Schools & Academies Show Agenda | 17th - 18th November 2021
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Day 1November 17, 2021
9:40 am - 9:50 am
Chair’s Address
Main Stage
9:50 am - 10:20 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Secretary of State
Main Stage
10:10 am - 10:40 am
Maturing your MAT: A CFO’s Tips for Growing a MAT and Surviving
Business & Finance Theatre

CFO reflections on lessons learned from 6 years of growing Red Kite Learning Trust – a top-60 MAT

  • Developing Foundations – grappling with core systems; people and partnerships
  • Building a Brand – communicating better; being clearer
  • Staying Safe – procurement; risk; compliance
  • Moving Forward – effective planning; finding joy

Session Sponsored by Sypro

Speakers

Steve Howell
CFO
Red Kite Learning Trust
Confirmed
10:10 am - 10:40 am
School Improvement: Evidenced-Based Best Practice for Planning from the EEF
School Improvement Summit
  • Promoting a three-pronged approach to re-igniting your school improvement planning including:
    • High Quality teaching as the foundational element of any improvement plan
    • Targeted Academic Support and making the most of a richer tuition market
    • Wider strategies including a focus on supporting student transition
  • Putting improvement techniques in the context of real school experiences with examples from across the UK

Speakers

Alex Quigley
National Content Manager
Education Endowment Foundation
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Securing the Surge of Post-Pandemic Teacher Supply
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Was too much emphasis placed on recruitment, when improving retention levels to that of a decade ago would stem the fall in teacher’s numbers?
  • What role does pay really play in retainment and encouraging regional movement of staff?
  • How effective can the Early Career Framework be as a support package if there isn’t the mentoring capacity available to support early career teachers?
  • Is there a silver bullet to retention: wellbeing vs. progression vs. benefits?

Speakers

Darren Northcott
National Official for Education
NASUWT
Confirmed
Mark Gregory
Regional Director for Secondary
Ark
Confirmed
Paul Whiteman
General Secretary
NAHT
Confirmed
10:50 am - 11:35 am
Rediscovering the Purpose of Education
Main Stage
  • Understanding the historical context of our education system and exploring what it takes to break free from political and institutional thinking.
  • Why any future vision of education needs to be both conscious of generational and global challenges and designed to meet them.
  • How are we uniting emerging learning from pedagogy and psychology and to estates, EdTech and employability?

Speakers

Sir Anthony Seldon
Former Vice Chancellor
University of Buckingham
Confirmed
Kiran Gill
Founder
The Difference
Confirmed
Lucy Heller
Chief Executive Officer
Ark
Confirmed
Sir Kevan Collins
Vice Chairman Of The Board, Committee Chair
Learning by Questions, Youth Endowment Fund
Confirmed
10:55 am - 11:40 am
Extended Schools: From Nice-to-Have to Necessary
School Improvement Summit
  • Examining the evidence from historic and recent extended school pilots and the coronavirus summer school programme.
  • Is there common ground on timetabling or have schools and students profited from bespoke arrangements?
  • What inter-school and broader interorganisational partnerships have been successful and how might we continue partnerships into the future?
  • Creative solutions to funding extensions and support services from parent contributions, sponsorship and smart income generation activities

Speakers

Katrina Gardiner
Programme Manager
Ipswich Opportunity Area, University of Suffolk
Confirmed
Neil Wilkinson
Executive Headteacher
The Bemrose School
Confirmed
Kimberly McIntosh
Senior Policy and Research Officer
Child Poverty Action Group
Invited
11:05 am - 11:35 am
MAT Leadership: Cultivating Root and Branch Relationships
MAT Summit
  • What does the emerging importance of Civil leadership mean for Trust leaders and what does good look like in this context?
  • Sustaining the pandemic-borne strengthening of relationships with parents and the place of schools in the local community
  • How can trust leaders encourage and nurture network building across schools within a trust and what best practice is emerging?

Speakers

Steve Rollett
Deputy Chief Executive
Confederation of School Trusts
Confirmed
11:05 am - 11:35 am
SEND In Mainstream Schools: 5 Pillars for Improvement
SEND Theatre
  • Expanding our understand of inclusion to recognise the hidden structural barriers in and out of the classroom
  • Using incremental and iterative processes to build an ongoing understanding of pupil needs and empowering teachers to act on findings.
  • Making sure teachers are equipped with a full arsenal of strategies to ensure high quality teaching for all.
  • Being smart with targeted interventions to maximise impact and minimise exclusion through absence of SEND students
  • Unlocking the power of teaching assistants by having a clear understanding of roles and evidence-based best practice

Speakers

Kath Davies
Programme Manager
EEF
Invited
11:05 am - 11:50 am
Supporting DSLs: Status, Training, Time and Tools
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Comparing the Status of DSLs to that of the SENCO: What does this mean for DSLs and Leaders alike?
  • Beyond Training for Governors, Staff and what specific national DSL training resources are available?
  • Recognising the strain that essential responsibilities such as engagement with local safeguarding partners and the delivery of training has on DSLs timetable
  • Creating a shared best practice for safeguarding tech and tools so that burdens are not made heavier through clunky processes and paper trails

Speakers

Jon Needham
National Safeguarding Lead
Oasis Community Learning
Confirmed
Sarah Bloomer
Director of Safeguarding
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Watch Out Watchdog: Is Ofsted in Need of an Update?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Are accountability systems necessary or do they perpetuate the education “market”?
  • Schools haven’t had a chance to recover- are Ofsted inspections returning prematurely?
  • Who does Ofsted serve and what impact has the pandemic had on its approach to inspections?
  • Is removing the high stakes accountability of inspections the key to repairing Ofsted’s reputation with teachers on the ground?

Speakers

Daisy Cooper MP
Spokesperson for Education
Liberal Democrats
Confirmed
James Pope
Co-Executive Director & Founder
Whole Education & HeadsUp4HTs Network
Confirmed
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Former Chief Inspector
Ofsted
Confirmed
Jules White
Headteacher
Tanbridge House School
Confirmed
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
The Schools Buying Programme
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Come along to this DfE led session and find out more about the services and guidance available to make sure you get value for money when buying goods and services for your school.
  • Find out more about Get Help Buying for Schools, a new service which is being developed by the DfE to support schools with their buying and how it can help you.
  • Hear from fellow school business professionals as they talk about their experience of using these services and the difference it has made to their school.

Speakers

Susan Dawson
Commercial Director
Department for Education
Invited
David Allen
Schools Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Rob Owens
Chief Operating Officer
Stephenson Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Implementing Carbon Neutrality and Improved Ventilation in your School
School Improvement Summit

This session is available for sponsorship

11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Forget ‘Catch-up’. Now is the Time to Leapfrog
Main Stage
  • Imagining a different vision of education delivery from an integrated curriculum to rethinking assessments
  • Putting trust in leaders and removing constraints and cultures which prevent and discourage innovative thinkers from being bold
  • Breaking away from organisational silos and structures to both create a more resilient sector as well as a more creative and adaptable staff and students

Speakers

Liz-Robinson
Co-Director
Big Education
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
SEND Review: What its Delay and Release Means for Schools and Students
SEND Theatre
  • How does the review recommend changes to embed SEND considerations and needs into Covid Recovery support
  • Does the review recognise the massive impact that the delay and lack of clarity surrounding SEND reform has had on children and families?
  • What changes to incentives and accountability measures does the review reflect for schools and how does this align with that of colleges and local authorities?

Speakers

Maureen Brettell
Headteacher
Woolston Brook
Invited
Philippa Stobbs
Assistant Director: Education
Council for Disabled Children
Invited
Simon Knight
Headteacher & National SEND Leader
Frank Wise School & Whole School SEND
Invited
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
An Entitlement to Mental Health Provision
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Feedback from the recent The Children’s Mental Health Recovery Commission review of the mental health needs of students
  • Identifying needs in State and Independent schools provision
  • The requirements on school staff to support mental health issues
  • Can PHSE support mental health

Speakers

Jane T. Lunnon
Head
Alleyns Schools
Confirmed
Sam Madden
Deputy Head for Wellbeing & Mental Health
St Pauls Independent Schools
Confirmed
Jon Needham
National Safeguarding Lead
Oasis Community Learning
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
The Evolution of MATs – Does Size Really Matter?
MAT Summit
  • Mapping the successes of historic MAT growth from local and regional based strategies to mission or specialist approaches
  • Settling the question of “critical mass theory” in MAT sizes and discussing the risks of over extension and too rapid growth
  • Ensuring that available funding works for your growth plan and looking into emerging best practice for the use of the £24M Trust Capacity Fund
  • Examining the rise of formal and Informal trust networks as a key to growth and critically assessing where inter-trust collaboration is falling short

Speakers

Rowena Hackwood
CEO
Astrea Academy Trust
Confirmed
Dr Chris Hampshire MBA (Dist.) PhD
Chair and Trustee
Frank Field Education Trust
Confirmed
Mark Vickers MBE
Chief Executive
Olive Academies
Confirmed
12:05 pm - 12:50 pm
Building Back Together through Inter-School Collaboration
Main Stage
  • Celebrating collective, leader-led and evidence-based education policy and creating forums for leaders to speak truth to power
  • How can we avoid the creation of MAT super-leagues and promote the voice of smaller trusts in the nation’s dialogue on education?
  • What does good inter-school collaboration look like and on what formal and informal structures can we draw for inspiration?
  • With technological hurdles cleared national groups can collaborate more effectively but what does this mean for the role of locality and regionality?

Speakers

Sir Andrew Carter
Chief Executive Officer
South Farnham Educational Trust
Confirmed
Liz-Robinson
Co-Director
Big Education
Confirmed
Sajid Gulzar OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Prince Albert Community Trust
Confirmed
Tim Boyes
CEO and Headteacher
The Birmingham Education Partnership and Queensbridge Schools
Invited
12:25 pm - 12:10 pm
The Art of MAT Finance
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Setting your rhythm to the maxim of financial sustainability, ensuring that you are planning for the now, as well as how you serve those children in the years to come,
  • What does best practice look like in reporting in governance: Management accounts, scheme of delegation and skilled governors and trustees
  • Fine Tuning your financial benchmarking from SRMSAT/SFVS ratios to procurement and operational policies.
  • Investing in people and skills through CPD strategies, succession planning and clear lines of access to support and advice.

Speakers

Stephen Mitchell
CEO & Founder
Oak Multi-Academy Trust & Keystone Knowledge
Confirmed
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
All Hands on Deck: The Future of Parental Participation in Education
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Will WFH and flexible working patterns lead to greater parental engagement in education?
  • What will an achievable parental participation framework look like?
  • Are schools doing enough to encourage parents to get involved in governance?
  • Does greater parental involvement have the potential to hinder school wide progress in lieu of individual children’s progress?

Speakers

Mrunal Sisodia OBE
Co-Chair
National Network of Parent Carer Forums
Confirmed
Kerry-Jane Packman
Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services
Parentkind
Confirmed
Michael Power
Lead Teacher
Educational Diversity
Confirmed
Herminder Channa OBE
Executive Principal
Ark Boulton Academy
Invited
12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
A Whole Sector Approach to Whole-School Wellbeing
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • What is the global research telling us about both the practicalities and impact of building positive psychology, physicality and relationships?
  • Mapping the emerging national wellbeing partnerships, programmes resources to increase staff and student wellbeing
  • Putting policy into practice and vice-versa: Are policy makers recognising wellbeing as a statutory and funding priority and what support can schools expect?

Speakers

Andy Mellor
National Director of Wellbeing
Schools Advisory Service
Invited
12:35 pm - 1:20 pm
The Place of Schools & Trusts: Civic Duty, Public Image and Corporate Social Responsibility
School Improvement Summit
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm
An Unshakable Foundation: How SEND practice in Early Years affects Adult Development
SEND Theatre
  • What is the lasting impact of childhood identified disability and what impact is this having on later development of students?
  • Has the increased isolation and social disruption caused by the pandemic further set back development?
  • How can we support Children with SEND apply and generalise their learning to help them achieve independence and confidence in adulthood?
  • Looking beyond the baseline of communication and language development to the importance of feeling part of the school and local community

Speakers

Philippa Stobbs
Assistant Director: Education
Council for Disabled Children
Invited
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm
Governance and the Academy Trust Handbook
MAT Summit
  • How can and should trustees govern the effectiveness of trust structures as MATs grow and shift and with so much variability in the sector is there such as think as growth governance best practice?
  • Innovative governance models to combat the weakened representation of schools in geographically dispersed trust models.
  • What is the ideal make-up of trustees, ad why should trustees and school governors be separate roles
  • What does good MAT board behaviour look like and what should MAT leaders expect in terms of scrutiny?

Speakers

Sam Henson
Director of Policy and Information
National Governance Association
Confirmed
1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
Theory into Practice: The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter
SEND Theatre
  • Celebrating the importance of improved wellbeing among education staff as not only essential for improved student experience and school retention but also as a core outcome of good education policy
  • Working together to liberate the education sector from the negative cultural perspectives on workload and mental health
  • Exploring best practice on how leaders can develop emotional intelligence and build nurturing environments for staff to flourish
  • Making the most of funding initiatives such as the use of pupil premium funding to ensure that happy teachers produce engaged and empowered students

Chair

James Pope
Co-Executive Director & Founder
Whole Education & HeadsUp4HTs Network
Confirmed

Speakers

Sinéad Mc Brearty
Chief Executive Officer
Education Support
Confirmed
Gary Wilkie
CEO
Learning in Harmony Trust
Confirmed
Gemma Morris
Regional HR Business Partner
Academy Transformation Trust
Confirmed
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
Identifying, Reporting & Tackling Fraud in your School
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Cases of fraud within schools have increased annually – looking at the reasons why?
  • Reviewing the key types of fraud occurring throughout the sector
  • Ensuring your school has a process for reporting in place and escalating to ESFA where necessary?
  • Who is responsible for fraud prevention in your school and a checklist for those responsible

Speakers

Warwick Sharp
Director of Academies and Maintained Schools
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Invited
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Eradicating Rape Cultures as a Generational Imperative
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Why schools being accused of “consistently underestimating” the scale of the issue and how leaders and DSL’s can actively turn these accusations around.
  • Where is the pressure on parents and why are schools being left to tackle underlying issues and take responsibility for unacceptable student behaviour?
  • Are schools unlocking statutory RSHE and what best practice is emerging around embedding this as a whole-school practice?
  • Spotting extreme attitudes i.e. an ‘In-cel’ mind-set in young people.
  • What options are available to schools in tackling the question of technology enabled abuse beyond an outright phone-ban?

Speakers

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE
Principal Research Fellow Safer Young Lives Research Centre (SYLRC)
The University of Bedfordshire
Invited
Louis Donald
Director of Safeguarding
Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust
Confirmed
Sarah Bloomer
Director of Safeguarding
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed
Katy Tomkinson
Children’s Services Practitioner
NSPCC
Confirmed
1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
Compounded by Covid: SEND and Disadvantaged Students
SEND Theatre
  • With 28% of SEND students eligible for FSM as opposed to 13% of those without Special educational needs, what can schools do to recognise and tackle these barriers
  • Where are students falling through the gaps and how can schools ensure that SEND and Pupil Premium strategies both align and consider the unique situation of SEND + Disadvantaged.
  • Will changes to the high needs national funding formula (NFF) fit the bill or are parent and school voices being unheard?

Speakers

Michelle Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy
Confirmed
Marc Rowland
Pupil Premium Advisor
Unity Schools Partnership
Invited
1:50 pm - 2:10 pm
The Funding Chasm: Where are Schools Falling Short?
Main Stage
  • Was the Treasury ever going to foot the £10 to £15 billion bill for a generational recovery plan?
  • How changes in eligibility to pupil premium have deprived schools of £118m and are schools able to to patch this gap?
  • How has delay and over-centralisation impacted the most disadvantaged in terms of lack of timely access to funding?

Speakers

Luke Sibieta
Programme Director Education and Skills & Research Fellow
The Institute for Fiscal Studies & The Education Policy Institute
Confirmed
1:55 pm - 2:25 pm
Identifying and Tackling Education Fraud: Top Ten Risks for Schools
Business & Finance Theatre

This session is available for sponsorship

2:10 pm - 2:55 pm
School Funding: The Big Rethink
Main Stage
  • Is the National Funding Formula fit for a ‘post-covid’ purpose and is it a case of back-to-the-drawing board or will bolt-on funding initiatives suffice?
  • With national conversations emerging on rethinking assessments, overhauling the curriculum, and exploring alternative pedagogies, what impact will these changes have on funding?
  • How can we build flexibility into funding to ensure that we can react to emerging needs and unexpected challenges on the long road to recovery?

Speakers

Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
Dr Robin Bevan
Past President, NEU; ISBL Patron; Headteacher
Southend High School for Boys
Confirmed
Tom Goldman
Deputy Director, Funding Policy Unit
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
SEND Innovation Opportunities & Closing the Digital Divide
SEND Theatre
  • Giving students with neurodiversity access to unique opportunities and developing empathy through virtual reality technology.
  • Developing in house research projects that help educators push the boundaries of pedagogy and character development
  • Linking up with local businesses to help develop aspects of student development within the context of work related learning and enterprise.

Speakers

Andrew Bacon OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Enactus UK
Confirmed
Kerrie Henton
Principal
Stone Soup Academy
Confirmed
Berni Dickinson
Employment Engagement Enterprise Coordinator
Derby City, D2N2 LEP
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Stories from Wales: Whole Country and Whole School Approaches, Shifting From ‘Non-Racist’ to ‘Anti-Racist’
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • With over 60,000 racist incidents being recorded by some schools over the past 5 years what is or isn’t being done to examine the true extent of racism in schools?
  • How the Welsh government is leading the way in making BAME history mandatory in the Welsh Curriculum
  • Helping to embed a culture of anti-racism through the training for teachers and scholarships for BAME students looking to enter teaching

Speakers

Chantelle Haughton
Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Early Years
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Get Help Buying for Schools
Business & Finance Theatre

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
School Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Catherine Kelsall
School Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Amanda Quinn
Procurement Project Delivery Lead
YPO
Confirmed
Vicky Horsfield
Category Manager
YPO
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
Try-Before-You-Buy: What it Takes to Turn Trust Partnership into Membership
MAT Summit
  • Learning from the trials of past loan and temporary arrangement projects and overcoming the ‘hearts and minds’ hurdle
  • Are smaller MATs getting equal access to schools and are schools losing out by not having a clear market-place of trusts to try?
  • Formal arrangements should focus on teaching and leadership, what student and culture centred benefits however, should trusts be capitalising on?
  • Accessing and effectively using the Trust and school improvement support to identify and address improvement areas

Speakers

Joshua Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
East Midlands Academy Trust
Confirmed
Lorrayne Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
Cumbria Education Trust
Confirmed
Paul Tarn
CEO
Delta Academies Trust
Invited
Amarjit Cheema OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Parry Hall MAT & National Education Leader
Invited
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Schools Out: Is Home Schooling the Future of Education?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Is school really the best place for all students?
  • What factors influenced the rise in registrations for elective home education in the past year?
  • Is home schooling socially harmful?
  • What safeguarding concerns arise when the additional protection of school is removed?

Speakers

Hannah Titley
Founder and CEO
Home Schooling Association
Confirmed
Annie Hudson
Chair
Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
Confirmed
Fiona Forbes
Co-Founder
Sept for Schools
Confirmed
Philippa Robinson
Head of the Non-School Education, Activities & Integration Unit (School Safeguarding and Pastoral Care Directorate)
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
Tutoring to Fit the School: A New Approach at the University of Birmingham School
School Improvement Summit
  • Evaluating the tutoring needs based on a context of a diverse student body and the school’s individual experience of the pandemic
  • How starting from scratch with tutoring enabled the University of Birmingham School to approach it with a fresh perspective and one which could serve the specific recovery needs of each student
  • Building structures of continual advice and feedback with students, teachers, tutors and importantly parents

Speakers

Arthur Reeves
Assistant Vice Principal
University of Birmingham School
Confirmed
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pupil Premium: Have Exams Shone a Light on the Disadvantage Gap
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre

This session is available for sponsorship

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Autism Excellence and the Challenges and Opportunities of Post-Pandemic Landscape
SEND Theatre
  • Understanding the effects of Covid-19 through the Eyes and Experiences of Autistic Children and Their Families
  • Speaking to school leaders about their role in empowering practitioners to create positive change within the classroom
  • What is the ‘bio-psycho-social-insider’ framework and how might it serve as a fundamental rethink of autism practice in schools

Speakers

Professor Karen Guldberg
Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Online Harms and E-Safety for Schools
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Until government and tech companies can fix encryption and authentication what powers do schools have to monitor and restrict access to harmful content and channels?
  • How can teachers be expected to understanding and combat the ever proliferating avenues, risks and tell-tale behaviours of dangers as varied as radicalisation to gaming and gambling?
  • How schools can work with parents to empower students to make the right decision whatever the circumstance?

Speakers

Andy Burrows
Head of Child Safety Online Policy
NSPCC
Invited
Day 2November 18, 2021
9:30 am - 9:40 am
Chair’s Address
Main Stage
9:40 am - 10:00 am
The Children’s Recovery Plan and Beyond
Main Stage
  • What additional resources are needed to help schools source and secure specialist counselling and mental health support?
  • Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch: Investing in extending school meals and extracurricular activities to fuel and inspire students
  • Tackling long-term deprivation by working with schools and businesses to end a regional lottery in social mobility

Speakers

Kate Green MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
The Labour Party
Confirmed
10:10 am - 11:25 am
Keynote Speech from The National Schools Commissioner
Main Stage

Speakers

Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner
Confirmed
10:20 am - 10:50 am
Re-evaluating the Big-Challenges for Schools: Research, Statistics and some Common Misconceptions of the research on Catch-Up
School Improvement Summit
  • How could a better understanding of large-scale research evidence could be a major boon for decision making in schools?
  • What can evidence tell us about recovery initiatives – from extended school days and tutoring to curriculum enrichment?
  • How can rethinking our approach to long-term and sector wide challenges, such as teacher recruitment and retainment, result in better evidenced policy making?

Speakers

Professor Stephen Gorard
Professor of Education and Policy and and Director of the Evidence Centre for Education (DECE)
Durham University
Confirmed
10:20 am - 10:50 am
Lessons in Financial Leadership: Five Strategies to Make Efficient Use of Your Time and Energy as an SBL in 2021
Business & Finance Theatre

Speakers

Julia Harnden
Funding Specialist
ASCL
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:15 am
More than Hashtags: What It Takes to Commit to Diversity and Anti-Racism
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Has enough commitment been made to diversity in education or is it still a bolt on approach?
  • What does it take to be an anti-racist school?
  • What role does the curriculum play in supporting their journey towards this?
  • How do we address the lack of diversity at school leadership level?  

Speakers

Shalina Patel
Head of Teaching and Learning
Claremont High School Academy
Confirmed
Emma Knights
Chief Executive
National Governance Association
Confirmed
Joseph Broadfield
Associate Principal
Oasis Academy Woodview
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:30 am
The Winter of Discontent: Are Schools Prepared for DfE Covid Case ‘Thresholds’
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre

This session is available for sponsorship

11:05 am - 11:50 am
Covid Keepers: Capitalising on Innovations from the Pandemic
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Have we taken stock of the new technological armoury and what efficiencies are schools seeing by adapting these technological practices to a post-lockdown environment?
  • How have we seen an increase in school-to-school support and what does the proliferation of informal networks straddling schools, geographies and roles mean for further collaboration?
  • How can we maintain the central role of the SBL in decision making processes an further embed the SBL perspective across?

Speakers

Ailsa Hoyland
Chief Financial Officer
Nurture Academies Trust,
Invited
Cheryl Campbell
School Business, Finance and Operations Director
Tomas Tallis School
Invited
Lesley Burton
School Business Manager
St John’s CE Primary School
Invited
11:05 am - 11:35 am
National SEND Update
SEND Theatre

Speakers

Annamarie Hassall
Chief Executive Office
nasen
Invited
11:05 am - 11:50 am
The Cost of Safeguarding: Are Schools Being Left to Pick up the Bill?
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Mapping the ever increasing role of safeguarding against the greater demands on schools, where does the buck stop with school responsibilities?
  • As the surface area of child protection increases for schools with extended days, term times and online learning, is this increased responsibility being met with funding?
  • From widespread bans on mobile phones in school to a national behaviour surveys are government initiatives enough to stem the tide or simply paying lip service?

 

Speakers

Debbie Clinton
Chief Executive Officer
Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Confirmed
Jon Needham
National Safeguarding Lead
Oasis Community Learning
Confirmed
11:05 am - 11:50 pm
Rethinking Estates Improvement in a Post Pandemic Environment
School Improvement Summit
  • What are the post-pandemic implications for schools and is there a continued need to build in ventilation and -distancing capacity into estates improvement plans?
  • Have bolstered digital learnings and resources and experience from extended school timetables impacted our understanding of school estates planning
  • What can we learn from the 50 Schools taking part in the 1bn National School rebuilding project?
  • Evaluating the long-awaited findings of the condition data collection: Are schools spending unnecessarily on needless maintenance and what do the benchmarks mean for individual schools?

Speakers

Bryony Green
Director of Corporate Services & Trust Network Coordinator
Cabot Learning Federation & The Trust Network
Confirmed
Dr Jos Boys
Senior Lecturer in Environments for Learning
University College London
Confirmed
Rory Kennedy
Director of Capital
Department for Education
Invited
James Miller
National Director of Estates & Technology
Ormiston Academies Trust
Invited
Darren Yarnell
Operations Director
Greenwood Academies Trust
Invited
11:10 am - 11:40 pm
At the Heart of Education Recovery: The National Tutoring Programme
Main Stage
  • Emphasizing the purpose of the NTP and its role in the context of the response to the pandemic
  • Highlighting the Successes of year 1
  • Outlining the offering to all schools of the current NTP programme
  • How tutoring will become an integral part of children’s learning development

Speakers

Graham Archer
Director of Education Recovery
Department for Education
Confirmed
Karen Guthrie
Programme Director, National Tutoring Programme
Randstad
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
How to Measure Progress and Benchmarking: A Year Lost in Data
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Will the disruption caused by Covid be the last straw for Progress 8 as we know it?
  • Has Generation Covid pushed the agenda for the eradication of GCSEs?
  • Teacher assessments are often biased against disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs- can we really look to them as accurate indicators?
  • How can schools plan improvement if the data needed to enact change is not available?

Speakers

Joanne Harper
Chief Executive Officer
Activate Learning Education Trust
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
Counting the Costs: The Multi-Billion Repairs and Replacements Bill
Business & Finance Theatre
  • DfE’s condition data collection has found school repairs and replacements required will cost £11.4bn – where do we start?
  • With only 10% of this figure allocated in the previous spending review, how can schools maintain service whilst in requirement of repairs?
  • How do schools access current funding for repairs and replacements?
  • Where do suppliers fit into the solution?

Speakers

Julian Wood
Acting Director of Capital Group
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Invited
Laura Brackwell
Director
NAO
Invited
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
Uniting Schools, LA’s and Parents to tackle the EHCP Crisis
SEND Theatre
  • Will the trend of an 80% increase of EHCP numbers over the past 6 years continue or can we expect numbers to level out?
  • Money or Methods: To what extent is the pot simply too small or is the real issue one of inefficient and disjointed systems?
  • With tens of thousands of children with EHCPs designated as NEET, where is the urgency on supporting and serving SEND students?

Speakers

Sheridan Dodsworth
Children's Services Manager for SEND
Lincolnshire County Council
Invited
Matt Keer
Parent and Contributor
Special Needs Jungle
Invited
Sharon Smith
PhD Student
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Countering the Rise Far Right Extremism in Schools
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • How far right extremism has proliferated over the lockdown and what early exposure can mean for the long-chain of radicalisation
  • What does the revised pre-vent duty say about far right and white supremacist radicalisation?
  • Educating schools about the specific exposure risks to extremism via online mechanisms from social media to gaming
  • Recognising the language, sub-cultures, and iconography of modern far right extremism to build a culture of preventing radicalisation

Speakers

Owen Jones
Director of Education & Training
HOPE not hate
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
Trusts as Families: Trends in Trust-wide Wellbeing and Workforce Support
MAT Summit
  • How trust models proved to be resilient structures for staff support and how trusts can build on this culture of community
  • Exploring MAT based CPD and training exemplars and opening the intricate relationship between happiness and progression
  • Evaluating the need for a centralised staff support role and making wellbeing an organisational priority from board agendas to strategic decisions

Speakers

Annie Wiles
CEO
Aquila Trust
Invited
Lorrayne Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
Cumbria Education Trust
Confirmed
Mark Grundy
Chief Executive Officer
Shireland Collegiate Academy
Invited
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Keynote Address
Main Stage

Speakers

Emma Knights
Chief Executive
National Governance Association
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Tips for Joining a MAT: Is your School Prepared for the Legal and Financial Back-Office Implications?
MAT Summit

This session is available for sponsorship

12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
Rethinking Art as the Untapped Resource for Recovery
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Examining the role of creative arts in both repairing and fending off mental health issues during and after the pandemic
  • How employing creative enrichment should be understood both as an avenue for expression and healing as well as a co-factor in academic progress
  • With extended schools and more inter-school community support available is now the time for a revolution in extra-curricular creative offering for children?

Speakers

Emily Campbell
Director of Programmes
Creative Education Trust
Invited
Lorna Beard
EMAT Head of Inclusion and Training Hub
East Midlands Academy Trust
Confirmed
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm
Be SMART Managing your Energy Consumption
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Smart metering is a key tool you can use to manage your school’s energy consumption. Join the DfE, BEIS and industry speakers who will explain how smart meters can support your school’s journey to Net Zero.
  • Learn how the recently published Public Sector Smart Metering Guide can be used to identify the benefits of smart meters in schools, including better energy management that could result in cost savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Understand how schools have applied practice and made reductions in their consumption of energy by changing behaviours.

Speakers

Arati Patel-Mistry
Schools Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
Benjamin Hardy
School Commercial Team
Department for Education
Confirmed
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm
Requires Improvement: Mainstream SEND Provision in the UK
SEND Theatre
  • Closing the gap between teacher ambition and praxis for student-centred knowledge and SEND provision
  • Prevented a compounding of social-exclusion of SEND students by avoiding excessive use of out-of-class interventions
  • Getting real about multi-agency working in the light of a breakdown in bureaucracy and a national backlog of EHC plans

 

Speakers

Anne Heavy
Project Lead
Ofsted
Invited
Gary Aubin
SEND Lead and SEN Content Specialist
Future Academies and Education Endowment Foundation
Confirmed
12:50 pm - 1:35 pm
Headteacher Standards: What Does Effective Leadership Mean in the New Normal
School Improvement Summit
  • How has the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by school and Trust leaders during the pandemic altered or emphasised our understanding of standards?
  • The evolution of research and practice on the ethics and behaviour and exploring how well the Nolan Principals are being adopted by the profession
  • Understanding the impact of the direction of travel towards a MAT majority education landscape and its impact on leadership

Speakers

Omar Deria
Headteacher
Cumberland Community School
Confirmed
Malcolm Trobe CBE
Independent Education Consultant & Chair
DfE Headteacher’s Standards Review Group
Confirmed
Thahmina Begum
Head of School
Forest Gate Community School
Invited
Jane Chan
Headteacher
Bartley Green School
Invited
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm
Professionalising Academy Estates through the Trust Network
MAT Summit
  • Co-creating and disseminating tips and on-the-ground case studies to help schools quickly onboard the fundamentals of good estate management and investment, in line with Department for Education guidance and policy
  • Providing a network of support for projects from large scale builds to refurbishments, surveys and maintenance strategies
  • Help schools, through sharing examples and providing access to experts, to effectively manage their energy and water usage to reduce waste, consumption, and importantly cost

Speakers

Bryony Green
Director of Corporate Services & Trust Network Coordinator
Cabot Learning Federation & The Trust Network
Confirmed
Matt Isherwood
Director of Estates
Brooke Weston Trust
Confirmed
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Teacher Development Reform: Does Ambition Meet Reception?
Main Stage
  • Unpicking the Initial Teacher Training market overhaul: What does this mean for schools, providers and Ofsted?
  • Will the national role out of the Early Career Framework be enough to stem the trend of nearly 1 quarter of newly qualified teachers leaving the profession after three years?
  • Evaluating the reception and effectiveness of Teaching School Hubs in supporting providers and targeting disadvantaged communities

Speakers

Jon Hutchinson
Assistant Headteacher
Reach Academy Feltham
Confirmed
Sam Twiselton
Director- Sheffield Institute of Education
Sheffield Hallam University
Confirmed
Sir Andrew Carter
Chief Executive Officer
South Farnham Educational Trust
Confirmed
Louis Everett
Vice Principal
Pheonix Academy
Confirmed
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Getting RSHE Right to Build Healthy Relationships & Happy Students
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • What role can RSHE play in shifting sexual harassment and abuse from being normalised in schools and
  • From training time, resources and confidence, what barriers are schools and teachers experiencing in implementing RSHE
  • The importance of addressing psycho-social factors and of giving students the space and guided opportunity to engage in explorative discussion
  • Ensuring that RSHE is inclusive in teaching and delivery with consideration for SEND, BAME and LGBT specific inclusion

Speakers

Mo Wiltshire
Director of Education & Youth and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Stonewall
Confirmed
Vic Raynor
Inclusion Director
Archway Trust
Confirmed
Lucy Emmerson
Director
The Sex Education Forum
Confirmed
Duncan Gillard
Educational Psychologist. Co-author of ACT for Dummies and Creative Director
ConnectPSHE
Confirmed
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Is Closing the Gap on Social Mobility Through Education Achievable?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • Is the power of schools to fix inequality overstated?
  • Significant gaps in laptop provision remain- is the encouragement of online learning elitist?
  • What impact will the changes in allocation to pupil premium have on families who have recently qualified for the provision?
  • Is additional learning time focused on core subjects and distributing more data/laptops enough? Do we need a more holistic Covid learning recovery strategy? 

Speakers

Sammy Wright
Commissioner - Schools and Higher Education & Vice Principal
Social Mobility Commission & Southmoor Academy Sunderland
Confirmed
Sir Peter Lampl OBE
Chairman
Sutton Trust
Invited
Pascale Rollings
Director of Learning – Mathematics
Holyhead School
Confirmed
1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
SEND Governance for MAT Trustees
SEND Theatre
  • How are successful MATs overcoming the geographical variance in health and social care support?
  • Why SEND leaders should be working to share and review policies across trust expedite SEND best practice for MATs and how Trustees can support this?
  • How can trustees make SEND more prominent and central to a trust’s mission and ethos?

 

Speakers

Chris Rossiter
Chief Executive Officer
Driver Youth Trust
Confirmed
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address
Main Stage

Speakers

Amanda Spielman
HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills
Ofsted
Confirmed
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Centralising Your Back-Office Functions – A Quick Guide
Business & Finance Theatre

This session is available for sponsorship

2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
Pro-Tips and Pitfalls for a Primary School Converting to an Academy
Business & Finance Theatre
  • Preparing your application and gaining management, parental and governance buy-in from the outset
  • Weighing up the risks and rewards of setting up vs. joining an Academy Trust
  • Transferring responsibilities – Land Arrangements, Commercial Transfer Agreement, Staff, Loans and Facilities
  • Communication, communication, communication: to all stakeholders and opening

Speakers

Jenny Clegg
Headteacher
Heartlands Academy
Invited
Darryl Asbury
Executive Headteacher
Forest Hill Primary
Invited
Elaine Radley
Chief Executive Officer
Keystone Academy Trust
Confirmed
Ellie Ballinger
Headteacher
Greysbrooke Primary School
Invited
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
All Together to End SEND Bullying in Schools
SEND Theatre
  • Developing a hub and resources for 25,000 parents and 4,000 schools to help inform staff, students and families on appropriate anti-bullying policies to tackle SEND bullying
  • Reducing instances of bulling across 71% of schools with the biggest reduction in SEND related bullying
  • What the dip in student bullying data means for students return to school after the pandemic and what increased demand is there for All-Together services?

Speakers

Martha Evans
Director
Anti-Bullying Alliance
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • The big picture – why should we focus on staff wellbeing?
  • Is there a silver bullet to improve wellbeing – what works?
  • What is the charter? Who created it and why?
  • How can your organisation use the charter?

Speakers

Dominic Siwoku
Senior Policy Adviser with Responsibility for Education Staff Wellbeing
Department for Education
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Instructional Teaching: Teachers as the Key Ingredient
School Improvement Summit
  • Calling on Government get creative with pay such as phased retention bursaries to encourage teachers to challenging and deprived schools
  • How can we ensure that initiatives from the Early Career Framework and National Professional Qualifications to the new Institute of Teaching designed to incentivise teachers to work at challenging schools
  • What are schools doing to promote career progression and should the transition to senior leadership require time spent in disadvantaged schools and communities?

Speakers

Jon Hutchinson
Assistant Headteacher
Reach Academy Feltham
Confirmed
2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
Tipping the Scale from Centralisation to Devolution
MAT Summit
  • Identifying when centralisation can relieve burden from policy oversight to creating a central-functions for HR and finance
  • How centralisation can translate to empowerment of school leaders and what are MAT’s doing to encourage, highlight and celebrate the increased capacity of heads?
  • Understanding the impact of the pace and scale of change both on effectiveness and reception of centralisation
  • Are we misunderstanding the centralisation discussion and what emerging organisational philosophies form industry might better serve the MAT model?

Speakers

Jenny Lane
Operations Manager
Severn Academies Educational Trust
Invited
Sharron Philpot
Chief Executive Officer
Victoria Academy Trust
Confirmed
Anthony David
Executive Head Teacher
Monken Hadley & St Paul's Primaries
Invited
Mumin Humayun
Principal
The Stockwood Park Academy
Invited
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Schools are Evolving, Is Governance?
Leaders' Town Hall
  • What is an effective governance structure for MATs and how does this change according to its size?
  • How will governors hold schools accountable in this new post-covid recovery era?
  • The shift in new ways of working has opened up the possibility of a more flexible future of school governance- what opportunities for recruitment does ‘flexi-governance’ offer?
  • Are schools doing enough to encourage diverse recruitment of governors?: Evaluating strategies from economic incentives to more targeted marketing

Speakers

Clare Collins MBE
Head of Consultancy
National Governance Association
Confirmed
Will Durham
Head of Key Accounts and London Operations
Governors for Schools
Confirmed
Naureen Khalid
Commissioner & Co-Founder
Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities & @UKGovChat
Confirmed
Dominic Judge
Director of Governance Programmes,
Inspiring Governance and Education and Employers
Confirmed
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Assessments Reform – It Takes a Whole System
Main Stage
  • What does the “fairest possible assessment arrangements” look like and are we being bold enough or conversely risking more disruption through change?
  • Balancing the need to put stock and store in the teachers who have guided students during the pandemic whilst eliminating bias in center grade assessments
  • Employing the best of technological innovation to build flexibility and speed into the new arrangement for assessments and appeals

Speakers

Phil Avery
Director of Education
Bohunt Education Trust
Confirmed
Dr Philip Wright
Director General
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
Invited
Colin Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
AQA
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
The Importance of SEND Inclusion Now more than Ever
SEND Theatre
  • How the post-covid landscape represents a golden opportunity for Leaders to think differently about inclusion
  • Championing the bolstered role of families as agents for change in inclusion and giving students agency through the continuation of covid-emergent practices
  • What have the experiences of the pandemic taught us in removing the “Can’t be done” attitudes for inclusion and what past policies should we be reconsidering

Speakers

Michelle Haywood
Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding
University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
The Practicalities of Assembling the Wellbeing Puzzle
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Theatre
  • Promoting positive relationships with students as the golden thread to a school’s muti-pronged wellbeing strategies
  • Embedding improvement practices around social and emotional learning (SEL) by demonstrating these behaviours as staff
  • Supporting students to confidently grapple with Metacognitive and self-regulated learning styles by promoting language and enforcing positive behaviours

Speakers

Matthew Fuller
Headteacher
Woodhall Primary School
Invited