2017 Speakers

Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca has spoken at two earlier conferences in a previous incarnation, as the Deputy Director for Education, an interim post she left nearly a year ago.

A long career in education gives Rebecca a broad perspective of the current context for schools and academies.  Budget reductions, staff shortages, changes to the content and structure of examinations and assessment, tighter regulation are just some of the challenges that face all schools.

It is Rebecca's belief that, more than ever, schools need to rely on each other and support and challenge each other in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect to ensure the progress and development of all.

In recent years, as an independent consultant, she has had the privilege of working in a number of authorities which are all developing new ways of working with schools, be they maintained, free schools or academies, to ensure an effective and efficient relationship for the benefit of children and young people in the area.

The Strategic Schools Partnership is Oxfordshire's response to these changes and challenges, developing a positive and supportive approach to school improvement.  Rebecca looks forward to explaining the role and achievements of the SSPB to date and seeks your views about its future.

Paul Dix

Paul is a speaker, author and notorious teacher wrangler in huge demand.  He is CEO of Pivotal Education.  As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer Paul has worked with the most difficut behaviours in the most challenging colleges and referral units for the last 25 years.  Miraculously Paul trained at Homerton College, Cambridge after countless attempts to sabotage his own education.

Paul has advised the Department for Education on Teacher Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and worked extensively with the Ministry of Justice on Behaviour and Restraint in Youth Custody.  He has five published titles on Behaviour and Assessment, writes for Teach Primary Magazine and has over 250 published articles on behaviour.  He was a National Training Award Winner for his work in helping a school transform in just nine months.

In the last 12 months he has led the development of the Pivotal Curriculum and written his new book for publication in early 2017.  Paul co-hosts the Pivotal Podcast providing free training to over 100,000 teachers worldwide every week.  You mught have seen Paul's face on many of the Pivotal training videos.

In his spare time Paul is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tri Borough Alternative Provision Trust, the UK's first Mult-Academy Trust for Alternative Provision and AP.  Based in London the trust has schools in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Cambridge and Haringey.

Chris Malone

Chris spent ten years as a classroom teacher, teaching all primary year groups, with four years as a successful primary school headteacher.

She then moved into local authority strategic leadership and has held a wide range of leadership roles in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire including Senior Commissioning Manager for children's services (birth to 19/25) in one of the first truly joint teams across health, social care and education.

More recently she has inspected for Tribal (early years) and Ofsted (schools).  Chris currently shares the role of Deputy Director for Education in Oxfordshire with colleagues Roy Leach and Janet Johnson.  She is responsible for Education Quality including school improvement.

Chris is a firm believer in a school-led system and endeavours to model a bottom up rather than top-down approach.

Mary Myatt

Mary Myatt is an education adviser, inspector and writer.  Her mantra is: Running schools for children, not for inspection.'

Mary works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum.  She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes.  She is working with senior leaders on the link between educational values and high standards.

Mary's education blog has been decribed as 'informative curtain-parting': www.marymyatt.com.

Watch Mary's TEDx talk on High challenge, low threat at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvFN7a39SJo

Duncan Bathgate

Duncan is a humble headteacher of the small primary school, Bealings. of which nobody has ever heard - even in Suffolk!

He has not been a regional Commissioner championing academies, nor has he been made a Dame for his teaching.  He has, however, been allowed to stay for the past 20 years!  In that time the Bealings we know has come into existence.

It is still an emerging community where teaching is turned on its head as children take on the role of experts, who are working for a very successful organisation.  The classroom is transformed to reflect the kind of work undertaken by the organisation.  Their expertise is accepted and work continues.

Bealings has welcomed over 3,000 educationists, teachers, headteachers, students and other interested folk from industry in the past 5 years - from New Zealand to Newcastle, from Nepal to Nigeria, even from Blighty iteslf!

Bealings School has had four Outstanding Ofsted Inspections in 11 years (Why so many?)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) asked them to develop a 21st Century Curriculum.

Bealings has been the subject of several films, both in this country and abroad.

Alison Peacock

Prior to joining the Chartered College, Professor Dame Alison Peacock DL, DLitt, MEd was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. 

Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles and throughout her career she has sought to teach and lead in a manner that encourages the voice of the child, building a trusting environment for dialogue that enriches understanding and builds communities of lifelong learning

In March 2015. Alison was appointed by the Department for Education as a member of the commission on assessment without levels and she is author of Assessment for Learning without Limits.

Alison was appointed as CEO of the Chartered Colege of Teaching and membership opened in January 2017.  The Chartered College aims to provide a professional body 'by teachers, for teachers'.

Follow Alison on Twitter @Alison Peacock or follow the Chartered College of Teaching on Twitter @Chartered Coll or their website https://www.chartered.college

Gareth Alcott

Gareth Alcott is a Maths teacher and Assistant Headteacher at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage, Oxfordshire where he leads on CPD.

In addition to this he is a Teaching School Director responsible for CPD within the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance.  He is also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).

After working for Rolls Royce as an Aerospace Engineer and as a Teaching Assistant in Leeds, he retrained to be a teacher at the University of Bath.  He has taught for over 15 years in a variety of schools: primary, middle and secondary schools within Oxfordshire, as well as an international school in Sri Lanka

Gareth has been a supporter of the Chartered College of Teaching for many years.  He was part of the initial start up team helping to build the foundation of the existing College.  He has presented and campaigned at many events during the Claim Your College project and continues to support the  Chartered College locally and nationally - "...to see so many teachers engaged and energised by the Chartered College is a fantastic achievement.  I hope teachers will grasp the opportunity and help steer education to be a teacher-led, self-improving profession."

Follow him on Twitter @Galcott Gareth or contact him on galcott@kaacdemy.org

Tricia Pritchard

Tricia has extensive experience of education across all sectors - twelve years of headship in three primary schools in Oxfordshire, ten years as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors which culminated in her appointment as Policy Lead and Principal Officer for the inspection of initial teacher training and specialist commissioned inspections.

She spent nearly three years as Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely and Chief Executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust.

She has sat on the Board of the Teacher Training Agency, represented Ofsted on the Board of the training and Development Agency, worked with the DfE on several projects and worked with the National College as an operational associate on their licensed leadership development provision.

Currently she is working as a consultant for Lee-Bolton-Monier Williams, conducting external reviews of governance for Diocesan Boards of Education and Multi-Academy trusts, and leading workshops on the academies agenda.

Tricia is also working as a part-time education adviser for the Regional Schools' Commissioner for the East of England and North-East London.

Tricia is also a trustee of two multi-academy trusts.

Jim Smith

There are two things that will transform the nature of teaching in this country - brave heads and lazy teachers.

So, when it comes to helping teachers to teach less (and the children learn more) there's one person who can really show schools how it's done.  After all, Jim Smith is one of the laziest, offloadiest, most delegation-happy teachers ever.

He is the original Lazy Teacher.

And it's no coincidence that he is also one of the best classroom practitioners (something The National Teaching Awards agree with as well, awarding Jim a Distinction in the category of Secondary School Teacer of the year 2010).

Jim is passionate about ensuring learners get more from their education than the standard diet of classroom-based, teacher-led learning.  After all, how long can you lead from the front, if you are collapsed under the desk?

If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, then Jim's Lazy Way provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need to become a lazy, but oustanding teacher.

Gathered over 10 years (and counting) in the classroom the Lazy Way is based on tried-and-tested techniques that shift the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning, help you hit your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) or skills based curriculum buttons and make your life so much easier in the process.

Dr Andrew Curran

Dr Andrew Curran is a practising paediatric neurologist and neurobiologist who is also committed to using his extraordinary knowledge of the workings of the human brain to make a difference in the educational experience of all young people.

He has been involved with Manchester University's Department of Education, developing research ideas, looking at the use of emotional literacy in our classrooms.

He has conducted work exploring the processing of reward in the human brain.  He believes passionately in the importance of understanding the individual, connecting with them emotionally and leading them into self directed learning.

A main presenter on BBC3's Make My Body Younger, Andrew is an electrifying, contraversial, challenging and very entertaining speaker.

David Laws

David Laws was the Liberal Debmocrat MP for Yeovil from 2001 to 2015.

He helped negotiate the historic Lib Dem-Conservative coalition in 2010, and briefly served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, before becoming Minister of State for Schools in the Department for Education and Minister of State for the Cabinet Office.




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