The mission was to bring us all together to learn about the best practice for classrooms and the most current information about great leadership, current Ofsted developments, the latest on Mental Health and well-being, as well as the specifics off SSIF funded projects on reading, inclusion and closing the gaps.
On day 1, We wanted to put some fuel in leadership tanks and were delighted to bring an impressive range of insights from other sectors. We welcomed Sir John Timpson CBE from the private sector as well as powerful leadership voices from health and local government. In welcoming Dawn Baxendale, Birmingham’s new Chief Executive, and Sarah-Jane Marsh from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, there was a powerful chance to look afresh at Birmingham and consider our joint responsibilities for all our children. Equally, it is clear that within our own community we have so much to celebrate and learn from, so we wanted to offer the chance to be inspired by each other, both through the ‘Leadership Stories’ sessions and through chances to network and socialise.
Day 2 of the conference, consisted of several half day sessions, delving further into topics covered on day 1. Each session was structured with an expert opinion, best practice presentation and workshop. This was an opportunity to engage the relevant area leads in excellent professional development. Sessions covered areas such as teaching inference, interventions, disadvantaged attainment gap, building mental health capacity, curriculum.