Identifying and providing support for More and Most Able pupils is still a challenge many schools face, with high existing teaching workloads often preventing the development of cohesive support for many More Able students. As schools still play catch up from the Covid-19 pandemic, stretching the minds and potential of high attainers has often fallen behind as a priority for senior leadership teams. Through securing whole-school buy-in, improving teacher pedagogy and forming collaborative links with other schools and educational organisations, school leaders and teachers can provide the interventions and inspiration necessary to allow Most Able pupils to thrive.

  • There were over 35,000 high learning potential children in England struggling with mental health issues in 2022, much of which was caused by inappropriate educational provision
  • 10% of children with High Learning Potential face significant personal hurdles
  • In 2019, 44% of schools needed change to their provision for ‘more able’ learners, with the vast majority requiring more challenge (60%+) and/or more progress (26%+)

(Potential Plus UK, 2022)

Join us at the Most Able Pupils Conference 2023 to hear the latest best practice and guidance from leading school experts and teachers working to motivate and support Most Able pupils across primary and secondary schools. Engage with a series of hand-picked case studies showcasing practical measures to incorporate Most Able provision into existing teacher workloads, support Most Able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and effectively identify higher attaining students. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the education sector to discuss challenges you face in reviewing and tracking the progress of Most Able pupils.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest guidance and tips for driving the academic potential of Most Able pupils
✓ Gain practical insights into creating and pioneering a whole-school approach to supporting Most Able pupils
✓ Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies to monitor and improve the progress and attainment of Most Able pupils
✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

This is a live event taking place online:

 Access a full live event with 8 hours of CPD points from home
 Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
 Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
 Review event materials and presentations post-event
 Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Police & Criminal Justice, and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Welcome Address

    Dr. Keith Watson, NACE Curriculum Development Director, Associate and Challenge Award Assessor, National Association for Able Children in Education (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Developing a Successful Whole-School Approach to Support Most Able Pupils

    • Research findings using data from the National Pupil Database and the COSMO longitudinal study to explore the progress during secondary school of pupils with the same grades on entry, but different socio-economic backgrounds, and shows the extent to which pathways diverge at this age
    • Advice on staff responsibilities and interventions to support highly able students from a socio-economically disadvantaged background
    • Stories from students from disadvantaged backgrounds regarding their progressions through secondary school
    • Recommendations for identifying highly able pupils and interventions to ensure they continue to achieve highly throughout education

    Erica Holt-White, Senior Research and Policy Officer, The Sutton Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Insights into Identifying and Supporting High Potential Learners with Additional Needs

    • Definition and understanding of learners with both high learning potential and other additional needs
    • Characteristics to aid identification: intellectual strengths, academic difficulties, emotional indicators, behavioural issues
    • The framework for support
    • The impact of working in positive partnership with parents

    Julie Taplin, CEO, Potential Plus UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Incorporating Interventions for More Able Pupils into Existing Teacher Workloads

    • Allocating a More Able pupil lead to be the point of contact and support for subject teachers and heads of departments
    • Implementing faculty co-ordinators to identify and share key strategies and interventions for More Able pupils with subject teachers
    • Driving independent learning in the classroom for More Able pupils to alleviate pressure on teacher workload
    • Liaising across a network of specialist roles to reduce the burden on individual teachers to support More Able pupils

    Mrs C Crowther, Lead Teacher, More Able, Gifted and Talented, Greenbank High School (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Holistic Approaches to Improving Outcomes for Most Able Pupils

    • Successful in and out of classroom approaches to stretch the minds of most able pupils
    • Techniques for engaging parents of most able pupils to drive ongoing learning
    • Tools for employing keen evaluation of most able strategies

    Deborah Carrick, Head of Art & Photography, More Able Coordinator (Senior School), Associate Assistant Principal: Higher Performance Learning, Ewell Castle School (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Delivering a Wrap-Around Approach to Support Pupils with SEND to Achieve Scholarships

    Lydia McRandal, Head of Learning Enrichment/SENCO, Greenfield School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Breakout Networking: Using Data to Monitor and Measure the Progress of Most Able Pupils: Sharing Tips and Resources

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in tracking the development and outcomes of Most Able pupils, sharing tools amongst your peers. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Keynote: Pedagogical Approaches to Drive the Academic Progress of More Able Pupils

    • Sharing the three guiding principles for delivering useful and efficient feedback to Most Able pupils
    • Guidance on moving from differentiation to high-quality, adaptive teaching to get the most out of More Able pupils
    • Pioneering cognitive challenge: pedagogical approaches to stimulate More Able thinkers

    Dr. Keith Watson, NACE Curriculum Development Director, Associate and Challenge Award Assessor, National Association for Able Children in Education (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Developing a Multi-Agency Service to Improve the Outcomes of Most Able Pupils

    • Lancashire context including our TASS model (Team Around Schools and Settings)
    • More Able CPD provision, networks and steering group
    • The quality of education for more able pupils in Lancashire

    Andy Pearson, Science and Learning and Teaching Consultant, Lancashire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Collaborating Across Schools and Local Stakeholders to Stretch Most Able Pupils

    Darren Lynch, Closing the Gap Achievement Leader, MAT Coordinator, Leader of Construction, Idris Davies School Wales (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in primary and secondary schools.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Voluntary Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

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  • Public Sector Rate::  £449.00+VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £379.00+VAT+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: £649.00+VAT+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos On Demand

✓ 12-Months FREE Access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of Exclusive Case Study Focused Videos and Articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ New Uploads Each Month