Agenda


Tuesday 24th September


On day one, we have a series of outstanding speakers exploring questions around the three distinct areas of Leadership, Curriculum and Inclusion.


08.00: Registration

08.50: Welcome to Learning to Shape Birmingham 2019 – Jane Creasy

09.00: Mary Myatt – Curriculum: Controversies, Concepts and Conversations

• The reasons for reviewing a school’s curriculum and why it should be broad and balanced for all pupils
• An overview of Ofsted’s ‘intent, implementation and impact’
• Pupils are asking for more demanding work: how the principles of high challenge, low threat can achieve this when we take account of the findings from cognitive science.
• The importance of stories and concepts in building cultural capital and coherence in curriculum plans.
• Why high quality talk in classrooms should underpin an exciting, demanding curriculum for all pupils.

10.00:  Jim Roberson – A curriculum for change

Heads motivate for big enough change? Are your young people ready for a great curriculum?

11.00: Comfort Break

11.20: Simon Topman – A curriculum for Birmingham – a global city

• The complexity of change
• The why and how of change outside education
• 3 Key principles

12.05: Lunch

13.05: Justin Varny – Birmingham through a different lens

With schools full of rhetoric about opportunity nd excellence, can we responsibly lead schools whilst ignoring our city’s poverty gaps and negative life indicators, the worst in the UK.

13.20: Round table workshop

• How well can you articulate your vision for your curriculum?
• How well does this sit alongside the other phases your learners experience?
• Does this curriculum appropriately meet the greatest need of this city?

14.20: Elizabeth Gregory – We need to talk about children’s mental health

Elizabeth, a clinical psychologist, will focus on the need for a whole systems approach where well-being is weaved into every aspect of the school environment

15.05: Comfort break

15.20: Andy Buck – Courageous Leadership

Every school leader wants to do the very best for the pupils they serve. But in the midst of a busy day or meeting, decision-making can sometimes become rushed.  This session will explore how school leaders tend to make decisions and how unconscious bias can affect this process, particularly in relation to curriculum issues.  Drawing on the work of Kahneman and Tversky, the session will then suggest some practical day-to-day strategies that can help leaders create the mental space, the objectivity and the confidence to keep pupils at the heart of their decision-making processes and do the right thing, even when it’s tough.

16.20: Jane Creasy – wrap up and close




Wednesday 25th September



On Wednesday 25th, we are offering you affordable high quality CPD for yourself and key staff. At the start of the day, we are excited to welcome internationally acclaimed speaker, Andy Hargreaves. Andy is a world expert on effective collaboration and school improvement. Following Andy, there is a packed programme of workshops to choose from – following the themes from day one of Leadership, Curriculum and Inclusion. There are four workshops slots throughout the day – each one containing 5 different workshops for delegates to choose from. Some workshops are repeated.

We are again opening this day out to wider leadership teams. Governors are also welcome – as we have worked with School and Governor Support to ensure that there is a selection of workshops that will provide opportunities for Governors to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Governors are also invited for a special breakfast to meet and connect with fellow Governors and celebrate the start of the “Year of the Governor”.

Once delegates have purchased their conference tickets and they have been processed by the BEP team, they will receive an email inviting them to choose their workshops.

08.00: Registration and Governor Breakfast

09.00: Andy Hargreaves – A great education (system?) – A collective challenge

09.50: Workshop 1

11.05: Comfort break

11.25: Workshop 2

12.40: Lunch

13.25: Workshop 3

14.45: Workshop 4

16.00: Mary Myatt – Reasons to be hopeful

16.30: Conference Close


Workshop Content


Workshop 1

The role of Middle Leaders implementing the curriculum

Mary Myatt 

•The importance of clarity about a subject’s intent and its alignment with the school’s vision for the curriculum
• Establishing some principles for implementing the curriculum
• Examples of how some schools are achieving this
• Some sensible ways in which progress can be checked.

Getting better faster: Using team time and data to improve teaching

Mark Gregory (ARK Secondary Schools)

The Leverage Leadership approach answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest? Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership is a proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great. It attests that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time. The approach informs the work of Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Ark Schools and is captured in a number of books by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Doug Lemov, including Leverage Leadership 2.0. This workshop gives an introduction to the approach, focusing on either the lever of data driven instruction or student culture. It is led by Mark Gregory, regional director for Ark Schools and recent graduate of the leverage leadership institute, alongside Ela McSorley, Nishkam Schools’ Director for Learning and Teaching and Katie Marshall, Vice Principal at Ark Kings Academy. Opportunities to participate in a full programme of leverage leadership training, through the ARK TSA and BEP.

Primary curriculum resource session

Manjit Shellis (BEP)

Having explored the vision for a Birmingham curriculum, this workshop will provide understanding and resources to support the implementation of a powerful Birmingham offer.

An invaluable gathering of resources, opportunities and models in one place. This workshop will support heads and those with curriculum oversight at this key time, with a view of particular priorities for Birmingham. Aspiration and cultural capital, mobility and twinning will be explored.

Ethical Leadership is part of everyday decision making

Jill Rowe (Oasis)

As school leaders face increasing levels of need, multiple challenge and diminished resource, there has never been a more important time to be clear about vision and values. Exercising ethical leadership is our job. Jill Rowe, National Director of Ethos and Formation for Oasis will seek to encourage, challenge and inspire as she shares key lessons about leadership. Jill uses remarkable examples taken from projects that have transformed schools and communities in some of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

There are a growing number of children for whom the mainstream curriculum doesn’t work. What are we doing about it?

Dave Whitaker (Springwell Alternative Provision)

When school doesn’t work for a child, we pay a high price.

Exclusions, Alternative Provision and beyond. Springwell is a school for nearly 100 children, aged five to 16, with a range of social, mental and emotional health (SMEH) issues. Many have diagnosed anger-management problems, a lot are from “broken homes” or have attachment disorders.

A depressingly large number of the pupils have suffered abuse, neglect or poverty before they arrive at Springwell. But there is something else unusual about this gleaming new school. Its teachers vow to approach every child with what they call “unconditional positive regard” – or in Whitaker’s words, they “batter the children with kindness”. right.  This workshop will look at successful approaches and evidence that we all need to engage with if we are determined to grow our inclusive capacity without failing some of the most vulnerable children in the system.


Workshop 2

Getting better faster: Using team time and data to improve teaching

Mark Gregory (ARK Secondary Schools)

The Leverage Leadership approach answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest? Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership is a proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great. It attests that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time. The approach informs the work of Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Ark Schools and is captured in a number of books by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Doug Lemov, including Leverage Leadership 2.0. This workshop gives an introduction to the approach, focusing on either the lever of data driven instruction or student culture. It is led by Mark Gregory, regional director for Ark Schools and recent graduate of the leverage leadership institute, alongside Ela McSorley, Nishkam Schools’ Director for Learning and Teaching and Katie Marshall, Vice Principal at Ark Kings Academy. Opportunities to participate in a full programme of leverage leadership training, through the ARK TSA and BEP.

Secondary Curriculum resource session

Manjit Shellis (BEP)

Having explored the vision for a Birmingham curriculum, this workshop will provide understanding and resources to support the implementation of a powerful Birmingham offer.

An invaluable gathering of resources, opportunities and models in one place. This workshop will support heads and those with curriculum oversight at this key time, with a view of particular priorities for Birmingham. Aspiration and cultural capital, mobility and twinning will be explored.

Raising standards in Maths

Claire Duncan / Helen Hackett (The Maths Hub) & Jennifer Devaney (Shireland research school)

Learn about Maths research in Primary and Secondary to ensure the most effective practice which makes the biggest difference. Find out what we have access to in Birmingham to support your teachers and provide CPD, much of which has no cost attached.

Sabre tooth tigers and teddy bears: Understanding how and why trauma affects children’s behaviour

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk (University of Dundee)

How does trauma and fear alter the way a child’s stress system functions? How does that affect his/her ability to manage emotions and behaviour, especially in a busy school environment? How are schools incorporating this knowledge, some of it only recently emerging from scientific discoveries, to make themselves trauma-informed and ACE-aware? In this session, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will explain the key insights to be gained from this research, using her well-known metaphor of Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears. As one of the leading voices in the grassroots ACA-Aware Movement now underway in Scotland, Dr Zeedyk is well placed to describe policy changes that other schools have successfully implemented. Unexpectedly, these changes that often require willpower more that they require funding. Her emphasis on relationships will enable you to leave the session feeling confident about how to lead and sustain culture change within your school.

Improving reading: Primary

Fiona Oakley (National Literacy Trust) & Emma Arnott (BEP)

Reading is a fundamental skill for life and learning; its crucial importance is recognised by teachers, school leaders, academics and Ofsted Inspectors alike.

BEP has a strong partnership with the National Literacy Trust, and we have worked together to build some of our most effective school improvement work.

The SSIF2 Reading project, which ran throughout the academic year 2018/19 is a superb example of the power of collaborative working for successful school improvement, bringing together BEP, the NLT, Teaching Schools, SLEs, NLEs and schools across the city to effect improvements in the teaching of reading.

This workshop provides an opportunity to:
Learn from BEP DCSI Tracy Ruddle and some of the schools and leaders involved in the SSIF2 project about the successes, impact, and what has made the difference;
Hear from NLT Literacy Specialist Fiona Oakley, who will share examples of evidence-based resources and approaches that have proved effective in Primary Schools across the country, as well as strategies to enhance reading for pleasure.


Workshop 3

The role of middle leaders in implementing the curriculum

Mary Myatt

• The importance of clarity about a subject’s intent and its alignment with the school’s vision for the curriculum
• Establishing some principles for implementing the curriculum
• Examples of how some schools are achieving this
• Some sensible ways in which progress can be checked.

When punishment and rewards stop working for children – how do we respond?

Anna Robinson and Phillipa Clark (BEP)

Learn from specialists in trauma recovery about ways that you can make your school trauma informed. This session will provide you with links to many resources, especially those that are free and instantly useful.

Peer Review – Peer Learning – Peer Challenge

Emma Tyler (BEP), Steve Taylor – Robin Hood, Jane Creasy

The most cost effective and flexible way of growing an organisation is to learn from peers, neighbours who are either friends or competitors. At individual school, MAT or city wide level there are lots of choices. How much do you think there are better lenses to use than Ofsted’s, how best can we avoid comfort in “the land of nice” and how do we ensure maximum improvement? These questions will be explored in relation to various models and examples from Birmingham and beyond.

Ten reasons why not to discuss Equalities versus one huge imperative the other way

Tim Boyes (BEP), with Birmingham Race Action Partnership

Equalities aren’t that simple. What every current and future Birmingham leader has to work at: when parents, children and teachers see the world differently, school life can unravel and your own beliefs are tested. Learning from challenges of the past nine months as teaching The Equalities Act proves harder than anticipated. Stone Wall and Faith Leaders both have lots to teach us! Tim Boyes will lead a presentation in an area that we can choose to avoid because it is too problematic and risky. While NOT a workshop, this session will be both practical and profound.

Getting better faster: Using team time and data to improve teaching

Mark Gregory (ARK Secondary Schools)

The Leverage Leadership approach answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest? Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership is a proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great. It attests that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time. The approach informs the work of Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Ark Schools and is captured in a number of books by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Doug Lemov, including Leverage Leadership 2.0. This workshop gives an introduction to the approach, focusing on either the lever of data driven instruction or student culture. It is led by Mark Gregory, regional director for Ark Schools and recent graduate of the leverage leadership institute, alongside Ela McSorley, Nishkam Schools’ Director for Learning and Teaching and Katie Marshall, Vice Principal at Ark Kings Academy. Opportunities to participate in a full programme of leverage leadership training, through the ARK TSA and BEP.


Workshop 4

The truth about Inclusion

Tom Ashley (BEP), Phillip Lloyd (North Birmingham Academy), Stuart Guest (Colebourne Primary School)

The truth about inclusion has not always been well reflected by Ofsted grades. Learn about the local picture and how the SEND WSOA is informing how we move forward.  Hear from 2 Birmingham schools about their direct practice.

Good approaches to meeting new requirements for Reading at KS 1&2

Jo Clifton & Paulette Osbourne (BEP)

This session will look at the centrality of Reading within the new inspection framework. Jo and Paulette will give heads and relevant curriculum leaders insights into these new requirements alongside practical advice for strengthening this area of your provision.

Financial wisdom – what great schools do in times of austerity

Bren Taylor (Link2ICT), Matthew Clements – Wheeler (Bordesley Green Girls School), School & Governor Support, Mary Le Breuilly (Birmingham eLearning Foundation)

The challenge to thrive rather than survive during austere times is perhaps greater than ever. This session helps school leaders and governors understand how to make the most of the tools available to support Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning, how to begin to explore ways to ensure an effective technology spend and prevent wastage, equipping governors with the right questions and challenge they should be using with their schools and how the Birmingham eLearning Foundation might help you provide additional funding streams for your institution. You’ll leave this session with a number of quick wins for consideration as you take the conversation back to your leadership community, better equipped to survive and with some real hope to thrive.

Improving reading – Secondary

Fiona Oakley (National Literacy Trust), Lindsey Hammond & Emma Arnott (BEP), Jayne Welsh (ARK St Albans)

Reading is a fundamental skill for life and learning; its crucial importance is recognised by teachers, school leaders, academics and Ofsted Inspectors alike.

The three BEP Secondary Reading pilot programmes, which ran from January 2019, explored themes around the teaching of academic language, leadership of reading and the teaching of reading to accelerate progress. These have yielded significant learning which is of benefit to all Secondary schools.

In this workshop, in addition to hearing from successful pilot schools, National Literacy Trust Specialist Fiona Oakley will present a range of resources and information about best practice for ensuring that children and young people can read for understanding and extend their reading experience.

Getting better faster: Smart working to change student culture

Mark Gregory (ARK Secondary Schools)

The Leverage Leadership approach answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest?  Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership is a proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great. It attests that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time. The approach informs the work of Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Ark Schools and is captured in a number of books by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Doug Lemov, including Leverage Leadership 2.0.  This workshop gives an introduction to the approach, focusing on either the lever of data driven instruction or student culture. It is led by Mark Gregory, regional director for Ark Schools and recent graduate of the leverage leadership institute, alongside Ela McSorley, Nishkam Schools’ Director for Learning and Teaching and Katie Marshall, Vice Principal at Ark Kings Academy. Opportunities to participate in a full programme of leverage leadership training, through the ARK TSA and BEP.
PS Avoid this workshop if you find “Americanism’s” off-putting – a great opportunity for those capable of cultural translation.