Monday 24th September

To kick start our Learning to Shape Birmingham conference, we would like to invite you for a curry at Tipu Sultan, in Moseley, on the evening of Monday 24th September. This is your opportunity to informally get together with colleagues and friends or meet some new people from across our Birmingham schools network. 18.30 – 20.00 – giving you plenty of time to grab a quick drink afterwards at one of the many Moseley pubs if you like! This will cost £20 per head. Payment can be made on the evening or if you would prefer us to send the school an invoice please let us know in the order notes section when booking your ticket.

Tuesday 25th September

Headteachers will receive a strategic overview on all that matters most; curriculum, school improvement, the accountability process (Ofsted update), looking after the whole child, Mental Health and be inspired by leaders from Health, Private Sector, Arts &  contemporary culture as well as Education thought leaders.

08.30: Registration

08.50: Welcome: Jane Creasy

09.00: Mick Waters

Are we leading a curriculum that helps all our children succeed, from Early Years to Post 16? Do we understand what is going on in other phases? What matters most as we navigate testing, skills and the knowledge curriculum?

09.45: Jane Creasy in conversation with Senior HMI James McNeillie

As Wales moves away from any inspection grades, what does the future hold for how we are inspected? Using the words of Amanda Spielman rather than a crystal ball, what is the future for Ofsted?

10.30: Comfort Break

10.50: Sarah-Jane Marsh

Sarah-Jane Marsh, CEO of The Birmingham Women’s & Children’s is a remarkable leader in her own field with much to teach us about courageous leadership and the fight for good outcomes for Birmingham’s children, seen through a very different lens.

11.20: John Timpson CBE

A remarkably successful entrepreneur who will surprise you with his wisdom in leadership and his insights into succeeding with troubled children. 

12.05: Lunch

13.00: Leadership Stories

14.10: BEP School Improvement

14.25: Link2ICT

14.35: Services For Education

14.45: Comfort Break

15.05: Dawn Baxendale

15.20: Kevan Collins

Given that times are tough and money is tight, what are the most powerful, proven strategies for school improvement? What have we learnt most from education research, relevant to all settings?

16.05: Will Gompertz

Hear from a brilliant speaker who understands what is happening globally in our complex digital world of limitless possibilities fueled by the Arts & Creativity. Be inspired (and challenged) by someone holding a mirror up to an education system obsessed with testing and writing children off too early.

16.50: Close

17.00: Drinks and Nibbles at the Holte Pub

Wednesday 26th September

Find out more about the Day 2 Conferences

On Wednesday 26th, we are offering you affordable high quality CPD for yourself and key staff; practical and detailed half-day conferences, (incorporating old not-to-miss favourites like the annual Ofsted workshops) all which flow from day one, effectively costing £25 each. Multiple places available; first come first served. Governors are also welcome.

08.30: Registration

08.45: Conference Open

09.00: Morning Conferences

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Afternoon Conferences

16.00: Conference Close

Half-day Conferences will include:


  • Inspiring leadership that delivers great pupil outcomes

Inspiring leadership that delivers great pupil outcomes

  • Ofsted Briefing

Get Ofsted ready and hear everything you need to know about Ofsted priorities and changes to the school inspection handbook 2018-19.

  • Are we leading a curriculum that helps all our children succeed?

Too formal too soon and knowledge vs. skills curriculum

  • Do you know the best way to teach inference?

The characteristics of reading comprehension and barriers some pupils experience and gaining quick insights into what comprehension strategies pupils may be using or neglecting.


  • Mergers, Minefields and me: What do Headteachers need to know about changing leadership?

RSC Chris Quinn and BEP Chair, Estelle Morris, will lead this session through the most profound changes in education leadership profiles as all sorts of leaders contemplate new and changing ideas of the future education system.

  • Making success of Interventions

Following on from Kevan Collins, this session will provide a detailed look at what we must all learn from educational research about the generic keys and principles behind effective school improvement. 

  • Born to fail?

Come and hear from Jo Hutchinson of The Education Policy Institute on the world-first disadvantage attainment gap index to deliver standardised tracking of educational inequality across changing assessment measures. 

  • Is my everything the same as your everything?

This session will explore the range of strategies schools can use to help all staff to understand and support challenging and vulnerable learners. 

  • Building Mental Health Capacity

Ahead of the Green Paper, we are working with Forward Thinking Birmingham to bring you the chance to have your own Primary Mental Health worker in your school. 

  • Arts and Cultural Education

A Primary and Secondary school describe how the Arts and working with external partners have driven school improvement and built a thriving whole school ethos.