Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel,  
Stratford on Avon

Monday 15th October to Tuesday 16th October, 2018

Key Speakers:

Monday 15th October – key focus - leading schools where we all thrive

A day with a focus on planning an effective middle school curriculum with learning and well being in mind, introduced by Professor Mick Waters.  Mick worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as Director of Curriculum and now works with Authorities across the UK on innovative approaches to learning.  He is also a patron of the Values Trust which endeavours to promote values driven approaches to learning. Jane Kennedy, Head of Corbridge Middle School, will speak about the factors that led to the recent decision to retain the three tier system in the Hexham area of Northumberland.

Professor Mick Waters - Planning an effective curriculum with learning in mind

Gary Toward – co-author of The Decisive Element, Unleashing praise and positivity in schools 

   Workshop sessions:

Jane Kennedy – Headteacher, Corbridge Middle School   

Tuesday 16th October – key focus – current and future issues for middle school leaders.

We are pleased that Matthew Purves, Joanna Hall’s replacement at Ofsted, will discuss current developments in inspection and share some thinking about the new inspection framework to be introduced in September 2019. Nivi Tank and Peter Jackson will be able to report back on positive developments in the relationship between middle schools and DFE since our discussions at the 2017 Conference, and share some developing thinking about the consultation, due in the Autumn, on the future of school accountability arrangements following the announcements by the Secretary of State at the recent NAHT conference.


Matthew Purves - Deputy Director Schools,Ofsted 

Nivi Tank - Team Leader, Primary Accountability, DfE 

Peter Jackson - Head of School and College accountability, DfE

Details of further speakers and workshops to follow.

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