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A Different Take on Disadvantage Conference

Friday, March 22, 2024 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sean Harris is an expert on the impact of poverty on our pupils. He has a different approach to tackling disadvantage using research-informed approaches to curriculum design with poverty and disadvantage in mind.

Keynote: The ‘P Word’
During his keynote Sean will work with you to consider:

  • The common misconceptions and mental models about poverty in our schools
  • Look at what research says about poverty currently in our contexts
  • Practical and actionable approaches to further understanding poverty in our settings
  • Practical and actionable strategies to develop poverty informed practice in our settings.

Workshop: Crafting curriculum with poverty in mind – Sean Harris

  • Poverty and curriculum research and its implication for our curriculum design and intent
  • Research informed approaches to tackling poverty through curriculum planning & design
  • Case study research reflections from a SHINE funded curriculum project in the Tees on this topic
  • Actionable and practical tools to take back into settings to work with curriculum/phase leaders.

Sean Harris is a doctoral researcher with Teesside University investigating the ways in which system leaders can help to address poverty and educational inequality in schools. He is also a trust improvement leader at Tees Valley Education, an all-through multi-academy trust serving communities in the North East of England.

Workshop: So what does this look like in practice? – Anna Carter
The afternoon session will be led by Anna Carter. Anna is Education Team Co-Lead
Trust Lead for Curriculum and Professional Learning, Northamptonshire Primary Academy Trust, NPAT, and Delivery Partner Lead for Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub.

Anna has worked with Sean and his research, putting the theory into practice. Their aim is to have a positive impact in raising attainment in disadvantage across 14 primary schools.

Anna will share their experiences of creating a multilayered approach involving pastoral and community work, alongside teacher education and effective teaching. She will explore examples of where the trust is seeing a difference, and the challenges involved.

This will be an active session and there will be opportunities to work with different colleagues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with Sean and Anna to develop your understanding of disadvantage, poverty informed practice and curriculum, and how to move beyond the pupil premium.

Conference Schedule
8:30am – 9:00am: Arrival and coffee
9:00am – Welcome
9:15am – 10:30am: Keynote – Sean Harris
10:30am – 11:00am: Coffee
11:00am – 12:30pm: Workshop – Sean Harris
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Workshop – Anna Carter

Each member school has two free places.


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Event Details


Friday, March 22, 2024


8:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT
2 per person
Member Price


The King's Centre, 63-75 King Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1PH United Kingdom

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