Wednesday 26th September
Half-day Conferences

Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE

Half-day Conferences

Per Person





09.00 – 12.00

Inspiring leadership that delivers great pupil outcomes

Andy will share his six secrets to success; how school leaders can develop the most powerful leadership habits. The session will focus on the six everyday habits that Andy believes lead to great outcomes for pupils, with an emphasis on how they create the conditions for such excellence to thrive. He will also share some practical strategies that will help leaders to actually develop these habits.

Speaker: Andy Buck

Audience: Headteachers, Executive Headteachers, CEOs, Governors

Ofsted Briefing

Hear first-hand from WM Senior HMI and Operational Lead, everything you need to know about Oftsed priorities and changes to the school inspection handbook 2018-19. Hear from experienced Primary and Secondary inspectors sharing their insight of inspection activity, including common Ofsted myths. Two schools will present their insight into their own inspections, both yielding outstanding outcomes. 

Speakers: Senior HMI James McNeillie, Linda Brown, Debbie James, Johanne Clifton

Audience: Headteachers, Executive Headteachers, CEOs, Governors

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

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? Following on from Mick’s keynote on Day 1, this session will go in-depth with illustrations from some great Birmingham practitioners.

Speaker: Mick Waters

Audience: Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Governors and Curriculum Leads

Do you know the best way to teach inference?

After the success of the first CPD day delivered to the Birmingham Reading project schools, this condensed session will explore:

  • the characteristics of reading comprehension and barriers some pupils experience
  • gaining quick insights into what comprehension strategies pupils may be using or neglecting: tools for adults to use
  • classroom strategies to boost attainment in reading comprehension.”

Speaker: Tony Whatmuff

Audience: Headteachers, Reading/Literacy Leads


13.00 – 16.00

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

BEP Chair, Estelle Morris and hopefully RSC Chris Quinn, 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. Last year, stand-alone schools were to be a thing of the past. Now, stand-alone MATs are being encouraged to merge. What does this mean for you looking at your future role/career?

Speakers: Estelle Morris, Christine Quinn

Audience: MAT Leaders, TSA Leads, Executive Headteachers 

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. By looking at some of the most successful interventions, you can secure the strongest guarantee for school improvement. Services For Education will provide some specific opportunities for Primary colleagues.

Speakers: Nikki Jones, Angela O’Brien, Tammy Elward, Denise Harris

Audience: Headteachers, Governors, Raising Standards Lead 

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. Listen to local best practice from both Primary and Secondary school case studies around raising attainment for disadvantaged pupils. You’ll also hear how an education charity increases the number of disadvantaged pupils progressing to highly selective universities. A great variety of voices to support your work with pupil premium. 

Speakers: Jo Hutchinson, Azita Zohhadi, The Brilliant Club

Audience: Headteachers, Governors, Raising Standards Lead 

Is my everything the same as your everything?

When children fail in school or are excluded, Headteachers say “We have exhausted everything”. So, what is everything and 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. By creating psychologically informed environments and attachment aware schools, understanding the needs and drivers of unhappy learners, we are able to grow inclusion internally and together.

Speakers: Liz Bates, Jo Perrin, Vikki Bardon, Andy Pyper

Audience: Headteachers, Pastoral Leads, Heads of Year, Inclusion Lead, SENDCOs and Governors

Building Mental Health Capacity

The reach and speed of implementation of proposals in the Government’s Green Paper on Mental Health will be a challenge. It is clear that, while the aim is that more support for schools will be available in the longer term, we will need to do more to bridge the gap between where local school-based support ends and NHS support begins. There are a number of terms around at the moment such as Early Help, Attachment Awareness, Trauma Informed, ACEs, Psychologically Informed Environments to name a few and the challenge for all of us is to integrate these in sustainable ways. This is a key opportunity for leaders who value the important role of front-line staff in changing outcomes for children and young people to gain insight into ‘how it is around here’ right now and how we are seeking to develop the strategy for Mental Health in schools in Birmingham.

Speakers: Anna Robinson

Audience: Headteachers, Pastoral Leads, SENDCos, Well-being Leads and those with responsibility for non-teaching staff

Arts and Cultural Education

The Headteachers from Billesley Primary and Saltley Secondary school discuss how a deep learning partnership with city arts organisation Stan’s Café has driven school improvement, built a thriving whole school ethos and impacted on pupil outcomes. There is much more on offer in the city than many Heads realise, and the session will explore how to take steps towards an outstanding arts and creative offer including planning, how to build partnerships with the arts sector, who will help and sources of support and resource. Run with Arts Connect, Birmingham REP and Birmingham Music Education Partnership.

Speakers: Rob Elkington, Gary Topp, Rosion Caffrey

Audience: Headteachers, Governors and Arts Leaders