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                                                                                                                                                     10, 11, 12 November 2021


Day one

This keynote will explore the challenges of leadership, the enactment of civic leadership, and the importance of this in a post-pandemic period.

Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of School Trusts

Roundtable discussions: What innovations will your Trust keep from the last 18 months? What are your key challenges for the year ahead?

1A: Innovation and collaboration

Unpack the lessons from innovating at speed and gain strategies to collaborate for change

Matt Hood OBE, Founder and Principal, Oak National Academy

1B: Coaching

Instructional coaching for trust-wide school improvement: learnings from the field

  • How we established a culture to support coaching.
  • The scope and sequence of actions we took to develop coaching as a school improvement tool.
  • Some of the mistakes we made and how to avoid them.

Mark Gregory, Regional Director for Secondary (Birmingham), Ark Schools and Platinum Faculty Member of the Leverage Leadership Institute

1C: Managing risk and reward

Make cash reserves work for you in a low-interest rate environment and manage risk and reward

Ian Buss, Founder and Director, Education Banking Consultancy

1D: Impactful Curriculum design

Research-informed primary curriculum underpinned by powerful knowledge, core skills and great pedagogy

  • Why? Exploring the rationale for curriculum change - what does research suggest about curriculum?
  • How? Thinking about pedagogy and the role of cognitive science research in the taught curriculum.
  • What? Designing curriculum content, sequences, schemes and maps.

Stef Edwards, Trust Leader, Learn Academy Trust

1E: Mergers and partnerships

A look at mergers between smaller MATs and an exploration of the principle of partnerships and the impact on office functions and staffing

John McDermott, Finance Director, Robin Hood Trust

Steve Taylor, CEO, Robin Hood Trust

2A: MAT dividend

A look at what a multi-academy trust is providing for each and every child within it, from a whole academy rather than an individual school point of view. Embark Federation have brought income in through fundraising and sponsorship and used this to organise amazing and life changing  events for their children. This practical workshop will allow you to think of opportunities for your own trust as well as leaving you with a handout of ideas to take away.

Matt Crawford, CEO, Embark Federation

Rosie McLaughlin, Fundraising, Marketing and Events Manager, Embark Federation

2B: Talent management 

Working with staff to create excellence for children by effectively managing talent, triggering passion and exciting improvement

Jo Morgan, CEO, Shaw Education Trust

2C: Efficient systems

Improve efficiencies through centralising compliance processes and IT systems

Stephen Blackbeard, Regional Consultant

and Ben Tummons, Regional Team Leader, Every

2D: SEND review

Effectively evaluate the quality of provision for, and outcomes of, learners with SEND across the trust

Natalie Packer, SEND Consultant and Trustee of Learn Academy Trust

2E: Reputation and brand management

Build your reputation to attract and retain both pupils and staff by ensuring accountability to your stakeholders

Carolyn Reed, Strategy and Creative Director, Reed Brand Communications

Katie Cardona, Research & Insight Counsultant, Reed Brand Communications