The Future of Education Conference
The Future of Education Conference 2015 will debate changes the current coalition government claims to have improved to the education system and explore how we can continue to raise standards across the board – allowing our children to compete in the global race, as we all strive towards Excellence as Standard.
This unique Conference is perfectly timed to coincide with the aftermath of the General Election and offers a timely opportunity to debate the future of education. Key points on the day will evolve around what a world-class education, and education system, will look like - not just today and tomorrow, but next year, and in 2024 and beyond.
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|Roy Blatchford||Director, National Education Trust|
|Rebecca Clark||Regional Director, Oasis Academies|
|Luke Sparkes||Principal, Dixons Academy, Bradford|
|Caroline Hardeman||Director of Learning and Teaching, North Birmingham Academy|
|Phillip Snalune||Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Codio|
|Joanne Meagher||Iris Connect|
In 10 years’ time, children who started school back in September 2010 will be finishing compulsory education at the age of 18 – the first cohort since our major reforms began.
For the next generation to flourish education systems must equip every child with the knowledge and skills, the qualifications and confidence they need to succeed. Children who leave school with low skills will find their employment opportunities limited and their horizons narrowed.
All parties share a vision of a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances. For this to become a reality, then our education system and schools need to be fit for purpose.
It is vital that we set high aspirations for all schools and pupils. The new national curriculum embodies high expectations in every subject and will raise standards for all children. It combines the best elements of what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Massachusetts, Singapore and Finland, with some of the most impressive practice from schools in England.
A clear common factor across the successful school is having high expectations. These expectations come from strong values and they are set in a way that leaves everyone – pupils, parents, staff and governors – clear about what they are. It is then important that those high expectations are applied consistently and never relaxed.
In schools a key driver is centred on putting children first and faith in what children can achieve and teachers can do. Transformational school leaders with a belief that all pupils can achieve high standards, given sufficient time and high-quality support, is an important background to the creation of an outstanding school.
The aspiration remains that as a nation the wealth of talent, commitment and ambition that we have in our education system goes much further than it currently does, so that every child, no matter where they come from, has a chance to aim for a brighter future. We are incredibly fortunate, in this country, to have some of the best heads and teachers in the world. But their talent and commitment should not be restricted to just their schools. It should be celebrated and harnessed to spread excellence throughout the system.
The current coalition Government claims to have improved the current education system by:
- Setting the highest standards nationally
- Ensuring every child can follow a stretching academic curriculum to the age of 16
- Giving principals and headteachers more autonomy to hire and fire, set curricular policy and shape the school day
- Sharpening accountability through more rigorous, externally set tests and more intelligent inspection
- Devoting extra money to helping the poorest students
- Celebrating success wherever it’s found
|09.00||Registration and Coffee|
Opening Remarks and Session from Chair: Excellence As Standard and the self-improving School System
Roy Blatchford, Director, National Education Trust
The Maturing Academies and Free Schools Landscape
Rebecca Clark, Regional Director, Oasis Academies
Shaping the Future of Computing
Emma Dawkins – Director of Qualifications and Academic Delivery, NCC Education
Giving Every Student the Power to Create Not Just Consume:
Unlocking Student "Life and Employment" Potential through the New Computing Curriculum - with Technology that Supports Teachers
Phillip Snalune, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Codio
New Curriculum; Feeling Tracker-ed Already?
Practical Approaches to Progress Analysis
Stella Mead, Pupil Asset
Coffee and Networking Break
Future Leaders Session: How to Develop Staff as Part of Whole-School Improvement
Daniel Morrow, Associate Principal at Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey
Parental Engagement 2.0
James Whitaker demonstrates the ParentHub app in action and explains how app-based communication can revolutionise the way that schools and teachers engage with parents.
James Whitaker, Parent Hub
Marginal Gains Workshop
Marginal Learning Gains is inspired by the same philosophy that underpinned the extraordinary success of Team GB Cycling at the Beijing and London Olympics. The philosophy is simple: focus on doing a few small things really well. Once you do this, aggregating the gains you make will become part of a bigger impact on learning.
Joanne Meagher, Iris Connect
Future Challenges for Inner City Schools:
Caroline Hardeman, Director of Learning and Teaching, North Birmingham Academy
Lunch and Networking
The First Secondary Free School to be Judged Outstanding by Ofsted
Luke Sparkes, Principal, Dixons Academy, Bradford
I wish I’d done this sooner – Helping you maximise the learning potential for all your children, yes, even Adam...
Nathan Varma, Senior Occupational Therapist, Founder of OT for Kids
Closing Keynote: Boosting Learning Progress in Primary School Pupils Through Well-Designed Classrooms
Professor Peter Barrett, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRICS, Professor of Management in Property and Construction
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Points to be considered on the day include:
- More and more schools run - and more and more decisions made - by teachers, not politicians.
- Higher standards and higher expectations from every school and every pupil at every stage and every age.
- More children from all backgrounds taking core academic subjects at GCSE - the best possible preparation for apprenticeships, places at top universities, and good jobs.
- A drastic reduction in levels of illiteracy and innumeracy in our country and in our schools.
- A marked and sustained rise in school quality, driven by every school being part of a supportive, collaborative chain or network - because when you give schools more autonomy, they collaborate more, not less.
Who should attend?
The audience on the day will include: Head Teachers/teachers; Heads of School; Directors of Education; Directors of Children’s Services; Education Consultants; Academia; School Inspectors and all relevant job roles from across the Education Landscape and organisations including Primary Schools; Secondary Schools, Sixth-Forms, Colleges, Academies, LEAs; Voluntary and Community Sector; Academia; Private Sector and all those with an interest or engaged in creating excellence as standard across Education.