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National Middle Schools' Forum 2005 Annual Conference

19 – 21 October 2005, Corus Hotel, Bristol

Ian Bradbury, Danesfield Middle School, together with Somerset County Council organised a very successful conference drawing on local expertise in Somerset, speakers of national distinction and a very welcome international perspective provided by colleagues working in the middle school system in Canada.

Conference reports and materials

Every Child Matters - Edward Davy MR liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills Theme

The conference was opened by the new Liberal Democrat spokesman for education. He was interested to explore further with us issues where middle schools can offer a unique perspective.


Report of keynote address by Edward Davey Mp - download




Canadian School System - “Middle School Education in Ontario, a Peel District School Board perspective.”

Mary Jane Hardy, Principal of Huttonville Public School

Pamela Tomasevic, Superintendent of Education, Peel District School Board


A stimulating opportunity to compare the experience of middle school education in the UK with that in the middle schools of the Peel District School Board, Ontario Canada.


Presentation about middle level education in Peel Districtdownload


Short movie presentation about two Canadian middle schoolsdownload


‘Middle school matters’ leaflet recently produced by Peel District School Board - download




The future for Key Stage 3 and beyond - Kate Moorse: Adviser, Key Stage 3, Curriculum Division, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

Kate Moorse provided an overview of QCA’s approach to the review the key stage 3 curriculum in the context of the remit for 14- 19 reform. She also discussed the development of a skills framework 11-19 and invited colleagues to comment on the draft framework.


Presentation about the review of KS3 download

Presentation about the draft framework of skills download



Every Child Matters - Examining the implications for head teachers, schools, senior management teams and governors Judith Richardson, Assistant Director: Raising Achievements, Somerset County Council


Judith Richardson presented two simple activities to use with governors and staff will enable them to become familiar with the Every Child Matters elements and to identify activities which already contribute to the achievement of the 5 elements.


Presentation about Every Child Matters download


Summary document from workshop – activities which contribute to achievement of the five elements download.




Moving forward with ICT - Ken Dyson, Former HMI and currently Education Consultant

Ken Dyson’s talk explored those areas of teaching and learning that ICT supports most effectively in the middle years, including creativity, the use of new media and independent learning. Ken focused on school self-review and improvement in ICT, looking first at the Common Evaluation Framework trialed by Ofsted last year and then at current developments in the National Framework for ICT school self review and improvement



Presentation by Ken Dysondownload


What are school leaders going to be like in 5 years time? - David Triggs, Principal of Greensward College, Essex


David Triggs has been recognised as one of the most entrepreneurial headteachers in the United Kingdom. Greensward College was recognised as ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED and has received visits from schools from all over the world. In 2003 Greensward students gained 83.5% A*- C passes. David Triggs makes many presentations on all aspects of education and this work has taken him to many national and international venues; he is currently working with the Specialist School Trust’s International Division.


Presentation by David Triggs – a large PowerPoint presentation covering - download 



For papers relating to the 2005 AGM held at the conference please see AGM page.