
Identifying Gaps in Learning and Tailoring Solutions to Reach Attainment Goals

 
  • Monitoring and reporting progress on children’s skills 
  • Ensuring staff are equipped to identify and signpost children faced with a concentration of disadvantage
  • Reviewing out of school interventions that complement in school teaching
  • Supporting pupils in the transition from primary to secondary school 

10:15-10:25 Questions and Discussion

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Emily Ross Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School

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Mairi Grant Head Teacher, Dallas Primary

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10:25 - 10:55
Effective Interventions to Maximise Impact of Pupil Equity Funding

 
  • Gathering data and demonstrating impact in resource allocation 
  • Monitoring progress to measure PEF impact in children’s learning outcomes 
  • Implementing holistic assessment strategies to track improvement in numeracy and literacy skills
  • Designing effective post COVID19 interventions with staff at the centre of the recovery strategy
10:45-10:55 Questions and Discussion

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Gillian Reid Headteacher, Paradykes Primary

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10:55 - 11:25
Break

 

11:25 - 11:55
Wellbeing Approaches to Enable Continuity and Progression

 
  • Fostering social and emotional skills to boost pupil’s confidence 
  • Implementing strategic plans to support staff, ensuring continuity in pupil’s recovery
  • Re engaging with children and raising aspirations 
  • Re-connecting with families and maintaining consistent communication flows on expectations and progress 

11:45-11:55 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Margaret Ramsay Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School

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Aisling Shandley Depute Headteacher, St. Modan's Highschool

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11:55 - 12:30
A Regional Approach to Improving Learning Outcomes and Reducing the Poverty- Related Attainment Gap

 
  • Sharing information with local authorities and collaborating to maximise resources
  • Utilising local intelligence to design effective interventions 
  • Learning from local strategies and commitments to close the attainment gap

12:20-12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Douglas Hutchinson Director of People & Depute Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council

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12:30 - 13:00
Case study: Overcoming Barriers in Remote and Rural Teaching Environments

 
  • Mitigating the digital divide and ensuring equity through digital provision
  • Harnessing the skills acquired from remote teaching and learning during lockdowns  
12:50-13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Peter Bain Head Teacher, Oban High School

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Louise Connor Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council

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13:00 - 13:30
Case Study: Providing Flexible Learning Solutions that Meet Learners' Needs – Dundee City Council

 
  • Utilising flexible approaches to overcome different barriers for curriculum delivery
  • Re engaging young people through Community Learning and Development opportunities 
  • Highlighting the importance of collaboration to support the learner journey
  • Training young people to deliver peer support for mental health and wellbeing 
13:20- 13:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Alison MacAulay Senior Community Learning & Development Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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13:30 - 14:10
Lunch Break

 

14:10 - 14:40
Capturing Disengaged Students’ Voices and Embedding Their Needs in the Curriculum

 
  • Engaging with harder to reach students to target their specific needs 
  • Understanding a wide range of needs and expectations 
  • Supporting children under the threshold to avoid them falling through the gaps 
14:30-14:40 Questions and Discussion

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Meg Thomas Head of Policy and Participation, Includem

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14:40 - 15:20
Whole School Approaches to Tackling Poverty: Practical Strategies to Reduce Families' Costs and Maximise Resources

 
  • Removing cost barriers to participation and learning 
  • Talking about costs and increasing uptake of financial entitlements 
  • Covid-19 and The Cost of Learning in Lockdown 
  • Insights from schools taking Cost of the School Day approaches 
15:10-15:20 Questions and Discussion

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Liz Bain Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

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Morven Snodgrass Head Teacher, Seafield Primary School

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Sarah Spener Cost of the School Day Project Manager, CPAG

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15:20 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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End

Speakers

Liz Bain Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

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Peter Bain Head Teacher, Oban High School

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Louise Connor Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council

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Mairi Grant Head Teacher, Dallas Primary

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Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Douglas Hutchinson Director of People & Depute Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council

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Alison MacAulay Senior Community Learning & Development Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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Margaret Ramsay Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School

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Gillian Reid Headteacher, Paradykes Primary

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Emily Ross Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School

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Aisling Shandley Depute Headteacher, St. Modan's Highschool

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Morven Snodgrass Head Teacher, Seafield Primary School

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Sarah Spener Cost of the School Day Project Manager, CPAG

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Meg Thomas Head of Policy and Participation, Includem

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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