Thursday 10th September, QEII Centre, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Plenary Speakers

David Crossley, Education Consultant, Author, former School and System Leader

www.learn2transform.com / david.crossley@learn2transform.com

David Crossley is an independent education consultant. His proven, yet innovative ideas derive from his own four Headships and work with many other outstanding school leaders. One of his main current roles is as Executive Director of the not for profit Whole Education Network www.wholeeducation.org that works with schools to ensure that all young people develop the skills, qualities and knowledge to thrive in life and work. A particular focus is currently also on supporting the development of partnership working with groups of schools, within LAs and other organisations. He is committed to ‘school-led system leadership’ and the ‘by schools for schools’ approach. He created the national RATL (Raising Achievement Transforming Learning) programme for the DfE which developed an innovative approach to raising achievement involving more than 700 schools. It was described by Professor Andrew Hargreaves as, "One of the most distinctive, promising and successful reform models to emerge in the recent history of educational change and school improvement". He was also strategic adviser for the pilot of the National Colleges Middle Leadership Development Programme between 2008 and 2010. This grew from the initial pilot of 39 clusters to involve over 1800.

He has both led and contributed to a wide range of leadership programmes, strategic consultancy work and international conferences in the Middle East, Australia. Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong and the USA.

His new book, Sustainable School Transformation: An inside out approach - www.bloomsbury.com/sustainable was published in October 2013.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools in England and Head of Ofsted

Sir Michael Wilshaw was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on 1 January 2012.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) is statutorily responsible for Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work. He is able to draw on the full range of inspection findings to report on the quality of education, children’s services and skills, locally and nationally. He is responsible to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of Ofsted, and for ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources.

Prior to joining Ofsted, Sir Michael had a distinguished career as a teacher for 43 years, 26 of these as a headteacher in London secondary schools, and most recently as Executive Principal at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney. In addition to leading Mossbourne Community Academy, Sir Michael was Director of Education for ARK, a charitable education trust running a number of academies across England.

Professor Graham Donaldson, School of Education, University of Glasgow

A former teacher, Graham Donaldson headed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education from 2002-10. He radically reformed the approach to inspection, combining clear accountability with self-evaluation and capacity building. As chief professional advisor to Ministers on education, he took a leading role in a number of major reform programmes.

His report ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’ (2011), made 50 recommendations about teacher education in Scotland which have all been accepted by the government.  He has also undertaken a review of the national curriculum in Wales and the 68 recommendations in his radical report, ‘Successful Futures’ (2015), have also been accepted in full.

Graham has worked as an international expert for OECD, participating in reviews of education in Australia, Portugal and Sweden. The report on Sweden (2015) has aroused considerable international interest. He is currently working part-time at Glasgow University as a Professor in the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.

Councillor Claire Kober OBE, Leader of Haringey Council

Cllr Claire Kober OBE became Leader of Haringey Council in 2008, and is Deputy Chair of London Councils and a member of the Local Government Association.

Cllr Kober’s leadership of Haringey is underpinned by an ongoing commitment to tackling inequality and making the borough a place where everyone can fulfil their potential, regardless of their background.

Her work to meet this ambition includes a focus on regeneration; support for local communities; improvements to children’s services; backing for local businesses; delivering new housing, and a clear commitment to education.

In 2012, Cllr Kober launched the Outstanding for All Haringey education commission to explore options for driving further improvements in education through working collaboratively with headteachers, governors, teachers, students and parents.

Unprecedented progress under Cllr Kober’s leadership has seen every secondary, special and nursery school, and close to 90 percent of primary schools, in the borough rated “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted.

Dale Peters, Head of Corporate Development, RM Education

Dale Peters is Head of Corporate Development at RM plc, where he is responsible for research, strategy and innovation programmes. He joined RM in 2007 after spending five years providing research and consultancy services to private sector organisations working in the education sector, national media companies and both departmental and non-departmental public bodies. He is passionate about the role of creativity and technology in education.



Session and Panel Speakers

Dame Kathy August DBE, Development Advisor, TheSchoolBus
Dame Kathy August’s experience of senior leadership in education began in 1988 with her first Headship in Manchester LA, the same year as the introduction of a number of significant reforms to the education system in England which began the radical change of State schools.

Following this successful first Headship she took on a second, and after success there, became one of a handful of people to be appointed directly from Headship to the post of CEO in a LA, later leading a second LA. During the same period she co-authored a number of educational publications.

She trained to be an Ofsted Inspector in 1994 as part of her own professional development.

She also worked as a Senior Education Adviser at the Standards and Effectiveness Unit, in the Department for Education, under the leadership of Professor Sir Michael Barber.

In 2003, she took on the biggest challenge of her career when she agreed to become the first Principal of Manchester Academy in Moss Side.

This was one of the first “City Academies" in England and described by Andrew Adonis in his recent book “Education, Education, Education" as “one of the worst gang infested comprehensives in the country". In just over five years the Academy was judged as Outstanding and Kathy became a National Leader of Education as a result. She became Deputy Chief Executive and then Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Charitable Trust which sponsored the Academy. She is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at 10 Downing Street to promote the Academy Programme.

She is now working independently with Multi Academy Trusts and other educational organisations on a variety of school improvement issues including coaching of executive education leaders. She has an MA in Education and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She is married with two sons and received the DBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to education.

Jane Blakey, Head of School Performance: Standards and Provision, Haringey Council

Julie Cordice, Director of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs, Bethnal Green Academy

Evelyn Davies, Head Teacher, Coldfall Primary School
Evelyn has worked in primary education for over 30 years.  She has been a Head Teacher for 19 years and seen her school, Coldfall Primary, grow from a one form entry to a thriving three form entry.  She has taken the school on its journey from one of the lowest achieving in the country to one of excellence, being awarded outstanding status in its last two inspections, the most recent being in October 2014.  Coldfall is now also a Teaching School and offers a wide range of support and professional development for other teachers.

During her time in education Evelyn h as supported many other professionals in her role as an NLE, Ofsted team inspector, mentor/coach and presenter and trainer.  She is passionate about developing effective leadership to build the capacity of staff in schools to ensure children receive the very best educational provision.

Isabella Donnelly, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Grebot Donnelly
With over 25 years of marketing experience in the education sector, Isabella has devised and implemented bespoke strategies for schools, academies and local authorities, playing a key role in the repositioning of many schools and the successful opening of new schools. She is an accomplished and renowned trainer who delivers seminars, lectures and workshops to representatives from a wide range of education organisations throughout England, as well as directly to school headteachers and governors through established local authority networks and at the Institute of Education. Isabella is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Liam Donnison, Project Director, EES for Schools, Essex County Council
Liam leads the strategy and development of EES for Schools. He is an experienced leader with a track record of transforming education departments and businesses. He has set up and led a number of ventures including one which secured the Education Investor Business of the Year 2015. He was invited to become Chair of Governors for a large London Primary which had gone into special measures; it became Outstanding in 3 years.

Liz Free, Head of Professional Development, Oxford University Press
Liz Free is an experienced leader of education continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) services in the UK and across the world.  She is an outstanding child-centred practitioner and leader with headship background and expertise in school growth, improvement and development.  Liz has particular experience of CPDL at teacher, school, community, regional, national and ministry level and currently leads professional development at Oxford University Press, one of the UK’s leading providers of CPDL.  Liz is an energetic and enthusiastic leader with a commitment to educational excellence and in improving the life chances for all through promoting education equality.

Judy Hutchings, Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, Bangor University
Professor Judy Hutchings worked in North Wales since 1973 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and as Director of the Bangor University Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention. She undertakes research on early preventive work with parents, children and teachers.   She has held grants totalling over £2 million and published extensively. Her work has been cited in Hansard and in the Westminster Government Social Exclusion Action Plan. She has advised UK and Welsh Governments.

Prof. Hutchings was an expert witness to NICE on conduct disorder. She has lectured and taught internationally, including in Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, Poland, Greece, Slovenia, Australia, South Africa and Portugal. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, was the 2004 Welsh Government sponsored Welsh Woman Educator of the Year and the 2010 Institute for Welsh Affairs Inspire Wales Educator Award. In 2011 she received an OBE for services to children and families.

Professor Hutchings worked on evaluations of parenting programmes in Birmingham and Dublin and is currently working with Southampton University on interventions for children with ADHD. Her school-based work includes trials of teacher classroom management, school readiness and child social skills programmes. Her recent research includes a pilot evaluation in Wales of the Finnish KiVa bullying prevention programme and she is currently working on a randomised controlled trial of KiVa with Dartington Social Research Unit.

Prof Hutchings works with the World Health Organisation, Oxford and Cape Town Universities in developing and evaluating evidence informed parenting programmes for low- and middle-income countries.

Stephen Long, School Improvement Consultant, Capita SIMS
Steve Long is a consultant for Capita's School Improvement Programme. He has spent over 25 years in education as a teacher, ICT adviser, consultant and Senior Education Officer for Derby City Local Authority before he joined Capita in 2013. His areas of expertise include supporting schools in developing self-evaluation processes, assessment for learning, curriculum design and the use of technology to support teaching and learning. He is currently completing his training as an Additional Inspector for Ofsted.

Hugh Lorimer, Business Analyst, RM Education
Formerly a secondary school teacher in UK and Argentina, Senior Lecturer in an FE College and a developer of expert system software for the nuclear industry. Worked at RM Education for 16 years as a developer and product specialist in School Management Information Systems, Assessment Tracking, Exams, Attendance and Behaviour systems. Currently working with a number of schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts to help define and implement their assessment tracking systems post levels. Also a School Governor for over 20 years in Primary and Secondary schools.

Dame Joan McVittie DBE, Consultant Head and Inspector, Ofsted
Dame Joan began teaching in Manchester in 1974. She has been a Headteacher since 2000 taking on her second headship in Woodside High, Haringey, in 2006. The school has been rated outstanding by Ofsted in two successive inspections (2011, 2014). Dame Joan was a School Improvement Partner for two London local authorities. She was a member of the Governing Council for the National College for 6 years. In 2011 – 2012, Dame Joan was the President of ASCL, the professional association for Secondary Headteachers in both the state and independent sector. In 2012, she was invited to become a Trustee of the Youth Sports Trust. In July 2011, Woodside High was designated as a National Support School and Dame Joan as a National Leader in Education. In December 2012, Joan was awarded a Damehood in honour of her contribution to education at both local and national level. Dame Joan qualified as an Ofsted Inspector in March 2014. She is currently a consultant head advising two other secondary Head teachers.

Fergal Roche, CEO, The Key
Fergal Roche is the chief executive of The Key, a company that provides trusted leadership and management support to over a third of the schools in England and Wales. Fergal joined Ten Group in 2007 to set up The Key and realise his vision of a service that would enable school leaders to run their schools with increased confidence, knowledge and capacity.

Fergal was previously business development director for Babcock/VT Group’s Education and Skills business and a director of Four S, which provides support services to all schools in Surrey. Prior to this, he was the education strategy director for GEMS, the largest group of international schools in the world.

Fergal has been headteacher/principal of three schools, one of which was Anglo-French. He has a BA in English and drama from Exeter University, an MA in education management from the Open University and an MBA in public services management from Nottingham University. He is chair of governors at a comprehensive school in Brixton and on the board of a multi-academy trust in Guildford.

Chris Silverton, E-Learning Manager and SLE, Ninestiles Academy Trust

Giles Storch, Head Teacher, Euxton C.E. Primary School

Jim Wade, Principal, University Technical College (JCB Academy), Staffordshire
Jim has been Principal of The JCB Academy since January 2009.  The Academy’s key mission is Developing the Engineers and Business Leaders for the Future and its work in developing an industry-led curriculum based around solving engineering problems has been praised by many across both education and industry.

Prior to his current appointment, Jim was Principal of South Molton Community College.  In his last Ofsted inspection before moving to The JCB Academy, South Molton was judged as ‘outstanding’ and granted Leading Edge status.  He has also worked as a school improvement partner, mentor and consultant headteacher.

Jim has always been involved in technical and vocational education, starting his teaching career with involvement in the Certificate of Pre Vocational Education in the mid 1980s and was deputy at Somerset’s first Technology College.  He is passionate about the role technical education plays in developing life chances for young people and sits on The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Education and Skills Panel.

Mick Walker, Education Strategist, Frog Education
Mick loves education and is passionate about assessment. He believes this is the teaching profession's time to define the future of assessment.

Mick's teaching career extends over eighteen years. He has taught in secondary, sixth form and further education institutions, worked as an external examiner and been an advisory teacher for a local authority. He has also held the posts of Chief Examiner and Senior Moderator.

Following Mick's position as Head of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's (QCA) regulatory monitoring programme, he played a key role in the National Assessment Authority's (NAA) modernisation programme, which led to the creation of what is now the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA). After the delivery failures of national curriculum tests in 2008 Mick took over the post of Acting Managing Director of the NAA and is credited with rebuilding the national curriculum assessment system.

Melanie Washington, Director of Programme Development, STEMNET
Melanie has worked in STEM education for over ten years, during which time she has managed the delivery of education projects in both secondary and higher education. At STEMNET Melanie provides strategic direction for the organisation whilst overseeing the delivery of the 30,000 strong STEM Ambassador programme and the STEM Clubs programme. Melanie has also spent five years working as a research scientist at GSK researching the respiratory and cardiovascular therapeutic areas.

Lisa Williams, Head of Commissioning Support, YoungMinds
Lisa Williams specialises in commissioning support and whole system improvement for children and young peoples’ emotional and mental health systems, from earlier intervention through to specialist care.

Currently Lisa works with YoungMinds both as a commissioning support consultant and as Project Technical Lead providing support to 12 local areas participating in the Big Lottery’s HeadStart resilience focused programme. Previously she was a founding member of the national consortium BOND (Better Outcomes, New delivery), through which Lisa developed and delivered bespoke programmes of training, consultancy and support to commissioners, schools and not-for-profit providers of early intervention mental health support across the country since 2011.

Lisa’s previous posts include Deputy Head at the Department of Health’s National Support Team for CAMHS; County Council Assistant Director and children’s services commissioner, CAMHS commissioner, South East regional lead for Teenage Pregnancy, public health specialist, HIV service manager, various practitioner roles in adult mental health, youth and community services,  and counsellor.

Lisa is also a Community Fellow at the University of Brighton and has collaborated on numerous projects to strengthen the links between research, policy and practice in the field of children’s resilience over many years. She recently developed the ‘Academic Resilience’ approach with Professor Angie Hart designed to help schools ‘close the gap’ for their most disadvantaged pupils which has been adopted by YoungMinds and can be found on their website.

Please note speakers, agenda and times are subject to change