3. Tuesday 26 June: Social Mobility and Dealing with Disadvantage

Day session: 8.30am-4.20pm
Twilight session: 4.45-6.15pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, OL1 1QJ

Day Session

8.30am-9am - Conference registration

9am-9.20am - Music welcome from Oldham Youth Brass Ensemble

9.20-9.30am - Welcome - Andrew Sutherland, Director Education and Early Years Oldham Council

9.30am-10.30am - Emran Mian: Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department of Education

Emran is Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department for Education. Before taking up the role in February 2017, Emran ran a cross-party think tank, the Social Market Foundation. In his earlier career he has held senior positions in the Cabinet Office and Business Department.The talk will outline the view of the Regional Schools Commissioner about how good and outstanding schools can help deliver social mobility and reduce disadvantage.

11am-1pm - Professor Graham Donaldson: Adviser to the Welsh Government on Curriculum change

The fundamentals of the school curriculum has been relatively unchanged since 1988. But the nature and pace of the change in economies and societies are posing some challenges to the purposes of schooling.

Professor Graham Donaldson’s presentation will look at different practices across the UK, the OECD's 2030 Project and reflect on the pressures on the curriculum and argue for a clearer commitment to broad purposes. Not only that, but will also look for more imaginative approaches to professional learning and accountability if a more purpose-driven curriculum becomes a reality for young people.

2-3pm - Graeme Logan: Deputy Director, Scottish Government

Graeme was originally a primary school head teacher before joining Education Scotland as an Ofsted Inspector. He rose to the post of Strategic Director, Education Scotland, acting as the Chief Government Adviser on the SNP flagship policy of ‘closing the attainment gap’ between the lowest performing 20% and the rest of the pupil population.  

Following this he joined the Scottish Government as Deputy Director of the Learning Division, where his present responsibility still includes leadership of the ‘closing the gap’ agenda. Graeme will share with you the strategic and operational priorities taking place across Scotland which are contributing towards improving the outcomes of the lowest performing 20% of the pupil population in the country.   

3pm-4pm - Alex Quigley: Director of Huntington Research School, York and Author of ‘The Confident Teacher’ and ‘Teach Now! English’

Alex is the Director of Huntington Research School over in York and Research School Developer for the Education Endowment Foundation. Alex is the author of 'Closing the Vocabulary Gap’, as well as being a regular columnist for TES and Teach Secondary.

Alex wants to tackle the challenge of social mobility in English schools and will explore, in his presentation, how disadvantaged pupils lag behind their peers when it comes to attainment. He will consider the impact of policies such as the pupil premium, before sharing positive evidence-based practice that stand out in the school system. Alex is there to offer practical solutions and tools for school leaders and teachers. 

4pm-4.20pm - Plenary and close 

Tickets for this event are free. Book ticket/s for an individual speaker, or for the full day, here.

Alex Quigley – Twilight session


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