Workshops | Block A

County Hall Suite
  1. How to improve schools when no one is really sure what good practice looks like! | Becky Allen
  2. The New DfE ITT Framework and its Relationship to Teacher Recruitment and Retention’.  | Prof Sam Twiselton OBE
  3. The rise and fall of the EHCP… What are our options?  | Sabrina Hobbs

Session overviews

  1. How to improve schools when no one is really sure what good practice looks like! | Becky Allen. Session synopsis –Academics working in education are more uncertain than ever about how to support school improvement. In the US, a $1 billion Gates Foundation-backed education initiative has failed to help students. Here in the UK, the Education Endowment Foundation has not identified many programmes that are better than existing school practice. Moreover, the latest set of school performance measures – supposedly fairer and less subject to distortion than the last ones – are now being questioned.In this talk, Becky Allen will show school leaders how to evaluate practice in their own settings, how to make reasonable bets that will improve learning and how to seek out suitable, effective schools to learn from and collaborate with.
  2. The New DfE ITT Framework and its Relationship to Teacher Recruitment and Retention’.  | Prof Sam Twiselton OBE. Session synopsis – This session will give an overview of the newly published DfE ITT Core Content Framework for ITT and how this is designed to support teacher recruitment, retention and development through its close relationship with the Early Career Framework. It will draw on research on the development of teacher expertise and relate this to the findings of the Carter Review of ITT and the DfE Recruitment and Retention Strategy with a particular focus on the importance of early career support and development.
  3. The rise and fall of the EHCP… What are our options?  | Sabrina Hobbs. Session synopsis –

    Can we continue with the current EHCP system knowing that it doesn’t work? We know that the Children and Families Act 2014 elevated the SEND agenda, giving those with special needs a much higher profile than ever before, and gave parents/ careers of those children and young people a platform to have a voice… however, it isn’t doing what it set out to do. The Education Select Committee identified ‘…these adversarial experiences are the products of poor implementation, the inability to access the right support at the right time, and services struggling with limited resources.’, amongst other insights. Here we will discuss how we have identified the EHCP as the cause of this failure,  why we suggest a bold alternative is needed… and what we offer as a fair, honest, and transparent solution moving forwards.

 

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