THE AGENDA

Day 1April 27, 2022
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Address
Main Stage

Welcome to the Schools and Academies Show 2022, London

Speakers

Stephen Morales
CEO
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Rachel Sylvester
Political Editor, The Times
Chair, The Times Education Commission
Confirmed
9:30 am - 9:50 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Minister for the School System
Main Stage
  • What changes should we expect following the Schools White Paper
  • Identifying and supporting best practice from the top trusts
  • Utilising this best practice to ensure the best outcomes for children

Speakers

Baroness Barran MBE
Minister for the School System
Department for Education
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Get Help Buying for Schools with the DfE Schools Commercial Team
Business & Finance Theatre

Get help buying for schools is a free and impartial service, delivered directly by the Department for Education (DfE) to help you with buying goods and services for your school.  

There is a wide range of goods and services available through DfE approved frameworks, everything from furniture to ICT and catering to MFDs. The DfE has approved each of the frameworks for use by schools based on the quality of service and the value they provide measured against the three C’s: cost, compliance, and convenience.  

Aimed at Schools-Business Professionals and hosted by DfE’s Schools Commercial team, this session will: 

  • introduce Get help buying for schools and how to access the service 
  • detail the DfE’s approved frameworks and what they cover 
  • advise how using DfE approved frameworks could help your school get value for money and support your purchasing of goods and services 

Speakers

Kevin Draisey
Head of Procurement Operations
Get Help Buying for Schools
Confirmed
Rachel Cammis
Service Owner
Get Help Buying for Schools
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:45 am
The State of Multi-Agency Working
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • Importance of information of sharing and collaboration between agencies 
  • Identifying and understanding the local need for services 
  • Assessing new risks caused by change in behaviours- effects of the pandemic in school and in the wider community
  • Understand how you can make changes in your school to improve safeguarding channels 

Chair

Jon Needham
Director of Safeguarding
Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust
Confirmed

Speakers

Iesha Small
Head of Change for Education and Families
Youth Endowment Fund
Confirmed
Jayne Sargeant
CEO
Phase Trust
Confirmed
Sally McFawn
Schools Manager for London and the South East
NSPCC
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:40 pm
Explaining SEND Funding
SEND Theatre
  • Understanding the 3 elements of SEND provision 
  • Who is responsible for managing a school’s SEND funding and resources? 
  • How to understand your School’s needs for SEND funding and where to access supporting information
  • Find out how to access SEND Funding, as well as how it should be allocated and recorded 

Speakers

Karen Pilling
Deputy Headteacher and SENCO
Chapel Street Primary School
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Nurturing Children for Our Changing World: The Amazing Power of Diverse Human Stories
Main Stage

See how interactive human stories provide a powerful and captivating way to experience diversity and nurture the vital skills and values children will need to thrive in our changing world.

The session will cover:

  • The changing face of the future of work
  • The importance of introducing diverse narratives and perspectives to students
  • Academic research on the impact of human stories on learners
  • The role emotions play in deep learning
  • Meaningful impact with as little as 20 minutes a week to get started

Speakers

Serdar Ferit
Co-Founder & CEO
Lyfta
Confirmed
10:10 am - 10:40 am
Our School Improvement Adventure: Culture, Creativity and Collective Action
School Improvement Theatre

In October 2021 Da Vinci Academy in Derby were rated ‘Good’ overall and in all areas of Ofsted for the first time since inspections began in 1993.

Headteacher, Katie Roberts, reflects on what she calls their “improvement adventure”, including:

  • How the culture of the school has been built, nurtured and embedded into everything they do.
  • Finding creative solutions to problems.
  • Never letting pupils give up on themselves.
  • Finding the right support and making it a collective effort.

Speakers

Katie Roberts
Headteacher
Da Vinci Academy
Confirmed
Karl Edwards
Director of School Partnerships
Teach First
Confirmed
10:15 am - 10:45 am
How We Can Tackle Teacher Workload And Why We Should
DfE Theatre

A conversation with headteachers about workload and the new toolkit, including an opportunity to take questions from the audience.

Speakers

David Lowbridge-Ellis
Leader of School Improvement
Matrix Academy Trust
Confirmed
Jane Hough
Policy Advisor
Department for Education
Confirmed
Liz Whetham
Executive Principal
Westminster Church of England Academy
Confirmed
Montserrat McShane
Policy Advisor
Department for Education
Confirmed
10:25 am - 10:30 am
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Leaders' Town Hall

Welcome to the Leaders’ Town Hall

Chair

Andy McHugh
Teacher and Editor
HWRK Magazine
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:15 am
The State of School Governance
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Has the role of Governors and Trustees changed due to the challenging past two years? 
  • Is there a need for a professionalisation of the role, with adequate training 
  • Should the Department play a role in this? 
  • Are School governors prepared for schools to transition to academies?  
  • Are School governors held accountable enough for their schools? 

Chair

Andy McHugh
Teacher and Editor
HWRK Magazine
Confirmed

Speakers

Emma Perkin
Co-Founder
Trust Governance Professionals
Confirmed
Hannah Stolton
CEO
Governors for Schools
Confirmed
John Fowler
Policy Manager
LGIU
Confirmed
Nicola West Jones
Head of Market Research
The Key
Confirmed
Sharon Warmington
Founder
National Black Governors Network and National Association of School and College Clerks
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Trust in the Future: Embracing the 2030 Agenda and Leading on the Schools System Transformation
Main Stage
  • How the landscape of education will change as we approach the government’s target of full academisation by 2030
  • The importance for school leaders to drive the conversation and influence policymaking on the structure of the school system 
  • Understanding successful school improvement models and evaluating the relationships between schools and local authorities 
  • Identifying best school models and leveraging the scale power of a trust to benefit an increasing number of children

Chair

Rachel Sylvester
Political Editor, The Times
Chair, The Times Education Commission
Confirmed

Speakers

Sir Alan Wood CBE
Founder
The Learning Trust
Confirmed
Joe Hallgarten
CEO
Centre for Education and Youth
Confirmed
Mark Wilson
CEO
Wellspring Academy Trust
Confirmed
Naureen Khalid
Chair
Newstead Wood School
Confirmed
Steve Rollett
Deputy CEO
Confederation of School Trusts
Confirmed
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Maturing your MAT – A CFO’s Tips for Growing a MAT and Surviving
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Building a Brand – Communicating better; being clearer
  • Developing Foundations – grappling with core systems; people and partnerships
  • Staying Safe – procurement; risk; compliance
  • Moving Forward – effective planning; finding joy

Speakers

Steve Howell
CFO
Red Kite Learning Trust
Confirmed
10:55 am - 11:40 am
Embedding Digital in Your School Improvement Plan
EdTech Theatre
  • The importance of a strategic approach to the use of technology in a school
  • Technology as part of the school’s improvement plans, to assist in delivering goals and enhance the school’s vision 
  • What stakeholders should be involved in the process, when to involve them, and in what capacity? 
  • Upskilling your staff as part of the strategic plan 

Chair

Dr Janet Lord
Head of Education, Faculty of Health & Education
Manchester Metropolitan University
Confirmed

Speakers

Emma Darcy
Director of Technology
Denbigh High School
Confirmed
James Garnett
Director of IT
United Learning
Confirmed
Sofia Costa
Edtech Policy Advisor
Department for Education
Confirmed
Vijita Patel
Principal & National Leader
Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre
Confirmed
10:55 am - 11:25 am
The SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper: Right Support, Right Place, Right Time.
SEND Theatre
  • Ensuring financial sustainability in the SEND system.
  • Simplifying the Education, Health and Care Plan and making plans more flexible
  • Improving workforce training through the introduction of a new SENCo NPQ

Speakers

Edmund Boggis
Team Leader, SEND Review
Department for Education
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Good Practice in the Management of Low-Level Concerns
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • An overview of the KCSIE guidance on low-level concerns.
  • The importance of the safeguarding culture.
  • Good practice in the recording and case management of concerns.

Speakers

Mike Glanville
Chief Safeguarding Officer
The Safeguarding Company
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:30 am
The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter
DfE Theatre

An opportunity to find out more about the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter – why focus on wellbeing and how your organisation can implement the charter.

Speakers

Ben Levinson OBE
Headteacher
Kensington Primary School
Confirmed
Dominic Siwoku
Senior Policy Advisor with Responsibility for Education Staff Wellbeing
Department for Education
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:45 am
What Makes a Good School? Beyond Ofsted
School Improvement Theatre
  • What does being a good school mean to those involved day to day i.e. teachers, parents, and pupils? 
  • The journey vs the destination: How much weight should exam results play in the assessment of a school? 
  • Are the contributions of extracurricular activities towards personal development often ignored by inspections? 
  • Is too much emphasis placed on Ofsted results over the role schools play in the community? 

Chair

Sir Andrew Carter K.B.E
CEO
South Farnham Educational Trust
Confirmed

Speakers

Amanda Wilson
Headteacher
St Alfege with St Peter’s C of E Primary School
Confirmed
Cassie Buchanan OBE
CEO
The Charter Schools Educational Trust
Confirmed
Jo Hutchinson
Director for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners
EPI
Confirmed
Nadine Bernard
Headteacher
Van Gogh Primary School
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Effective Relationships with Trustees and Mission Effectiveness
Trust & Trustees Theatre
  • The different duties and responsibilities of governors and trustees
  • Establishing effective communication and support between the governing body and the leadership team
  • What role should the Department play in developing governors and trustees?

Speakers

Clare Collins MBE
Head of Consultancy
National Governance Association
Confirmed
11:20 am - 12:05 pm
What’s to Come for Schools Funding?
Main Stage
  • What additional funding will be needed to fight the still ongoing effects of the pandemic on the school system? 
  • Beyond the adequacy of the National Funding Formula, a medium-term vision is needed to reassess the status of the sector after the influx of emergency funding 
  • Assessing the current effectiveness of funding and what is available for schools to plug the gaps in their budgets 
  • Equity within a trust: the effects of re-distributive models 

Chair

Rachel Sylvester
Political Editor, The Times
Chair, The Times Education Commission
Confirmed

Speakers

Alison Moon
Trust Business Manager & Company Secretary
Veritas Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Julia Harnden
Funding Specialist
ASCL
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
CEO
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Tom Goldman
Deputy Director, Funding Policy Unit
Department for Education
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Net Zero with No Capital: Optimise Your Buildings with Smart Tech and Future-Proof Your Budget
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Electricity costs are projected to double in the next 6 years. The need for schools to cut their energy consumption is ever more urgent. Since the withdrawal of Salix funding, in England, finding the means to pay for energy reduction works can seem impossible. It’s not
  • Luton Council, working with CILS, significantly reduced their schools’ energy consumption. Learn more and find out about ESFA approved – zero capital – funding options for schools
  • With reliable state-ofthe-art tech at the heart of the Luton Council projects the average lighting energy saving is over 90%

Speakers

Dave Stretch
Senior Business Development Manager
CILS UK
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Does Our Exams Culture Do More Harm Than Good?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Between reacting to current disruptions and re-thinking how to assess learners 
  • Are the changes made to exams as a result of Covid-19 a permanent solution? 
  • Do traditional exam practices promote harmful learning habits? 
  • Are exams a help or hinderance to social mobility? 

Chair

Andy McHugh
Teacher and Editor
HWRK Magazine
Confirmed

Speakers

Alistair McConville
Deputy Head, King Alfred's School
Co Founder, Rethinking Assessment
Confirmed
Angela Hopkins
Head of Assessment Services
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Confirmed
Dr Robin Bevan
Headteacher
Southend High School for Boys
Confirmed
Dr William Smith
Academic Lead
Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF
Confirmed
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Supporting SEND: The Power of the Network
SEND Theatre

The National Network of Special Schools (NNOSS) is a network whose members understand and can help with the unique challenges faced within special schools.  

Established in 2020 by Schools North East and supported by the Department for Education (DfE), NNOSS is open to all school business professionals (SBPs) working in special schools, alternative provision (AP), and hospital schools in England’s maintained, free and independent schools and academies. It provides support, information, and continuing professional development for its members, enabling a collective voice to tackle the key strategic challenges faced by special schools. 

Aimed at CEOs, headteachers and SBPs this session will cover: 

  • An introduction to the network and the importance of supported peer-to-peer networks
  • The impact of the network on the sector and how your school can benefit
  • The impact of the network from an SBP and CEO perspective 
  • The impact of the network on buying for special schools 

Speakers

Pauline Aitchison
Network Lead
National Network of Special Schools
Confirmed
Catherine Kelsall
School Engagement Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Increase Your Purchasing Power
DfE Theatre

Come along to this session hosted by the Schools Commercial Team and find out more about the services and guidance available to help those responsible for buying goods and services in schools.

Get first hand details of the support available now, including details of the new Get help buying for schools service to help you get the best possible value of your school.

Speakers

Tim Brown
Stakeholder & Engagement Manager
Department for Education
Confirmed
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
The Online Safety Bill: What Will it Mean for Schools and Pupils
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • How the School environment fosters online dangers to children
  • How the bill will protect children from harmful content online
  • The role of schools in implementing media literacy

Speakers

John Carr OBE
Secretary
Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Temporary Recruitment Efficiencies: Attracting and Engaging the Best Talent Through Managed Service Provision
Trust & Trustees Theatre
  • How can Trusts improve the quality and consistency of supply workers whilst making significant cost savings? 
  • What processes and technology can trusts implement to reduce the administrative burden? 
  • How does working in partnership improve a trust’s financial and strategic planning? 

Speakers

Corinna Holden
Operations Director
Monarch Education
Confirmed
David Parsons
Regional Director
CER
Confirmed
Alex Champion
Group Operations Director
Affinity Workforce Solutions
Confirmed
11:55 am - 12:25 pm
Looking Ahead: Ambitious Strategies to Improve Opportunities for Disadvantaged Pupils
EdTech Theatre
  • Understand how the pandemic has impacted the attainment gap, and how some schools have tried to minimise it
  • Learn how to best work with teaching staff to identify pastoral, pedagogical and intervention methods to support low-attainment pupils
  • Learn how to put together a future-proof intervention strategy focused on boosting the progress of disadvantaged students

Speakers

Josh Jarvis
Assistant Headteacher
Stratford School Academy
Confirmed
Mathieu Stevens
Vice Principal
The Halley Academy
Confirmed
Richard Angus
Director of Education Partnerships
MyTutor
Confirmed
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm
Stage Break
Main Stage
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm
5 Immediate and Free Ways to Improve Staff Wellbeing in Schools
School Improvement Theatre
  • Stress: The importance of self-prioritisation
  • Practical strategies to improve wellbeing culture in school
  • Addressing the whole school problem: staff recruitment and retention

Speakers

Chris Misselbrook
School Middle Leader and Whole School Wellness Coach
MindFirst Coaching
Confirmed
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm
Supporting schools and colleges to meet Digital Standards
DfE Theatre

An opportunity to find out more about the work of the SRM digital Standards team.

Speakers

Guy Paul
Policy Advisor
Department for Education
Confirmed
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Theatre Break
Leaders' Town Hall
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
How the Excellent School Resource Management Offer Can Help You
Business & Finance Theatre
  • This session is aimed at school leaders and school business professionals to increase their knowledge and use of the DfE’s school resource management (SRM) resources. 
  • The session will explore the first-hand experience of individuals, who are based in schools and trusts, use of the SRM guidance and tools. We will explore some useful tips and lessons learnt. 
  • The panel will end with an open Q&A so attendees will have the chance to ask our panellists questions. 

Chair

Tanya Arkle
Deputy Director of the School Resource Management Division
Head of the DfE’s School Resource Management Portfolio
Confirmed

Speakers

Mark O’Brien
School Resource Management Advisor
Marjory Kinnon School
Confirmed
Matt Mciver
COO
Cidari Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Sangeeta Brown
Education Resources Manager
Enfield Council
Confirmed
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm
Digitally Healthy Schools: Unlocking the Power of Health and Wellbeing with Apps
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • How connecting health care providers and app developers improves healthcare quality and efficiency 
  • Digitally healthy schools: using apps to improve healthcare pathways to young people. 
  • The dangers of unregulated health apps 

Speakers

Dr Lloyd Humphreys
Managing Director
ORCHA
Confirmed
Oliver Rawlinson
Patient Representative
ORCHA
Confirmed
12:25 pm - 1:10 pm
The Sector Responds: The SEND Review in Review
SEND Theatre
  • Have the delays to the review improved its understanding of the sector, or watered it down?
  • Is the review supporting improvements to the system or is it opening the door to unnecessary reforms? 
  • How will transparency and accountability be handled under the new implementation of SEND provision? 

Chair

Tania Tirraoro
Founder & Co-Director
Special Needs Jungle
Confirmed

Speakers

Bart Shaw
Head of Policy
Centre for Youth and Education
Confirmed
Emmanuel Awoyelu
Assistant Head Teacher
Eastbury Community School
Confirmed
Frances Akinde
Headteacher
Rivermead Inclusive Trust
Confirmed
Mrunal Sisodia
Co-Chair
National Network of Parent Carer Forums
Confirmed
12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
Keynote Address from National School Commissioner
Main Stage
  • The future of Multi Academy Trusts
  • The importance of collaboration and system leadership

Speakers

Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner
Department for Education
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm
An Introduction to The National Tutoring Programme
DfE Theatre

The National Tutoring Programme provides subsidised, high-quality tuition to pupils across England who have lost learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is an easy to access, cost-effective programme aiming to reach pupils through one-to-one and small-group, 15-hour tuition courses.  Join members of our team for our session in the DfE Village, to find out more about the offer to schools.

Speakers

Chloe Palser
Regional Engagement Lead - National Tutoring Programme
Department for Education
Confirmed
Yvonne Neely
Engagement Manager - National Tutoring Programme
Department for Education
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
EdTech Beyond the Lockdowns: Reaching a Long-Term Balance Between Distance and In-Person Learning
EdTech Theatre
  • Delivering the curriculum beyond the physical classroom: how can schools effectively implement hybrid learning plans? 
  • Do we finally have enough proof of the pedagogical efficacy of EdTech? 
  • How can leaders empower educators to discover the potential of technology in teaching? 

Chair

Gemma Gwilliam
Educational Technologist
United Learning
Confirmed

Speakers

Alix Robertson
Associate
Centre for Education and Youth
Confirmed
Gary Henderson
Director of IT, Millfield School
Ambassador, ANME
Confirmed
Lilly Thynne
Technology in Teaching & Learning Specialist
Bohunt Horsham
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
The Schools CEO Conversation: Defining the Strong Trust
Trust & Trustees Theatre
  • With “Strong Trusts” being in vogue, what is the common understanding of strength in the context of trust performance and management?
  • What should your trust be looking to achieve to be regarded as ‘strong’? 
  • What role does and should public service and civic duty play in the definition of a trust’s purpose and thus performance?  
  • Are there inherent understandings of the role of growth in our definition of strong trusts and does this require a rethink? 

Chair

Steve Rollett
Deputy CEO
Confederation of School Trusts
Confirmed

Speakers

Colin Mackinlay
CEO
Russell Education Trust
Confirmed
Rhona Barnfield CBE
CEO
The Howard Partnership Trust
Confirmed
Rowena Hackwood
CEO
Astrea Academy Trust
Confirmed
12:55 pm - 1:25 pm
First among equals leadership – implication and opportunities from the ‘White Paper’
School Improvement Theatre
  • The NAHT reaction to the White Paper
  • The implications of the Whitepaper. Will it open new opportunities for collaboration within the sector?
  • Case studies exploring the experience of NAHT in school collaboration.

 

Speakers

Amanda Martin
Multi Academy Trust Strategy Officer
NAHT
Confirmed
1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Water Efficiency
DfE Theatre

Come along and join in the discussion on how the DfE’s Schools Water Strategy can work with and support your school to save money and support climate change actions.

What we will cover in this session:

• Schools Water Strategy – have you heard of us? Join us and we will give you an overview of who we are and what we are doing.
• How our strategy is working with partners to help schools, we will tell you about the five projects currently happening
• Find out how you can get involved in the strategy and the benefits it will deliver for your school

Speakers

Ben Hannan
Project Lead, Schools Water Strategy
Department for Education
Confirmed
Laura Walton
Water Efficiency, Education and Awareness Lead, Schools Water Strategy
Department for Education
Confirmed
1:10 pm - 1:55 pm
Wellbeing Showcase – Successful Solutions to Improve Lives of Pupils and Educators
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre

13:10 – 13:12 | Intro 

13:12 – 13:27 | Solution 1: St Michael’s Church of England High School – 21st Century Child uses innovative approaches to raise awareness of the issues that affect young people.  They strongly believe in success through partnership and work closely with a range of professionals and local organisations to consult, agree the vision and create accessible content. 

13:27 – 13:42 | Solution 2: Orley Farm School – How the practical application of positive psychology into positive education can give your pupils and staff the happiness advantage to accomplish more in their academic and professional lives.

13:42 – 13:57 | Solution 3: John Ray Junior School – The Impact of Circle Solutions on school wellbeing and how we interleaved it into our curriculum to develop social and emotional learning, build positive relationships and enhance pupil resilience.

Chair

Andy Mellor MCCT
Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools
Confirmed

Speakers

Christina Handy-Rivett
Headteacher
St Michael’s Church of England High School
Confirmed
Kerry Whitehouse
School Engagement Development Manager
St Michael’s Church of England High School
Confirmed
Melanie Gentles
Head of Middle School
Orley Farm School
Confirmed
Vicky Childs
Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion/ SENCo
John Ray Junior School
Confirmed
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Apple’s Vision for Learning
Main Stage

How do we empower all learners today and prepare them for a rapidly changing world? A driving force behind this change is technology. It affects the way we live, the way the world works, and the kind of skills people need to thrive. Technology also presents unique opportunities for learning. Join Apple as we share four principles that drive the future of learning and what we’re doing to further them

Speakers

Chris McFall
National Education Development Manager
Apple
Confirmed
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Is Ofsted Inadequate to Handle Safeguarding?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Is there a need for specialist safeguarding inspectors to assess schools? 
  • Are Ofsted capable of dealing with the safeguarding issues facing specific groups e.g. faith groups, racial minorities, and LGBTQ+ individuals? 
  • Have satisfactory efforts been made to protect school children online? 

Chair

Andy McHugh
Teacher and Editor
HWRK Magazine
Confirmed

Speakers

Debbie Clinton
former CEO, ATT
Education Leadership Expert
Confirmed
Philip Beaumont
National Director of Academies
Oasis Community Learning
Confirmed
Shaukat Warraich
Founder and CEO
Faith Associates
Confirmed
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Innovating in Income Generation: A Practical Guide
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Join this interactive session to hear first-hand practical advice from school leaders who implemented successful income generation projects in their schools 
  • Examples of income generation for schools through effective partnerships and grants 
  • How schools help the wider community through challenging times during the pandemic and the impact this has on income 

Speakers

Christopher Willis
Executive Headteacher, GFM Education
Winner of Income Innovator of the Year, National Schools Awards
Confirmed
Richard Manville
Managing Director
FundEd Magazine
Confirmed
1:25 pm - 1:55 pm
Improving Mainstream SEN Provision: Teacher Training and the Routing out of Neuromyths
SEND Theatre
  • How misinterpreting pupil needs can lead to labelling and stereotyping with long-term consequences
  • Improving understanding of pupil development and moving away from ‘quick fix’ strategies
  • How Neuromyths Spread and How They Can be Prevented

Speakers

Anita Devi
Author of Essential Guides for Early Career Teachers: Special Educational Needs and Disability
Confirmed
Janet Law
Trainee Educational Psychologist
University of East London
Confirmed
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Theatre Break
EdTech Theatre
1:40 pm - 2:00 pm
Building Students’ Resilience to Extremist Narratives with Educate Against Hate
DfE Theatre

In this session, DfE will talk though how educators can best use Educate Against Hate, a DfE website filled with resources and guidance to help teachers and school leaders safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Speakers

Jade Atkinson
Communication and Policy Officer
Department for Education
Confirmed
James Fisk
Online Delivery Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
If Catch Up is the Answer, What is the Question?
Trust & Trustees Theatre

This panel discussion brings together MAT leaders as they discuss the disruption to learning over the last two years and the role of MATs in addressing ‘catch up’ instead of individual schools. The discussion also introduces the unique insight of Renaissance, who contributed their Star Assessment data to the DfE’s ‘Understanding Progress in the 2020/21 Academic Year’ research. The discussion also focuses on the role of standardised assessment alignment within MATs to ensure ‘catch up’ learning is achieved.

Speakers

Rob Tarn
CEO
Northern Education Trust
Confirmed
Steve Rollett
Deputy CEO
Confederation of School Trusts
Confirmed
John Moore
Managing Director UK/Australia
Renaissance Learning
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Ofsted, COVID-19, and the Journey to Good
School Improvement Theatre
  • From Failing School to Good, the journey of Maple Grove within the Lion Academy Trust
  • Covid-19 recovery, why our pupils are nearly back to their pre-covid achievement levels.
  • Navigating the new Ofsted framework. How we achieved ‘good’ status in September 2021

Speakers

Daniel Lough
Head of School
Maple Grove Primary School
Confirmed
Justin James
CEO
Lion Academy Trust
Confirmed
1:55 pm - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address from the Shadow Minister for Schools
Main Stage
  • Delivering an ambitious education recovery plan that allows children to work, play and thrive together.
  • Launching the most ambitious school improvement plan in a decade.
  • Ensuring every child leaves school job-ready and life-ready.

Speakers

Stephen Morgan MP
Shadow Minister for Schools
Confirmed
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Art of The Possible – Embracing Best Practice
Business & Finance Theatre
  • How can SBLs play their part in leading the growth of multi-academy trusts through tough circumstances
  • Moving beyond compliance to best practice 
  • Effective budget management. How do we ensure our finite resources deliver for our students? 

Chair

Stephen Mitchell
CEO & Founder
Keystone Knowledge
Confirmed

Speakers

Helen Burge
Deputy COO
The Priory Learning Trust
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
CEO
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Tanya Arkle
Deputy Director of the School Resource Management Division
Head of the DfE’s School Resource Management Portfolio
Confirmed
2:05 pm - 2:35 pm
The Benefit to Schools in Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle and Diet
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • How much responsibility should schools and teachers have for promoting healthy student lifestyles?
  • The consequences of poor diet and health in educational settings
  • The benefits to schools of food education and promoting healthy student lifestyles
  • How to get started promoting healthy lifestyles.

Speakers

Dan Parker
CEO
VegPower UK
Confirmed
Dr Jason O’Rourke
Headteacher
Washingborough Academy
Confirmed
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm
An Introduction to the National Centre for Computing Education
DfE Theatre

Find out how the NCCE, a DfE funded programme, provides teachers with a comprehensive range of evidence-informed, high-quality support, including free resources and training courses – mostly free of charge or supported by bursaries – to help them become inspirational computing teachers 

Speakers

Alicia Thorp
Policy Officer
Department for Education
Confirmed
Dave Gibbs
Senior Subject Specialist
National Centre for Computing Education
Confirmed
Rachael Gray
Computing Policy Team Leader
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
A Vision for Effective SEND & Alternative Provision: The Story of Olive Academies
SEND Theatre
  • How Olive Academies works to prevent the marginalisation of vulnerable young people with effective support structures and opportunities.
  • Bringing together alternative provision with mainstream schools and engaging local authority, DfE and voluntary sector leaders to improve children’s lives. 
  • Sharing examples of best practice to raise the quality of SEND & alternative provision nationwide.  

Speakers

Mark Vickers MBE
CEO and Chair, Olive Academies MAT
The National MAT CEO Network, AP & SEND
Confirmed
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
The Role of Schools in Promoting Social Mobility
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Do schools create an environment which promotes social mobility?
  • Do schools create a meaningful pathway to employment, and how can they work with employers? 
  • Do all post-16 education options allow for social mobility?  

Chair

Andy McHugh
Teacher and Editor
HWRK Magazine
Confirmed

Speakers

Baz Ramaiah
Senior Associate
Centre for Education and Youth
Confirmed
Caroline Sharp
Research Director
NFER
Confirmed
Gerry Robinson
Executive Head
Haringey Learning Partnership
Confirmed
Kate Anstey
Programme Manager, Cost of The School Day
Child Poverty Action Group
Confirmed
2:25 pm - 2:55 pm
Upskilling to Use EdTech Successfully
EdTech Theatre
  • Learning how to implement EdTech solutions with both pedagogy and technology in mind 
  • Making sure enough time is dedicated to CPD sessions and that they are part of a wider and consistent plan 
  • What resources are available for educators to upskill independently?  
  • The value of big tech companies’ certifications 

Speakers

Osi Ejiofor
Education Technology Consultant
Osi’s Tech Tips
Confirmed
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
Keynote Address from the Ofsted Chief Inspector
Main Stage

Session description to be updated closer to the event 

Speakers

Amanda Spielman
HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills
Ofsted
Confirmed
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
School Improvement and Governance: Change Starts from the Top
School Improvement Theatre
  • Uprooting our common understanding of governance to empower governors as engines for change rather than a system of checks and balances
  • Taking a literal interpretation for change: The value and timeliness of revitalising governance + best practice to recruit new governors
  • Ensuring that leaders are susceptible to change by encouraging a culture of open discussion and embracing healthy criticism from governors

Speakers

Emma Perkin
Co-Founder
Trust Governance Professionals
Confirmed
Ruth Agnew
Head of Governance
Co-Op Academies Trust
Confirmed
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
Leadership and Accountability in Multi-Academy Trusts: Practitioner and Research Perspectives
Trust & Trustees Theatre
  • How joining a multi-academy trust affects both the perceived and actual power structure of a school
  • Can the size of a Multi-Academy Trust inhibit a leader’s ability to improve their school?
  • How does reduced accountability affect school leader’s decisions
  • How does the experience of Ditton Primary School relate to research findings?

Speakers

Dr Denise Lee
Chair of Governors
Ditton Primary School
Confirmed
Dr Trevor Male
Associate Professor
Centre for Educational Leadership UCL
Confirmed
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Five Ways Your School Will Be Hacked (And How to Make Them Not Happen)
DfE Theatre

Hear from the DfE sector cyber security team about the ways your systems can be hacked and how to mitigate the risk to your school.

Speakers

John Hetherington
Enterprise Architect
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Making the Right Choices with Cyber Crime
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • Cyber protection tips for individuals and for businesses 
  • How to recover from a cyber-attack
  • Positively diverting people with a cyber skillset away from a life of crime

Speakers

Hinesh Mehta
Detective Inspector
West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit
Confirmed
2:55 pm - 3:25 pm
Opportunities in SLCN: Boosting Early Years Oral Language Skills
SEND Theatre
  • How SLCN Impacts Educational Achievement
  • The relationship between SLCN and behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties
  • The Challenges Teachers Face in Understanding and Meeting Children’s Needs 

Speakers

Professor Julie Dockrell
Professor of Psychology and Special Needs
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Confirmed
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Traits of Strong Financial Leadership
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Leading a culture of value for money and promoting this mindset at all leadership levels, to get the best deals for your school  
  • Understanding the priorities of a school and the structure of a School Development Plan 
  • Maintaining financial integrity across the Leadership Teams: ensuring all senior leaders understand matters related to school’s finance

Chair

Stephen Morales
CEO
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed

Speakers

Helen Anderson
Director of Finance
Cambridge Meridian Trust
Confirmed
Judy Brinson
Director of Business and Finance
Truro & Penwith Academy Trust
Confirmed
Simon Oxenham
Director of Resources
Southend High School
Confirmed
Will Jordan
Co-founder
IMP Software
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
School Resource Management
DfE Theatre

A quick intro to the DfE’s School Resource Management offer, a collection of free tools and guidance available to all schools. Find out more and access all of the full SRM offer

Speakers

Cherise Heavey
Communications and User Engagement Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Best Practice for Data Strategies in a Trust
EdTech Theatre
  • Elements involved in the creation, implementation, and maintenance of a data strategy across a group of schools 
  • Why it matters- benefits of a coherent approach to data collection, labelling, and usage 
  • Assessing pupils’ progress 

Speakers

Vicky Merrick
MAT Data Strategy and Impact
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
What Joining a Trust Means for Your School
Trust & Trustees Theatre
  • The basics: five key things to think about when joining a school Trust
  • The role of autonomy and agency in Trusts
  • Understanding your school’s purpose and finding the right trust to match.

Speakers

Steve Rollett
Deputy CEO
Confederation of School Trusts
Confirmed
3:15 pm - 3:35 pm
The Big Answer: Children’s Vision of the World and the Future
Main Stage

This will be a pre-recorded message 

  • Findings from the Big Ask  
  • Children’s voices and what we can learn from them going forward 
  • How covid-19 has affected children’s attitudes towards school 

Speakers

Dame Rachel de Souza DBE
Children's Commissioner for England
Confirmed
3:25 pm - 3:55 pm
The Value of Cross-Sector Partnerships for Continued Development as a School Leader
School Improvement Theatre
  • The importance of a developed leadership on student welfare, outcomes, and the trickle-down effect this has on school culture
  • How cross-sector partnerships can develop leadership and bring a fresh perspective
  • Opportunities to develop leadership through partnerships, even on limited budgets

Speakers

Anton Francic
Principal Secondary Adviser, School Performance & Improvement
Hackney Services for Schools
Confirmed
Paula Kennedy
Co-Founder
Inspiration For All
Confirmed
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
The Health Risks of Being a School Leader
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Theatre
  • How can a whole school approach be incorporated to protect teacher health and wellbeing? 
  • Is there a dangerous culture of not reporting ill-health in teaching? 
  • Has the response to protect teachers from Covid-19 been adequate? 

Chair

Andy Mellor MCCT
Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools
Confirmed

Speakers

John Brady
CEO
Schools Advisory Service
Confirmed
Dr Kenny Frederick
Education Consultant
Headrest
Confirmed
Maria Brosnan
Founder
Pursuit Wellbeing
Confirmed
Tim Bowen
National President
NAHT
Confirmed
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Teaching Vacancies – Putting Funding Back Into the Classroom
DfE Theatre

Speakers

Jonathan Wild
Delivery Manager
Department for Education
Confirmed
William Bourke
Teaching Vacancies Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
3:55 pm - 4:25 pm
Imagination Matters: The Value of Creativity in Learning Environments and How It Supports a Child’s Future
Main Stage
  • The importance of imagination and creativity in education. 
  • How to effectively bring creativity to the classroom. 
  • Fusing technology and creativity to create innovative blended learning experiences.

Speakers

Tom Doust
Co-Director
Institute of Imagination
Confirmed
4:25 pm - 4:30 pm
Chair’s Closing
Main Stage

Speakers

Stephen Morales
CEO
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Rachel Sylvester
Political Editor, The Times
Chair, The Times Education Commission
Confirmed
Day 2 - VirtualApril 28, 2022
Schools Commercial Team – Helping Your School with Cyber

The Department for Education is improving risk management across the school sector by introducing cyber cover into the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) product from April 2022.

Aimed at Schools Business Professionals and hosted by Georgia Shepherd, RPA Cyber Lead and Suleyman Salih, Head of Account Management at CyberClan, this session will:

  • Explain why cyber cover is now being included in the RPA
  • Give an Overview of RPA cyber cover and the conditions of cover
  • Introduce the 24/7/365 Incident Response Service provided by Cyber Clan

Chair

Arati Patel-Mistry
Schools Engagement Manager
Department for Education
Confirmed

Speakers

Georgia Shepherd
Product Delivery Lead for RPA
Department for Education
Confirmed
Suleyman Salih
Head of Account Management
CyberClan
Confirmed
Schools Commercial Team – How to Make Your School Water Efficient

Did you know according to a Waterwise study, an average of up to 3,100 litres of water can be saved per day, per school? Or that one leaking toilet can waste between 200-400 litres of water per day?

Over £120 million a year is spent on water across our school estate and the best way to reduce this spend is to look at water usage in our schools. Our water strategy aims to support school estate to improve resilience to the water related climate challenges it already faces and those it will face in the future, whilst also saving money on non-staff spend, enabling schools to reinvest that money to improve the school experience for pupils.

Aimed at Schools Business Professionals and hosted by DfE’s Water Strategy Team, this session will introduce the school’s water strategy and in particular, the support the team can provide to your school including:

  • Flood Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • Environment Agency partnership
  • Property flood resilience
  • Water efficiency
  • Education and awareness

Speakers

Ben Hannan
Project Lead, Schools Water Strategy
Department for Education
Confirmed
Laura Walton
Water Efficiency, Education and Awareness Lead, Schools Water Strategy
Department for Education
Confirmed
The Necessity of Inclusion in Education Settings
  • Effects of inclusion on improving wellbeing and learning outcomes for all students
  • How can teachers ensure that inclusion is a cornerstone of their classroom?
  • How to shape your curriculum around inclusion.

Chair

Dr Malcolm Cocks
Head of Inclusion
St Paul's School
Confirmed

Speakers

Aisha Sanusi
Director
ACEN
Confirmed
Dominic Arnall
CEO
Just Like Us
Confirmed
Jordan Sonko Crawford
Senior Assistant Head
Lilian Bayliss Technology School
Confirmed
Dr Navin Kikabhai
Chairperson, The Alliance for Inclusive Education
Director of the MSc Inclusive Education Pathway, University of Bristol
Confirmed
365SEND: It’s About Doing Things Differently
  • Do we need to find new ways to address existing problems in the SEND system?
  • What could a different way of working look like?
  • How can we connect resources and training in a sustainable way for schools and colleges?

 

Speakers

Anita Devi
Author of Essential Guides for Early Career Teachers: Special Educational Needs and Disability
Confirmed
Building Students’ Resilience to Extremist Narratives with Educate Against Hate

In this session, DfE will talk though how educators can best use Educate Against Hate, a DfE website filled with resources and guidance to help teachers and school leaders safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Speakers

Jade Atkinson
Communication and Policy Officer
Department for Education
Confirmed
James Fisk
Online Delivery Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
Visible Governance in a Post White Paper World
  • The importance of promoting positive governance experiences
  • Ensuring transparency with different stakeholders such as parents or councillors
  • How sharing best practice between benefits, us all

Speakers

Emma Knights
CEO
National Governance Association
Confirmed