Workshops | Block B

Select from the following five workshops |

Tom Sherrington – The Curriculum is Yours:  How to Review it your way before Ofsted does it their way

Hall 9

No two schools have the same curriculum; every school finds its own way to balance breadth and depth, teaching an impossibly large body of knowledge in a finite amount of time. But do we know enough about what we actually deliver in our schools with a clear rationale? The session will explore the curriculum review process highlighting a number of factors school leaders might want to explore.  We will consider some practical approaches to doing this alongside some bigger themes about curriculum philosophy and the values systems that underpin the decisions you make.


Chris McShane – Developing a coaching culture will help schools to retain staff and improve outcomes for students. How?

Exec 1

People make the difference, I have long held this belief. Talk to people about who inspired them and you will always get a person, very often a teacher. To value people is to value your organisation, business or community. To recognise that learning and teaching do not happen in a vacuum but in an emotional state and you begin to recognise the need for coaching. In this workshop we will explore the difference between performance management and professional appraisal, and CPD that puts the professional at the heart of the profession. The session will investigate how coaching could become central to student progress and potentially how time is created for this. Building a coaching culture I will argue that a coaching culture is not only preferable for but essential to our future.


Helena Marsh – Being flamingos of hope, not lemmings of despair

Exec 2

Helena will share bold leadership approaches that have been taken at Linton Village College to tackle teacher workload and create a positive climate for learning. By using the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education, they have moved away uniform policy expectations, eg school-wide marking policies and data drops, to encourage middle leaders to do what is right for children and their subject teams, rather than through fear of external accountability. Helena will explain how the college has maintained a commitment to holistic, enriching education – including an emphasis on sports, arts and extra-curricular activities – and have encouraged innovation and creativity, such as their Language Futures and Getting Gritty programmes.


Keziah Featherstone – SNOW schools (schools no one wants) even in this context.

Exec 7

Perhaps no one wants them because of historical poor outcomes, or because of a huge financial black hole. Maybe no one wants them because the evidence suggests a titanic struggle will be needed to pull them out of special measures. Regardless – what this means is that there are children that no one wants, teachers that no one wants and communities to steer clear of. But it doesn’t have to be this way. These are some of the most richly rewarding places to work – and will remind you why you came into the profession in the first place.


Dave Whitaker – Timpson’s Exclusions Review – A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back?

Exec 8

Exclusion is always a contentious and  antagonistic subject that often polarises opinion like an educational Brexit. This workshop will allow participants to explore some of the key recommendations of the recent Timpson DFE review of exclusions. As a member of the  review’s expert reference group, Dave will share with you his thoughts about the potential impact of the report, gather the feelings of colleagues and facilitate an opportunity for comment and discussion that will help to shape the Heads’ Roundtable response.