Workshops

The workshops will run for a duration of 45 minutes and (most) will run on both days of the conference. When there is a full list and synopsis for each, delegates are encouraged to book onto two of the workshops, one for day one and one for day two.

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Session 1 (day one)

  • ‘Everyone a teacher of SEND; every leader a leader of SEND’ – Jane Nolan, Director (W1)
    In this session, our SEND expert Jane Nolan explores the role of the SENDco in closing progress and attainment gaps for SEND children. Practical advice is offered to engage all leaders to staff in their responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice.
  • ‘The deepest understanding’ – Patsy Hodson, Manchester Communication Academy (W2)
    In a follow up to her main speech, Patsy will show a closer look at MCA’s tracker system which allows for the earliest intervention in terms of addressing barriers to learning and what it takes to make it a workable tool. 
  • ‘Parent power’ – Nia Salt, Principal (W3)
    In this session, Nia talks through the approaches taken to turn a distrustful parental (and wider) community bringing in a high level of complaints, into champions for her now oversubscribed school.   
  • ‘No golden bullet’ – Aron Whiles, Principal (W4)
    In 2019 Basics 5+ at Broadland High sat at 55%, one of the highest that any OAT academy has ever achieved. Attainment and progress in EBACC subjects was also as impressive. In this session, Principal Aron Whiles will share the development work over a number of years at Broadland High which made this possible.
  • ‘Serious violence’ – Katy Morrow, Assistant Principal (W5)
    In this session, Katy discusses how county lines and gang violence are not uncommon in the communities we serve. The session will explore the language around gangs used by young people and the world of drill music, and how this is linked to serious violence. It will also discuss the actions we take as leaders to help safeguard our young people.
  • ‘When things go wrong’ – Andy Burns, Executive Principal (W6)
    Is there ever a suitable alternative to exclusion? In this session Andy explores actions taken at Forge academy to keep children within his school community; his use of internal alternative provision, its success and the pitfalls and what he has learnt along the way.
  • ‘Championing the underdog’ – Kate Williams, Principal (W7)
    Disadvantaged boys are our most underperforming group of children. But what can make a difference? In this session, Kate (whilst acknowledging there is no magic solution) explores some of the actions taken at Flegg High that led to an improvement in progress for this group by 0.66 between 2018 and 2019. 
  • ‘Social and emotional leadership for advantage’ – Debbie Kinsella and Hope University (W8)
    Last year a group of our staff began a first-of-its-kind Masters Programme. In this session, one of the first participants, Debbie Kinsella shares how theoretical learning was shaped into ‘on the ground’ practice, almost eradicating fixed term exclusions.

Session 2 (day two)

  • ‘Everyone a teacher of SEND; every leader a leader of SEND’ – Jane Nolan, Director (W1)
    In this session, our SEND expert Jane Nolan explores the role of the SENDco in closing progress and attainment gaps for SEND children. Practical advice is offered to engage all leaders to staff in their responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice.
  • ‘#command of language’ – Alex Quigley, Jo Parnell and Sarah Read (W2)
    In this session, Jo, Sarah and Alex will look at how etymology and meta-cognition is being embedded across the curriculum as part of the #iwill Lead Delivery School project in order to close the vocabulary gap.   
  • ‘Parent power’ – Nia Salt, Principal (W3)
    In this session, Nia talks through the approaches taken to turn a distrustful parental (and wider) community bringing in a high level of complaints, into champions for her now oversubscribed school.   
  • ‘No golden bullet’ – Aron Whiles, Principal (W4)
    In 2019 Basics 5+ at Broadland High sat at 55%, one of the highest that any OAT academy has ever achieved. Attainment and progress in EBACC subjects was also as impressive. In this session, Principal Aron Whiles will share the development work over a number of years at Broadland High which made this possible.
  • ‘Serious violence’ – not taking place on day two.
  • ‘When things go wrong’ – Andy Burns, Executive Principal (W6)
    Is there ever a suitable alternative to exclusion? In this session Andy explores actions taken at Forge academy to keep children within his school community; his use of internal alternative provision, its success and the pitfalls and what he has learnt along the way.
  • ‘Championing the underdog’ – Kate Williams, Principal (W7)
    Disadvantaged boys are our most underperforming group of children. But what can make a difference? In this session, Kate (whilst acknowledging there is no magic solution) explores some of the actions taken at Flegg High that led to an improvement in progress for this group by 0.66 between 2018 and 2019. 
  • ‘Social and emotional leadership for advantage’ – Debbie Kinsella and Hope University (W8)
    Last year a group of our staff began a first-of-its-kind Masters Programme. In this session, one of the first participants, Debbie Kinsella shares how theoretical learning was shaped into ‘on the ground’ practice, almost eradicating fixed term exclusions.