Agenda

  • All Sessions

    Leadership

    Business & Finance

    Wellbeing & Safeguarding

    Curriculum

    SEND

    Governance

    Workforce

    Covid-19

    MAT

    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 All Sessions
    • 09:20 - 09:30
      Chair’s Opening Address
      Freddie Whittaker,
      Political Editor and Chief Reporter, Schools Week (Confirmed)
    • 09:30 - 10:00
      Ministerial Keynote Address
      The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE,
      Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education (Confirmed)
      • The state of education after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – A time for national healing and learning
      • DfE support, direction and best practice on safely running your school or trust in compliance with social distancing and health requirements
      • Back on track with the curriculum – Helping leaders address the education gap
      • Access to funding and complying with statutory policies for schools and academy trusts during the pandemic
      • Learnings from the Exams and grading concerns - Working with schools to give students the grades they deserve
      Speakers:
    • 10:20 - 10:50
      Inspecting Again – Ofsted’s Future Direction of Travel
      The Rt Hon. David Laws,
      Former Minister of State for Schools and Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute (EPI) (Confirmed)
      Amanda Spielman,
      HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • How will inspectors take into consideration the consequences caused by the school closure?
      • New steps for the Ofsted framework
      Speakers:
    • 10:20 - 11:05
      What is the way Forward to Address the SEND Crisis?
      Professor Adam Boddison,
      CEO, nasen (Confirmed)
      Jules Daulby,
      National Leader, WomenEd (Confirmed)
      Jayne Jardine,
      CEO and Executive Head, Brent Specialist Academy Trust (Confirmed)
      Mrunal Sisodia,
      Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) (Confirmed)

      Up to 8,587 children and young people with SEND are currently classed as ‘awaiting provision’ for a school place and have no access to any type of educational provision at all. schools and local authorities are still facing a £1bn funding shortfall.

      • In this bleak scenario, what options are left to our schools?
      • How can we secure the necessary funds directly to schools?
      • Where is the long-term, joined-up strategy and how can we achieve this?
      Speakers:
    • 10:30 - 11:00
      Roundtable: Reassessing Curriculum Design as Fundamental to the Professionalisation of School Leadership
      Chris Jones,
      Chief Executive, CJ Learning & CJ Learning Technology

      In this roundtable we invite education leads, finance directors and school leaders from across the sector to share their priorities for curriculum design. We sketch out emerging practices from the data-driven to the fully integrated.

      • Beyond ICFP – How leaders can develop a more nuanced understanding built on analytics rather than financial savings alone
      • Adopting agile mindsets to tackle investment decisions into novel and emerging teaching and learning practices
      • Incorporating wellbeing into impact assessments to recalibrate how schools can judge the effectiveness of their strategies
      Speakers:
    • 10:45 - 11:45
      Roundtable: Save Money on Agency Supply
      Jenny Nugent,
      Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Services (Confirmed)
      Helen Lumb,
      Schools Engagement Manager - Schools Commercial Team , Department for Education (Confirmed)

      Join DfE and CCS to see how this deal can save your school time and money on agency supply. Helen Lumb from DfE and Jenny Nugent from CCS will be there to answer your questions.

      Speakers:
    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Workforce Management Gone Wrong: Common Pitfalls of HR and Payroll
      Richard Taylor,
      People Director, Leigh Academies Trust (Confirmed)
      Eamonn Moore,
      Business Development Manager, MHR International
      • Streamlining workforce management to unload pressure and time to better face the ever changing requirements of the pandemic
      • #Stressing visibility as key to better workforce and payroll and adding untapped value through analytics
      • Changing the perception of HR - From administration to being ambassadors for staff development and performance excellence
      • Preparing for the Christmas break - How can schools get ready for their retraining, recruitment and restaffing needs
      Speakers:
    • 11:15 - 12:00
      Roundtable: Supporting Student’s Mental Health
      Charlotte Aynsley,
      Founder, E-safety Training and Consultancy (Confirmed)
      Davinder Aujla,
      Head of UK Sales, Impero Software (Confirmed)
      This roundtable will explore some of the issues that students and young people have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
      The discussion will focus on:
      • The current challenges schools face
      • How they can use the tools available to help to identify trends in mental health
      • How effective interventions and strategies can support student mental health and safeguarding
      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Roundtable: Making School-Based Teacher Training Work for You
      Emma Hollis,
      Executive Director, The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) (Confirmed)
      Claire Harnden,
      Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust (Confirmed)

      An exploration into the potential benefits of ‘growing your own’ teachers through involvement in Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This roundtable hosted by NASBTT considers the options available to schools who are not currently engaged in ITT and the potential benefits to your school and wider communities. It will also highlights how trainees are an important, and effective part, of post-Covid recovery in schools. You will hear about the contribution that trainees have made, and will continue to make in schools this academic year given the likelihood of ongoing Covid disruption. Within all this there is an important differentiation to be made between trainees being seen as a trusted and valuable resource, who need nurture and support, rather than as a cheap ‘extra pair of hands’. Issues such as placements and effective mentoring will be discussed.

      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Measuring the Impact of COVID-19: Decisive School Leadership
      Helen Nelson,
      Headteacher, Joseph Cash Primary School,
      Winner of Leadership Team of the Year, National Schools Awards (Confirmed)
      Cllr Lucy Nethsingha,
      Deputy-Chair of the Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association (LGA) (Confirmed)
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • Curriculum, attainment, admissions: what will be the longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children?
      • Leadership from within: How have School Leaders changed leadership styles to ensure that they can make the correct decisions at the correct time and to whom are leaders looking for best practice?
      • What financial impact has the pandemic had SATs, MATs and LAMs across England?
      • How  has the relationship between schools and local authorities changed, what roles are schools now playing within their communities?
      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Roundtable: Gain an Edge in Managing your Trust Tendering for MATs
      Victoria Lawson,
      Schools Procurement and Business Specialist, Education Buying (Confirmed)
      Fiona Summerscales,
      Category Manager, Education Buying (Confirmed)
      Alison Bailey,
      Senior Procurement Specialists, Education Buying (Confirmed)

      This round table is a unique opportunity to have all your procurement problems answered by our team of school experts who have advised hundreds of schools in the last year alone. They have helped Headteachers, CFOs, Bursars and Business Managers on successful tendering, writing winning specifications, including complex procurement, such as catering and cleaning.

      Tendering can be complex. Lots of considerations must be made:

      • How can you maximise all contracts within your trust, saving you thousands of pounds?
      • Are your purchases compliant with your internal policies and PCR15?
      • How do you ensure you are getting the best value for money?
      Speakers:
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      What is the role of a SEND Governor?
      Christopher Rossiter,
      Chief Executive Officer, driver youth trust (Confirmed)
      • Responsibilities of the governing body and the SEND Governor
      • How to support SENCos and teachers
      • Guarantee that the school receives adequate funding for their SEND pupils
      Speakers:
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      The Forgotten Third: Are We Failing Disadvantaged and Non-Academic Pupils?
      Sir Michael Wilshaw,
      Former HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • Do those who set education policy in government and the inspectorate who largely come from middle class backgrounds and educated in selective or private schools really understand the issues facing this cohort of students?
      • Why are secondary schools not building on the gains made by many of these pupils in Primary Schools?
      • Why is the secondary curriculum not meeting the needs of these students?
      • Why is the rising tide of educational standards not lifting the boat for our poorest students in too many parts of the country?
      • Is FE fit for purpose or is it still the Cinderella Service in our education system?
      Speakers:
    • 12:00 - 12:30
      COVID as a Catalyst for Evolution in Education: Adopting Agile Mindsets at Evolve Trust
      Claire-Marie Cuthbert,
      Chief Executive Officer, Evolve Trust (Confirmed)

      Are traditional approaches to education still relevant in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

      Technology is transforming how we live, work, play and think- and it’s happening more quickly, and on a larger scale than at any point in human history…. Education needs to play catch up and get to grips with artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing so we can equip today’s young people with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world. In this session Claire-Marie will explore the rapid changes in society and what this this means for educators today

      Speakers:
    • 12:00 - 12:30
      ESFA: Supporting the Schools’ Sector in Building Good Governance and Strong Financial Health for the Future
      Warwick Sharp,
      Director of Academies and Maintained Schools, Education and Skills Funding Agency (Confirmed)
      • Our role as academy regulator – putting accountability and transparency at the heart of our approach
      • Our role as sector partner – supporting schools and trusts to build capacity and expertise
      • Looking to the future – working with the sector to deliver the best outcomes for children
      Speakers:
    • 12:20 - 13:05
      Leading Excellent Resource Management in Schools
      Tanya Arkle,
      Deputy Director, Schools Resource Management,
      Division and non-executive director, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust
      Stephen Lester MBE,
      Education Consultant, SKL Education Consultancy
      Michael Larsen,
      Vice-Chair, Aspire Academy Trust, St Austell
      Stephen Mitchell,
      Chief Executive, Keystone Knowledge,
      Chief Executive Officer, Oak Multi Academy Trust(Confirmed)

      Headteachers, school business professional and governors, all have a responsibility to ensure that their resources are managed well and that their pupils receive the best education possible. Our panel will bring together leaders in education, business and governance to discuss how they have made a lasting impact on the education of their students through effective resource management.

      • Enabling schools to get the best value on goods and services by capitalising on procurement spend and skills.
      • Giving school leaders and business professionals a clear picture of the market with transparent, up-to-date and quality data.
      • Helping schools develop the necessary skills and providing direct support and hands-on tailored advice where needed
      Speakers:
    • 12:40 - 13:25
      National SEND Update – How are SEND Pupils Coping?
      Alex Grady,
      Education Development Officer, nasen (Confirmed)
      • Exploring the current landscape of the SEND sector and changes during schools’ closure and the precarious return.
      • Creating a local school approach with strong leadership towards SEND issues and raising teaching standards
      • Did the lockdown highlight inequalities in the system
      • Understanding the impact of COVID on our national direction of travel and pushing forward with the vital reforms to support SEND pupils

      Session hosted by nasen

      Speakers:
    • 12:40 - 13:10
      Lesson Learnt from our MAT Summary Evaluation
      Robert Bowater,
      Chief Executive Officer, drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust (Confirmed)
      Sue Egersdorff,
      Executive Director, drb Ignite Trust (Confirmed)
      • Preparation required for the MAT senior team
      • Importance of conveying your Trust’s vision and values
      • The role of the trustees and governors
      • The post-evaluation experiences and opportunities
      Speakers:
    • 13:10 - 13:40
      Developing Effective Governors and Trustees
      Hannah Stolton,
      CEO, Governors for Schools (Confirmed)
      • What essential traits and capabilities should governors and trustees have?
      • How can boards hold school and MAT leaders to account effectively?
      • What training is available?
      • Working with the Senior Leadership Team - Ensuring an Effective Relationship
      Speakers:
    • 13:20 - 14:05
      Roundtable: Saving Time and Money Through Effective Collaboration
      Clive Hammond,
      Head of Procurement, Academies Enterprise Trust (Confirmed)
      Matthew Freeman,
      Strategic Lead for Schools, Crown Commercial Services (Confirmed)

      Each year, schools spend in excess of £12bn on a wide range of common goods and services. School expenditure varies greatly, with some large MATs having considerable professional procurement expertise who spend millions each year, through to small primary schools' spending a few thousand pounds and who lack commercial resources. In this roundtable, Matthew Freeman, Strategic Lead for Schools at CCS will host an event that asks, "Could your school save time and money through effective collaboration?"

      • How should schools collaborate more effectively to save time and money through their procurement
      • Addressing some of the challenges schools face when buying common goods and services
      • Sharing the expertise and experience of school leaders who are using a range of buying strategies
      • Collating practical take-aways and insight to help you achieve savings and use your resources efficiently and effectively
      Speakers:
    • 13:20 - 14:05
      The Break is Over: Ofsted is Back
      Gwyneth Gibson,
      Headteacher, Lea Manor High School (Confirmed)
      Karen Giles,
      Headteacher, Barham Primary School (Confirmed)
      Jonathan Haslam,
      Director, Institute for Effective Education (Confirmed)
      • After a short break, Ofsted has started inspecting schools again. How will they take into consideration the difficulties schools have gone through?
      • What future changes can be expected on inspections – will finances be included next?
      • How are Multi-Academy Trusts responding to Summary Evaluations?
      Speakers:
    • 13:45 - 14:15
      Opening up the School Estate
      Daniel Armitage,
      Senior Surveyor – Asset Management, LocatED (Confirmed)
      Will Attlee,
      Associate Director - Development, LocatED (Confirmed)
      • Improving capability in school trusts to manage estates and plan for the long-term condition of school buildings
      • Income generation initiatives for schools with underutilised buildings and land
      • The mutual benefit to schools and communities when schools open up their facilities for external use
      • LocatED’s mixed-use development programme
      Speakers:
    • 13:45 - 14:15
      Building your Board
      Judith Hicks,
       Head of Inspiring Governance, National Governance Association (NGA) (Confirmed)

      This session will cover all the stages of the recruitment process; identifying the skills & attributes your board requires and understanding how that will dovetail into the governance competency framework. It will also cover suggestions on where you can go for extra support, top tips to promote your vacancy, companies who publicly support their staff governing in schools, right through to conducting the interview and training for new governors and trustees.

      Speakers:
    • 14:20 - 15:20
      Roundtable: Procurement – Myth Busting
      Catherine Kelsall,
      School Engagement Lead - Schools Commercial Team , Department for Education (Confirmed)
      Arati Patel-Mistry,
      School Engagement Team , Department for Education (Confirmed)

      Join Catherine Kelsall and Arati Patel-Mistry from DfE as they guide you through some useful hints and tips to make buying for your school easier. Find out about the support that is available and the DfE approved frameworks you can use to save you time, money and buy with confidence. Helen and Catherine have a vast experience of buying for schools and will be able to answer your questions.

      Speakers:
    • 14:20 - 13:05
      Roundtable: Defining your Learning Ecosystem: How to Prioritise System Components that Work Effectively Together in Primary Education
      Robert Bowater,
      Chief Executive Officer, drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust (Confirmed)
      Sue Egersdorff,
      Executive Director, drb Ignite Trust (Confirmed)

      In this roundtable we ask primary leaders to share best practice in understanding and implementing learning eco-systems as well as stories of the challenges faced in the pursuit of defining, planning, building and measuring success. Through guided discussion we aim to explore:

      • How can the concept of learning ecosystems be used to improve children’s outcomes in primary education?
      • What are the basic components of an effective learning ecosystem?
      • What structures and frameworks already exist to help plan and execute tomorrow’s learning ecosystems?
      Speakers:
    • 14:20 - 15:05
      Academisation and the Plurality of Schools – What Lessons are We Learning from a Richer Schools Ecosystem?
      Jonathan Simons,
      Director, Public First (Confirmed)
      Dr Tom Perry,
      Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Birmingham (Confirmed)
      Professor Colin Diamond CBE,
      School of Education Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Birmingham (Confirmed)
      • How has the increase in academies changed the education landscape and what learnings can be taken?
      • What does the future look like for schools that haven't converted?
      • How have different structures and systems reacted to lockdown, re-opening and the pressures of new requirements in the face of COVID-19?
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      No Silver Bullet: Addressing School Improvement through a Holistic Lens
      James Roberts,
      Chief Executive Officer, The Education People (Confirmed)
      Siobhan Price,
      Interim Head of Service for Secondary School Improvement, Secondary Special Schools and PRUs, Skills and Employability, The Education People (Confirmed)
      Claire Ray,
      Head of Safeguarding, The Education People (Confirmed)
      Joanne Winkler,
      Head of Professional Development, The Education People (Confirmed)
      Suzanne Mayes,
      Head of Governor Services, The Education People (Confirmed)
      • Turning governance around – Rebuilding an engaged board with a clear and ambitious vision for the school
      • Launching and sustaining a culture of safeguarding – From improved systems of record-keeping to clear lines of communications and dedicated safeguarding roles
      • Putting professionalisation back onto the agenda – Developing bespoke and general pathways for all staff
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      Re-inventing the Future … Or Tampering with the Past
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • How COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on key aspects of our educational system
      • Examining the challenges to the resilience and relevance of curriculum, assessment, inspection, national and local governance, support and intervention, inclusion strategies, pupil and community engagement.
      • Weighing up options for our response as a sector: will it be core and radical or incremental and peripheral.
      • What should be our main focus and how can we achieve a cohesive, strategic and effective response?
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      DSG Management Plan Template – User Input Session
      Gemma Donnelly,
      Head of the Local Authority Stakeholder Engagement Team , Education and Skills Funding Agency (Confirmed)

      This session is designed for local authority representatives who will be completing the DSG management plan templates. It will describe the reasons for the ESFA publishing a template and how it should be used.

      Speakers:
    • 15:20 - 16:05
      The Permanent Funding Crisis
      Jenna Julius,
      Senior Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (Confirmed)
      Simon Dyson,
      Head Teacher, Highfields Academy (Confirmed)
      Stephen Mitchell,
      Chief Executive, Keystone Knowledge,
      Chief Executive Officer, Oak Multi Academy Trust(Confirmed)
      • Assessing the unexpected costs caused by the pandemic – was the extra funding released by government sufficient?
      • How have schools adapted to the National Funding Formula?
      • Will there ever be enough funding for schools or are we asking too much of the school system?
      Speakers:
    • 15:20 - 15:50
      MATs Governance Rising to the Challenge
      Emma Knights OBE,
      Chief Executive, National Governance Association (NGA) (Confirmed)

      The continuing focus on the need for robust and knowledgeable governance is rendered even more important when there are issues to face which involve strategic management of resources, agile approaches to pupils’ learning, and skilled management of risk. This session will outline NGA’s expertise in these critical areas of governance.

      Speakers:
    • 15:20 - 16:05
      Roundtable: Solving Attainment, Consistency and Organisational Challenges in MATs with Customised Exercise Books
      Caillen Chapman,
      Enterprise Sales Executive, The School Planner Company (Confirmed)

      This roundtable will explore attainment, consistency and organisational challenges faced by MATs and how customised exercise books can be a tool to help solve them.

      The discussion will focus on:

      • The current challenges MATs and academies face.
      • How customised exercise books can be used as an aid in solving these issues.
      • Discuss best practices and some success stories from MATs.
      Speakers:
    • 16:05 - 16:10
      Chair’s Closing Remarks
      Camilla Turner,
      Education Editor, The Daily Telegraph (Confirmed)
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Leadership
    • 09:30 - 10:00
      Ministerial Keynote Address
      The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE,
      Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education (Confirmed)
      • The state of education after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – A time for national healing and learning
      • DfE support, direction and best practice on safely running your school or trust in compliance with social distancing and health requirements
      • Back on track with the curriculum – Helping leaders address the education gap
      • Access to funding and complying with statutory policies for schools and academy trusts during the pandemic
      • Learnings from the Exams and grading concerns - Working with schools to give students the grades they deserve
      Speakers:
    • 09:30 - 10:00
      Ministerial Keynote Address
      The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE,
      Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education (Confirmed)
      • The state of education after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – A time for national healing and learning
      • DfE support, direction and best practice on safely running your school or trust in compliance with social distancing and health requirements
      • Back on track with the curriculum – Helping leaders address the education gap
      • Access to funding and complying with statutory policies for schools and academy trusts during the pandemic
      • Learnings from the Exams and grading concerns - Working with schools to give students the grades they deserve
      Speakers:
    • 10:20 - 10:50
      Inspecting Again – Ofsted’s Future Direction of Travel
      The Rt Hon. David Laws,
      Former Minister of State for Schools and Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute (EPI) (Confirmed)
      Amanda Spielman,
      HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • How will inspectors take into consideration the consequences caused by the school closure?
      • New steps for the Ofsted framework
      Speakers:
    • 10:20 - 11:05
      What is the way Forward to Address the SEND Crisis?
      Professor Adam Boddison,
      CEO, nasen (Confirmed)
      Jules Daulby,
      National Leader, WomenEd (Confirmed)
      Jayne Jardine,
      CEO and Executive Head, Brent Specialist Academy Trust (Confirmed)
      Mrunal Sisodia,
      Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) (Confirmed)

      Up to 8,587 children and young people with SEND are currently classed as ‘awaiting provision’ for a school place and have no access to any type of educational provision at all. schools and local authorities are still facing a £1bn funding shortfall.

      • In this bleak scenario, what options are left to our schools?
      • How can we secure the necessary funds directly to schools?
      • Where is the long-term, joined-up strategy and how can we achieve this?
      Speakers:
    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Workforce Management Gone Wrong: Common Pitfalls of HR and Payroll
      Richard Taylor,
      People Director, Leigh Academies Trust (Confirmed)
      Eamonn Moore,
      Business Development Manager, MHR International
      • Streamlining workforce management to unload pressure and time to better face the ever changing requirements of the pandemic
      • #Stressing visibility as key to better workforce and payroll and adding untapped value through analytics
      • Changing the perception of HR - From administration to being ambassadors for staff development and performance excellence
      • Preparing for the Christmas break - How can schools get ready for their retraining, recruitment and restaffing needs
      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Measuring the Impact of COVID-19: What Can we Learn from the Actions of School Leaders?
      Helen Nelson,
      Headteacher, Joseph Cash Primary School,
      Winner of Leadership Team of the Year, National Schools Awards (Confirmed)
      Cllr Lucy Nethsingha,
      Deputy-Chair of the Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association (LGA) (Confirmed)
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • Curriculum, attainment, admissions: what will be the longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children?
      • Leadership from within: How have School Leaders changed leadership styles to ensure that they can make the correct decisions at the correct time and to whom are leaders looking for best practice?
      • What financial impact has the pandemic had SATs, MATs and LAMs across England?
      • How  has the relationship between schools and local authorities changed, what roles are schools now playing within their communities?
      Speakers:
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      The Forgotten Third: Are We Failing Disadvantaged and Non-Academic Pupils?
      Sir Michael Wilshaw,
      Former HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • Do those who set education policy in government and the inspectorate who largely come from middle class backgrounds and educated in selective or private schools really understand the issues facing this cohort of students?
      • Why are secondary schools not building on the gains made by many of these pupils in Primary Schools?
      • Why is the secondary curriculum not meeting the needs of these students?
      • Why is the rising tide of educational standards not lifting the boat for our poorest students in too many parts of the country?
      • Is FE fit for purpose or is it still the Cinderella Service in our education system?
      Speakers:
    • 12:00 - 12:30
      COVID as a Catalyst for Evolution in Education: Adopting Agile Mindsets at Evolve Trust
      Claire-Marie Cuthbert,
      Chief Executive Officer, Evolve Trust (Confirmed)

      Are traditional approaches to education still relevant in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

      Technology is transforming how we live, work, play and think- and it’s happening more quickly, and on a larger scale than at any point in human history…. Education needs to play catch up and get to grips with artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing so we can equip today’s young people with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world. In this session Claire-Marie will explore the rapid changes in society and what this this means for educators today

      Speakers:
    • 12:20 - 13:05
      Leading Excellent Resource Management in Schools
      Tanya Arkle,
      Deputy Director, Schools Resource Management,
      Division and non-executive director, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust
      Stephen Lester MBE,
      Education Consultant, SKL Education Consultancy
      Michael Larsen,
      Vice-Chair, Aspire Academy Trust, St Austell
      Stephen Mitchell,
      Chief Executive, Keystone Knowledge,
      Chief Executive Officer, Oak Multi Academy Trust(Confirmed)

      Headteachers, school business professional and governors, all have a responsibility to ensure that their resources are managed well and that their pupils receive the best education possible. Our panel will bring together leaders in education, business and governance to discuss how they have made a lasting impact on the education of their students through effective resource management.

      • Enabling schools to get the best value on goods and services by capitalising on procurement spend and skills.
      • Giving school leaders and business professionals a clear picture of the market with transparent, up-to-date and quality data.
      • Helping schools develop the necessary skills and providing direct support and hands-on tailored advice where needed
      Speakers:
    • 13:20 - 14:05
      The Break is Over: Ofsted is Back
      Gwyneth Gibson,
      Headteacher, Lea Manor High School (Confirmed)
      Karen Giles,
      Headteacher, Barham Primary School (Confirmed)
      Jonathan Haslam,
      Director, Institute for Effective Education (Confirmed)
      • After a short break, Ofsted has started inspecting schools again. How will they take into consideration the difficulties schools have gone through?
      • What future changes can be expected on inspections – will finances be included next?
      • How are Multi-Academy Trusts responding to Summary Evaluations?
      Speakers:
    • 13:45 - 14:15
      Building your Board
      Judith Hicks,
       Head of Inspiring Governance, National Governance Association (NGA) (Confirmed)

      This session will cover all the stages of the recruitment process; identifying the skills & attributes your board requires and understanding how that will dovetail into the governance competency framework. It will also cover suggestions on where you can go for extra support, top tips to promote your vacancy, companies who publicly support their staff governing in schools, right through to conducting the interview and training for new governors and trustees.

      Speakers:
    • 14:20 - 13:05
      Roundtable: Defining your Learning Ecosystem: How to Prioritise System Components that Work Effectively Together in Primary Education
      Robert Bowater,
      Chief Executive Officer, drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust (Confirmed)
      Sue Egersdorff,
      Executive Director, drb Ignite Trust (Confirmed)

      In this roundtable we ask primary leaders to share best practice in understanding and implementing learning eco-systems as well as stories of the challenges faced in the pursuit of defining, planning, building and measuring success. Through guided discussion we aim to explore:

      • How can the concept of learning ecosystems be used to improve children’s outcomes in primary education?
      • What are the basic components of an effective learning ecosystem?
      • What structures and frameworks already exist to help plan and execute tomorrow’s learning ecosystems?
      Speakers:
    • 14:20 - 15:05
      Academisation and the Plurality of Schools – What Lessons are We Learning from a Richer Schools Ecosystem?
      Jonathan Simons,
      Director, Public First (Confirmed)
      Dr Tom Perry,
      Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Birmingham (Confirmed)
      Professor Colin Diamond CBE,
      School of Education Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Birmingham (Confirmed)
      • How has the increase in academies changed the education landscape and what learnings can be taken?
      • What does the future look like for schools that haven't converted?
      • How have different structures and systems reacted to lockdown, re-opening and the pressures of new requirements in the face of COVID-19?
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      Re-inventing the Future … Or Tampering with the Past
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • How COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on key aspects of our educational system
      • Examining the challenges to the resilience and relevance of curriculum, assessment, inspection, national and local governance, support and intervention, inclusion strategies, pupil and community engagement.
      • Weighing up options for our response as a sector: will it be core and radical or incremental and peripheral.
      • What should be our main focus and how can we achieve a cohesive, strategic and effective response?
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      DSG Management Plan Template – User Input Session
      Gemma Donnelly,
      Head of the Local Authority Stakeholder Engagement Team , Education and Skills Funding Agency (Confirmed)

      This session is designed for local authority representatives who will be completing the DSG management plan templates. It will describe the reasons for the ESFA publishing a template and how it should be used.

      Speakers:
    • 15:20 - 16:05
      The Permanent Funding Crisis
      Jenna Julius,
      Senior Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (Confirmed)
      Simon Dyson,
      Head Teacher, Highfields Academy (Confirmed)
      Stephen Mitchell,
      Chief Executive, Keystone Knowledge,
      Chief Executive Officer, Oak Multi Academy Trust(Confirmed)
      • Assessing the unexpected costs caused by the pandemic – was the extra funding released by government sufficient?
      • How have schools adapted to the National Funding Formula?
      • Will there ever be enough funding for schools or are we asking too much of the school system?
      Speakers:
    • 15:20 - 15:50
      MATs Governance Rising to the Challenge
      Emma Knights OBE,
      Chief Executive, National Governance Association (NGA) (Confirmed)

      The continuing focus on the need for robust and knowledgeable governance is rendered even more important when there are issues to face which involve strategic management of resources, agile approaches to pupils’ learning, and skilled management of risk. This session will outline NGA’s expertise in these critical areas of governance.

      Speakers:
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Business & Finance
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Wellbeing & Safeguarding
    • 11:15 - 12:00
      Roundtable: Supporting Student’s Mental Health
      Charlotte Aynsley,
      Founder, E-safety Training and Consultancy (Confirmed)
      Davinder Aujla,
      Head of UK Sales, Impero Software (Confirmed)
      This roundtable will explore some of the issues that students and young people have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
      The discussion will focus on:
      • The current challenges schools face
      • How they can use the tools available to help to identify trends in mental health
      • How effective interventions and strategies can support student mental health and safeguarding
      Speakers:
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      The Forgotten Third: Are We Failing Disadvantaged and Non-Academic Pupils?
      Sir Michael Wilshaw,
      Former HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • Do those who set education policy in government and the inspectorate who largely come from middle class backgrounds and educated in selective or private schools really understand the issues facing this cohort of students?
      • Why are secondary schools not building on the gains made by many of these pupils in Primary Schools?
      • Why is the secondary curriculum not meeting the needs of these students?
      • Why is the rising tide of educational standards not lifting the boat for our poorest students in too many parts of the country?
      • Is FE fit for purpose or is it still the Cinderella Service in our education system?
      Speakers:
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Curriculum
    • 10:30 - 11:00
      Roundtable: Reassessing Curriculum Design as Fundamental to the Professionalisation of School Leadership
      Chris Jones,
      Chief Executive, CJ Learning & CJ Learning Technology

      In this roundtable we invite education leads, finance directors and school leaders from across the sector to share their priorities for curriculum design. We sketch out emerging practices from the data-driven to the fully integrated.

      • Beyond ICFP – How leaders can develop a more nuanced understanding built on analytics rather than financial savings alone
      • Adopting agile mindsets to tackle investment decisions into novel and emerging teaching and learning practices
      • Incorporating wellbeing into impact assessments to recalibrate how schools can judge the effectiveness of their strategies
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    • 12:00 - 12:30
      COVID as a Catalyst for Evolution in Education: Adopting Agile Mindsets at Evolve Trust
      Claire-Marie Cuthbert,
      Chief Executive Officer, Evolve Trust (Confirmed)

      Are traditional approaches to education still relevant in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

      Technology is transforming how we live, work, play and think- and it’s happening more quickly, and on a larger scale than at any point in human history…. Education needs to play catch up and get to grips with artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing so we can equip today’s young people with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world. In this session Claire-Marie will explore the rapid changes in society and what this this means for educators today

      Speakers:
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 SEND
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Governance
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Workforce
    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Workforce Management Gone Wrong: Common Pitfalls of HR and Payroll
      Richard Taylor,
      People Director, Leigh Academies Trust (Confirmed)
      Eamonn Moore,
      Business Development Manager, MHR International
      • Streamlining workforce management to unload pressure and time to better face the ever changing requirements of the pandemic
      • #Stressing visibility as key to better workforce and payroll and adding untapped value through analytics
      • Changing the perception of HR - From administration to being ambassadors for staff development and performance excellence
      • Preparing for the Christmas break - How can schools get ready for their retraining, recruitment and restaffing needs
      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Roundtable: Making School-Based Teacher Training Work for You
      Emma Hollis,
      Executive Director, The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) (Confirmed)
      Claire Harnden,
      Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust (Confirmed)

      An exploration into the potential benefits of ‘growing your own’ teachers through involvement in Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This roundtable hosted by NASBTT considers the options available to schools who are not currently engaged in ITT and the potential benefits to your school and wider communities. It will also highlights how trainees are an important, and effective part, of post-Covid recovery in schools. You will hear about the contribution that trainees have made, and will continue to make in schools this academic year given the likelihood of ongoing Covid disruption. Within all this there is an important differentiation to be made between trainees being seen as a trusted and valuable resource, who need nurture and support, rather than as a cheap ‘extra pair of hands’. Issues such as placements and effective mentoring will be discussed.

      Speakers:
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 Covid-19
    • 10:20 - 10:50
      Inspecting Again – Ofsted’s Future Direction of Travel
      The Rt Hon. David Laws,
      Former Minister of State for Schools and Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute (EPI) (Confirmed)
      Amanda Spielman,
      HMCI, Ofsted (Confirmed)
      • How will inspectors take into consideration the consequences caused by the school closure?
      • New steps for the Ofsted framework
      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Roundtable: Making School-Based Teacher Training Work for You
      Emma Hollis,
      Executive Director, The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) (Confirmed)
      Claire Harnden,
      Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust (Confirmed)

      An exploration into the potential benefits of ‘growing your own’ teachers through involvement in Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This roundtable hosted by NASBTT considers the options available to schools who are not currently engaged in ITT and the potential benefits to your school and wider communities. It will also highlights how trainees are an important, and effective part, of post-Covid recovery in schools. You will hear about the contribution that trainees have made, and will continue to make in schools this academic year given the likelihood of ongoing Covid disruption. Within all this there is an important differentiation to be made between trainees being seen as a trusted and valuable resource, who need nurture and support, rather than as a cheap ‘extra pair of hands’. Issues such as placements and effective mentoring will be discussed.

      Speakers:
    • 11:20 - 12:05
      Measuring the Impact of COVID-19: What Can we Learn from the Actions of School Leaders?
      Helen Nelson,
      Headteacher, Joseph Cash Primary School,
      Winner of Leadership Team of the Year, National Schools Awards (Confirmed)
      Cllr Lucy Nethsingha,
      Deputy-Chair of the Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association (LGA) (Confirmed)
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • Curriculum, attainment, admissions: what will be the longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children?
      • Leadership from within: How have School Leaders changed leadership styles to ensure that they can make the correct decisions at the correct time and to whom are leaders looking for best practice?
      • What financial impact has the pandemic had SATs, MATs and LAMs across England?
      • How has the relationship between schools and local authorities changed, what roles are schools now playing within their communities?
      Speakers:
    • 12:40 - 13:25
      National SEND Update – How are SEND Pupils Coping?
      Alex Grady,
      Education Development Officer, nasen (Confirmed)
      • Exploring the current landscape of the SEND sector and changes during schools’ closure and the precarious return.
      • Creating a local school approach with strong leadership towards SEND issues and raising teaching standards
      • Did the lockdown highlight inequalities in the system
      • Understanding the impact of COVID on our national direction of travel and pushing forward with the vital reforms to support SEND pupils

      Session hosted by nasen

      Speakers:
    • 13:20 - 14:05
      The Break is Over: Ofsted is Back
      Gwyneth Gibson,
      Headteacher, Lea Manor High School (Confirmed)
      Jonathan Haslam,
      Director, Institute for Effective Education (Confirmed)
      Karen Giles,
      Headteacher, Barham Primary School (Confirmed)
      • After a short break, Ofsted has started inspecting schools again. How will they take into consideration the difficulties schools have gone through?
      • What future changes can be expected on inspections – will finances be included next?
      • How are Multi-Academy Trusts responding to Summary Evaluations?
      Speakers:
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      Re-inventing the Future … Or Tampering with the Past
      Les Walton CBE,
      Chair, Association of Education Advisors (Confirmed)
      • How COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on key aspects of our educational system
      • Examining the challenges to the resilience and relevance of curriculum, assessment, inspection, national and local governance, support and intervention, inclusion strategies, pupil and community engagement.
      • Weighing up options for our response as a sector: will it be core and radical or incremental and peripheral.
      • What should be our main focus and how can we achieve a cohesive, strategic and effective response?
      Speakers:
    Day 2 - November 18, 2020 MAT