Pat Dubas, College associate and Principal, The Samworth Enterprise Academy
Chris Wheatley, Headteacher, Candleby Lane School
Are you an existing academy or currently converting to academy status and also considering sponsoring other academies? This workshop will explore the criteria and purpose of sponsorship, and the organisational structures and resources that support the sponsoring of a number of academies over time. You’ll have the opportunity to consider the capacity issues, the skills required to enable change management as part of the sponsorship programme, and sustainability. You’ll also be able to find out more about the overall process of sponsorship.
Paul Bennett, Director, Primary School Leadership, National College
Richard Middlebrook, Headteacher, Alsager School, Stoke-on-Trent
Andrew Carter, Headteacher, South Farnham School, Surrey
The specialist leaders of education (SLE) programme is a new and exciting development in school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. Based on senior and middle leaders supporting senior and middle leaders, the role recognises the important contribution that such leaders are already making in system-wide improvement. Teaching schools are responsible for the recruitment, designation and deployment of SLEs and have designated over 1,000 in the first year of the programme. This workshop will enable you to learn more about the SLE role from two perspectives: the individual SLE and the teaching school, highlighting the benefits for both. You’ll be able to reflect on and discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the role before putting questions to the presenters.
Steve Williams, Headteacher, Kelsall Community Primary School, Cheshire and Local Leader of Education
Dave Wearing, Deputy Headteacher, Kelsall Community Primary School
Dr Harry Ziman, Chair of Governors, Kelsall Community Primary School and Chair of the Cheshire West and Chester Association of Governing Bodies and a National Leader of Governance
The workshop will give you the opportunity to hear from and question senior leaders from a primary school about their experience of the OfSTED inspection framework introduced this year. You’ll be able to share their experiences and offer your own suggestions about how to get the best from the inspection process.
Pam Mundy, National College Lead associate
Maxine Roberts, National College Regional associate
Hazel Davies, Head of Centre, Leatherhead Trinity School and Children’s Centre
Outreach and family support work is the foundation on which children’s centres successfully deliver the best outcomes for the families and communities they serve. The Department for Education (DfE) has given a high profile to this work and, in order to inform future practice, has commissioned three children’s centre practitioners as outreach system leaders to work supra-regionally alongside outreach and family support workers to research and build a strong evidence base around what makes outreach and family support effective.
Early findings show that there is much innovative and exciting work going on and that outreach and family support really is the glue that holds services together for vulnerable and troubled families. The research shows evidence of a new form of system leadership emerging, with outreach and family support workers, health workers, voluntary and community workers all sharing leadership responsibilities.
This workshop will explore the research findings and give you an opportunity to respond to and add to the evidence, and shape the future of this important work.
Jane Reed, Consultant, coach and researcher and visiting fellow at The Institute of Education, London
Rosemary Bailey, St Vigor and St John Primary School, Somerset
Sian Davies, Malorees Infant School, Brent
Kathy Maskell, Limeside Primary School, Oldham
This workshop aims to share the outcomes of a five-year collaborative enquiry into learning and change in three outstanding but very different English primary schools. Like any school leader on the brink or in the midst of significant organisational change, those involved in the project have re-visited fundamental questions:
The project promotes the concept of the ‘adventurous school’, where the primary focus is to enable children to know and feel in relationship with themselves, each other, their family and the world; to know they can become an author of their life as well as an actor in it.
This workshop will outline how three ordinary, successful schools are changing their script; they are learning to tell a different story of what they are about and creating new models for education in the process. The Adventurous School will be published by The Institute of Education, London in the Summer of 2012.
David Crossley, Independent education consultant specialising in leadership and strategy, strategic lead and adviser for the development and implementation of the Inspirational Schools Partnership for the UK based Tribal Group
Jay Steele, Associate Superintendent for High Schools Metro Nashville Public Schools plus colleagues.
Enabling all young people to achieve their potential is a common goal shared by both educators and the United States and UK governments. It is the how that we are less clear and more divided about. The Metro Nashville School District in Tennessee has opted for an innovative solution for all of its high schools that integrates college and career readiness in its goals and curriculum, seeking to develop 21st century skills in all its students and to deliver on high stakes conventional tests too. It’s an approach that aims to create next generation learners ready for success wherever they go, and to jump start the college and career experience.
This workshop will explore both the model and its implementation and take stock of what has been learned, challenges and progress to date. It will include reflections from US principals, teachers and students.
Gerard Kelly, Editor TES Magazine
Harriet Jones, University of East Anglia
Suzy Alderson, AQA
Changes to A levels will affect schools from September 2014 with first exams in 2016.
Take part in an AQA sponsored debate and hear different views on the current system and how the future shape of A levels will change things for a new generation of students.
Brent Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of Hull, professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne, special professor at the University of Nottingham and faculty member of the Centre on Educational Governance at the University of Southern California
This plenary session will focus on how we move from the present pre-occupation with succession planning, with its focus on preparing people for current roles, to developing a ‘talent pool' of highly motivated and able staff for new roles in schools of the future. It will consider how we define staff talent, how we develop talent and how we deploy talent in schools for future success and provide new insights into developing talent for outstanding schools. This presentation will be based on the book ‘Talent Management in Education'. (Brent Davies & Barbara J Davies, Sage 2011).
Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for education and special adviser on education policy to OECD’s secretary-general
School leaders can make a difference in school and student performance if they are granted autonomy to make important decisions. In high performing education systems as measured by PISA, school leaders adapt teaching programs to local needs, promote teamwork among teachers, and engage in teacher monitoring, evaluation and professional development. They have discretion in setting strategic direction and are able to develop school plans and goals and monitor progress, using data to improve practice. They are also able to influence teacher recruitment to improve the match between candidates and their school’s needs. The presentation summarizes OECD research on these issues.
Liz Quinn, Principal, The Stourport High School & VI Form Centre
Tracy Ruddle, Executive Headteacher, Corngreaves Primary School
David Carter, Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation
This mini-plenary brings together three successful school leaders to reflect on their different leadership journeys. They’ll talk about the challenges they’ve all faced and the things that they have realised are important about leadership as they have progressed through their careers. David Carter, Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation, will focus on ‘changing gear as the journey gets steeper and learning to sit in the passenger seat as well as the cockpit’; Liz Quinn, Principal, The Stourport High School & VI Form Centre, will share her ten top tips for surviving the first ten years of headship; and finally Tracy Ruddle, Executive Headteacher, Corngreaves Primary School, will share her own model of leadership, Grow - gain knowledge; reach out to others; open your world; and walk towards wisdom.
Anne McCormick, Headteacher, Queens Park Academy, Bedford
Pat Dubas, College associate and Principal, The Samworth Enterprise Academy
Are you considering academy status either as an individual school or as part of a cluster of schools? This workshop will provide the opportunity to gain an insight into what conversion to academy status might mean for you and your school, focusing on: the process, including decision making, options available and the key considerations regarding governance; the funding structures and income streams; and the organisational and delivery freedoms and advantages.
Liam Nolan NLE, Headteacher, Perry Beeches Secondary School
Shaun Dellenty, Deputy Headteacher, Alfred Salter Primary School
Chris Gibbons, Senior Education Officer
Homophobic bullying is almost endemic in schools and impacts profoundly on young people’s well being and academic attainment. The Coalition government has made tackling this a priority in the Schools White Paper and cites strong leadership as key. Alongside this, the new Ofsted framework looks explicitly for evidence of how schools will meet the needs of all groups, with a specific emphasis on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual pupils.
In this workshop you will hear why leadership is key to tackling this issue and how getting it right can lead to significant whole school improvement, including increased attendance and performance for pupils. The workshop will give you the opportunity to explore your understanding of the issues, learn from current best practice and begin to develop strategies for how you can develop a conducive climate for excellent performance in your own schools.
Vicky Beer, NLE and Headteacher, Ashton on Mersey Teaching School, Trafford
Dame Sue John, NLE and Headteacher, Lampton Teaching School, Hounslow
This workshop will give you an overview of both the London and Greater Manchester legacy strategies, post City Challenge, so that you can reflect with colleagues in your locality on the potential to develop a school–led system.
Both areas now have a school-led infrastructure for school improvement and an offer to support all schools. The essence of the offer is underpinned by quality assured school to school support and a conviction that all schools having something to offer.
Andy Brown, Headteacher, West View Primary School
Amanda Baines, Headteacher, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School
John Hardy, Headteacher, St John Vianney Primary School
Led by headteachers, this workshop will examine how Hartlepool, currently the 24th most deprived local authority in England and Wales, achieved the seventh most improved pupil attainment in 2011.
Against a background of declining capacity in the local authority (LA) and the move towards a self-improving school led system, this workshop will draw on three case studies to explore how Hartlepool has used a number of approaches to build leadership capacity. Practical examples will include: the development of a teaching schools alliance that contains 90% of local authority schools, all cross phase, with the LA as a strategic partner and an LA officer seconded as project manager; and a formal collaboration of headteachers who have formed a limited company to deliver services. By sharing their journey you’ll have the opportunity to form tangible ideas that can be transferred to your own setting.
Robert Hill, Robert Hill Consulting
Dr Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive, Harris Federation
David Carter, Executive Principal, Cabot Learning Federation
Nicola Shipman, Executive Headteacher, Fox Hill and Monteney Primary Federation
Chains of academies are becoming increasingly important players and a significant feature of the education landscape in England, educating hundreds of thousands of pupils.
Research recently published by the National College looked at the growth of academy chains and the implications of this for leadership and leadership development.
Robert Hill will introduce this workshop with a look at how chains of sponsored and converting academies are evolving. This will be followed by a discussion with three leaders of chains around implications for leadership and the wider school landscape.
Richard Ware, Headteacher, Fairfield Special School, Kirklees
Karen Baxter, Head of School, Priory (PRU) Centre, Wakefield
Martin Green, National College associate, Yorkshire and Humber
Helen Allcott, Headteacher, Hazel Lodge Pupil Referral Unit, North Humberside
Special school and PRU leaders can have a limited voice, yet are vital in providing for our most vulnerable children.
This workshop will consider how networks for special school and PRU leaders have been established. Following an initial presentation, table discussions will explore:
Andrew Chubb, Principal, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull
This year’s Annual Leadership Conference has been chosen for the national launch of Modern Baccalaureate, a new charitable trust which enables school leaders to support and celebrate the whole education of young people, and the rounded accreditation of knowledge, skills and experience.
Modern Baccalaureate is an attempt to: explore the fertile ground between the pursuit of knowledge and the application of knowledge and skills in real life contexts; shine a light on the best practice that already exists within British schools and the wider community; close the gap between the workplace and the classroom; and, in so doing, help learners of all abilities to exceed expectations against any performance measure.
Modern Baccalaureate is currently aimed at secondary schools, but provision for primary schools is nearing completion and will be released later this year.
Bob Garneau leads the Alberta Ministry of Education’s initiative to develop a school leadership framework
In a 2011 speech to Canada’s Parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned that Alberta schools routinely rank higher than those of any other English-speaking jurisdiction on international tests of educational competence. Despite this reputation for excellence, Alberta’s education system is undergoing a profound transformation, with significant implications for the practice of school leaders. Dr. Garneau’s presentation will outline the school leadership challenges and opportunities facing Alberta’s education system over the next decade, similar to those in other Western jurisdictions, and the innovative ways Alberta’s education stakeholders and government are collaborating to address them.
Dr. Garneau has led the Department of Education initiative to develop the Alberta School Leadership Framework, in collaboration with Alberta’s education sector stakeholder organizations and post-secondary institutions, for the past six years.
Charlie Taylor, Expert adviser on behaviour, Department for Education
Charlie Taylor will discuss his recent reviews of alternative provision and attendance, and the implications they have for school leaders. He will discuss his role in putting improving behaviour at the heart of the Department for Education’s output, including work on initial teacher training, mental health services to schools and his behaviour checklist.
Ben Walden, Senior associate at Olivier Mythodrama
Getting the right things done in organisations requires shrewd use of power, politics and influence. Individuals equipped with political intelligence are better placed to achieve both personal and organisational goals. Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s most political play and offers surprisingly modern insights into how to manage tough political dilemmas. The programme draws on lessons from four powerful leaders: Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Antony. It provides a platform for leaders to assess their abilities around power and influence, and the opportunity to practise new skills to better equip themselves for the future. In this session, Ben Walden, senior associate at Olivier Mythodrama, will examine how to take the initiative, how to mobilise successful coalitions to make a positive difference, and how to identify the sources of power both for us and against us. He will also look at the different elements of influence which need to be applied both internally and externally to ensure success.
School business manager (SBM) advocates
Join this drop in session with our school business manager advocates to plumb their experience of a range of issues and challenges that you may be facing in your own school, including:
Sponsored by EdisonLearning Ltd
Helen Todd, Achievement Adviser, EdisonLearning Ltd
Nicola Sayers, Headteacher, Woodvale Primary School, Northampton
The Quality Framework for Learning and Teaching is an innovative way of enabling teachers to improve their own practice whilst understanding how this contributes to school targets for learning and teaching. The workshop will provide an overview of the rationale, structure and implementation of the Quality Framework in a continuous programme. Headteachers, principals and other senior leaders are invited to see how monitoring and evaluation of learning and teaching links to distributed leadership. Current users say, “It’s detailed, very clear and makes us want to be part of the observation process”.
Chris Horne, Senior Educational Specialist
Apple products inspire creativity and hands-on learning with features you won't find anywhere else. And they're easy to integrate into your curriculum. Once you do, you'll see teaching and learning in a whole new way.
Apple devices offer an informal and attractive approach to ICT in the classroom, where technology supports personalised, flexible, independent learning, and reflects the shift to mobile devices in the wider world. Whatever students can imagine, these devices can help them express it.
As an Apple Solution Expert for Education, RM Education has proven expertise on the different ways you can use Apple's software and mobile technology to engage and inspire your students. Join us for a seminar to find out more.
Nick Fuller, Head of Education, LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games)
Join the London 2012 Head of Education and a teacher from a Get Set network member school to find out how you can make the most of the opportunities on offer through Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme. The Games will be just a month away but there are still lots of ways to get involved - the session will include interactive activities focusing on London 2012 World Sport Day, the Olympic Torch Relay, and the Paralympic Games, which continue into early September 2012. Delegates will also be challenged to consider how they can create a London 2012 Games legacy in their school.
Sponsored by PWC
Achievement for All is a tailored school improvement framework, delivered in partnership with leaders, teachers, parents, pupils and support professionals, which aims to raise the aspirations, access and achievement of pupils with SEND. A two-year pilot has demonstrated unprecedented impact for pupils with SEND who progressed faster on average than all pupils nationally in English and Maths. This workshop will give you all the information you need on how your school can get involved.
Marsha Brown, School Business Manager Advocate
Husham Khan, School Business Manager Advocate
In austere times and with school budgets firmly in the spotlight, how do you save money and keep the focus on school improvement at the same time?
This thought provoking seminar will help you to gain a deeper understanding of school partnerships and collaborations and the potential benefits of working together to drive down costs and drive improvement. The seminar will look in detail at how a skilled school business manager can work across several schools to implement significant cost savings as well as meeting key requirements of the new Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), such as collaboration and improving the use of resources.
David Hudson, Headteacher, Wickersley School and Sports College
Phil Marshall, Consultant Headteacher
Liz Ruston, Consultant Headteacher
The Rotherham School Improvement Partnership (RoSIP) embraces all Rotherham schools and 0-19 settings and incorporates partner schools from five other local authorities. It leads the work of the local professional community across initial teacher training, CPD, succession planning and school improvement through strategic planning and collaborative investment.
The partnership is headteacher inspired and led and coordinates the contributions of teaching school alliances, national leaders of education, local leaders of education and specialist leaders of education to ensure system change benefits learners in Rotherham and the partner institutions.
This seminar will explain how the partnership has been built and resourced, share its objectives and working protocols and provide examples of the successes achieved for children. It will appeal to all leaders who are committed to working in collaboration and particularly those who wish to explore how schools can secure equity, coherence and cohesion across local school systems and communities.
Simon Rea, Isos Partnership
Jo Cottrell, Headteacher, Halterworth Primary School
John Cornally, Headteacher, Blessed Thomas Halford Catholic College
Closing gaps in attainment has been a goal for school leaders and policymakers alike for many years. Yet the gaps between children eligible for free school meals and their peers have narrowed only slightly at KS2 and KS4.
Twenty national leaders of education (NLE) and two teaching school alliances are currently working on an action research project exploring leadership strategies to close the gap. This fringe seminar will draw on learning from the project and explore the research evidence and practical strategies, including an input from two practitioners.
Sponsored by Best Practice Network
At this seminar, primary and secondary headteachers of outstanding schools will present examples of their work with neighbouring schools as part of Best Practice Network’s Outstanding Schools Partnerships. As well as providing high quality education to their own pupils, the headteachers and other senior leaders are supporting others to achieve outstanding status, especially for the quality of teaching. They are also supporting schools to become teaching schools. The presenters will show examples of the programmes they run for their own staff and those in other schools and talk about their approaches to delivering effective staff development that makes a real difference.
Professor Louise Stoll, London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Teresa Tunnadine, Headteacher, The Compton School
Pete Maunder, Headteacher, Oldway Primary School
With the quality of leadership centre stage in the new Ofsted framework, it has never been more important for schools to know how to spot and grow leadership potential so they get the best from all their staff.
This fringe session will look at recent research from the National College into how highly effective schools and partnerships identify potential leaders and ‘grow them’ through a range of strategies. Two headteachers will outline their practical approaches, leading into a discussion about next steps you can take in your school.
Sponsored by PWC
When young people leave school at post A-level, many are unaware of the full range of employment options available to them. One choice is a Higher Apprenticeship, which develops broad business skills and provides young people with a route to high-skills roles in exciting organisations and sectors. Higher Apprenticeships also allow young people to gain a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to the first stages of Higher Education. In this workshop, PwC, with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), will explore what Higher Apprenticeships can offer post A-level school leavers and consider the benefits of choosing the Higher Apprenticeships route.
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