Agenda

DAY 1 - April 3, 2019

  • Day1
  • MAIN STAGE

    SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT

    MAT SUMMIT

    BUSINESS, BENCHMARKING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    RECRUITMENT AND WORKFORCE

    TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

    BUILDINGS, ESTATES AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

    MAIN STAGE

    SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT

    • 09:40 - 10:10
      How to Deal with Cuts to Front-Line Teaching Posts at a Time When Pupil-to-Teacher Ratios are Rising
      Paul Whiteman,
      General Secretary, NAHT (Invited)
      Geoff Barton,
      General Secretary, ASCL (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      •  Larger classes meaning less individual support for students, and putting more pressure on teachers
      • The effects of larger class-sizes to best-practice – i.e. greater emphasis needed on differentiation
      •  The increased importance of adult support and collaborative working in the classroom
      •  Proposed solutions and innovative approaches to these challenges
    • 12:10 - 12:30
      How to Prepare for an Inspection – Evelyn Street Primary and How They Went from Failing to Outstanding
      Louise Smith,
      Headteacher, Evelyn Street Primary (Confirmed)

      A look at how Evelyn Street Primary went from poor inspections results to achieving Outstanding and their approach to:

      • Expectations
      • Progress & Attainment
      • Working as a ‘cohesive unit to drive improvement’
      • Pupils’ personal development
      • Developing and maintaining creative partnerships, driving an enrichment of wider school experience
      • Tailored support packages for children and families
    • 12:40 - 13:00
      Achieving Against the Odds – Improving a School in Challenging Circumstances
      Paul Jackson,
      Headteacher, Manorfield Primary (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Leading a school in challenging circumstances to transform a school rapidly
      • Effectively working with your Local Authority and/or other partners
      • The school improvements necessary to support a majority Pupil Premium intake (50%+ FSM)
      • How to ensure every child succeeds, no matter their background
      • Promoting excellent teaching through outstanding leadership
    • 15:10 - 15:40
      Supporting all Children, Always: Social Mobility in Schools
      Rt Hon. David Laws,
      Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute (Confirmed)
      Lisa Salters,
      Headteacher, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  How schools can enable all children to succeed
      •  How targeted use of the Pupil Premium can be most effective
      •   What role schools have in increasing social mobility

    MAT SUMMIT

    • 09:45 - 10:15
      MAT inspection | A New Approach That Will Improve the Inspection Experience for MAT Leaders

      This session will cover:

      • Better understand the way MATs are organised, operate, and the role they play in their own right and ensure that our inspection reflects this
      • Improve our reporting on the impact that MATs are having, whether this is as part of a MAT focused review or a standalone inspection of an academy or free school that is part of a MAT
      • To make focused reviews of MATs more intelligent, through better coordination and through sharing of evidence between inspection teams
      •  It is up to MATs to create a self-evaluation framework which enables their impact to be measured quantitively and qualitatively
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      Enhancing Academy Governance and Leadership through Effective Professional Development
      Leora Cruddas,
      CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  Assessing the core principles of a successful governance structure and discussing how boards can deliver professional development that supports effective accountability for an academy
      •  Evaluating what constitutes effective governance leadership and how a board can effectively collaborate with a principal to ensure joined up leadership
      • Appointing trustees and committee members through skills-based appointments and assessing how academies can conduct a skills audit of their governance structure
      •   Ensuring clarity of responsibility and structures and delivering self-review and skill development for a board
    • 14:10 - 14:30
      Developing an Outstanding Governance Model in the Transition to a MAT
      Jo Brinkley,
      CEO and Founder, The Spring Partnership Trust (Invited)
      Clive Lees,
      Chair of Directors, The Spring Partnership Trust (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Formulating a strategic vision to develop a MAT in order to support improvement in underperforming schools by sharing learning and guidance
      •  Delivering an effective CEO focussed leadership structure, whilst supporting schools to retain their individual characters and specialisms
      • Centralising HR and finance functions and integrating IT systems across the trust to drive efficiency and value for money outcomes
      •  Supporting dedicated peer to peer support, benchmarking and best practice sharing across the trust
      •  Assessing the outcomes of the transition to a MAT in transforming outcomes for previously
      •  Underperforming schools resulting in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted

    BUSINESS, BENCHMARKING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    • 11:30 - 11:50
      How to Ensure Academies and Maintained Schools Meet the Terms of their Funding Agreements
      Owen Jenkins,
      Deputy Director , ESFA (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • The importance of trustees and effective governance – what we need to ensure effective support and challenge of senior teams in trusts
      • What governors need to know – the right questions to ask of your trusts – understanding your MI and data
      • Plotting the journey and steering the ship – effective strategic planning and long term thinking on finances
      • A rough guide to the Academies Financial Handbook and how it can help
    • 12:15 - 12:45
      What is a Quality Apprenticeship?
      Robert Nitsch,
      Chief Operating Officer , Instutute for Apprenticeships (Confirmed)

      This presentation gives tangible guidance on providing, maintaining and innovating best-practice apprenticeships, including:

      • The Institute for Apprenticeships Quality Strategy
      • Agreed partnerships
      • Quality indicators
    • 13:30 - 13:50
      Guidance: Strategic Finance: Design Principles and Financial Reporting
      Julia Harnden,
      Funding Specialist, ASCL (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  Why is strategic financial planning so important?
      •  Essential information for schools
      • Making the key decisions
      •   What does a strategic plan look like?
    • 14:15 - 14:45
      School Budget Mastery – Curriculum Led Integrated Financial Planning Tool
      Stephen Morales,
      CEO, Institute of School Business Leaders (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • A focus on integrated curriculum-led financial planning and resource management in the context of an evolving national funding formula
      • How to conduct a school budget review
      • What methods to employ to ensure long-term good financial planning
      • Why this will reduce practitioner workload long-term

    RECRUITMENT AND WORKFORCE

    • 10:00 - 10:20
      The Efficacy of SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme): Are we Utilising and Standardising this Pathway Enough to Create World-Class Teachers
      Emma Hollis,
      Executive Director, The National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Importance of teacher educators and why they also need professional development
      • One of the most popular ways to gain QTS, offering trainees a chance to get hands-on teaching experience with at least two schools
    • 11:35 - 11:55
      Case Study: How the Thinking Schools Academy Trust Retains Talent
      Stuart Gardner,
      CEO, Thinking Schools Academy Trust (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  How TSAT formulated and instituted the pay structure
      • Why this has been crucial in retaining excellent teaching
      • How working collaboratively with staff assisted in the development of instituting a positive, rewards-based culture
      •  What lessons can be learned by other schools?
    • 13:10 - 13:30
      Teacher Training | How Can We Attract, Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers?
      Simon Hepburn,
      Founder and Director, Marketing Advice for Schools (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • What can schools do to retain teachers?
      • What schools are doing to promote themselves as good places to work
      • Effective methods schools are using to recruit teachers in 2018
      • What processes schools are following when recruiting
    • 14:00 - 14:30
      Sharing the Load: How an Effective Leadership Job Share can Reap Benefits
      Simon Knight,
      Joint Headteacher, Frank Wise Special School (Confirmed)
      Heidi Dennison,
      Joint Headteacher, Frank Wise Special School (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • How to coordinate leadership responsibility at the highest level
      • How job share can benefit the school budget
      • Allocating key responsibilities across senior leaders
    • 14:50 - 15:10
      Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistant
      Sally Franklin,
      Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Inclusive Education, Institute of Education, University College London (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Use teaching assistants to add value to what teachers do, not replace them
      • Use teaching assistants to help pupils develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning
      • Adopt evidence-based interventions to support teaching assistants in their small group and one-to-one instruction
      • Ensure explicit connections are made between learning from everyday classroom teaching and structured interventions

    TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

    • 11:40 - 12:10
      GDPR – One Year On
      Senior Representative,
      Public Sector Team, Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • On-going compliance, the ICO Advisory Visit and ICO Audit
      • The wider role of newly appointed Data Protection Officers (DPO)
      •  Updates on fines and breaches across the education sector  
    • 14:00 - 14:20
      Launching a Digital Revolution in Schools
      Nancy Wilkinson,
      Programme Manager, Education, Nesta (Invited)

      This session will cover overcoming barriers to digital uptake in schools including:

      • Digital strategy: purchasing the tech that is right for the school & SLT knowhow
      • Budget: falling IT budgets, high costs and rapidly developing products
      • Support: building the necessary infrastructure and ensuring staff have adequate training
      • Accountability: ensuring that tech is used correctly
    • 14:40 - 15:20
      PANEL | Making the National Curriculum Digital by Default
      Rebecca Rylatt,
      Team Leader, Computing, Education Technology and National Curriculum, Department for Education (Invited)
      Ty Goddard,
      Chair, EdTech UK (Invited)
      Catherine Armstrong,
      Group Vice-Principal, Curriculum Support & Business Development, Shrewsbury College (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Implementing the Computing curriculum across all key stages of education, addressing and overcoming the barriers experienced by schools around teacher supply and upskilling
      • Update on funding to upskill teachers, through the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science, to lead the new Computing curriculum in schools
      • Implementing the curriculum to address the skills gap highlighted in the government’s Digital Strategy ensuring the digital skills exist for a modern digital economy
      • Exploring how the Department for Education identify and instigate the most effective use of technology in education to aid the development of tech skills within schools
    • 15:30 - 15:50
      Enabling School Systems to Create a Digital Environment That Teaches Implicitly
      Kirri Gooch,
      Regional Education Manager, Google for Education (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Whole-school approaches to ICT systems and innovation
      • The required training to implement school-wide, digital strategies
      • How environments can teach children implicitly, surplus to designated computing lessons
      • How enhanced environments can aid better inspection results
      • The use of VR and AR in schools
      • AI in schools

    BUILDINGS, ESTATES AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

    • 10:00 - 10:30
      Should Schools have Lock Down Procedure?
      Neil Basu,
      Deputy Assistant Commissioner, National Counter Terrorism Policing (Invited)
      Chris Keates,
      General Secretary, NASUWT (Invited)
      Emma Eastwood,
      Headteacher, Reinwood Junior School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • The importance of a coherent strategy for lockdown procedures in case of a dangerous event taking place on their premises
      •  How to effectively practise evacuation procedures with pupils, in the same way that they hold fire drills
      •  Identifying suitable lockdown areas to be used in serious incidents
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      The DfE’s Good Estate Management Workshop
      • Fundamental policies and procedures needed to manage your school estate efficiently
      • Updated guidance on health and safety, compliance and maintenance (replacing existing guidance)
      • Understanding your land and building, energy and water management
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      Tor Bridge High – Taking Science Outdoors
      Graham Roser,
      Headteacher, Tor Bridge High (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • One of just six UK schools to have had their science centre completely rebuilt as part of an intriguing research project
      • Creating an all-weather learning space that’s both inspiring and versatile
      • The redesign has allowed both staff and students to break out of the traditional classroom and enable innovative ways of practical learning
    • 14:30 - 14:50
      Architecture Ambassadors – The National Schools Programme and RIBA in Education
      Senior Representative,
      Education Team, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Promoting architecture as a profession within your school through career guidance
      • An overview of the National Schools Programme and how it can benefit your school
      • Working with RIBA members and architecture professionals to ensure your school building and projects are approved
    • 15:10 - 15:30
      Demonstrating the Qualities of London Board Schools and How the Original Organisational Model Entirely Supports New Ways of Learning
      Rae Potter,
      Headteacher, Sarah Bonnell School for Girls (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Ensure detailed and coordinated surveys are undertaken before major design work
      • Spaces need to have multiple functions requiring the boundaries of social, learning and sports spaces to be blurred
      • Investing time in researching the history of the buildings and site can prove invaluable when deciding what elements to retain and which to demolish.
      • Returning the building back to its original state demonstrates the quality and robustness of its design
      • The consequences of discovering asbestos and lead paint in areas to be refurbished

DAY 2 - April 4, 2019

  • Day2
  • MAIN STAGE

    SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT

    MAT SUMMIT

    SEND THEATRE

    BUSINESS, BENCHMARKING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    RECRUITMENT AND WORKFORCE

    TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

    BUILDINGS, ESTATES AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

    MAIN STAGE

    • 09:30 - 09:35
      Morning Chair’s Welcoming Remarks
      Tom Clark CBE,
      Chair, GovNet Advisory Board for Education (Confirmed)
    • 09:35 - 09:50
      SHADOW ADDRESS | The Future of the Academy
      Angela Rayner MP,
      Member for Ashton-under-Lyne, Shadow Secretary of State for Education (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • What are Labour’s plans for academies?
      • If academies are scrapped what impact will this have on the pupils, staff jobs and industry revenue
      • How do Labour look to safeguard the wellbeing of educational professionals?
    • 09:50 - 10:00
      Questions & Answers

      An opportunity to ask the Shadow Minister your questions about the priorities for the education sector under Labour.

    • 10:00 - 10:20
      Cutting Edge Techniques for Helping Students Thrive in the Classroom
      Matthew Syed,
      Journalist, Author and Broadcaster (Invited),

      This session will cover:

      • How do you get them to believe they really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? 
      • How do you get them to believe they could excel at anything they put their mind to?
      • Help your pupils find their confidence and dare to be brilliant at 
    • 10:20 - 10:40
      Keynote Address: Ofsted
      Neil Redmond-King,
      Principal Officer, Schools , Ofsted (Confirmed)

      Hear the latest updates from Ofsted about their plans to change current school inspection processes.

    • 10:40 - 11:00
      Questions & Answers
    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Evaluating the Future of Successful Academy and MAT Governance
      Dominic Herrington,
      Interim National Schools Commissioner , Department for Education (Confirmed)
      Lisa Mannall,
      Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, Department for Education (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Exploring the government’s new £3 million fund to support governance training up to 2021 and the DfE funded Governance leadership and clerking development programme
      • Assessing the latest DfE guidance on regional schools’ commissioners standards for governance and leadership when they assess the establishment or expansion of multi-academy trusts (MATs)
      • Analysing the requirements of governors and trustees within DfE’s Governance Handbook and Competency Framework
      • Evaluating the future challenges and opportunities for academies governance
    • 11:50 - 12:30
      Digitisation of the Education Sector
      Chris Rothwell,
      Director of Education , Microsoft (Invited)
      Jo Bland,
      Principal, Pioneers Free School Academy (Invited)
      Senior Representative,
      Education Team, Nesta (Confirmed)
      Vinous Ali,
      Head of Policy, Skills, Innovation and Digital Strategy , TechUK (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Is the ‘Classroom of the Future’ a reality and when will it be realised?
      • What are the implications for schools once AI, VR and innovative technologies become more widely used
      • How does new technology fit with the current funding of the education sector?
      • What will be the next widely used education technology solution within the classroom?
      • How will technology be used to ensure it provides better pupil outcomes?
    • 12:30 - 12:50
      Should Schools be Paying More Attention to Industry 4.0?
      Sir Ken Robinson,
      International Education Adviser & Professor Emeritus , University of Warwick (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Are schools connected enough with industries and evaluating how education aligns with changes occurring in the workplace?
      • Are young people receiving the skills required to thrive in the future?
      • Are we creating innovative thinkers and problem solvers or are we placing too much emphasis on recollection of curriculum? Where is the balance?
      • Changing education paradigms
    • 14:10 - 14:30
      The Evolving Role of Local Authorities in the Education Sector
      Senior Representative,
      Education Team, Local Government Association (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • The positive impact local authorities and the wider community can have on schools
      • Current funding priorities for maintained schools
      • Collaborative working between schools, academies and local authorities to ensure the best outcomes for pupils
    • 14:30 - 14:50
      Finance | The Future of Financial Management and Efficiency within Academies
      Mike Pettifer,
      Director, Academies and Maintained Schools, Education and Skills Funding Agency (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Looking at the future of funding and financial management across the academy landscape
      • Sharing findings on DfE’s pilot into business advice for school leaders and assessing how £1 billion of savings on non-staff spending can be made by 2019-2020
      • Exploring effective governance structures to ensure good financial management and reporting
      • Outlining the importance of three-year financial forecasting
      • Evaluating key insights on reducing running costs in academies as outlined in the new Good Estate Management For Schools guidance from DfE
    • 15:10 - 15:50
      Collaborative Working Across Institutions to Create Mutually Beneficial Outcomes for Staff and Pupils
      Sam Twiselton,
      Director, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University (Invited)
      Cllr Dan Chapman,
      Chair, Children, Young People & Skills Committee, Brighton & Hove Council (Invited)
      Andy Wolfe,
      Deputy Chief Education Officer, Church of England (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • How Universities can facilitate partnerships working across education providers, local authorities, the DfE, schools, colleges and employers
      • Using local partnerships to create staffing benefits and ease recruitment pressures
      • Providing pupils with clearly laid out paths to university, apprenticeships or employment
      • Success stories from LA’s that have achieved excellent results
      • How can independent schools play an important role in sharing resources with local schools
    • 15:50 - 16:10
      What Makes an Outstanding School
      Jo Davey,
      Co-Headteacher, Fortismere School (Invited)
      Zoe Judge,
      Co-Headteacher, Fortismere School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  Best practice examples from an outstanding school
      • Managing a large school with over 100 staff whilst ensuring pupil outcomes are at the forefront of all decisions
      • Looking at the senior leadership structure and governance roles within the school
    • 16:10 - 16:15
      Chair’s Closing Remarks
      Tom Clark CBE,
      Chair, GovNet Advisory Board for Education (Confirmed)

    SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT

    • 09:50 - 10:15
      Strengthening the Support and Efficiency of NQTs

      This session will cover:

      •  The new ‘Strengthening QTS’ guidance and what it means for new teachers
      •  Are we doing enough to ensure that teachers are fully prepared for classroom practice?
      •  How do we utilise the practice and energy of NQTs to get the best results for a school?
    • 13:00 - 13:20
      Learner Centric Approach – Looking Past Curriculum Lines
      Matthew Burton,
      Deputy Head Teacher, Thornhill Community Academy (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Education not purely focused on English, Maths and Science but the learner as a whole human being
      • Exploring the hidden curriculum and its importance in our system
      • The importance of senior leaders instilling a culture of cross curricular and whole school learning
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      English and Literacy Innovations – Creative Approaches in the Classroom?
      Prof. John MacBeath,
      Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Is the curriculum damaging children's creative writing?
      • Should complex vocabulary, figurative language and complicated sentence structures be used with caution 
      • Learn to support weaker readers and those with English as a second language
      • Review your current approach, identifying areas for development and learn strategies
    • 14:20 - 14:40
      Analysing National Performance Data in Closing the Attainment Gap
      Jon Andrews,
      Director for School Systems & Performance and Deputy-Head of Research, Educational Policy Institute (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Exploring the latest trends and outcomes in Progress and Attainment 8 data nationally, as well as schools classified as underperforming or coasting
      • Understanding how all schools can interpret and act on national performance data to inform school improvement strategies 
    • 14:55 - 15:25
      Effective Use of Pupil Premium to Raise Attainment and Progress
      Kate Atkins,
      Headteacher, Rosendale Research School (Invited)
      Jonathan Haslam,
      Director, Institute of Effective Education ,
      Board Member, Research Schools Network (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • A closer look at Pupil Premium, its advantages and how it’s being used effectively
      • Are there examples of strategies being used across schools that are showing similar success?
      • Innovative approaches to the funding and how it’s been implemented
      • The issue of accountability on the allocation of funds and authorisation for Pupil Premium funded projects
    • 15:45 - 16:00
      School-to-School Support in a Competitive Education System
      Dr Paul Armstrong,
      Lecturer in Education, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Are school collaborations having the desired effect of improving standards?
      • Concerns of fragmentation with the education system, due to competition, and effects on student outcomes
      • Reflections from school leaders who are embracing reforms and maintaining their own school ethos
      • Real-life examples of successful collaborations across academies and state-schools
    • 16:00 - 16:20
      Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils with Grammar Schools
      Michael Stimpson,
      Headteacher, St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • Existing and new support for disadvantaged pupils to attend grammar schools
      • Ensuring continued success against a backdrop of severe funding pressures
      • The importance of outreach within the community
      • How St Michael’s will use its share of the extra funding received from the government to expand, and why St Michael’s was selected

    MAT SUMMIT

    • 10:00 - 10:30
      Delivering Effective Governance to Support School Improvement and Enhance Learning Outcomes
      Stephen Chamberlain,
      CE, National Leader of Governance (Confirmed)
      Kathryn Mitford,
      Vice Chair of Trustees, Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Exploring how a governance structure engages with the leadership to enhance teaching, learning and outcomes within a trust
      • Discussing the latest strategies in addressing teacher workload within an academy
      • Analysing strategies to utilise benchmarking, shared learning and pooled resources to enhance teaching and learning and outcomes within a trust
      • Evaluating the role of a governing board in supporting and developing a school improvement plan to close attainment gaps and address key barriers to learning
      • Sharing lessons in effective governance strategies which have transformed attainment and performance outcomes
    • 12:30 - 13:30
      MAT Budgets – A Closer Look

      This workshop style session is designed specifically to look into a successful MAT budget over the past three years and help business leaders, finance professionals and CEOs from MATs deliver accurate budgets and overcome usual obstacles to achieving financial efficiency.

    • 13:45 - 14:05
      How Star Academies Became Home of Some of the Best State Schooling
      Hamid Patel,
      Chief Executive , Tauheedul Education Trust (Invited)

      The session will cover:

      • How the Star Academies has bucked the trend in helping its pupils to excel
      • How the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ School and Islam Boys’ School in Blackburn have become the 1st and 3rd best state schools in the country
      • Why a balanced curriculum with extra-curricular activities are vital to academic attainment
    • 14:15 - 14:45
      Converting to a MAT – How, Why and When?

      This session will cover:

      •  Sharing staff resources across schools within your MAT
      •  Senior leadership team responsibilities and roles across the MAT
      • How to expand your MAT and the reasons it will benefit pupil outcomes
    • 15:15 - 15:35
      What Does Successful Procurement look like in a MAT?

      This session will cover:

      • Best practice examples of MAT negotiations with suppliers
      • Using economies of scale to benefit your schools
      • Tips and techniques to be used by Procurement Managers and Professionals

    SEND THEATRE

    • 09:45 - 10:05
      The Importance of Safeguarding
      Indra Morris,
      Director-General, Social Care , Mobility and Equalities, Department for Education (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • What does an outstanding safeguarding policy look like, specifically for SEND pupils
      • Is there a need for safeguarding policy to differentiate between SEND pupils and their classmates?
      • How the increased vulnerability of SEND children raises questions on the safeguarding and provision in schools
    • 11:10 - 11:30
      Funding for SEND: Does our Education System Still Cater for Children who deal with Learning Challenges and Disabilities?
      Alex Grady,
      Education Development Officer, nasen (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      •  How has funding affected the provision for SEND children/young people?
      •  What are best-practice takeaways for schools managing high levels of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities?
      •  Innovative models of funding intervention programs and support systems for SEND children
    • 13:00 - 13:30
      New Ways of Teaching – Ask NAO!

      This session will cover:

      • Demonstration of the Ask NAO robot which is designed to help children with autism new ways of learning
      •  How this technology can help within your school when dealing with pupils with autism
      •  Best practice examples of how this technology has been implemented in the classroom
    • 14:05 - 14:25
      CASE STUDY | Practical Strategies for Effective Provision for Young People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
      Linda Adams,
      Headteacher, Lansdowne School (Invited)
      Rachel Pereira da Silva,
      SENCO, Wyvil Primary School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  Discussing the ranging nature of ASD and how there is no one-size-fits-all approach to children who suffer from Autism
      • Hearing real-life examples of strategies that have proven effective in the education of children with ASD
      •  A look at how both special needs schools and mainstream schools can implement similar, if not identical, practice to aid the learning of Autistic pupils
    • 14:45 - 15:05
      CASE STUDY | Outstanding Strategies for Supporting Learners with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

      This session will cover:

      • Hear the strategies they have been implemented to achieve an outstanding Ofsted rating in a SEND area
      • Integrating speech and language therapy into the curriculum
      • Tailoring teaching to each individual's needs
    • 15:25 - 15:45
      Children with Problems or Problem Children? Strategies and Policy Solutions for Dealing with Young People Who Suffer from Behavioural Challenges
      Brenda McHugh,
      Co-Director of Mental Health in Schools & Co-Founder, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Family School London (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • Identifying indicators that a child may suffer from a behavioural condition
      • Understanding the motivation behind behavioural outbursts from young people
      •  Strategies to pacify a situation in the classroom
      • The danger of pupils internalising feelings/issues and ramifications of this
      •  Supporting children with behavioural issues on a whole-school scale

    BUSINESS, BENCHMARKING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    • 10:30 - 11:00
      Smart Procurement- Using PSBOs to Buy Strategically and Compliantly in Complex Markets
      Simon Herne,
      Sales Manager, ESPO (Confirmed)
      • How procurement can be made easier by using PSBOs.
      • Learn about the range of free to access frameworks available for you to use.
      • We will also explain how you can access teams of category experts for help and advice who can also help reduce the amount of time, effort and money tied up in procurement
    • 12:00 - 13:00
      School Business Manager Question Time

      An opportunity for School Business Managers to question senior practitioners and education leaders, share best-practice, network and learn how to overcome day to day challenges related to business management of a school.

    • 14:40 - 15:00
      Finding Savings where there’s ‘Nothing Left to Cut’
      Micon Metcalfe,
      Chief Operating Officer, Langley Park Academies (Invited)

      This session would cover:

      • Advice on finding savings
      • Making difficult decisions and how to present them to others
      • Lessons learned from real schools
    • 15:30 - 16:00
      Assurance and Financial Reporting
      Graham Hancock,
      Finance Manager, Academies Financial Reporting Division, Department for Education (Invited)
      • Sector Annual Report and Accounts production
      • Online forms requirements form the sector for 2018/19
      • An introduction to the Better Financial Reporting Programme and how it is aiming to reduce the burden on academies in submitting financial returns to the DfE

    RECRUITMENT AND WORKFORCE

    • 09:50 - 10:10
      Working with Universities to Offer School Direct Places
      Emily Beer,
      Headteacher, Willingdon School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • The benefits of working with an accredited provider to offer school direct places
      • How Willingdon works with accredited providers and Universities
      • Applying to the school directly, learning on the job and be part of the teaching team
      • Giving schools chance to train graduates on a local level
      • Offering trainees permanent roles at the end of the training
    • 11:20 - 12:00
      Panel Discussion: What Should our Priorities be for NQTs

      This session will cover:

      • How will Brexit affect staffing levels within the education sector
      • Various training methods used in a variety of school environments
      • Statistics from across the UK for best approaches to onboarding NQTs
      • HR involvement and promoting internal staff benefits
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      Supporting Schools in Challenging Circumstances and Training New Teachers
      Moira Mader,
      CEO, Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •  Turning a failing school into one which is now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and is striving to become ‘outstanding
      •  How to aid troubled schools across the country which require urgent support
      •  Narrowing the gap between the most advantaged and disadvantaged schools
    • 14:30 - 15:00
      The Role of Local Government in Training, Recruiting and Retaining Teachers
      Lynne Birch,
      Commissioning Adviser, Cambridgeshire County Council (Invited)
      • Understanding the role of local government in helping schools meet ITT standards
      • Working in partnerships with schools to train, recruit and retain teachers
      • The Importance of coordinating teacher training and school improvement
      • Giving schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and head teachers
      • Understanding new and emerging areas and methods for recruitment

    TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

    • 12:15 - 12:40
      Safeguarding – Not Every Student Uses the Internet the Same Way
      Katie O’Donovan,
      Online Safety Policy Manager , Google for Education (Invited)

      Google announces that it is launching a new  Safety Centre, a comprehensive site dedicated to helping teachers educate children about keeping safe online. As such, this session will cover:

      • Useful resources and tools to teach students about digital safety and citizenship
      • A number of easy to-use Google privacy controls so students can choose the settings that are right for them. This includes the ability to undertake a Privacy Checkup
      • Helpful security tips to enable teachers to educate students about safety whenever they’re online
    • 13:40 - 14:30
      IT Infrastructure Best Practice Workshop
      Senior Representative,
      Digital, Data & Technology Capabilities Team, Department for Education (Invited)
      Justin Truscott,
      IT Services Infrastructure Manager, Nottingham College (Invited)
      Steven Camilleri,
      ICT Network & Systems Manager, Robert Clack School (Invited)
      Phil Richards,
      Chief Innovation Officer, JISC (Invited)

      An opportunity for School Network Managers, IT Directors and Heads of ICT to ask our panel of experts and practitioners questions on overcoming the day-to-day challenges involved with maintaining school IT infrastructure. This session will cover:

      • Incorporating emerging technology into the school and classroom
      • Maintaining a systems which involves multiple and often junior users across a large network
      •  Ensuring protection against cyber risks, hackers and data theft
      • Creating and enforcing a security and privacy policy across the school
      •  Securing buy in from the senior leadership team and investing in IT
    • 14:50 - 15:10
      Protecting your School IT Infrastructure Against Cyber Attacks
      Stephen Burke,
      Founder and CEO, Cyber Risk Aware (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      •   One fifth of education institutions have been hit by a cyber attack
      •  Are schools equipped and prepared for potential cyber hacks
      •  What policies and security measures should be in place to protect sensitive teach and pupil data
      •   Examples of phishing, malware attacks and common things to look out for and avoid
    • 15:40 - 16:00
      A Very 21st Century Problem: Teaching Children Who Are More Technologically Capable Than Staff
      Niall Winters,
      Researcher, Department of Education & University of Oxford (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • The ‘coding agenda’: What does the research show about the impact of coding on pupils’ lives? Is it the social leveller that it is often claimed to be?
      • Successful examples of teacher skilling being employed to bridge the knowledge gap between educators and their students
      • Acknowledging that teaching is ‘the skill’ and computing is ‘the knowledge’: encouraging teachers to play to their strengths, rather than attempting to become overnight experts

    BUILDINGS, ESTATES AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

    • 11:50 - 12:10
      Taking Food Seriously
      Maggie Bailey,
      Headteacher, Great Court School (Confirmed)

      This session will cover:

      • The importance of nutrition in improving pupil outcomes
      • The role of School Food Matters
      • Working in partnership with councils to deliver improvements
    • 13:40 - 14:00
      Using BIM to Ensure Schools have Space for Increased Pupil Demand
      Andy Rehling,
      Headteacher, Mayfield School (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • An in-depth look at the Mayfield School project to increase school size by 800 pupils and 80 staff
      • Working towards a tight 17-month, £18.2 budget to deliver sports facilities, dance studios, increased teaching and learning space
      • Collaborating with the community to make the most of the space
      • Instilling a collaborative approach between design, contractor, supply chain and client
    • 15:20 - 15:50
      Sharing Estates Across Schools and the Wider Community to Benefit Pupils
      Julie Robinson,
      General Secretary, Independent Schools Council (ISC) (Invited)

      This session will cover:

      • How independent schools and the wider community form partnerships with schools
      • Enabling maintained schools and academies to share estates with independent schools
      • Ensuring pupils receive the best facilities for their education and the best way to deliver this