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Day 1 - November 13, 2019












    • 10:30 - 11:00
      Creating World Class Schools
      Les Walton CBE,
      Visiting Professor, University of Sunderland,
      Chair, Northern Education,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisers (AoEA)
      • Why quality improvement and meeting the requirements of the whole school community will achieve World Class schools
      • Deconstruct traditional management approaches, emphasising Kaizen and Ishikawa principles
      • Consider how management can have a negative effect on improvement
      • Why WIN WIN should be achieved even in the most difficult circumstances
      • Examine the balance between compliance and creativity
    • 11:20 - 11:50
      How to Design and Deliver a Coherent Primary Curriculum
      Janet Carroll,
      Curriculum Adviser, Cornerstones Education
      • Does your curriculum flow?
      • Is it built upon a robust framework and clear endpoints?

      Janet Carroll takes you through easy-to-follow steps to ensure your curriculum has just the right balance of knowledge, skills and connectivity.

      Session sponsored by Cornerstones Education

    • 12:10 - 12:30
      Giving Time Back to Teachers through Technology – A Case Study
      Stuart Hales,
      CEO, Wand Education
      • Exploring the factors affecting teacher workload both in and out of the workplace, based on an in-depth survey
      • Learn how to reduce the demands on time through targeted technology
      • A look at how West Exe School has built a bespoke solution to student termly progress testing

      Session sponsored by Wand Education

    • 12:50 - 13:10
      Improving Outcomes with Good Food Education and Provision
      Ian Nutt,
      Head of Development, Food4Life,
      Associate Director, Soil Association
      • Engaging families with food choice and dietary info
      • Integrating good food education into the classroom
      • Raising food quality and standards.

      Session sponsored by ParentPay

    • 13:50 - 14:10
      Improving Student Wellbeing through PE, Sport and Physical Activity
      Sue Wilkinson MBE,
      CEO, Association for Physical Education (AfPE)

      This session delegates will have a national update with a focus on

      • Sharing the evidence of impact PESSPA
      • Re scaffolding the PE curriculum
      • Embedding PESSPA across the whole school
      • School culture and workforce issues

      Session hosted by the Association for Physical Education

    • 14:30 - 15:00
      The Blackpool Opportunity: What can other areas of disadvantage learn?
      Tim Freeman,
      Director of Teaching School, Blackpool Sixth Form College
      • The importance of cross-phase and cross-sector collaboration
      • The role of a key school/s in fostering excellence and build capacity in an area
      • Improved local stakeholder engagement and working with the community
    • 15:20 - 16:00
      Enhancing Social Mobility Across the Education System
      Jenny Bexon-Smith,
      Trustee, Tudor Grange Academies Trust,
      Former RSC, East Midlands and the Humber
      Sammy Wright,
      Vice Principal, Southmoor MAT,
      Member, Social Mobility Commission
      Sameena Choudry,
      Founder, WomenED,
      Senior Learning Standards and Effectiveness Officer, Doncaster Council
      Paul Whiteman,
      General Secretary, NAHT
      • Exploring the social mobility challenge and how progress can be supported to raise learning outcomes within the education system
      • Outlining the key barriers to social mobility for children and young people and how schools, local authorities and care systems can overcome these challenges
      • Assessing how schools can support high quality transitions to higher education and employment for disadvantaged students
      • Evaluating areas of progress in closing the attainment gaps and exploring future priorities for advancing social mobility


    • 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

    • 11:15 - 11:45
      Achieving Centralised Digital Safety across a Multi-Academy Trust
      Chris Peregrine,
      Head of Product Category , Capita
      Damian Harvey,
      Locality & Digital Safeguarding Lead, C2k

      This session will explore:

      • The benefits of implementing a centralised IT approach across a Multi-Academy Trust
      • A focus on Online Security in a centralised IT environment and the educational impact of this
      • Digital Safety in action across 1,100 schools and how C2k is supporting the development of future digital citizens

      Session sponsored by Capita IT

    • 12:00 - 12:30
      Aligning Financial Resources with your People Strategy to Deliver Educational Excellence
      Leora Cruddas,
      CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
      Jennie Elliott,
      CEO, EPM
      Sir Dan Moynihan,
      CEO, Harris Federation
      Sarah Monk,
      CEO, Avec Partnership
      • Highlighting the importance of strategic planning at a time of budget pressures increase and uncertain supplementary funding
      • Ensuring your financial resources and people strategy are aligned to deal with retention challenges and workload reviews
      • How does this work in practice? Join our panel of experts as they share insights into some of the key themes and issues Schools and Trusts regularly face.

      Session sponsored by EPM

    • 12:50 - 13:20
      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
    • 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

    • 15:40 - 16;00
      Case Study: Developing Excellent Schools as Part of a MAT
      Debbie Clinton,
      CEO, Academy Transformation Trust
      Amy Bills,
      Regional Education Director - Primary (West), Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
      • Serving communities in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the country
      • Overcoming challenges of geography
      • Building capacity in your network to support school improvement and expansion


    • 10:20 - 10:40
      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
      • Evaluating the future challenges and opportunities for SEND provision in England
    • 11:40 - 12:00
      Session sponsored by Gain Focus
      Anton Peruga,
      Managing Director, Gain Focus
    • 12:20 - 12:50
      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
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      Case Study: Using Assistive Technology to Support Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
      Sally Welch,
      Head of Frewen Prep School, Frewen College
      • A look at Frewen College, a specialist school for pupils with with Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties such as dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Many pupils also have speech and language difficulties associated with their dyslexia
      • Embedding the use of assistive technology throughout the school
      • How the right technology can improve outcomes for students
    • 13:50 - 14:10
      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?



    • 10:20 - 10:40
      Making Training Count Beyond the Classroom: A Model of Improvement for Your Community
      Chris Ludlow,
      Partnerships Manager, Outstanding Leaders Partnership
      • Collaborative partnership – a self-improving school-led model
      • Taking accountability for training outcomes
      • Understanding and utilising funding opportunities
      • Mapping succession, capturing learning and pooling resource

      Session sponsored by Best Practice Network

    • 11:40 - 12:00
      Developing your Governors: Everyone Benefits
      Hannah Stolton,
      CEO, Governors for Schools
      • What motivates people to accept the challenge of School Governance?
      • What skills should you be looking for in your governors?
      • What skills do governors develop as a result of being on a board?
      • How can you retain your governors so that everyone benefits?

      Session sponsored by Governors for Schools

    • 12:20 - 12:40
      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
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      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.
    • 13:50 - 14:30
      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
      • 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?
    • 14:50 - 15:20
      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
      Developing the ‘Curious Learner’ Through a Technology-Enabled Curriculum
      Kirsty Grundy,
      Principal, Shireland Technology Primary,
      Primary Education Lead, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust
      Andrew Collins,
      Trust Senior Teacher for School Improvement, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust

      Building a school from scratch – our journey so far:-

      • Developing the vision and template for a technology primary school
      • How to balance skills and knowledge to deliver a curriculum that provides both breadth and depth; Intent and Implementation to get Impact
      • Developing the digital skills of the next generation through our digital framework
    • 11:20 - 11:40
      Suite Child of Mine – Lessons Learned on Our Google Journey
      Dave Leonard,
      Session Leader, Association of Network Managers in Education (ANME)

      A review of how one school made the transition to G-Suite painlessly and smoothly, including:

      • How to get staff on board, even those scared of change
      • The benefits of choosing the right tool for the job
      • Savings and opportunities afforded by going Google
    • 12:00 - 12:30
      The Evolution of Tech Procurement: How Building Relationships Can Drive Tech Efficiencies
      Conor Gately,
      Commercial Director, IRIS Education
      • Explore how applying the right school management tech at the right time can save you from feature overload and keep your systems integrated.
      • Look at the realities of dealing with tech suppliers, the advantages of approaching a single supplier over multiple sellers, and how you can get the functionality you need to meet your unique requirements.
      • By the end of the session, you’ll leave with a better understanding of relationship management, the benefits of strong community links, and the pulse that drives future tech development.

      Session sponsored by IRIS Education

    • 12:50 - 13:20
      How do we Know if Technology Products are Working? Join Nesta’s EdTech Testbed
      Toby Baker,
      Programme Manager, Education, Nesta
      Huma Haque,
      Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer, Nesta

      Find out about the EdTech Innovation Testbed!

      • Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, have launched the EdTech Innovation Testbed in partnership with the DfE.
      • It's for schools in England to try out technology tools for free, contribute to research and improve how technology is used.
      • Join this session to find out how the Testbed works, how to get involved and how it could benefit your school.
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      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.
    • 14:15 - 14:35
      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
    • 15:00 - 15:40
      Panel Discussion: How Can We Empower More Women to be EdTech Leaders?
      Debbie Clinton,
      CEO, Academy Transformation Trust
      Bukky Yusuf,
      Science Lead, Edith Kay School
      Jules Daulby,
      National Leader, WomenEd
      Neelam Parmar,
      Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation, Ashford School
      Kirsty Grundy,
      Principal, Shireland Technology Primary,
      Primary Education Lead, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust
      • 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
      Modular Matters: Keeping Learning on Programme
      Sarah Denton,
      Education Specialist, Portakabin
      • Making your school estates improvements more efficient
      • Ensuring there is minimal impact on pupils during facilities improvements through modular build
      • Reduce time on site and disruption to pupils through the use of turnkey school solutions
      • Meeting Department for Education requirements for primary school halls
      • Ensuring your facilities are compliant with acoustic, lighting and floor finishes

      Session sponsored by Portakabin

    • 10:40 - 11:10
      Improving School Estates Management
      Peter Maloney,
      Director , Lancaster Maloney

      This session will discuss the knowledge and skills necessary to support good estate management and provide practical suggestions on the implementation of the new ESFA guidance on Good Estate Management including:-

      • Strategic Estate Management:
        • Formulating, preparing and implementing an estate vision and strategy
        • Developing an asset management plan and an estate development plan
      • Complying with legal responsibilities:
        • Statutory compliance, inspecting and testing
        • Planned preventative maintenance

      Session sponsored by Lancaster Maloney

    • 11:30 - 12:00
      Building Solutions for Schools
      Matthew Freeman,
      Regional Head (East of England) and Srategic Lead for Education, Crown Commercial Service
      • Learn how CCS frameworks can save you time and money on your procurement
      • Covering all aspects of your estate including: modular buildings, energy, FM and fleet
      • Fully independent and free of charge service
      • DfE approved provider and fully compliant route to market
    • 13:10 - 13:40
      How to Strategically Manage Your Estate
      Chris Thorpe,
      Director, AA Projects
      • The benefits of managing your Estate
      • Sector guidance on Good Estate Management - what good looks like
      • How schools can use their condition funding
      • A guide to practically applying good estate management

      Session sponsored by AA Projects



    • 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

    • 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.

      Hosted by Stonewall

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

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

      Hosted by May Project Gardens

    • 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.

      Hosted by ESCAPE Training

    • 13:30 - 14:00
      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

    • 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

      www.foodforlife.org.uk  / ffl@foodforlife.org.uk


Day 2 - November 14, 2019












    • 10:10 - 10:30
      Literacy and Communication: Helping Pupils Find their Voice
      Nicholas Bailey,
      Actor & Educational Ambassador, FlashAcademy® EAL
      • Highlighting barriers to effective communication
      • How to adapt teaching to address the specific needs of each learner
      • Ensuring all children are confident communicators
      • Raising whole-school literacy and wellbeing

      Session sponsored by FlashAcademy® EAL

    • 10:50 - 11:10
      Data: How Future-Proof is your Organisation?
      James Pope,
      Founder, Inspireducate
      • How to develop impactful data informed strategies for nurturing long term student independence, agency and learning outcomes
      • Using your data meaningfully to engage learners and embed a long lasting learning culture
      • How to partner with parents to improve learner engagement

      Session sponsored by Capita

    • 11:30 - 11:50
      Safeguarding and RSE
      Craig Keady,
      Senior Consultant for Education , NSPCC
      • The safeguarding implications for implementing RSE
      • Aligning safeguarding and RSE policies
      • Ensuring a whole school approach to RSE to keep children safe

      Session sponsored by NSPCC

    • 12:10 - 12:30
      A Smarter Future – Helping Schools Lead the Way on Climate Change
      Richard Rugg,
      Managing Director, Programmes & Innovation, Carbon Trust
      • What can smart technologies do for your school and the environment?
      • Bringing pupils into the story of energy management
      • Looking to the future – innovations in energy efficiency
      • What steps can your school take now?

      Session sponsored by Carbon Trust

    • 12:50 - 13:20
      Is Government Tackling the Disadvantage Gap?
      Jon Andrews,
      Director, School System and Performance & Deputy Head of Research, EPI
      • What are the latest trends in the attainment gap at national and local level?
      • Is funding being directed where it is needed most?
      • Are free schools having an impact?
    • 13:40 - 14:20
      The Future of Funding for Maintained Schools and Colleges
      Tom Clark CBE,
      Chair, GovNet Education Advisory Board
      Cllr Kevin Maton,
      Cabinet Member – Education and Skills, Coventry City Council
      • Do we need a strategic long-term plan, a 10-year plan, for education funding?
      • Assessing the National Funding Formula against activity-based formulas, what do schools need?
      • SEND and high needs funding: how can schools manage demand with limited resources?
    • 14:40 - 15:00
      Who Needs to be Told What? What Schools Need to Do to Meet their Duties on Data Protection and Privacy
      Jen Persson,
      Director, Defend Digital Me
      • What does a day-in-the-life of a datafied child look like at your school, and can you explain it?
      • Do you understand how the National Pupil Database works and what you need to tell families?
      • What impact do emerging technologies have on your data processing duties?
      • Case studies from legal challenges and regulatory enforcement
      • Security and privacy: How not to be the next news story


    • 10:30 - 10:50
      The Inclusive Journey towards Ofsted “Outstanding”- an Education Trust’s Response to Inspection under the New Framework
      Laura Bromberg,
      Deputy CEO, Achievement for All Education Trust

      Having had an academy recently inspected using the September 2019 Ofsted framework Achievement for All Education Trust will:

      • Review the process itself, and the respective roles of academy staff, trust staff and trustees during the 2-day inspection
      • Reflect on the roles of senior and middle leaders before, during and after inspection
      • Highlight the specific roles of trustees and the executive trust staff during the inspection, and beyond
      • Share some of the resulting resources produced by Achievement for All 3As to support academy staff, trust staff, trustees and Local Governing Bodies in their ongoing inclusive journey towards Ofsted outstanding
    • 11:10 - 11:40
      Gaining a Technical Edge Outside the Classroom with a Tech Strategy that Minimises SBL Growing Pains
      Winston Poyton,
      Product Director, IRIS Education
      • Adding more tech solutions to a problem doesn’t always lead to greater productivity. Winston Poyton will outline how a robust tech strategy can help MATs to streamline their processes.
      • If you’re not sure what a school management tech strategy looks like, you’ll learn how to prioritise, who your key stakeholders are, and the aspects of school management that will be affected.
      • Advances in school management tech are driven by the strategic choices that schools make every day, so this is your chance to be part of the future of education technology.

      Session sponsored by IRIS Education

    • 12:50 - 13:20
      Lessons in Collaborative Operational Leadership
      Paul Barber,
      Director, Catholic Education Service
      • Building capacity and know-how within a MAT
      • Beyond the MAT framework – how schools can join Federations and the benefits of doing so
      • Ensuring vision at the strategic level translates into outcomes within schools
      • Conversion - how to avoid the pitfalls and expand successfully
      • Lessons from across the country, including inter-MAT collaboration

      Session hosted by Catholic Education Service

    • 13:40 - 14:00
      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
    • 14:20 - 14:55
      Case Study: Transforming Academy Finance in the Midst of Financial Difficulty
      Peter Wilson,
      CFO, Academy Transformation Trust
      Philip Scott,
      Financial Controller, Academy Transformation Trust

      An in-depth look at:

      • The beginning of the journey from financial difficulty
      • Splitting the budget model: education & operational
      • Implementing GAG pooling
      • Redesigning the finance team structure
    • 15:10 - 15:40
      Case Study: Designing an Evidence Based Approach to a Knowledge-rich Curriculum across a MAT
      Mark Miller,
      Head of Bradford Research School, Dixons Academies
      • Exploring how Dixons Academy Trust have built a culture of high autonomy with high alignment
      • Utilising Bradford Research School to ensure that our work is informed by the best available evidence
      • Using evidence to develop curricula that privilege knowledge and implement approaches which promote more than just the retention of knowledge


    • 10:00 - 10:30
      A Graduated Approach for Children with SLCN
      Rosie Mason,
      Assistant Service Lead - Pupil and School Support, Directorate for Education & Skills, Birmingham Council
      • How to ensure that your SLCN Provision is matched to need
      • The importance of workforce development for SLCN
    • 10:50 - 11:10
      Case Study: Work Ready, Life Ready – For Young Adults with Learning Disabilities
      Emma Spry,
      Principal, Foxes Academy
      • Life and functional skills needed to enter sustainable employment.
      • Training in a commercial vocational environment.
      • Transferring work and soft skills into work and living environments (with a focus on successful partnership working).
      • What do outstanding outcomes for young people, employers and society look like?


    • 11:30 - 11:50
      Promoting Inclusion across a MAT
      Helena Brothwell,
      Regional Director of Secondary, David Ross Education Trust
      • How can wave 1 interventions in the classroom be standardised across a MAT, ensuring that our most vulnerable students can access the curriculum?
      • When does consistent practice become a super power for unlocking potential for children with SEND or who are PP?
      • What do your leaders in schools need to be asked to ensure that they are fulfilling their brief in supporting our most vulnerable pupils?
    • 12:20 - 12:40
      Teaching Emotional Logic: Learning Adaptability and Resilience across the School Community
      Dr Trevor Griffiths,
      Founder, Emotional Logic Centre
      • How to promote social, physical and mental health by making sense of unpleasant emotions
      • Developing transferable conversational life skills at all ages
      • Easing transition to secondary and reducing reported bad behaviour in secondary school
      • Explaining the positive impact with children with autism and those within Inclusion Units
      • The positive change within the whole school, including staff

      Session sponsored by Emotional Logic

    • 13:10 - 13:30
      National SEND Update
      Professor Adam Boddison,
      CEO, NASEN
      • Exploring the current landscape of the SEND sector
      • Creating a local school approach with strong leadership towards SEND issues and raising teaching standards
      • What measures to take to establish suitable provision through online guides and resources
      • Evaluating the role of voluntary and community sector organisations in up-skilling the education workforce
    • 13:50 - 14:10
      Inclusive Schooling in the Context of the Rising Numbers in Special Schools
      Professor Brahm Norwich,
      Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs, University of Exeter
      • How is inclusion changing in England today?
      • Analysing the change from mainstream to special school placement for children with SEN
      • To what extent are the academisation process and MATs driving the change?
    • 14:30 - 14:50
      Virtual Reality and 360 Movies – A Powerful and Necessary Tool for Children with Special Needs
      Morten Jacobsen,
      Teacher & Technology Scout, Skolen ved Nordens Plads, Denmark
      • VR brings whole new dimensions to SEN, but why is it such a powerful tool?
      • A look at the possibilities VR brings to SEN
      • How do we make our own content and utilize it?
      • What low cost and easy-to use options do we have?
    • 15:00 - 15:30
      Identifying Children and Young People with EAL and SEN
      Terri Cawser,
      Assistant Service Lead - Pupil and School Support, Directorate for Education & Skills, Birmingham Council
      • Key issues for schools when identifying and supporting children and young people with EAL who may also have SEN
      • Clarifying misconceptions that can lead to misidentification of a learning need
      • Establishing processes for accurate identification of need


    • 10:10 - 10:30
      From Insight to Action: Using your ASP Data to Drive School Improvement Across your MAT
      Phillippa De’Ath,
      Chief Revenue Officer, Arbor Education
      • Arbor has created a free, interactive portal for every MAT in the country to give you clear, aggregated, out-of-the-box analysis of your schools' latest performance data
      • Join us in this interactive session to learn how to use your Trust's interactive dashboards to explore your headline results, benchmark your performance nationally, and drill down to school or demographic group level
      • We'll also explain how MATs use Arbor to help define their school improvement approach

      Session sponsored by Arbor Education

    • 10:50 - 11:10
      Freedom to Deliver Outstanding Education
      Donna Parry,
      Head of New Business, Access UK Ltd

      EdTech can proactively support staff and pupil engagement, allowing teachers and school business professional to focus on richer learning experiences and their own personal and professional development.

      • Maximise the efficiency of back office functions in schools and academies
      • Use technology to support collaboration and communication across sites
      • Proactively manage change across your school management infrastructure

      Session sponsored by Access UK

    • 11:30 - 11:50
      How Challenging Life Experiences can make us Stronger
      Stephen Morales,
      Chief Executive, Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
    • 12:20 - 12:50
      Managing Change in Schools
      Simon Oxenham,
      Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys,
      Trustee, ISBL
      • Recognise the pace of change
      • Reflect on our response to leading change to deliver the vision
      • Become familiar with some approaches to leading change
      • Explore ways of leading and communicating change
      • Look at a real life case study
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      Negotiate your Way to a Better Deal
      Jenny Nugent,
      Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Service
      • How to use the Supply Teachers deals
      • Cut costs without compromising quality and compliance and be empowered to do it.
    • 13:50 - 14:20
      Understanding School Funding
      Simon Oxenham,
      Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys,
      Trustee, ISBL
    • 14:40 - 15:20
      School Budget Mastery: Curriculum Led Integrated Financial Planning
      Stephen Morales,
      Chief Executive, Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
      • A focus on integrated curriculum-led financial planning and resource management in the context of an evolving national funding formula
      • How to conduct a school budget review
      • What methods to employ to ensure long-term good financial planning
      • Why this will reduce practitioner workload long-term


    • 10:50 - 11:10
      Future Proofing the Workforce through Continuing Education
      Brian Lightman,
      Associate Director for Schools, BeReady

      We all know the value of enabling potential academy leaders of the future to access masters level qualifications. This session will explore an innovative approach to  making these opportunities more easily accessible to schools by:

      • Overcoming financial barriers to upskilling staff
      • Accessing the apprenticeship levy
      • Using digital technology to eliminate travel time and the difficulties of staff being out of school

      Session sponsored by BeReady

    • 11:30 - 11:50
      Managing Stress in Schools
      Harry Cramer,
      Managing Director, Smart Clinic
      Joanne Carroll,
      Occupational Health Manager, Smart Clinic
      • When does ‘stress’ become an illness?
      • Preventing work related stress
      • Managing stress related absences

      Session sponsored by APL Health

    • 12:10 - 12:50
      Panel Discussion: Supporting Early Career Teachers
      Sir Andrew Carter,
      CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust
      Emma Hollis,
      Executive Director, National Association for School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT)
      Reuben Moore,
      Executive Director, Teach First
      • Understanding key challenges and opportunities for Newly Qualified Teachers: from workload to professional development
      • Discussing the impact of the government’s new Early Career Framework (ECF) to be implemented in Autumn 2021
      • Assessing the need for a fully-funded, 2 year package of structured training and support for early career teachers
      • Looking ahead to the results of Samantha Twiselton’s ITT review for the government
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      Community at the Heart of a Teaching School
      Katie Cresswell,
      Business Development Manager, Alfreton Nursery School
      Emma Haywood,
      Headteacher, Alfreton Nursery School
      • How the Alliance was created with ‘community’ as a focus
      • Creating effective training and support based on ‘community’ needs
      • Training the teachers of the future in a supportive ‘community’ environment
      • Looking to the future by working within a ‘community’ of other Teaching Schools
    • 13:50 - 14:20
      Flourishing Adults, Flourishing Children: Building Resilience and Nurturing Wellbeing in your (MAT) Teams
      Andy Wolfe,
      Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development), Church of England
      • Developing flourishing adults by investing in leaders’ character and wellbeing
      • Re-thinking resilience and building stronger teams across your MAT
      • Practical resources for MAT leaders to work with their teams on the impact of Vision into Practice
      • Understanding the Church of England Vision for Education and its pioneering Ethos Enhancing Outcomes approach
    • 14:40 - 15:00
      The Future of School Governance
      Tom Fellows,
      Research Manager, National Governance Association
      • Exploring the most prominent issues governing boards are facing today
      • Considerations for the future of school governance
      • Key findings from the recently published national School Governance 2019 survey
    • 15:10 - 15:40
      Supporting Schools to Address the Expectations within the Ofsted Inspection Framework: Workload
      Christina Ponting,
      Senior Manager – Schools HR, North Tyneside & Northumberland Council
      • Understanding the role of local government in helping schools meet standards
      • The importance of coordinating staff development and school improvement
      • Working in partnerships with schools to train, recruit and retain teachers


    • 10:10 - 10:30
      Promoting Effective Pedagogy in Computing
      James Robinson,
      Senior Learning Manager (Pegagogy & Training), Raspberry Pi Foundation

      In the session we will cover:

      • What does effective teaching in Computing look like?
      • How The National Centre for Computing Education is supporting front line teachers
      • Where can teachers learn more and get involved

      Session sponsored by National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE)

    • 10:50 - 11:10
      Improving Student Writing School-wide with Technology
      Patrick McGrath,
      EdTech Strategist, Texthelp
      • How technology and ‘machine learning’ can improve student writing levels
      • How digital marking can reduce teacher workload and limit subjectivity
      • Explore how technology can help teachers and leadership assess, track and monitor progression academy wide

      Session sponsored by Texthelp

    • 11:30 - 12:00
      Intelligent Interventions to Aid Teaching
      Jo Higgins,
      Chief Executive, Dudley Academies Trust
      Helen Stride,
      Curriculum Lead, CENTURY Tech
      • How artificial intelligence helps improve outcomes for students
      • How advanced technology allows teachers to perform more effective and timely interventions
      • What are the most important considerations for ensuring successful implementation of AI-powered technology in schools & academies

      Session sponsored by CENTURY Tech

    • 12:20 - 12:50
      How do we Know if Technology Products are Working? Join Nesta’s EdTech Testbed
      Toby Baker,
      Programme Manager, Education, Nesta
      Hannah Owen,
      Assistant Programme Manager, nesta

      Find out about the EdTech Innovation Testbed!

      • Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, have launched the EdTech Innovation Testbed in partnership with the DfE.
      • It's for schools in England to try out technology tools for free, contribute to research and improve how technology is used.
      • Join this session to find out how the Testbed works, how to get involved and how it could benefit your school.
    • 13:10 - 13:40
      Keeping Children Safe Online with Thinkuknow
      Adam Medlycott,
      CEOP Education Officer, National Crime Agency (NCA)
      • Gain insight into children’s lives online
      • Learn about the evolving online threat, informed by National Crime Agency intelligence
      • Get access to resources, support and tools to help education professionals deliver online safety education
    • 14:00 - 14:20
      Case Study: Centralised IT Provision within a MAT – Support, Staffing and Centralisation
      Andrew Walls,
      Assistant Principal (ICT and New Technologies – MAT), Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust
      • Building a centralised WAN so that you can run your MAT IT as if it is a single school
      • Cost efficiencies and performance gains from pursuing a centralised MAT IT model
      • Centralising staffing structures to provide clear leadership and the best service quality
      • Implementing more progressive IT elements, such as G Suite and Cloud Technology, while retaining a familiar environment that makes the transition to the cloud and remote technologies easier for staff
    • 14:40 - 15:00
      Techies vs Teachers – Make Love Not War: Encouraging Collaboration Between IT Staff, Teachers and SLT
      Dave Leonard,
      Session Leader, Association of Network Managers in Education (ANME)

      This session will investigate how better relationships between departments helps us to :

      • Ensure that teachers see EdTech as an enabler rather than a challenge
      • Maximise return on investment by ensuring that all purchases are well considered
      • Allow IT professionals to feel that they are essential and valued members of the school community



    • 10:15 - 10:45
      Yoga for Classroom Focus
      Nicky Dye,
      Teacher, TeenYoga

      This class will help your class focus on a tricky task, an exam or a difficult assignment, through breathing and movement, we become poised for learning.

      Hosted by TeenYoga

    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Wellbeing That Deals with Health and Spirituality
      Ian Solomon-Kawall,
      Co-Founder and Director, May Project Gardens

      This project addresses both the health and spiritual aspect of wellbeing, through activities that include boxing, football, breath work, meditation, yoga and capoeira.

      Hosted by May Project Gardens

    • 11:45 - 12:15
      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.

      Hosted by ESCAPE Training

    • 12:30 - 13:00
      Yoga for Exams Support
      Nicky Dye,
      Teacher, TeenYoga

      This class will teach the group how to be super focused without being stressed. We spend some time de-stressing using physical techniques and then visualisations and breathing techniques to support young people.

      Hosted by TeenYoga

    • 13:15 - 13:30
      In-classroom Physical Activity and Brain Breaks
      Carly Borrow,
      Founder and PE Teacher, 5-a-day Fitness

      The benefits of regular in-class physical activity and brain breaks are well documented. Scientists have consistently proved that exercise stimulates the brain and prepares it for learning.

      Increase daily physical activity in your classroom with 5-minute exercise, and 2-minute chill-out resources, designed specifically for projection onto whiteboards or screens. Utilise active learning with audio instructed and visually demonstrated follow along routines.

      Written, created and licensed with education and school appropriateness in mind, theses resources aim to be easy to use and teacher friendly; especially for those who aren’t confident leading physical activity in the classroom. There’s no teacher training or preparation required. Simply watch, join in, have fun, get fit and learn!

    • 13:45 - 14:00
      Time Management’s Positive Effect on Wellbeing
      Ron Lev,
      Founder, Gold Model - Time Management Methodology

      We live in an age of instant gratification, with thousands of daily distractions, and a flood of information and tasks, which could harm our wellbeing. This talk will provide you with concrete examples of the use of an innovative model, that establishes a unique connection between time management and wellbeing. According to members of the academic and business world, the model decreases stress and increases productivity.

      Hosted by Gold Model - Time Management Methodology


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