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National Middle Schools' Forum 2002 Annual Conference

sponsored by evesham.com
Wednesday 2nd October - Friday 4th October 2002
 at Wood Norton Conference Centre
in Evesham
hosted by
Worcestershire Middle Schools

"Excellence in the Middle Years"

The Conference featured a number of national figures speaking on the theme of teaching a broad and balanced curriculum: a key feature of the Middle School sector.

 (Click on the speakers name for a pen picture or the lecture title for notes)

 Speakers included:  Lecture Title
  Clive Wilkinson  
 Julien Kramer  
 Richard Pring
 Robin Richardson Great Expectations
 Rosemary Campbell  
 Roy Leighton Excellence Through the Broader Curriculum
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Speaker 1 - Roy Leighton
  • Background - The Arts, business and education. His presentation brings all three together in a variety of "mutually beneficial partnerships".
  • January 5th 2001 - TES described his work with students as "a fusion of sound pedagogic approaches such as theatre in education, accelerated learning and emotional literacy".
  • He is the co-devisor and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC series "The Confidence Lab".
  • He lectures at the European Business School on creative management and runs a variety of programmes on innovative learning for national, European and global companies and institutions

    • Worked as a teacher, writer, lecturer and consultant. Currently co-director of the Instead Educational Consultancy.
    • Previously - director of the Runnymede Trust and before that County Inspector for Education in the London Borough of Brent.
    • Has been involved in consultancy work on the future of Multi-Ethnic Britain.
    • Published material includes. - Inclusive Schools - Inclusive Society.
    • Other books include 2 essay collections
    • i) Daring to be a Teacher (1 990)
      ii) Fortunes & Fables: education for hope in troubled times

      • His most recent book (2002) is entitled 'in Praise of Teachers'.
  • Worked as a teacher, writer, lecturer and consultant. Currently co-director of the Instead Educational Consultancy.
  • Previously - director of the Runnymede Trust and before that County Inspector for Education in the London Borough of Brent.
  • Has been involved in consultancy work on the future of Multi-Ethnic Britain.
  • Published material includes. - Inclusive Schools - Inclusive Society.
  • Other books include 2 essay collections
  • i) Daring to be a Teacher (1 990)
    ii) Fortunes & Fables: education for hope in troubled times

    • His most recent book (2002) is entitled 'in Praise of Teachers'.

Speaker 3 - Richard Pring

  • Professor of Education Studies at University of Oxford and Director of Educational Studies. Previously Professor of Education at Exeter University, lecturer in Curriculum Studies at University of London Institute and before that a teacher in London Comprehensive Schools.
  • Editor (since 1987) of the British Journal of Educational Research
  • Recent publications:-

Philosophy of Educational Research (2000)
Closing the gap: liberal Education & Vocational Preparation (1 996)
Re-affirming the comprehensive ideal.

  • States main interests outside work are digging the garden and marathon running!

Speaker 4 - Rosemary Campbell

  • Currently an education consultant working throughout UK.
  • Educational career spans some 20 years involving her in teaching, social education work, LEA advisor and OFSTED Inspector.
  • Returned to schools as a deputy head and finally as a secondary head teacher.
  • She states that she encourages every teacher to "let your imagination hitch a ride on your potential, not limit you to the past, or be welded to your dissatisfaction with the present". Until we as teacher realise our potential, we will never be able to release that of our students, we hold the keys!

After Dinner Speaker - Clive Wilkinson

Clive is Head of Quality and Chief Inspector in Worcestershire Local Education Authority. Prior to local government reorganisation Clive was the Head of the Inspection, Advice and Training Service in Hereford & Worcestershire LEA. Currently, he represents the Midlands Chief Inspectors on the National Executive of SCIA (Society of Chief Inspectors & Advisers) and is also the National Secretary. Recently he has been part of the DFEE Working Party looking at LEA effectiveness.

He has a broad base of experience in education having been a headteacher, college lecturer and adviser in Gloucestershire LEA before taking up his current post