4. Wednesday 27 June: Inspiring Leadership and the Curriculum

Day session: 8.30am-3.20pm
Twilight session: 4.30-6pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, OL1 1QJ

8.30am-9am - Conference registration

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

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

9.30am-10.30am - Dame Alison Peacock, Chartered College of Teaching

The ‘restless CEO’, as Professor Dame Alison Peacock describes herself, is the Chief Executive of the Charted College of Teaching, a body created ‘by teachers, for teachers’. Her career to date has spanned across primary, secondary and advisory roles and she is a member of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels and a visiting professor at both University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University.

Dame Alison has more than 30 years’ experience of teaching and now she wants to share her vision for the profession inspired by building a culture of opportunity for all. Listen to Professor Peacock as she explains the importance of sharing expert practice within the teaching profession and see examples from schools and classrooms that show the impact of evidence-informed practice.

11am -12pm - Gavin Oates: Chief Executive, Tree of Knowledge

International keynote speaker, award winning comedian, children’s author and Chief Executive of Tree of Knowledge, Gavin has plenty of experience to share. Gavin’s true inspiration for what he does comes from where his career started…primary school teaching. He’s a firm believer that adults can be every bit as inspired by children as they can by grown-ups. Listen to Gavin as he transports you back to when you were just 5 years old, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You’ll laugh and cry – and you will never eat broccoli the same way again!

Take part in various interactive sessions designed to make you think differently, explore the importance of a positive mind-set, fun, laughter and good staff morale.

1pm-2pm - Helen O'Neill, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Curriculum Leadership.  

Helen O’Neil is no stranger to royalty as she’s one of Her Majesty’s top Inspectors. Helen is a qualified teacher and has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership. With a career spanning across a range of schools in the North West and Midlands, Helen has a lot to share – her passions are leadership, curriculum and data. Join her as she shares some of her ideas and wisdom with you.

Kevin Sinfield MBE - Former Captain of the Leeds Rhinos and England Rugby League / Lucinda Roberts-Holmes: Managing Director STEP today / Professor Geraint Jones: Dean of Education at the University of Buckingham and Chair of the STEP Advisory Group

2pm-3pm - Kevin Sinfield MBE

After leading his team to Super League Championships, Two Challenge Cups successes and three World Club Challenges, Kevin could be described as one of the most successful players in Super League history. He holds records as the highest point scorer in Leeds Rhinos history and has received an MBE for his services to rugby league.

Lucinda Roberts-Holmes - Managing Director STEP today

Lucinda Roberts-Holmes, is Managing Director of STEP today, a child development programme aimed at helping pupils overcome challenges with behaviour, concentration, self-esteem and academic attainment. Listen to Lucinda as she explains more about the STEP Programme. 

Professor Geraint Jones: Dean of Education, University of Buckingham /Chair, STEP Advisory Group

Professor Geraint Jones became Dean of Education at Buckingham in 2014. As the former director of Education at Cognita Schools Group, Europe’s largest independent school providers of postgraduate teaching, Head of Quinton House School, Northamptonshire, and Ofsted Inspector, he has a lot of knowledge to share. In 2002 Geraint founded the acclaimed ‘Wake and Shake’ programme, an internationally recognised programme and has advised a number of ministries.

3pm- 3.30pm - Plenary and close

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

4.30-6pm - Kevin Sinfield MBE, Lucinda Roberts-Holmes and Professor Geraint Jones- Twilight session

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