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Day 1April 27, 2021
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

Chris Callaghan
Event Director
The Schools & Academies Show
Confirmed
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Opening Keynote Address

Speakers

Hamid Patel
Chief Executive
Star Academies
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Afternoon Facilitated Networking

Visitors, Speakers and Suppliers can join one of three themed speed networking rooms for a chance to meet and greet other attendees, putting faces to names and making valuable sector contacts.  

We encourage all visitors to select one of the below three themed rooms and once the sessions start there will be a welcome address before being split into dedicated breakout rooms for periods of 3 – 5 minutes for informal introductions and to share challenges and best practice 

Visitors are then free to continue the conversation with any of their new connections later in the day. 

  1. Leadership & Governance 
  1. Business & Finance 
  1. Safeguarding & Wellbeing 
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Developing a Safeguarding First Culture
  • Outlining the increasing range of emerging online trends, themes and patterns of behaviour
  • Considering how the context of a young person’s offline life and vulnerabilities can accelerate pathways to real harm in the virtual world
  • Examining the potential to use technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to educate, empower and protect entire school communities

 

Speakers

Jim Gamble
Chief Executive Officer
INEQE
Confirmed
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
Ruth Davies
President
NAHT
Confirmed
Dame Rachel De Souza
Children’s Commissioner for England
Confirmed
Day 2April 28, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Chair

Freddie Whittaker
Chief Reporter
Schools Week
Confirmed
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
Networking Session: Safeguarding Online from Data Driven Harms

During this networking break, visitors will have the chance to join a highly topical networking room themed around online safeguarding. Hosted by Rachel O’Connell, Founder, TrustElevate; with over 25 years’ experience within child safeguarding, visitors will have the chance to review their School’s safeguarding practices, share concerns over the rapid increase in the use of education technology and the dangers that come with it and hear best practice from peers and suppliers.

The aim of joining this networking session is to facilitate an open conversation about the solutions available to the many challenges faced by school staff handling sensitive data and how to best protect that data.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session: Digitally Upskilling your Staff

During this networking break, visitors will have a chance to join a themed, interactive networking room where you will have the chance to discuss digitally up-skilling school staff and will be hosted by Aspire2Be.

By attending this session, you will have the opportunity to hear about the best solutions available to school leaders and learn from other visitors and suppliers about what has been done in other organisations whilst sharing challenges faced and solutions to those challenges.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session: Primary Curriculum 

This dedicated networking room will provide visitors with the chance to discuss the specifics around primary school curriculum and how individual schools can implement catch-up strategies to ensure the pandemic and school closures do not have long term effects on pupils.  

Hosted by Cornerstones, we encourage all primary school visitors to join this meeting room, meet like-minded peers and connect with other visitors.  

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session: Premises Management

Using the DfE’s Good Estates Management for Schools documentation, we will discuss how you can identify and manage routine maintenance and how you can use your condition survey data in building a maintenance programme to avoid large, urgent and costly interventions

Speakers

Adam Watson
Director
Every
Confirmed
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

Freddie Whittaker
Chief Reporter
Schools Week
Confirmed

Speakers

Chris Dyson
Headteacher
Parklands Primary School
Confirmed
Karen Giles
Headteacher
Barham Primary School
Confirmed
Chris Zarraga
Director
Schools North East
Confirmed
Debbie Clinton
Chief Executive Officer
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed
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 - 11:15 am
Roundtable: Increasing Attainment and Reducing Educational Inequality via the Use of Wireless Microphone Systems in the Modern Classroom

There is a great deal of discussion around the world of attainment disparities between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds and those that have additional learning needs. Phonak is pleased to facilitate Dr Brian Shannan in a round-table discussion on how some of these disparities could be addressed by using a unique ‘Roger’ adaptive sound system.

Dr Shannan will share some key findings from his recent PhD study; ‘The Impact of Dynamic Soundfield on Delivering Improvements in Educational Attainment and Closing the Attainment Gap with Young Learners in Mainstream Primary School’.

Dr Shannan’s study was longitudinal and involved 495 primary learners in 25 research classrooms from 13 schools.

Speakers

Dr Brian Shannan
Dr Brian Shannan, Associate Tutor (Deaf Education)
Teaching and Leadership (IETL), University of Edinburgh
Invited
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Strengthening Diversity in the Curriculum and in your School Culture: Where to Start?
  • Establishing 3 pillars of activity to effectively embrace anti-racism as both practice and a culture in your school: 
  • Identifying gaps and opportunities in the curriculum to help students seem themselves and others in their learning 
  • Teaching staff to be racially literate through the exploration of narratives and the development of a fuller understanding of Identity, race and intersectionality 
  • Seeing the bigger picture of diversity by looking beyond the classroom to question practices from recruitment and training to governance and culture 

Speakers

Shalina Patel
Head of Teaching and Learning
Claremont High School Academy
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?

 

 

Chair

Samantha Booth
Senior Reporter
Schools Week
Confirmed

Speakers

Ian Bauckham CBE
Chair
Oak National Academy
Confirmed
John Cope
Director of Strategy
UCAS
Confirmed
Colin Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
AQA
Confirmed
Joanne Harper
Chief Executive Officer
Activate Learning Education Trust
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:40 am
The Legacy of Adverse Coronavirus Experiences in Education and Safeguarding Horizon Threat Scanning 
  • Understanding the importance of safeguarding threat scanning
  • Exploring the legacy of adverse coronavirus experiences in education
  • Adapting safeguarding policy in light of COVID-19
  • Implementing risk mitigation strategies
  • Communicating safeguarding risk trends when identified

Speakers

Emily Konstantas
Founder
The Safeguarding Alliance
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Recruiting for an Ever Evolving Role: The Case of the Designating Safeguarding Lead
  • What do you look for when you are recruiting a DSL and what are the potential hidden potholes when recruiting such an important strategic role?
  • How the state of DSL training in the UK and the lack of adequate guidance creates unhelpful tensions for safeguarding in schools
  • The widening role of the DSL and what differing approaches to resourcing these responsibilities between schools is telling us
  • What benefits and adverse effects does the responsibility of DSLs to constantly challenge decisions have on the Safeguarding ability of schools
11:20 am - 12:05 pm
Roundtable: Evolution of a MAT: Tools and Timelines for Success

As the average size of MATs grow year on year, there is increasing appetite for small and emerging MATs to avoid some of the common strategic growth mistakes made by older MATs, e.g. growing too fast; not having effective finance and other systems in place in time; Execs and Non-Execs not on the same page; ineffective governance; ineffective procurement processes etc…

During this session we’ll share best practice and lessons learned from a variety of different MATs from the past 15 years.  Effectively, we want to mitigate the growing pains of a MAT and assist with the growth of a healthy MAT.

  •  Identify shared challenges and learn the common pitfalls your peers have experienced on their pathway to growth
  • Build a comprehensive growth strategy and map where you fall short across 4 stages of growth: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing
  • Leave with resources, access to tools, evidenced learning and a network of best practice seekers to help you on your journey

Speakers

Rama Venchard
Director
Silica Associates
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
De-mystifying Purchasing Framework Agreements
  • How a framework is constructed and what it can and cannot deliver
  • How to maximise supplier interest in your opportunity
  • What makes a good invitation to tender
  • To find out how easy frameworks can be to use and everything else you need to know

Speakers

Gary Sadler
Head of Procurement
Crescent Purchasing Consortium
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
REPLAY – Upholding Education as a National Priority

Speakers

Robert Halfon MP
Chair
Education Select Committee
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Leveraging Higher Education Best Practices in the Secondary Classroom

In early 2020, as schools and universities all over the world scrambled to make the switch to online learning environments, Earle Abrahamson was already well-versed in using digital feedback tools having synthesised all he knew about feedback.

During this session, Earle will discuss:

  • how to enhance the feedback process and develop feedforward mechanisms to optimise students’ learning and academic development,
  • best practices developed in higher education, but applicable to both the secondary and higher education environments.

Speakers

Earle Abrahamson
Senior Lecturer
University of East London
Confirmed
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
Confirmed
David Swanston
Deputy Principal
St Vincent’s School
Confirmed
Rebekah Iiyambo
Chief Executive Officer
EKO Trust
Confirmed
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 - 1:50 pm
Roundtable: Looking to Buy or Upgrade Your ICT – Join the DfE to Understand How we Can Help you Get the Best Value for your School

Before you buy, we invite you to join this DfE led roundtable where we will guide you through the benefits of our approved ICT framework. With so many different options, buying the right ICT for an expanding academy/school or upgrading an existing system can be complicated, you want to make the right choice for your specific requirements.

  • Come and listen to School Business Professionals talk about their experience and share useful hints and tips with you.
  • The supplier will outline the benefits of the approved framework and how it will help you easily navigate the complex choices to ensure you get what is right for your academy/school.
  • Take the opportunity to get questions answered from a small panel of experts that will help you make an informed decision about the best value for your academy/school.
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Helping the Generation of Tomorrow to Harness the Power of Visual Storytelling to Drive Positive Change

The importance of creative Arts within curriculum is not a new discovery, but the positive impact that it brings to student’s wellbeing, development and behaviour is worth noting. At Canon, we’re dedicated to helping the generation of tomorrow, to harness the power of visual storytelling to drive positive change. By working with students to better understand and articulate key challenges such poverty, inequality and climate change, we empower students with the confidence to imagine the solution.

 

Our Young People’s Programme has worked with over 4,500 participants to date, and across 18 countries to deliver these benefits to young people across the world. Join our session to find out how we’ve been working with schools and universities to inspire and empower students through creative experiences and key partnerships.

 

Session sponsored by Canon

Speakers

Adam Pensotti
Head of the Canon Young People Programme
Canon
Confirmed
Nathan Dua
Education Segment Manager
Canon
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Courage, Leadership and Creating a Better Climate: The Report of the NAHT School Improvement Commission

Standards of education in England have transformed over the last two decades. Accountability arrangements have played their part in this change, however, are now acting as a brake on further improvement. To move from good to great, our Commission believe that we need to re-balance holding schools to account with helping them to improve. This talk will:

  • Explore the findings of the recent NAHT School Improvement Commission: on creating the conditions in schools in which teachers can thrive so that pupils can succeed
  • Reflect on the important implications of this work on national planning for educational recovery

Speakers

Nick Brook
Deputy General Secretary
NAHT
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Roundtable: Looking to Buy or Upgrade Your ICT – Join the DfE to Understand How we Can Help you Get the Best Value for your School

Join this DfE led session to understand how we can help you get the best value for your school.

Before you buy, we invite you to join this DfE led roundtable where we will guide you through the benefits of our approved Everything ICT framework and how it can meet your specific needs.

With many different options, buying the right ICT for an expanding academy/school or upgrading an existing system can be complicated, you want to make the right choice for your specific requirements.
• Come and listen to a School Business Professional talk about their experience and share useful hints and tips with you.
• A representative from Everything ICT will outline the benefits of the approved framework and how it will help you easily navigate the complex choices in developing your ICT strategies.
• Take the opportunity to get questions answered directly from experts and practitioners.

Speakers

Catherine Kelsall
Schools Engagement Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
Neil Watkins
Chief Executive Officer
Everything ICT
Confirmed
Lee Hughes
Chief Finance Officer and Director of Business and Finance
Peterborough Diocese Education Trust
Confirmed
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
Dr Pamela Woolner
Senior Lecturer in Education
Newcastle University
Confirmed
Colin Lofthouse
Chief Executive Officer
Smart Academies Trust
Confirmed
Cath Prisk
Director
Outdoor People
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Centralisation 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
Phil Smith
Education PR Consultant
Phil Smith Communications
Confirmed
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm
Roundtable: The Practicalities of Growing MATs – Accounting and Financial Dangers and Successes

Join this roundtable to share your experiences and ideas surrounding MAT growth. Led by two experts in the field, who deal with and support those looking to grow their MATs, as well as those from Single Academy Trusts looking to join a MAT, this session will also include two short case studies. Leave this discussion with a better idea of the issues faced by your peers with MAT growth as well as evidence based practice on:

  • The planning an measuring success through the key stages of MAT Growth
  • Different auditing options – internal and external audits, and how this relates to growing your MAT
  • Common hurdles and persistent challenges for MATS from streamlining policies and KPIs to VAT, economies of scale and additional funding/budgeting

Speakers

Michelle Wilkes
Partner and Joint Head of Academies
Azets
Confirmed
Graham Fitzgerald
Partner and Joint Head of Academies
Azets
Confirmed
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Regional Education and Children’s Team (REACT): The Power of Collaboration
  • Power of collaboration; bringing together DfE children’s services and education teams, Ofsted, academy trusts, local authorities and ADCS 
  • Joining up front-line intelligence, policy development, and delivery at pace  
  • Benefits of REACT 

Speakers

Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner
Confirmed
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
DfE Tools for Managing your Finances
  • This session will demonstrate the DfE financial benchmarking service, including a new and improved service for special schools, to help you benchmark against other schools, similar to your own.
  • We will also cover the free tools available for integrated curriculum and financial planning, including information on free resources to guide you through doing ICFP for the first time.
  • Although the session is pre-recorded, Dan and Steph will be online to answer any questions or queries you have around school resource management.

Speakers

Steph Relf
School Resource Management Team - Funding Policy Unit
Department for Education
Confirmed
Dan Tovey
School Resource Management Team - Funding Policy Unit
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
Ransomware: An Emerging Threat in Education
  • Revealing the extent of incursions across the UK’s education sector and how cases such as the Harris Federation Hack are the Tip of the iceberg
  • Identifying common targets and speaking plainly about the damage it can do to your school and how you can easily avoid this
  • Demonstrating RansomCare in action and how it stops specific Ransomware encryption techniques

 

Session Sponsored by Avoira

Speakers

Matthew Heller
Senior Account Manager
BullWall
Confirmed
Scott Anderson
Senior Sales Engineer
BullWall
Confirmed
2:40 pm - 3:25 pm
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

Dr Jennifer Blunden OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Truro and Penwith Academy
Confirmed
Les Walton CBE
Founder and Chair
Association of Education Advisors
Confirmed
Lesley Birch
CEO/Executive Principal
Cambridge Primary Education Trust
Confirmed
Julian Drinkall
Chief Executive Officer
Academies Enterprise Trust
Confirmed
Steve Rollett
Deputy Chief Executive
Confederation of Schools Trust
Confirmed
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Roundtable: School Resource Management Efficiency Tools: View My Financial Insights

View my financial insights (VMFI) is an online tool which helps schools view and improve their financial performance. It enables local authorities and trusts to see all their schools in one place with an automated assessment of the greatest areas for improved resource management.

Join this session for:

  • An overview of how the VMFI tool works
  • A run through of the latest updates
  • An open question and answer session

Speakers

Gavin Monument
Financial Reporting Manager, Better Financial Reporting Programme
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Roundtable: Enhancing Interest and Capability for School Science
  • Promoting the ever increasing Importance of Practical Science within your curriculum
  • Best practice for getting Schools T-Level ready through state-of-the-art science provision.
  • Dramatically increasing the type and number of lab experiments to help students access practical lab skills
  • Unlocking the potential of your students through simple tools and operations such as chromatography instrumentation

 

Session sponsored by Shimadzu

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Combatting Covid and Change Fatigue: Workforce Wellbeing
  • Catch-Up through meaningful curriculum development: Enabling teachers to develop their curriculum plans with autonomy and with a diagnostic understanding of their students’ learning and next steps
  • 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
Andy Mellor
National Director of Wellbeing
Schools Advisory Service
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 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?

Speakers

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
DSG Management Plan Template – User Input Session
  • Why is important to have a DSG management plan in place?
  • How to complete the template.
  • Benchmarking against other local authorities and national position.
  • Using the template as a working document, and sharing with stakeholders.

Speakers

Stacey Wetters
Local Authority Stakeholder Engagement
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Confirmed
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
Daniel Tomlinson-Gray
Co-Founder and Director
LGBTed
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
Implementation Science for Schools: A Practical Toolkit for Teachers and School Leaders
  • Why do so many school improvement initiatives fizzle out within days, weeks or months?
  • Have you ever wondered about alternatives to top-down implementation?
  • Are you interested in learning about an approach to school improvement that harnesses the energy of stakeholders throughout the organisation, leading to sustained, positive change?

Speakers

Dr James Mannion
Director
Rethinking Education
Confirmed
Elaine Long
Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning
UCL Academy
Confirmed
Kate Barry
Assistant Principal
UCL Academy
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
Financial Oversight for Governing Boards: What Does it Mean and How to Do it Well
  • What is meant by financial oversight in practice? – where do governors and trustees’ responsibilities begin and end?
  • How to turn theory into practice that makes a difference: creating terms of reference that everyone understands, demystifying the language we use, e.g. ‘adopt, approve, ratify’
  • Management accounts / monitoring reports – these are important sources of information and opportunities for discussion; governing boards need to make sure they’re in a format that works for them
  • How do governing boards ensure the whole board knows enough about the school’s resources to make meaningful decisions?
  • Do governing boards think their headteacher or CEO has the expertise they need?

Speakers

Clare Collins MBE
Head of Consultancy
National Governance Association
Confirmed
Ella Colley
Knowledge Centre Manager
National Governance Association
Confirmed
4:25 pm - 4:35 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Chair

Freddie Whittaker
Chief Reporter
Schools Week
Confirmed
Day 3April 29, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

Alix Robertson
Associate
Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY)
Confirmed
9:30 am - 10:00 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
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…
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Roundtable: Navigate the Complexities of Buying Energy for your School

Buying energy is often very complicated and difficult to understand if you have made the right decision for your school. Joined by partners from across the energy sector, this DfE led session will:

  • Help you understand more about what is available, such as energy efficient measures including smart metering
  • Know how to manage future demand for energy
  • Take advantage of the services and support, including DfE approved energy frameworks to get value for money.
  • Be an opportunity to ask the experts questions that will help you make informed decisions for your school.
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
Same Pandemic, Different Inspections: Supportive Monitoring
  • Has the shift in focus to remote learning and parent complaints been a helpful driver for school improvements?
  • 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

Sean Harford
National Director for Education
Ofsted
Confirmed
Frazer Westmorland
Headteacher
Mundella Primary School
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
The Digital Reformation of Classroom Education
Session sponsored by IRIS

Speakers

Lucy Newman
Education Product Specialist
IRIS Education
Confirmed
Darren Wilson
Procurement and Analytics Manager,
Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.)
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
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
Dr Robin Bevan
Headteacher
Southend High School for Boys
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Roundtable: Navigate the Complexities of Buying Energy for your School

Energy bills are a significant part of your school budget, tracking and understanding your energy consumption is often very complicated and difficult to understand.
How can your school reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and include this change of behaviour as part of the curriculum to inform future generations?

A panel of experts including DfE, CCS, BEIS and partners from the energy sector will:
•  Help you understand more about what is available, such as energy efficient measures including smart metering
•  Know how to manage future demand for energy and reduce your carbon footprint
•  Take advantage of the services and support, including DfE approved energy frameworks to get value for money.
• Be an opportunity to ask a panel of experts questions that will help you make informed decisions for your school.

Speakers

Arati Patel-Mistry
Schools Engagement Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
Steve Archer
Head of Commissioning, Schools Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Charlotte Timmins
Strategic Business Manager
CCS
Confirmed
Steven Daniels
Deputy Director, Benefits Realisation, Smart Metering Implementation Programem
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Confirmed
Dr Claudia Towner
Chief Executive Officer and Programme Director
Energy Sparks
Confirmed
Tim Bailey
Head of Energy Innovation
Samsung
Confirmed
Guy Thompson
Product Director
MyUtilityGenius
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:55 am
EDI and Antiracism as a Core Duty of Governance; Policies, Strategies and Best Practise

Chair

Raj Unsworth
Governor, Trustee and Specialist Advisor
Headsroundtable
Confirmed

Speakers

Emma Knights OBE
Chief Executive
National Governance Association
Confirmed
Sandeep Kaur
Associate Headteacher
Highlands Primary School
Confirmed
Adrian McLean
Trust Lead for Character and Personal Development
Severn Academies Educational Trust
Confirmed
Dan Morrow
Chief Executive Officer
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
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?

Chair

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed

Speakers

Professor Karen Starr
School Development & Leadership
Deakin University
Confirmed
Siobhán McMahon
COO
ASBO Intl
Confirmed
Aubrey Kirkpatrick
Director of Finance and Administration
Anglophone East School District, New Brunswick
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:40 am
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

Martine Mulhern
Principal
St Cecelia’s College
Confirmed
Sammy Wright
Commissioner
Schools and Higher Education
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:40 am
How to Revive, Recover and Rebuild your Curriculum in 6 Steps

Speakers

Janet Carroll
Senior Curriculum Adviser
Cornerstones Education
Confirmed
11:20 am - 12:05 pm
Roundtable – Sponsored by IRIS
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Data Driven Catch-Up Planning: By Students for Students
  •  Empowering students to RAG-rate their entire curriculum and automatically build them a personalised revision timetable which is constantly updating with their changing confidence
  • Releasing Adapt for Schools to provide leaders with a data-rich dashboard highlighting which subjects, year groups and classes need the most support
  • How an award-winning revision timetable app, driven by teacher expertise, is already helping 230,000 happier, more organised, and more motivated students across thousands of schools in the UK

Speakers

Maud Millar
Chief Executive Officer
Adapt
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Roundtable: The Challenge of Delivering Good Estates Management and How the Right System Can Help you Achieve This

More than ever, the site team needs to reassure stakeholders that they are safe and compliant. How do you demonstrate compliance? Many people use software, but it is much more than a reporting and document storage tool – Estates Management software is the toolkit to manage your estate.
Join Adam Watson, Director at Every to discuss:

• what a best-practice implementation of Estates Management software looks like
• things to consider when selecting a solution
• how to get to the point where reports are available at the press of a button
• top tips to make the implementation process smoother
• the importance of culture and maximising adopting of a solution to get the most benefits
• the psychology of implementing software

Speakers

Adam Watson
Director
Every
Confirmed
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

Chair

Andy Mellor
National Director of Wellbeing
Schools Advisory Service
Confirmed

Speakers

Ben Levinson
Headteacher
Kensington Primary
Confirmed
Rob Williams
Headteacher
Malton School
Confirmed
Sinéad Mc Brearty
Chief Executive Officer
Education Support
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Developing an Effective Careers Strategy: Kingsbury Green Academy
  • Encouraging students to challenge themselves with new careers skills, aspire to a future vision of themselves and increase their network for future employability
  • Building a virtual work experience programme to make the most of virtual engagement and expanding employer networks beyond the restriction of locality
  • Communication is key: Encouraging parents by giving them toolkits to play a role in helping their children build and understand their choices

Speakers

Catherine Young
Careers Leader
Kingsbury Green Academy
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Roundtable
Roundtable sponsored by Cornerstone
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm
Preview of the Digital General Annual Grant Allocation Statement

Speakers

Richard Stewart
Deputy Service Owner, ESFA Funding Directorate
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
The Wellbeing Governor: Sourcing Strategic Support for Staff and Students
  • The scope of the problem: What are the current issues regarding staff and pupil wellbeing?
  • Toolkits and resources for assessing the 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
  • Real-life examples of good practice

Speakers

Hannah Stolton
Chief Executive Officer
Governors for Schools
Confirmed
Adrian McLean
Trust Lead for Character and Personal Development
Severn Academies Educational Trust
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Vigilance and Evolving Practice for Asbestos Management in Schools

Speakers

Joanne Holmes
Capital Strategy and Intelligence Division
Department for Education
Confirmed
Jaswinder Didially
Head of Service, Education Infrastructure
Birmingham City Council
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Automating the Academies Accounts Return

Last year the Department for Education launched an initiative to enable Academies to automate the population of trial balance data within their accounts returns directly from their finance management systems. The move was motivated by a desire to enable Academy Trusts and MATs to remove repetitive data entry and speed up submission time.

 

It’s a great idea, but also requires Trusts to organise their Chart of Accounts in preparation. Solutions for Accounting consultants discuss the pros and cons of automating returns and explain how Sage for Education is being modified to help Trusts take advantage.

Speakers

Will Ingleby
Director and Trustee
Solutions for Accounting and CRM; and Derby Pride Educational Trust
Confirmed
Sean Graham
Sage for Education Consultant
Solutions for Accounting and CRM
Confirmed
Bethan Wright
Solutions Marketing Manager
Solutions for Accounting and CRM
Confirmed
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm
Roundtable: School Resource Management Efficiency Tools: View My Financial Insights

View my financial insights (VMFI) is an online tool which helps schools view and improve their financial performance. It enables local authorities and trusts to see all their schools in one place with an automated assessment of the greatest areas for improved resource management.

Join this session for:

  • An overview of how the VMFI tool works
  • A run through of the latest updates
  • An open question and answer session

Speakers

Gavin Monument
Financial Reporting Manager, Better Financial Reporting Programme
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
How Excellent School Resource Management Can Help You Build Back Better
  • 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

Speakers

Tanya Arkle
Deputy Director
ESFA
Confirmed
Michael Larsen
Vice-Chair of Trust Board & Chair of Finance, Audit & Remuneration Committee
Aspire Academy Trust
Confirmed
Stephen Lester MBE
Education Consultant
SKL Education Consultancy
Confirmed
Rebecca Beaver
DfE Accredited School Resource Management Adviser (SRMA)
RBMA Consultancy
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?

Chair

Toby Baker
Mission Manager
Nesta
Confirmed

Speakers

Frazer Westmorland
Headteacher
Mundella Primary School
Confirmed
Dr Maryhan Baker
Psychologist and Parenting Expert
Independent Consultant
Confirmed
Lesley Birch
CEO/Executive Principal
Cambridge Primary Education Trust
Confirmed
2:25 pm - 2:55 pm
Understanding Lived Experience and Harnessing Pupil Voice to Enhance Inclusion for Pupils with SEND
  • Creating opportunities for staff to hear and reflect on lived experience
  • Utilising the person-centred approach to harness pupil voice
  • Creating an empathetic environment to enhance inclusion

Speakers

Zoe Mather
Education Officer
nasen
Confirmed
2:30 pm - 3:00 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
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Coming out of Covid-19 and the Future of Academy Trusts: Oversight, Educational Performance and Accountability

Speakers

Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Department for Education
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
The Power of School-to-School Support through COVID-19 at Archway Learning Trust
  • What were our key challenges and how did we overcome them?
  • The advantages we found through collaboratively working together
  • What are our COVID-keeps?

Speakers

Sian Hampton
Chief Executive Officer
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
Sue-Ellen Shaw
Head Teacher
Bluecoat Primary Academy
Confirmed
Chris Smith
Deputy Head
Bluecoat Primary Academy
Confirmed
Victoria Raynor
Head of Inclusion
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
Victoria Merrick
Head of Data Strategy & Development
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
Nathan Jeremiah
Operations Director
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Direct Routing: Using Microsoft Teams for telephony in Education
  • Farnborough College of Technology, Computer Services Manager, Ben Travers talk about why he has recently deployed a direct routing solution with Avoira
  • MS Teams telephony for Education
  • How direct routing works
  • Functionality and features
  • Clearing and Direct Routing

Speakers

Nick Simister
UC Sales Manager
Avoira
Confirmed
Andy Martin
UC Solutions Architect
Avoira
Confirmed
Ben Travers
Computer Services Manager
Farnborough College of Technology
Confirmed
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
The Impact of Covid-19 on Teacher Well-Being, Recruitment and Retention
  • What impact has Covid-19 had on teachers’ workload and personal well-being?
  • How has the Covid-19 recession changed the teacher supply challenges?
  • What are the implications for teacher recruitment and retention policy?

Speakers

Jack Worth
School Workforce Lead
NFER
Confirmed
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Reducing Teacher Workload – Success Stories from Schools Using the DfE Workload Reduction Toolkit

Speakers

Jane Hough
Policy Advisor: Teacher Wellbeing, Workload and Impact on Schools Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Alastair Jamieson
Assistant Headteacher
St Andrew’s CE Primary School
Confirmed
Jen Griffin
Deputy Headteacher
St. Andrew’s CE Primary School
Confirmed
Sarah Knipe
Executive Headteacher
Garston CE & Shoreside Primary Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Matthew Power
Assistant Headteacher
Garston CE & Shoreside Primary Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
David Lowbridge-Ellis
Deputy Headteacher
Barr Beacon School
Confirmed
Elizabeth Whetham
Executive Headteacher
Holy Trinity Primary School
Confirmed
3:45 pm - 4:15 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

Russell Dalton
Director of Operations
The Rivers Church of England Multi-Academy Trust
Confirmed
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Meeting the Needs of All your Learners: Free, DfE-Funded Support
  • Mapping the areas where children and young people with SEND will need support to build better awareness within your school setting
  • Tapping into the free to access, DfE-funded resources and CPD webinars produced by nasen Whole School SEND to help you to offer this support
  • Offering a roadmap at future funded packages of support that WSS will be making available to schools over the coming months, and how you can link up with your Regional SEND Leads

Speakers

Alex Grady
Head of Whole School SEND
nasen
Confirmed
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm
New Incentives to Support Excellent School Resource Management

• This session is aimed at anyone in the school sector (particularly school leaders and business professionals) to showcase the guidance and tools the department currently has on offer and talk about our upcoming plans/focuses.
• The session will explore recent products from the digital team and the capital team’s work on GEMS. (This is still TBC – we should have more info by our meeting tomorrow)
• The session will also include a walkthrough of the new-style SRM collection page which hosts links to all the school resource management products the department offers.

Speakers

Rachael Davies
SRM Strategy Team Joint-Lead
Department for Education
Confirmed
Robert Rodney
Digital Infrastructure and Standards Lead, DaRES
Department for Education
Confirmed
Tracey Greenwood
Programme Support Lead, Capital Capability and Efficiency Team,
Department for Education
Confirmed
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Speakers

Alix Robertson
Associate
Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY)
Confirmed
Day 4April 30, 2021
9:20 am - 9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Speakers

John Roberts
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
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Peer on Peer Abuse in Education
  • What is Peer on Peer Abuse
  • The voice of the child and young person
  • The Farrer Report – 5 steps from identification to management and prevention
  • Going forward and providing effective support

Speakers

Natasha Lawrence
Safeguarding Manager
One Team Logic
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 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
Dr Alice Jones Bartoli
Reader in Psychology
Goldsmiths University London
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:15 am
An Update on Pre-16 School Funding

A short overview of changes to the schools national funding formula (NFF) for 2021-22, and proposed changes for 2022-23. This session will explain recent policy proposals regarding funding for small and remote schools, and the payment of schools’ business rates.

Speakers

Simon Hampson
Policy Advisor
Department for Education
Invited
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Decarbonising Your Estate: Where to Start

In this interactive roundtable we invite school leaders, estates professionals and business professionals from across the education sector to get a better understanding of the necessary steps to decarbonise effectively! Get answers to questions on funding and guidance made available through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), as well as how to rationalise your estate and consider environmental impacts more broadly. In this discussion we will answer your questions on:

  • What are the right ways to go about decarbonising an estate; and how do you avoid approaches that waste time and money?
  • How are schools avoiding the risks of operating in a relatively immature low-carbon/renewables sector?
  • Best practice for replicating estate decarbonisation plans (EDPs) across schools within a trust, to generate more savings.

Speakers

Nigel Aylwin-Foster
ReEnergise Projects Ltd
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Keynote Address

Speakers

Simon Lebus
Interim Chief Regulator
Ofqual
Confirmed
11:05 am - 11:45 am
Examining the Dept for Education’s ‘Golden Thread of CPD’; its Policy, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Continuous Teacher Improvement – from the Early Career Framework to the new NPQs
  • How can effective CPD impact learner outcomes and improve rates of teacher recruitment & retention?
  • How can we deliver coherent CPD through effective school-led partnerships?

Speakers

Kelly McKay
Director
Early Career Framework Programme, Best Practice Network
Confirmed
Sufian Sadiq
Director of Teaching School
Chiltern Leaning Trust
Confirmed
Ann Davey
Chief Executive Officer
Pathfinder Schools
Confirmed
Klare Rufo
Primary Trust Advisor
Archdiocese Of Liverpool Primary School Improvement Trust
Confirmed
11:10 am - 11:55 am
Scaling up the Climate Curriculum and Sustainability in all Schools
  • Delivery of the cross-curricular Climate Curriculum in Primary, Secondary, FE and HE.
  • Climate Literacy
  • Carbon Literacy
  • Conflict Literacy (Conflict Resolution and Emotional Intelligence)
  •  The Global Reset in Education towards Sustainability, Carbon Literacy, Transition & Transformation Subjects

Speakers

Melanie Harwood
CEO & Founder
eduCCate Global
Confirmed
Claire Robinson
Headteacher
Holme Grange School
Confirmed
Professor Petra Molthan-Hill
Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
Professor Florien Kapmeier
Professor of Strategy, ESB Business School
Reutlingen University
Confirmed
Dr Julian Ng
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Castle Recycling and Waste Management
Confirmed
Alan Green
Director
Blue Castle Recycling and Waste Management
Confirmed
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
11:10 am - 11:40 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
11:20 am - 12:05 pm
Roundtable: Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools – Creating a Culture of Trust and Confidence

The panel of safeguarding leaders and practitioners will be addressing the problem of sexual abuse and harassment in schools. Despite the wealth of previous reviews and national guidance on this subject it remains a major issue for many schools and recent events have highlighted the lack of confidence victims have in being able to report abuse when it happens.

The panel will explore:-

• The current context and the key drivers that lead to sexual abuse and harassment taking place within the school environment
• The challenges that school leadership faces in tackling abuse and why victims can be reluctant to report concerns
• The steps that schools can take in order to encourage reporting, create a safe environment and give more confidence to victims of abuse
• How to embed an effective safeguarding practice that focuses on prevention, early intervention and appropriate support to pupils

Speakers

Mike Glanville
Chief Safeguarding Officer and Co-Founder
One Team Logic
Invited
Sue Bailey
Safeguarding Lead
The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
Confirmed
Jan Pickles
National Safeguarding Board
Welsh Government
Confirmed
Dai Durbridge
Partner
Browne Jacobson
Confirmed
Luke Ramsden
Senior Deputy Headmaster
St Benedict’s School
Confirmed
11:20 am - 12:05 pm
Roundtable: Am I getting the Best Value? Am I Buying Compliantly? Is there Any Support or Guidance Available to Help Me? What’s a DfE Approved Framework?

If these are questions you have when buying goods and services for your school, come along to this

DfE and YPO session where we will help you to understand:
•  How to navigate your procurement journey
•  How DfE approved frameworks can help your school to meet the challenge of procuring goods and services
•  What are the latest updates on support available to those responsible for buying
Take the opportunity to get questions answered directly from experts and practitioners.

Speakers

Helen Lumb
Engagement and Outreach, Schools Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Vicky Horsfield
FM Category Manager
YPO
Confirmed
Joanna Bailey
Procurement Manager
David Ross Education Trust
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:20 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
Liz Robinson
Co-Director
Big Education
Confirmed
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
Confirmed
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
Simon Oxenham
Director of Resources
Southend High School for Boys
Confirmed
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm
Roundtable: School Resource Management Efficiency Tools: View My Financial Insights

 

View my financial insights (VMFI) is an online tool which helps schools view and improve their financial performance. It enables local authorities and trusts to see all their schools in one place with an automated assessment of the greatest areas for improved resource management.

Join this session for:

  • An overview of how the VMFI tool works
  • A run through of the latest updates
  • An open question and answer session

Speakers

Gavin Monument
Financial Reporting Manager, Better Financial Reporting Programme
Department for Education
Confirmed
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
The Power of Governance: Moving MATs forward

Two eventful years on from the National Governance Association’s assessment of multi academy trust governance, in March 2021, NGA released a follow up report examining what has changed in the time since. In this session, Sam Henson, Director of Policy for NGA, will provide an update – and affirmation – that trust governance is moving forwards in the right direction, while outlining the areas NGA has identified as still needing development.

This session explores key themes including:

  • Adapting to context – what’s changed since 2019?
  • The impact of the pandemic on MAT governance
  • What MATs can learn from each other – two years on
  • What’s next for MAT governance
  • MATs moving forward –  four ongoing debates

Speakers

Sam Henson
Director of Policy and Information
National Governance Association
Confirmed
12:30 pm - 1:00 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

Victoria Raynor
Head of Inclusion
Archway Learning Trust
Confirmed
12:55 pm - 1:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Speakers

John Roberts
News Editor
TES
Confirmed