Workshops

Hear about real solutions at this vital leadership learning event

As the programme develops, workshop titles and content will be made available below.

You will have access to a minimum of 5 parallel workshops. You can decide on the day which workshop to attend. Provisional topics include:

CONFIRMED

The Use of Ed-Tech in Enhancing Learning

Delivered by:
Sir Mark Grundy, Executive Principal, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust

How to Recycle to Improve Standards

The focus of this session will illustrate how at Shireland Collegiate Academy the Leadership Team and staff across all areas have embedded and harnessed education technology to change processes and improve outputs. There will be an emphasis on school wide systems and processes and how the staff have switched their delivery methods using a flipped methodology.

Across our Trust we have used an Office 365 environment to improve communication and collaboration and reduce waste and, wherever possible, recycle time into supporting our students to achieve at a higher level.

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Workforce Development as Driver for School Improvement

Delivered by:
Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive, CUREE

An interactive session based on systematic research reviews of effective professional development and learning, and large-scale studies of curriculum development and improvement in schools who are exceptional, strong and seeking momentum in school improvement. The emphasis will be on practical strategies and the role of tools in organising workforce development effectively and efficiently.

Participants will:
  • Explore compelling, research based, primary and secondary case studies
  • Identify and share effective local practices
  • Compare current and case study approaches with the research on workforce developments that are most effective for pupils and staff
  • Analyse what those schools that are strong in harnessing workforce development for school improvement, need to do to become exceptional
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Closing the Gap in EYFS: Ensuring Every Moment Matters

Delivered by:
Nicola Hart, School Ready/Early Years Lead Adviser for Walsall Children’s Services 
Victoria Day, Lead for EYFS and Director of Ryders Hayes Teaching School
Sally Miner, Head Teacher, Ryders Hayes Teaching School

This workshop looks at:

  • Why leaders should invest time and effort in Early Years and closing the gap (for all children and vulnerable groups).
  • What leaders need to do to identify gaps
  • How leaders actually close the gaps

…exploring a range of strategies with a focus on quality-first teaching and rich learning environments; where meaningful child-adult interactions and partnerships with parents impact upon language acquisition and child development.

The workshop unpicks the non-negotiables for strong foundations across the breadth of all areas within the EYFS profile, ensuring: accountability, systems for monitoring, high quality CPD, and a consistency of approach by all adults in EYFS leading to improved outcomes.

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Supporting Disadvantaged Students in Secondary Schools

Delivered by:
Deborah James, Headteacher, Swanshurst School and Sixth Form Centre
Claire Place, Assistant Headteacher, Swanshurst School and Sixth Form Centre

Creating a culture of high expectations.

Swanshurst is a large 11-18 inner city girls school with more than half the students eligible for pupil premium. This workshop will elaborate on the work being carried on at Swanshurst to improve the achievements of pupil premium pupils. Part of this was introducing the school-wide culture, ‘Pupil Premium 1st’, expecting both teachers and staff to prioritise meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils. In 2017, our disadvantaged pupils had a P8 score of 0.1, significantly above other students nationally but still below the rest of our pupils. Even though we may not have all the answers, we are keen to present our ideas and create further opportunities for sharing and dialogue.

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Working Together to Improve Governance

Delivered by:
Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association (NGA)

Governance sets out “who has the power, what makes the decisions, how other voices are heard and how account is rendered”. Well governed organisations do not fail.

This interactive session will draw on the knowledge of the sector’s expert governance organisation to explore:

  • What good governance looks like
  • How school leaders can work best with governors and trustees
  • How developing a strategy turns vision into reality for pupils
  • How school leaders and governing boards in the region can learn from each other

All delegates will receive NGA’s new publication Being Strategic but will also draw from practice across the region.

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Building Trusts: MAT Leadership and Coherence of Vision, Strategy and Operations

Delivered by:
James Ogden, Area Director (West Midlands and South West), Ambition School Leadership

This session will explore the strategic choices taken by leaders, the pressures that lead to organisational change, and the importance of leadership development in effective school improvement and the sustainable growth of multi-academy trusts (MATs). The session will draw on insights from Ambition School Leadership's recent in-depth research into MATs (including 40 MAT CEOs and the staff from 22 trusts).

The session will cover:
  • The key findings from our MAT research, published in April 2018
  • Identify and share effective local practices
  • The ‘break points’ that growing MATs face
  • The importance of leadership development in MAT strategy
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