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School leadership conference brings together teachers and researchers

The Leading Schools in the West Midlands conference took place on 15th February 2019. Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Observatory, the event bought together school leaders, postgraduate researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and academic researchers to discuss issues and challenges facing school leaders.

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The Leading Schools in the West Midlands conference took place on 15th February 2019. Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Observatory, the event bought together school leaders, postgraduate researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and academic researchers to discuss issues and challenges facing school leaders.

The event was attended by over 60 delegates including researchers, school leaders and teachers. Between keynote presentations there were two parallel sessions that took place, in which 27 presenters took part. These covered subjects ranging from SEND leadership to middle leadership and reflective practice to networking. Other interdependent issues discussed included the rapid pace of change, children and young people’s mental health, and overcoming disadvantage.

The two keynote presentations are detailed below. Other speakers included Professor Jackie Dunne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access & LifeLong Learning), Diana Bannister, Director of the Institute of Education at University of Wolverhampton and Professor Michael Jopling, Director of the Education Observatory.

In the Education Observatory, we see holding conferences like this as a valuable way of bringing universities, schools, colleges and other organisations together regionally to focus on establishing what we are all good at and addressing problems together. Sharing ideas in this way is important because it helps us overcome artificial barriers, for example between theory and practice, and recognise that collaboration is the best way to overcome some of the big issues that we face currently.

Prof Michael Jopling, Director, Education Observatory.

Keynote: Research, Leadership and the Education Inspection Framework

Around 60 delegates attended to hear Professor Daniel Muijs, Head of Research at Ofsted gave the keynote address exploring Research, Leadership and the Education Inspection Framework. You can watch the full keynote below. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.

Keynote: School leadership: community engagement and raising aspirations of hard to reach parents

As Headteacher within the University of Wolverhampton Multi-Academy Trust, Caroline Jobling spoke about School leadership: community engagement and raising aspirations of hard to reach parents. You can watch her talk below.

Watch this space for information about the next Leading Schools conference in 2020.

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