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Day 1 - November 13, 2019













    • 10:30 - 11:00
      Learning Progressions and the English Curriculum: Using Data to Support Effective Curriculum Development
      Lyndsay Bawden,
      Trust Wide Subject Lead, David Ross Education Trust
      Tamsin Moore,
      Project Manager, Renaissance UK
      • Putting reading data at the heart of lesson planning and decision making at classroom and trust level within David Ross Education Trust
      • A Sequenced English curriculum designed to strategically tackle the attainment gap and meet the individual needs of students
      • Understanding the world’s first empirically validated learning progression developed by curriculum experts at NFER, Renaissance Star Assessments

      Session sponsored by Renaissance Learning

    • 12:00 - 12:30
      Civic Leadership – The Civic Role of School Trusts
      Leora Cruddas,
      CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
      • Why schools and trusts need to be part of a community which is engaged, supportive and shares objectives
      • How larger trusts can use their capability and capacity to act with other civic partners, as large employers in an area
      • How smaller trusts can work with their local authority to advance education as a public good in their community
      • Exploring the new narrative around civic partnerships and civic leadership against the background of deep economic and social changes happening today
    • 12:50 - 13:20
      Ofsted Summary Evaluations: Changing the Way Multi-Academy Trusts are Evaluated
      Matthew Purves,
      Deputy Director, Schools, Ofsted
      • Exploring the recent updates to the Ofsted Inspection Framework and the impact that this will have on Multi-Academy Trusts
      • Examining how summary evaluations will be carried out including telephone surveys, on-site visits to individual academies within a MAT and an on-site visit with MAT leaders
      • Understanding how summary evaluations will clarify the role a MAT plays in school improvement by using a combination of academy inspections and head office inspections
      • Highlighting how MAT Summary Evaluations will explore how trusts create and implement policies through evaluating the impact they have on teaching and learning provisions
    • 13:40 - 14:10
      The Infinite Monkey Cage: Creating a MAT Improvement Model that doesn’t inhibit Growth
      Warren Carratt,
      CEO, Nexus Multi Academy Trust

      The session will:

      • Explore some of the tensions in the current policy environment
      • Explore the tension between the expectations of a MAT and a school’s desire for autonomy
      • Outline the possible next phase of MAT growth
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      Moving MATs Forward: The Power of Governance
      Sam Henson,
      Director of Policy and Information, National Governance Association
      • Is the role of trust members in MATs currently concentrating power in the hands of a small amount of individuals?
      • Is school improvement best served by geographically dispersed MATs?
      • Should growing MATs above a certain sixe be discouraged?
      • What are the implications of the changing role of school leaders in Mats and how might these work best?

      Session hosted by National Governance Association

    • 15:30 - 16:00
      From Failing to Outstanding – Evelyn Street Primary’s Story
      Louise Smith,
      CEO, Warrington Primary Academy Trust

      This session will look at how Evelyn Street Primary went from poor inspections results to achieving Outstanding and their approach to:

      • Expectations
      • Progress & Attainment
      • Working as a ‘cohesive unit to drive improvement’
      • Pupils’ personal development
      • Developing and maintaining creative partnerships, driving an enrichment of wider school experience
      • Tailored support packages for children and families


    • 10:00 - 10:20
      Looking at the Future of SEND Provision
      Alex Grady,
      Education Development Officer, nasen
      • An overview of current policy and the interaction between local authorities, schools and children’s health services on SEND
      • Overview of the Government’s plans for rolling out ‘7 aspects of engagement’ approach in 2020
      • Replacing P scales 1 to 4: timeframe for turnaround and new requirements
      • The Rochford Review and beyond: looking to the future for SEND pupils
      • Reviewing the Department of Education’s pilot report: strengths and weaknesses
      • Evaluating the future challenges and opportunities for SEND provision in England
    • 10:40 - 11:00
      Redditch Early Years Language Class: Creating Innovative SEND Interventions
      Sarah Wykes,
      SENCO Lead, Batchley First School
      Matt Whiteley,
      Headteacher, Batchley First School
      • Setting up an outstanding and cost effective service for young children with learning difficulties and Speech and Language difficulties
      • Enabling 90% children to go to school on School SEN Support, minimising requirement for enhanced support or Education Health Care plans
      • Creating ‘Batchley Boat’ in order to offer cost price training and network groups to nurseries which were unable to afford the support for their children
      • Offering additional support to parents through facebook groups (Batchley Nursery Plus Families) and the school website
    • 11:30 - 11:50
      Session sponsored by Gain Focus
      Anton Peruga,
      Managing Director, Gain Focus
    • 12:10 - 12:30
      Case Study: Supporting Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
      Steve Baker,
      Executive Headteacher, Kilgarth School
      • How the brain develops over time and what influence this has on behaviours and learning
      • The impact of threat on our behaviours and the importance of positive relationships
      • How to use non-confrontational approaches to modify behaviour over the long term
    • 13:00 - 13:20
      Case Study: Using Assistive Technology to Support Students with SLCN
      Nick Goodman,
      Principal, Frewen College
      • A look at Frewen College, a specialist speech and language school
      • Ensuring that all staff are trained to use the technology for maximum impact
      • How the right technology can reduce workload and improve outcomes for students
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      High Needs: How Robotics Can Fill the Gaps
      Morten Jacobsen,
      Teacher & Technology Scout, Skolen ved Nordens Plads, Denmark
      • A look at how other countries are investing in revolutionary technology to improve inclusivity
      • Enabling children to attend school without leaving home
      • How can we utilize pre-existing solutions to benefit children with SEN?
      • How do we make the transition from fixed to growth mindset?
    • 14:40 - 15:00
      How can Teaching Staff Improve Communication among Students with Autism?
      Dr Lila Kossyvaki,
      Lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, University of Birmingham
      • What is autism and what are the main four areas people with autism have difficulties in?
      • How can teaching staff interact with students with autism in order to improve their communication?
      • How can teaching staff set up the school/classroom environment so that students with autism communicate more?
    • 15:20 - 15:50
      Practical Approaches of SEND Funding and Value for Money
      Karen Wespieser,
      Director of Operations, Driver Youth Trust
      Richard Selfridge,
      Drive for Literacy Facilitator, Driver Youth Trust
      • High Needs Funding arrangements: reviewing options for local authorities and institutions for 2019-2020
      • Accessing resources and training your workforce: making faster, better SEND diagnoses
      • Explore how to measure value for money of SEND provision across your school’s interventions to ensure SEND funding is maximized
      • Evaluate how to maximise outcomes in your SEND leadership structure to ensure clear accountability in learning outcomes
      • What is the future of SEND funding?



    • 10:40 - 11:00
      The New Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy
      Emma Hubball,
      Head of Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy Team, Department for Education
      • The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy: an update on policy and guidance
      • Leadership and management: how can head teachers create the right accountability system for staff
      • The Supportive School: creating a culture of mentorship and shared responsibility in a climate of disruptive or challenging pupil behaviour
    • 11:30 - 11:50
      Professional Development through School Governance
      Hannah Stolton,
      CEO, Governors for Schools
      • What skills do governors need as a result of being on a board?
      • Strategic planning; Leading; Persuading or influencing others; Confidence
      • How can we support them in this development?
    • 12:10 - 12:30
      A Practical Guide to Leading Mental Health in your School
      Julie Sadler,
      Headteacher, St Andrew's College
      • Assessing the impacts of good mental health on all stakeholders within educational settings eg. leadership and management, governance, all staff, pupils, families and external agencies
      • Launching the St Andrew’s Quality Mark and offering specialist training in other educational institutions
      • Providing a structure based on St Andrew’s Healthcare outcomes and the Ofsted framework
      • Quality Mark training, assessment and accreditation
    • 13:00 - 13:20
      Building a Strong Professional Culture to Support Teacher Learning and Improve Pupil Outcomes
      Cat Scutt,
      Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching
      • Why supporting your teachers' development is the most powerful thing you can do to improve pupil outcomes
      • Building a professional culture in your school or MAT to enable all your staff to develop
      • How a strong professional culture can support teacher job satisfaction, recruitment and retention
      • Planning opportunities for professional learning and collaboration
      • How research engagement can play a part.
    • 13:40 - 14:20
      How Can Teacher Apprenticeships Shape the Future of Education?
      Sir Andrew Carter,
      CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust
      Dr Bronwen Maxwell,
      Head of Commissioned Research and Deputy Head of Centre for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Sheffield Institute of Education
      Hannah Nemko,
      Headteacher, Dame Alice Owen's School
      • Assessing the key benefits of the new postgraduate teacher apprenticeships in a changing landscape
      • How can schools, academies and MATs ensure they utilise the apprenticeship levy effectively?
      • How can they best deliver postgraduate teaching apprenticeships alongside other school-based teacher training routes?
      • Are schools, academies and MATs prepared for the financial implications of this extended training offer that will enhance the teaching workforce?
    • 14:40 - 15:10
      Supporting Staff Wellbeing the WAT way
      Dan Morrow,
      CEO, Woodland Academy Trust
      • Not just workload – improving the culture of support in your school
      • The importance of adapting to greater working flexibility, such as ‘wellbeing days’
      • Addressing staff retention, particularly why 40% of NQTs don’t make it through the first 5 years


    • 10:40 - 11:00
      Session sponsored by TurnItIn
    • 11:20 - 11:50
      Session sponsored by IRIS Education
    • 12:10 - 12:40
      How do we Know if Technology Products are Working? Join Nesta’s EdTech Testbed
      Toby Baker,
      Programme Manager, Education, Nesta

      This session will cover overcoming barriers to digital uptake in schools including:

      • Digital strategy: purchasing the tech that is right for the school & SLT know-how
      • Budget: falling IT budgets, high costs and rapidly developing products
      • Support: building the necessary infrastructure and ensuring staff have adequate training
      • Accountability: ensuring that tech is used correctly
    • 13:00 - 13:20
      Case Study: Implementing Chatbots – Lessons from Bolton College
      Aftab Hussain,
      Strategic ILT Leader, Bolton College
      • What would your school look like if every pupil and teacher had access to a campus digital assistant?
      • Learn how students and teachers at Bolton College are using Ada, their campus digital assistant to support life across the College.
      • Teachers can present Ada with a variety of queries such as: how is Tom Anderson doing with his studies, show me the students who are at risk etc.
      • Ada can support students with queries such as: what lessons do I have tomorrow, when is my next exam, how am I doing with my studies etc.
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      Case Study: Implementing the E-safety Ambassador Programme in Schools
      Alison Watts,
      Chair, e-Safety Safeguarding Board, Children's Services, Buckinghamshire County Council
      • Understand e-safety issues and how to positively influence online behaviours
      • Deliver e-safety message to schools: tips and techniques
      • Deliver presentations on e-safety topics
      • Advise young people and direct them to the right resources
    • 14:20 - 14:40
      Suite Child of Mine – Lessons Learned on Our Google Journey
      Dave Leonard,
      Session Leader, Association of Network Managers in Education (ANME)
    • 15:00 - 15:40
      Panel Discussion: How Can We Empower More Women to be EdTech Leaders?
      Debbie Clinton,
      CEO, Academy Transformation Trust
      Bukky Yusuf,
      Head of Science, Edith Kay School
      Jules Daulby,
      National Leader, WomenEd
      Neelam Parmar,
      Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation, Ashford School
      • Ensuring every school leader is a leader of EdTech and innovation
      • Highlighting the importance of mentoring and networks such as WomenED
      • Diversity guidance – what is there available?
      • What is the risk of not promoting women leaders?


    • 10:00 - 10:30
      How Modular is Posing Serious Competition against Traditional in Education
      Sarah Denton,
      Education Specialist, Portakabin
      • Modular building expert Portakabin has developed an exciting new product as part of its full turnkey school solution; a modular double height hall suitable for events, sports and assemblies. Schools, colleges and even universities can benefit from a modular double height space; considerably reducing time on site and in turn, any disruption to students
      • Traditionally built structures can take up to 14 weeks to deliver halls that provide 150-200m2 floor area whereas this modular solution from Portakabin is installed with six weeks and watertight within two days
      • The space from Portakabin is designed to work in line with the Department for Education’s requirement for primary school halls (180m² and ceilings of at least 4.5m in height) and it far exceeds this. The hall is also fully compliant on acoustics, lighting and floor finishes, can be designed to order and fitted with any additional fixtures such as fitness or AV equipment

      Session sponsored by Portakabin

    • 10:50 - 11:20
      Session sponsored by Lancaster Maloney
    • 12:20 - 12:50
      Building Capability: Managing your School Estate
      Simon Lindsay,
      Stakeholder Manager, Capital Efficiency and Capability, Department for Education
      • Good Estate Management for schools: next steps
      • New guidance and checklists for schools
      • Changing behaviour and improving communication
      • How do schools use their condition funding?
      • Priorities for the future
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      Session sponsored by AA Projects
    • 13:50 - 14:30
      Building and Refurbishing Schools
      Jane Balderstone,
      Programme Director, PSBP, Department for Education
      Chris Evans,
      Deputy Director, PSBP, Department for Education
      Paul Mustow,
      Deputy Director, Free Schools Capital, Department for Education
      • An overview of the aims of the PSBP and Free School programmes
      • Information on the DfE’s key partners and how to work with them
      • An update on progress across the country
    • 14:50 - 15:20
      Public Benefit: Maximising School Estates for Every Child
      Gavin Horgan,
      Headmaster, Millfield School
      • How independent schools and the wider community form partnerships to ensure that maintained schools and academies can share estates
      • Ensuring pupils receive the best facilities for their education
      • How the sharing of facilities builds collaboration and is often the first step to a fully-fledged partnership with both sides benefiting


    • 14:15 - 14:30
      How Food For Life Will Nourish Your Whole School
      Gay Darke,
      National Engagement Officer, Food for Life
      Alasdair Griffett,
      Senior Awards Officer - Education, Soil Association

      What is good food? The answer will surprise you. We’re asking teachers to think about what makes school food “good” and explore how this affects all aspects of pupil wellbeing. Our fully interactive session will challenge preconceptions, ignite imaginations, whilst extending the wellbeing focus to you, the teaching team, who make the magic happen.

      Hosted by Food for Life  /

    • 12:45 - 13:15
      Teaching Young Adults How to Escape from Rape and Knife Attacks
      Matt Leach,
      CEO, ESCAPE Training

      Our mission is to teach a generation how to escape from rape and knife attacks. The only way we can do this is by enabling teachers to teach children how. This is where ESCAPE Training comes in. A safe-to-teach train the trainer programme that enables teachers to pass on real life skills that will change and save lives. Watch our demonstration of techniques and speak to the team. Talk to parents and teens about their experience and find out how ESCAPE Training can benefit your school and the lives of your students.

      Session hosted by ESCAPE Training

    • 12:00 - 12:30
      Hip Hop Garden
      Ian Solomon-Kawall,
      Co-Founder and Director, May Project Gardens

      An innovative, alternative education model using hip hop to educate and empower young people to be healthy, entrepreneurial and to grow their communities.

      Session hosted by May Project Garden.

    • 11:30 - 11:45
      LGBT Inclusion in Your School
      Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton,
      Head of Education Programmes, Stonewall

      Some useful best practice tips and resources to embed LGBT inclusion throughout school, whether primary, secondary or college.

    • 11:45 - 12:15
      Yoga for Stress Relief
      Charlotta Martinus,
      Yoga Therapist and Founder, TeenYoga

      Bringing a toolkit to young people that helps them become more resilient to stress in their daily lives. This will involve movement, breathing techniques, visualisations and an introduction to meditation, all specific to this topic.

      Hosted by TeenYoga

    • 10:45 - 11:15
      Yoga for Classroom Management
      Charlotta Martinus,
      Yoga Therapist and Founder, TeenYoga

      When the class gets noisy, distracted or unmanageable, these techniques might well help them and the teacher calm down and resolve issues that cause the disharmony, through connecting more deeply with each other and establishing harmony and kindness in the room. Using standing postures and area on the floor for maximum benefit.

      Hosted by TeenYoga


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