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Day 1April 27, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

Chris Callaghan
Event Director
The Schools & Academies Show
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Ministerial Keynote

Speakers

Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Department for Education
Confirmed
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
School and Academies Show Community Exchange

This interactive networking session will be split into four rooms including:

  • MAT Exchange
  • Governor Exchange
  • SBM Exchange
  • Headteacher Exchange

Visitors will have the chance to pre-book a seat within these rooms which will all be hosted by senior education leaders. The aim is to provide attendees with an area to meet, connect, share best practice and exchange ideas on typical obstacles and challenges faced in their role.

After a welcome address in each room, attendees to the session will be split into breakout rooms every 5 minutes providing enough time to meet multiple like-minded peers in an interactive setting.

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
From Recovery to Re-Discovery: 2021 as the Year for Education
  • A review of the challenges faced by schools in the past six months: is the “new normal” here to stay?
  • Combatting extra expenses and balancing the budget: How can schools recover?
  • Drive for change and positive leadership: Can these difficult times show us the way to new opportunities, and lead to improvement?
  • Looking at the relationship between Government and the sector: What improvements can be made?

Speakers

Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Chief Executive
Chartered College of Teaching
Confirmed
Hamid Patel
Chief Executive
Star Academies
Confirmed
Day 2April 28, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

Sally Weale
Education Correspondent
The Guardian
Invited
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Upholding Education as a National Priority

Speakers

Robert Halfon MP
Chair
Education Select Committee
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:30 am
School and Academies Show Networking

During this networking break, there will be 8 themed breakout sessions based on the key areas of interest highlighted during our registration process with the aim of the sessions to provide visitors and suppliers with a dedicated area to meet, network and discuss the most pertinent topics within the sector.

Networking rooms will include:

  1. Staff Wellbeing
  2. Curriculum
  3. Pupil Wellbeing
  4. Governance
  5. Safeguarding
  6. School Leadership
  7. SEND
  8. Estates
  9. And more…
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Great Expectations: Assessing the Relationship between Government and School Leaders
  • Has the strain of the pandemic damaged the relationship between Government and Schools?
  • Should political consultative processes be more open, and involve a wider array of stakeholders?
  • Considering the renewed focus on ‘locality’, what arguments are there for more a more regional approach to education policy

Chair

Debbie Clinton
Chief Executive Officer
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed

Speakers

Chris Dyson
Headteacher
Parklands Primary School
Confirmed
Karen Giles
Headteacher
Barham Primary School
Confirmed
Wayne Norrie
Chief Executive Officer
Greenwood Academies Trust
Invited
Heather Sandy
Director of Children’s Services
Lincolnshire County Council
Invited
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Championing Diagnostic Assessment to Empower Teachers to Tackle Lost Learning Time
  • Defining diagnostic assessment as combining pedagogical knowledge with assessment data to better understand student misconceptions and needs
  • Recognising assessment as an intrinsic part of teaching and learning
  • Exploring how assessment data can provide much more than a score and how we can enhance subject-specific pedagogies as well as pupil achievement by close scrutiny of pupil responses

Speakers

Liz Twist
Head of Assessment Research and Product Development
NFER
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Hackney’s Diverse Curriculum – Celebrating Neglected Histories
  • What role can grassroots organisations and local authorities in teaching young people Black British History?
  • Hear about the newly launched programme that enriches Hackney schools’ curriculum.

Speakers

Annie Gammon
Director of Education
Hackney Council
Invited
10:30 am - 11:00 am
New Skills = New Skills Gaps: Post-Pandemic Recruitment
  • The power of data: Understanding your skills gaps should be data driven but do you have the data or the analytical processes?
  • What does recruitment look like in the pandemic and what skillsets are more important for the new-normal?
  • How can the benefits of virtual recruitment and onboarding be carried into the post-pandemic age?
  • How do your immediate needs sync up with your long-term vision and strategic workforce plan?
  • Is your organisation’s ‘brand’ where it needs to be, and how might this be affecting your proficiency in attracting and retaining the right talent?

Speakers

Sir Andrew Carter
Chief Executive Officer
South Farnham Educational Trust
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:55 am
The Long and Winding Road: Assessments 2021/2022
  • Barriers and enablers for building a just and effective teacher-assessed grading system
  • Boosting student and parent confidence and recovering trust from a generation caught in the crossfire of the pandemic
  • Evaluating the long-term impacts on assessments and the move towards a post-qualification admissions policy, is now the right time?
  • How can we use assessment data to help ease the pressure on one-off examinations?

 

 

Speakers

Ian Bauckham CBE
Chair
Oak National Academy
Confirmed
John Cope
Director of Strategy
UCAS
Confirmed
Joanne Harper
Chief Executive Officer
Activate Learning Education Trust
Confirmed
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Turning Back the Tide on Attainment with the National Tutoring Programme
  • Building on 96 individual studies to guide both schools and providers on ‘what works’ in tutoring and learning enrichment
  • Updating schools on the latest evidence based tutoring models and the power they can have on the learning outcomes of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Building a golden square of Student, Teacher, Parent and Tutor communication to boost attainment, safeguarding and behaviour
  • What continued delivery and feedback is teaching us about the effectiveness of group tuition and how are schools evaluating who can benefit from group settings?

Speakers

Emily Yeomans
Director
National Tutoring Programme
Confirmed
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Together for Children – Integrated SEND Provision in Sunderland
  • Designing care around the individual child’s needs not around structures or services
  • Building early intervention into commissioning to prevent an escalation of needs
  • Developing a constant ‘next-steps’ partnership plan to ensure that structures and dependencies can evolve and develop as population needs change
  • What parents actually want: working with parents in the design of services including the design of content hubs for parents

Speakers

Jill Colbert
Chief Executive
Together for Children
Invited
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
REPLAY – Upholding Education as a National Priority
  • Ensuring that no child falls behind: Evaluating the government’s commitment to learning through the NTP and the maintenance of key examinations
  • Have we served the most vulnerable through levelling up via the National Funding Formula and Pupil Premium?
  • Giving Schools long term financial confidence through the 10-year school rebuilding programme and the commitment to 50 new rebuilding projects per year

Speakers

Robert Halfon MP
Chair
Education Select Committee
Confirmed
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Supplier Showcase

The Schools & Academies Show could not take place without the continued support from our sponsors and exhibitors. As such, this dedicated networking time will be used to showcase our suppliers.

Visitors will have the chance to enter into hosted supplier networking rooms for live demonstrations and Q&A sessions with the UK’s leading education suppliers.

1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
The SEND Review and the Responsibilities of all School Leaders
  • What is the advice for Schools’ engagement with parents: How can co-production be strengthened?
  • A national vision for SEND spanning inclusive mainstream school provision and specialist schools
  • Is there a cohesive plan for climbing out of the back-log and effectively handling future surges for demand for education, health and care plans?

Chair

Debbie Clinton
Chief Executive Officer
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed

Speakers

Professor Adam Boddison
Chief Executive Officer
nasen
Invited
David Swanston
Deputy Principal
St Vincent’s School
Confirmed
Rebekah Liyambo
Chief Executive Officer
EKO Trust
Invited
Pauline Aitchison
Deputy Director
Schools North East & the National Network of Special Schools for School Business Professionals
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Pupil Premium – Is it Enough to Close the Disadvantage Gap?
  • Funding and Practice: The tussle between extra funding and improvements to practice in improving children’s outcomes
  • Numbers and Nuance: What is the data telling us but also what does the data omit in not considering co-factors in disadvantage

Speakers

Marc Rowland
Pupil Premium Adviser
Unity Schools Partnership
Confirmed
Professor Becky Francis
Chief Executive Officer
Education Endowment Foundation
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
School Resource Management Efficiency: Starting with Skills
  • Engaging SBLs in SLT and board conversations to allow them to uncover areas of waste and opportunities for management innovation
  • Getting business perspectives on your board: Practical steps for sourcing expertise
  • Upskilling all staff on the basic skills to develop a culture of value-for-money without distracting from the primary focus on the student
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Rethinking Place and Space in Learning: Contemporary and Future Models for School Premise Design
  • Constructing spaces where people come together to make things, build, hack, remix, take-apart, and rebuild.
  • Highlighting learning through exploration, collaboration, problem-solving, and being creative and innovative
  • Understanding how space contributes to student well-being, academic success and improved behaviour
  • Defining a single space for 4 different types of learning: Structured, Controlled, Guided and Free Enquiry
  • The importance of virtual and physical learning and how the lessons of the pandemic translate into space making for learning

Speakers

Professor Peter Barrett
Emeritus Professor
University of Salford
Confirmed
Céranne Litton
Executive Headteacher
Grove Park Academies
Invited
Chaz Napoli
Principal
St Martin de Porres High School
Invited
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Centralization and GAG Pooling: Putting Theory into Practice
  • What are your strategic incentives for centralization and are they known across your MAT?
  • Conducting a review of your Organisation’s Perspective: Who can support you on the journey towards centralisation
  • Looking beyond the argument for economies of scale and focusing on the true benefit of enabling leadership
  • Where on the Scale of Centralization should my MAT sit and who do I look towards for benchmarks?

Speakers

Susanne Kiff
Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust
Confirmed
Bobby Thandi
Deputy CEO
L.E.A.D. Academy Trust
Invited
1:55 pm - 2:25 pm
Regional Education and Children’s Team (REACT): The Power of Collaboration

Speakers

Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner
Confirmed
2:25 pm - 2:55 pm
Raising Teacher Quality: Reviewing ITT
  • Creating a more robust and rigorous market for ITT Provision and working with providers to bring quality up to scratch
  • Using £22 million from the spending review to raise the bar while reducing the complexity in the system
  • How can we encourage trainees to teach in the most urgent of schools and the most deprived regions?
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
2:40 pm - 3:25 pm
Back to Basics: What is the Core Purpose of Governors and Trustees
  • Ensuring that educational standards and school improvement are at the heart of Governor activity through team building and consistent leadership
  • Defining the critical friendship with leadership and headteachers and setting the terms and structures for offering support, appraisals, and advice
  • Sourcing the right skills for the specific needs of your organisation and effectively refreshing your board

Speakers

Sara Drake
CEO
The Chartered Governance Institute
Invited
Claire Collins MBE
Head of Consultancy
National Governance Association
Invited
Raj Unsworth
Governor, Trustee and Specialist Advisor
Headsroundtable
Confirmed
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
How Modular Buildings are Taking the Pain Out of School Improvements

• Find out how CCS are working in partnership with suppliers and education providers to reduce the challenges traditionally faced by school when improvements or new builds are required
• Through integration and early engagement we can help schools use Modular building solutions to deliver projects faster, greener and with greater value for money
• Hear from great case studies, and receive hints and tips on how to deliver a successful project

Speakers

Paul Jones
Category Lead - Modular Buildings
Crown Commercial Services
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Combatting Covid and Change Fatigue: Workforce Wellbeing
  • Catch-Up as enriched learning: Enabling teachers to enrich their teaching with autonomy and with personal understanding of their students and their needs
  • One school: The growth of community and trust and how these relationships are the beginning of happier and more empowered workforce
  • Championing co-production and prioritizing honesty over conformity

Speakers

Kat Howard
Principal and Author
The Dunston School, Stop Talking about Wellbeing
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Funding your Academy Expansion
  • Explaining supplemental funding agreements for academy-conversions with a multi-academy trust
  • Exploring single funding agreements for schools in the process of becoming an academy with a single academy trust

Speakers

Warwick Sharp
Director of Academies and Maintained Schools
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Invited
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
3:35 pm - 4:20 pm
Diversity in School Leadership: Breaking Down Barriers
  • Almost half of English schools have no BAME teachers and statistics on LGBT+ staff diversity is non-existent, how can we buck this trend?
  • Reversing the impact of the absence of diversity within leadership on retention rates for BAME and LGBT+ Staff
  • Uncovering and combatting the challenges of diversity within the School Business leader community with only 4% BAME representation

Speakers

Professor Paul W Miller
President
Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM)
Confirmed
Dr Antonina Tereshchenko
Senior Research Fellow
UCL Institute of Education
Confirmed
Bavaani Nanthabalan
Headteacher
Netley Primary School
Confirmed
Daniel Tomlinson-Gray
Co-Founder and Director
LGBTed
Confirmed
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Agile Governance and Skills to Face the Future
  • In the face of a forced uptick in blended and distanced learning what might this mean for the schools strategy and vision
  • With added pressures on leaders to balance regulation and the books, how can we re-assess the role of governors to support leadership
  • How can governors and trustees plan for resilience and how to conduct a governance review to cement resilience into management structures

Speakers

Lin Dykes
Governor
Dover Grammar School for Girls
Invited
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
4:25 pm - 4:35 pm
Chairs Closing Address

Speakers

Sally Weale
Education Correspondent
The Guardian
Invited
Day 3April 29, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

Will Hazell
Education Correspondent
The I Newspaper
Invited
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Opposition Address
  • Funding the Covid-relief deficit to stem tide of compounded inequality in access to learning and repair the damage of disjointed education
  • Overworked staff and isolated students: combatting the looming mental health crisis
  • Advocating for a more credible plan to tackle the loss of faith in exams and assessments
  • Addressing the SLT sacrifices over the past 12 months and how to ensure the right support and wellbeing schemes are in place for the next year

 

Speakers

Wes Streeting MP
Shadow Schools Minister
Labour Party
Invited
10:00 am - 10:30 am
School and Academies Show Networking

We have selected a handful of key topics from the show and will be hosting dedicated networking rooms around each of these topics.

The aim of each room is to encourage networking and engagement with attendees, share concerns, ideas and best-practice and connect with each other on the platform.

Attendees of each of these themed sessions will have a 5-minute introduction to the session and then be split into smaller groups which are rotated every 5-minutes to encourage interaction.

Themes include:

  1. Back-Office School Management
  2. Funding
  3. School Food
  4. Staff Training & UpSkilling
  5. Income Innovation
  6. Procurement Efficiencies
  7. And more…
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Unpicking Systemic Difference in School Resilience
  • Have some systems, group sizes and structures fared better and is this truly owing to the way schools are organized or are other variables at play?  
  • How do we define ‘successful resilience’ both in retrospect to and beyond the pandemic and what does this mean for future school structures?  
  • How might different structures be more or less resilient when considering different responsibilities such as curriculum, safeguarding, wellbeing and SEND provision?  

Speakers

Steve Rollett
Deputy Chief Executive
Confederation of Schools Trust
Invited
Julian Drinkall
Chief Executive Officer
Academies Enterprise Trust
Invited
Sara Tough
Executive Director for Children Services
Norfolk County Council
Invited
10:30 am - 11:00 am
At the Crossroads of a National Pandemic, Local Deprivation, and the SEND Crisis
  • How Brunel SEN MAT is combatting the compound negative impact of Covid, funding pressures and SEND requirements in most deprived areas
  • Calculating the spending pressures schools have had to bear to protect the hardest hit such from the PPE shortfall to frontline staffing pressures
  • How have covid relief funding schemes and national services such as the NTP catered for SEND and is this enough to offset costs for recovery and catch-up?

Speakers

Jackie Smith MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Brunel SEN MAT & Uplands Educational Trust
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Building Back Stronger for School Estates: Funding and Strategies
  • Replacing, Re-roofing & Remodeling: Finding the cost-effective changes which keep disturbance to a minimum
  • Condition Improvement Funding or Urgent Capital Support: The right financial tools for the job
  • Spend money, save money: Investing in new technology, equipment and energy sources to deliver immediate savings
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Same Pandemic, Different Inspections: Supportive Monitoring
  • Has the shift in focus to remote learning and parent complaints been a helpful driver for school improvements?
  • Deciphering Ofsted’s expectations for improvement and what counts as a reasonable delay?
  • What have been your situational, local and demographic barriers during the pandemic and how will Ofsted take these into account?
  • Defining the ‘right level of challenge’ in Ofsted’s commitment to work with leaders through supportive inspections

Speakers

Heather Leatt
Director of Improvement
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership
Invited
Sean Harford
National Director for Education
Ofsted
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Global Lessons on School Management: One Crisis, One Sector
  • How have school systems globally combatted disjointed learning, learning loss and student isolation?
  • What programmes and initiatives are being undertaken to address the impact on wellbeing both of students and staff?
  • How have different regions and nations addressed the funding challenges
  • What policies and strategies are different countries pursuing to ensure assessments and exams are still able to take place?
  • Recovery or rediscovery? Has the pandemic given way to discussions and movement for education reform globally?

Speakers

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Professor Karen Starr
School Development & Leadership
Deakin University
Confirmed
Siobhán McMahon
COO
ASBO Intl
Invited
Aubrey Kirkpatrick
Director of Finance and Administration
Anglophone East School District, New Brunswick
Confirmed
11:25 am - 11:55 am
The New Funding Crisis – The Impact of Covid-19 on School’s Finances
  • What funding is currently available and what can be done to prevent the worst?
  • The legacy of coronavirus on schools’ budgets and what long term solutions should the sector implement
  • Continuing to tackle the original funding issues and ensuring they are not forgotten amidst new challenges

Speakers

The Rt Hon. David Laws
Former Minister of State for Schools and Executive Chairman
Education Policy Institute (EPI)
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
REPLAY – Opposition Address
  • Funding the Covid-relief deficit to stem tide of compounded inequality in access to learning and repair the damage of disjointed education
  • Overworked staff and isolated students: combatting the looming mental health crisis
  • Advocating for a more credible plan to tackle the loss of faith in exams and assessments
  • Addressing the SLT sacrifices over the past 12 months and how to ensure the right support and wellbeing schemes are in place for the next year

 

Speakers

Wes Streeting MP
Shadow Schools Minister
Labour Party
Invited
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Supplier Showcase

The Schools & Academies Show could not take place without the continued support from our sponsors and exhibitors. As such, this dedicated networking time will be used to showcase our suppliers.

Visitors will have the chance to enter into hosted supplier networking rooms for live demonstrations and Q&A sessions with the UK’s leading education suppliers.

1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
School Business Leaders as Crisis Managers: Beating the Drum for the Role of the SBL During Covid
  • How have SBLs dealt with extra requirements from access and sanitisation to investment in technology and extra staff?
  • How has the role of the SBL changed in supporting leadership to deal with covid pressures?
  • Remote working management: Digital upskilling has taken the world for a spin but how have SBLs fared and what does this mean for future working?
  • Urgent vs Strategic: How SBLs have balanced long term development with critical crisis management?
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Staff Anxiety and Stress: Addressing the Long-Term Impact on Wellbeing
  • Are we heading towards a crisis and what does the sector and data tell us about the state of wellbeing within the schools’ sector at large?
  • What tools and techniques are proving most effective in combatting fatigue and anxiety?
  • What are we doing as a nation to support mental health and wellbeing?
  • How to maintain the importance of wellbeing in your institution

Speakers

Ben Levinson
Headteacher
Kensington Primary
Confirmed
Nicky Corfield
Headteacher
Kingsmore Infant and Nursery School
Invited
Hayden Abbott
Executive Headteacher
Kenilworth School
Confirmed
Rob Williams
Headteacher
Malton School
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Birmingham Children’s Partnership – a Coalition to Improve Children’s Services

 

  • Why we built the alliance between Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust and the local NHS and what services we provide
  • How the coalition is already bringing a positive change to children’s lives in the city
  • Early results from the Rix Wiki pilot scheme, a new platform to facilitate the access of families to the services provided

Speakers

Richard Selwyn
Transformation Director
Birmingham Children’s Partnership, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
Invited
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Unlocking Employability: Prepare for Independence and Empower People to Land Their Dream Job
  • Special school Woolston Brook’s curriculum has developed a focus on employability – learn more about its successful record
  • How the introduction on eight essential skills for life has re-focused the programme
  • What are the outcomes of their Career Pathway Programme, that encourages work experience and apprenticeships?

Speakers

Maureen Brettell
Head Teacher
Woolston Brook
Invited
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot
This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.
1:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Multi-agency Safeguarding and the Crucial Role of Schools
  • How Schools have become even more vital for child safeguarding with the closure of many face-to-face services
  • How leaders can work with the appropriate partners to combat the low visibility of children during the pandemic
  • How schools can share the cost of safeguarding procedures and the necessary training with local authorities and social services
  • Early intervention with social services to mitigate the need for extra resources when safeguarding issues reach critical levels

Speakers

Anna Feuchtwang
Chief Executive
National Children's Bureau
Invited
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
The Wellbeing Governor: Sourcing Strategic Support for Staff and Students
  • The scope of the problem: From stress and anxiety to poor mental health, trauma and suicide
  • Toolkits and schemes or assessing impact on wellbeing for both students and staff
  • How a foundation of openness and a conscious recognition of language not just of students but beginning with the board and school staff is a vital first step
  • From language to culture, how to embed wellbeing practices across all strategic decisions whether Staffing and Curriculum to estates and SEND

Speakers

Hannah Stolton
Chief Executive Officer
Governors for Schools
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Value for Money in Renovating to Rethinking Schools Buildings
  • Sourcing best-practice for building a schools strategy for estates spending are general models appropriate for your schools needs and settings
  • With a wealth of public data available on school renovations and building methods, where do you begin to evaluate cost effectiveness
  • Prioritising your requirements from the project such as environmental, pedagogical, economic and wellbeing focused

Speakers

Sally Brooks
Executive Principal
Fulham Cross Academy Trust
Invited
Emma O’Connor
Headteacher
Cardinal Newman Catholic School
Invited
Jennifer Blunden
Chief Executive Officer
Truro and Penwith Academy
Invited
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The UK Education Sector: Priorities for Recovery
  • Working with all stakeholders to make true on delivering high-quality education and children’s services for everyone
  • Reflecting on the unity of the sector during the pandemic and building trust with leaders and practitioners to ensure policy reflects practice
  • Driving forward with the national Levelling Up agenda to combat deprivation and disadvantage

Speakers

Susan Acland-Hood
Permanent Secretary
Department for Education
Invited
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Getting the Most Milage out of Pupil Premium
  • Anticipating gaps in your pupil premium spending plan and structuring regular reviews to ensure that you can identify and fund student improvement
  • Advocating a whole school approach to utilising Pupil Premium through the involvement of all staff as well as trustees and governors
  • Balancing the need to manage high percentage Pupil Premium and give each child a dedicated improvement plan.
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Expectations and Realities: Social Mobility in Schools
  • With the impact of Coronavirus magnifying inequality, how are schools tackling longstanding and cumulative disadvantage?
  • 2020 showed little progression in working towards a more economically diverse blend of pupils, how can schools buck this trend?
  • Widening pay scales for schools adds added pressure for individual institutions to retain staff, how can schools support eachother with staffing and talent sharing?

Speakers

Dame Martina Milburn
Chair
Social Mobility Commission
Invited
Martine Mulhern
Principal
St Cecelia’s College
Confirmed
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Building a Coherent Picture of Learning Loss in the UK
  • What do we mean by learning and thus learning loss and are we limiting our definition and neglecting socialisation and character-development?  
  • How do the questions and answers to the situation of lost learning represent a national soul-searching exercise for education?  
  • Have some schools, cohorts or regions gained learning relative to the average and is the national approach to recovery flexible enough to cater for the needs of individual schools and trusts? 
  • What does a less homogenous image of learning loss represent in terms of systemic disadvantage?

Speakers

Katherine Brisbalsingh
Headmistress
Michaela School
Invited
Iain Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Great Schools Trust
Invited
Nick Brook
Deputy General Secretary
NAHT
Invited
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
New Funding Formula 2021-2022
  • Boosting the NFF by 3% to significantly with a minimum per pupil payment of £4,000 to primary and £5,150 to secondary
  • Giving schools an additional £180 (primary) £265 (secondary) per pupil through the NFF to simplify teacher pay and pension grant schemes
  • Increasing additional funding for small and remote schools up to £45,000 compared with £26,000 for 2020-2021
  • Are these increases, forecasts and pre-covid policies still relevant to the situation of schools?
  • With supplementary catch-up, workforce and exceptional cost funding, how does this muddy the water for evaluating the state of funding in the UK?

Speakers

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
The Education Landscape Post Covid and the Reclaimed Role of Local Authorities
  • Have the pandemic and lockdown proven the limits of a centralised education system? Are Local Authorities ready for a comeback?
  • How have schools worked more intimately with their local authorities and services during the pandemic and how might this be a model for future collaboration?
  • How should we empower schools to exercise their freedom to collaborate with their local authorities for the welfare of their charges?

Speakers

Fiona Millar
Journalist
The Guardian
Invited
Ben Wassall
Headteacher
Chillingham Road Primary School
Invited
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Top 10 Skills and Practices for Resource Management
  • Translating resource management into educational impact and qualifying what ‘value for money’ means for your school environment
  • Building continual development of procurement skills within your organisation to secure the right deals from the right providers
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

3:20 pm - 4:05 pm
Curriculum Enrichment: Catch-up and the Long-Term Impacts on Education
  • How are schools are calculating their needs and what best practice exists for catering for differential learning loss through the catch-up funding?
  • How are schools looking beyond learning losses and considering more long term ‘scaring effects’ of learning loss?
  • Will schools leverage the growing market of tutors and mentors beyond catch-up to refocus these services for curriculum enrichment?

Speakers

Emily Yeomans
Director
National Tutoring Programme
Confirmed
Tom Bennet
Founder
ResearchEd
Invited
Simon Burgess
Professor of Economics
University of Bristol
Invited
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Recovering or Rethinking Exams
  • What is the purpose of assessments and what impact do they have on a learner’s life?
  • Do assessments rein in the full potential of teaching?
  • Is there a better way to assess or are exams an educational rite of passage?

 

Speakers

Sir Jon Coles
Chief Executive
United Learning
Invited
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Open for Business: School Income Generation
  • How can school leaders and senior business professionals initiate income generation schemes and where does this fit within the wider financial strategies
  • Whether through charitable grants, corporate sponsorship, capitalization of estates, skills and services each school has a series of options
  • Re-building your foundation with parents as a core community of support for income regenerative activities
  • Have your school’s income generation strategies been affected by the pandemic and how can we overcome those obstacles
  • At a time income generation is needed most it has been affected – what can we do to raise additional income during the new normal?

 

Speakers

Simon Arnold
Headteacher
Oak Meadow Primary School
Invited
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm
Chairs Closing Address

Speakers

Will Hazell
Education Correspondent
The I Newspaper
Invited
Day 4April 30, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

William Stewart
News Editor
TES
Confirmed
9:30 am - 10:00 am
The Post-Covid Generation of Teachers
  • The importance to post-Covid recovery of ITT and recruiting teachers to whether they are needed most
  • Anticipating the rollout of the Early Career Framework and it’s impact
  • Priorities and actions for schools concerning fast-tracked NQTs during the pandemic
  • What does teaching look like in a future of social distancing, blended learning and remote working?

Speakers

Russell Hobby
Chief Executive Officer
Teach First
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Supplier Showcase

The Schools & Academies Show could not take place without the continued support from our sponsors and exhibitors. As such, this dedicated networking time will be used to showcase our suppliers.

Visitors will have the chance to enter into hosted supplier networking rooms for live demonstrations and Q&A sessions with the UK’s leading education suppliers.

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Trauma informed Practices for Improving Student Wellbeing and Behaviour
  • Making Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice (ATIP) the foundational practice through which you communicate and engage all students
  • Developing INSET training sessions for colleagues and partners to fully embed ATIP
  • Expanding learning and training to parents to increase the impact of practices beyond the school gates

 

Speakers

Leanne Forde-Nassey
Headteacher
The Key Education Centre
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Elective Home Education and Absenteeism: More Choice for Parents or a Dangerous Trend
  • 770,000 absentees in England with many missing more than half their schooling has Covid been a catalyst for more support of elective home education?
  • Blended and remote learning: what does this mean for allowing those struggling with attendance to maintain educational progress?
  • What can schools, LAs and governments do to better address or cater for the trend from increased SEND funding to bolstering safeguarding?

Speakers

Ms Jenny Coles
President & Director of Children’s Services
ADCS & Hertfordshire County Council
Invited
11:10 am - 11:40 am
Sponsor Speaking Slot
11:10 am - 11:40 am
The Teaching School Hub Programme
  • What we learned from the 2019-2020 test and learn phase with 6 Schools and Trusts across the UK
  • Laying out the central role of hubs for ITT, NPQs and the 2021 Early Career Framework
  • Looking at the first cohort of Teaching School Hubs and their journey as well as how other schools can apply for TSH status
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Top Tips for Implementing Ecology at Scale
  • Understanding your carbon footprint: Surveys, analysis, and whole school learning opportunities
  • Energy is not a Fixed Overhead: Reducing costs from heating and lighting
  • No to low-cost conversions: Taking advantage of the £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) grant schemes and public funds
  • Ecology as psychology: The impact of green thinking and waste reduction on wellbeing and the curriculum
  • Making your building work for you, from learning spaces to maintenance and energy efficiency

 

Speakers

Melanie Harwood
CEO & Founder
eduCCate Global
Confirmed
Marianne Blake
Headteacher
Oxford Spires Academy Trust
Invited
Fiona Cowan
Headteacher
Bolsover Infant & Nursery School
Confirmed
Catherine Carr
Headteacher
Hunters Bar Infant School
Invited
11:10 am - 11:40 am
Avoiding the Perfect Storm: Tips for Building Better Physical and Mental Health
  • Outlining the impact of Physical Education and physical activity on wellbeing, behaviour and capacity for learning
  • Take-home tips for building a whole school culture of physical activity and embedding practices outside of the traditional constraints of PE
  • What lessons have we learned from lockdown and how can we enshrine some of the learnings to improve the teaching of PE?

Speakers

Sue Wilkinson MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Physical Education (AfPE)
Confirmed
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Empowering Subject Leaders in Curriculum and Teacher Development: Realising the Potential of Senior Curriculum Leadership and Power of Subject Communities
  • Championing your subject leaders: what mechanisms can be used to support and challenge subject leaders to develop/renew subject curriculum and drive subject-specific teacher development within their subject departments?
  • Realising the potential of senior curriculum leadership for empowering subject leaders through attending to domain-specific expertise and sites of transformation for senior curriculum leaders and subject leaders
  • Realising the power of subject communities for empowering subject leaders through attending to the professional and intellectual spaces for subject teacher agency and ‘loci of authority’ for curriculum development and evaluation

Speakers

Grace Healy
Curriculum Director
David Ross Education Trust
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Recovery Workforce Planning: Tips for Funding & Practice
  • Making best use of the Covid Workforce Fund to cover teacher absences, support and supply needs
  • Shifting perspectives in the way that schools deploy staff from flexible work arrangements, best practice for teaching assistance and ITT adoption
  • Working with LA’s to source staff and recovery resources
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction as the Bedrock of Haileybury Turnford School’s New Build
  • Designing a multi-utility building while balancing a combined ethos of sustainability, cost effectiveness and pace
  • Reducing construction waste by over 15% and enabling speedier construction under Covid site safety restrictions by using structural insulate panels
  • Leveraging the energy efficiency of the new-build to bring down energy costs for generations to come

Speakers

Robin Newman
Headteacher
Haileybury Turnford School
Invited
12:05 pm - 12:50 pm
Ofsted and Equitable Schools’ System: Barrier or Boost for Equality
  • High stakes and pressure on the profession: Are public results detrimental to school’s ability to hire and retain the right staff for their students?
  • How the public nature of Ofsted reports working against the most disadvantaged by impacting staff ?
  • What other models could we try? Exploring the approach in Scotland or drifting towards Canadian Local Improvement Partners

Speakers

David Anderson
Deputy Head
Uppingham Community College
Confirmed
Dr Nuala Burgess
Chair
Comprehensive Future
Confirmed
Melanie Ehren
Professor in Educational Governance
UCL
Invited
Diana Osagie
School Inspector, Founder and CEO
The Academy of Women’s Leadership
Invited
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm
The State of School Finance: Busting the Cash Reserves Myth
  • Has the financial impact of the pandemic created a nation of unbalanced books or are schools finding their feet?
  • With less than a third of the additional costs being covered by the government support funding, has there been a miscalculation of the sector’s cash reserves?
  • To what extent are schools entering or extending a deficit balance and is this a ticking timebomb?

Speakers

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm
Sponsor Speaking Slot

This session is reserved for one of the Schools & Academies Show sponsors and will be a case-study led best-practice presentation.

12:55 pm - 1:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Speakers

William Stewart
News Editor
TES
Confirmed