About #WMschoolled18

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves at Our Leadership Learning Event

Launched in 2015 and now the most anticipated West Midlands school leaders event of the year, #WMSchoolled attracts growing regional audiences and tackles the burning issues surrounding the school leadership system.

Learn ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’
Work through real-life examples
Discuss problems and possible solutions with experts
Network and share knowledge with peers
Return to work with effective solutions to meet future challenges

2017 was all about empowering guests to get involved and shape the evolving educational landscape. This year was different. Change IS happening. As a leader, you need to be fully equipped to manage the latest developments. #WMschoolled18 provided a dedicated forum for leaders to learn, discuss and share information and experiences.

#WMschoolled18 was here to inspire, motivate and encourage school leaders from all walks of educational life. From nursery school through to sixth form, from special schools to governors and trustees. For these leaders, finding real solutions to make positive differences in the classroom environment is crucial.

Delegates learned from and were inspired by others sharing their experiences – what has worked, and what hasn’t! 

In this spirit of change, the Conference has also moved up a gear. At this year’s event there was no exhibition, less time spent listening to speakers and more opportunities to engage with experts in interactive workshops.

Further Benefits

Discover the joy of School-Led System Leaders who have been able to initiate change

Learn how to fully exploit your available resources

Excellent value for money

Leave with the resources and techniques to take back to your school and use straight away

Find out more about school improvement taking place in the classroom today

Previous Editions

#WMschoolled17: The School Led System – An Evolving Framework

On Wednesday 17th May 2017, school leaders from across the West Midlands once again gathered for the highly-anticipated West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference. The focus of the day was on how the educational landscape is changing and ways that school leaders can get involved to drive the agenda for this new territory.

The keynote speaker, The Baroness Estelle Morris (former Secretary of State for Education and Skills) discussed the changes in teaching from the 1980s to now - the swapping of freedoms and constraints in respect of curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, resources and staffing, buildings and governance. She felt it is the best time to be a Head Teacher, if you are a confident school leader. She knows it is challenging, but feels that teaching schools really need to embrace the generosity of spirit ethos - care for your own children, but other schools' children too.

Andrew Warren, Chair, Teaching Schools Council, talked about what 'Every Child in a Great School' truly means. He believes that an essential part of this is collaboration and that, furthermore, working in partnership is the driving force behind making the £140m strategic school improvement fund really work. Andrew challenged delegates to consider what their legacy would be – how will history judge the way that we have used the opportunities available to us to make a generational change for children and their life chances.

Ann Mroz, Editor and Digital Publishing Director, TES, elaborated on social mobility for children and why it is so difficult to tackle educational disadvantage. Ann confirmed that there has to be more honesty and hard facts have to be faced when addressing educational disadvantage - intelligence, education and aspirational parents definitely effect social mobility.

There was also a heart breaking and inspirational talk by Ashley John-Baptiste of X Factor fame. Now a respected BBC Journalist, Ashley talked about his tough childhood and challenging journey to university. Steve Munby, CEO of The Education Development Trust, brought the Conference to a close with his speech about power and love in both teaching and leadership.

Andrew Warren, Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, and Richard Gill, the West Midlands Representative on the Council, agreed that: “With the continuing changes to the educational landscape, this conference provided a vital forum for delegates to discover how to be at the centre of the leadership system. It was also a unique opportunity to meet and network with the key individuals involved in shaping these changes”.

The conference, which incorporated a small specialist exhibition, was held at The Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre in Worcestershire and was sponsored by TES, Unistage, two thirds | design, teach circus in schools, Talk The Talk, Sports Plus Scheme, Spa Display, SDSA, Portable Partitions Company, Kompan, HTS, Hays, gcse pod, Screenflex UK and Design3i.

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#WMschoolled16: Through the Looking Glass – The School Led System in Focus  

8th of May 2016 saw the return of the West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference to the Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre for its second edition: Through the Looking Glass – The School Led System in Focus.

Mary Rhodes, BBC Midlands Today presenter, hosted the over 200 attendees in the Regent Centre and navigated the diverse full day programme which included a welcome from Richard Gill, West Midlands Representative on the Teaching Schools Council, a keynote address from Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, expert panel discussions, various live voting sessions, record-setting Yachtswoman Dee Caffari as the inspirational speaker and a closing presentation from Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Surprise performances from Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Academy Theatre Arts Worcester kick-started the morning and afternoon sessions with attendees enjoying the music of a clarinet quartet during lunch. Featuring an updated format, the conference introduced expert led workshops on three relevant subjects and a number of peer2peer expertise-sharing clinics. The conference attracted commercial support from 8 headline sponsors in addition to 18 exhibitors.

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