Inclusion and Diversity in Leadership Conference
Our 2022 leadership conference focused on inclusion and diversity and took place on 7-10 March 2022.
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Dame Professor Alison Peacock
Alison is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a new Professional Body that seeks to raise our status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, member of the Royal Society’s Education Committee, and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.
Dr Matt Sliver
Matt started working in mainstream education in 2009 after 25 years with a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) charity. Now the CEO of Pathways he is using the findings from his doctorate to drive transformation in SEND education, innovating across education and business. Matt created the Meaningful Mastery project-based learning curriculum for the 21st Century, which is showing incredible results across all aspects of school data, including as an Outstanding head. He also lectures internationally on leadership Masters courses and MBA programmes. Matt is driven to define best practice in education for the 21st century. He draws on the development of the self and systems, as well as conscious leadership to create that best practice. As a coach and team facilitator, Matt’s passion is to unlock the capacity of others in education. His vision is for EQ to receive equal recognition to IQ in education.
Allana Gay is a teacher, education advisor and speaker. She started teaching and leading within inner city London secondary schools and is currently the Headmistress of Vita et Pax Preparatory School. Allana cofounded BAMEed Network in 2017 with the aim of bringing attention and action to the issue of ethnic diversity throughout the education sector. As a recognisable figure for BAMEed, Allana works on the overarching strategy of normalising full ethnic presence through all areas and institutions of education. From deepening primary secondary partnership to improving recruitment to diversifying currcula, Allana has shared ideas within various publications, conferences and in the media. Allana has sat on Advisory panels as an educational professional who advocates for change to drive improvements within the education sector.
Vivienne Porritt is a Leadership consultant supporting school and academy leaders with professional learning and development, impact evaluation, vision and strategy and women’s leadership. Previously Vivienne was a secondary headteacher in Surrey, Executive Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning and Director for School Partnerships at University College London, Institute of Education as well as a Chair of Governors. She is a TEDx speaker, a coach, an author and a Founding Fellow and Vice President of The Chartered College of Teaching. Vivienne is also, joyously, one of the Co-Founders and Global Strategic Leaders of WomenEd, a voluntary organisation that seeks to empower and connect existing and aspiring women leaders in education. In 2017, WomenEd was named as one of the top ten education influencers by the Times Educational Supplement. Vivienne is also the co-editor of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (Sage, 2019) and Being 10%Braver (Corwin, 2021).
Dr John Jacklin
John is the Head of Department for Education and Community Development at the School of Education and Communities. John completed his doctoral work in Leadership in Education. His researcher interests are: Improving understanding of pedagogical practice to improve organisational performance; Exploring academic practice in HE and schools with a view to understanding better inclusive practice (Academic Ableism); Developing support practices for those who are neurological diverse and Organisational Development Planning; Use of coaching and mentoring in developing teaching & learning of students and leaders; Professional practice and leadership in turbulent times
Sean is a senior lecturer in Education, supporting ITE and CPD for schools. Prior to joining the university he was a school improvement adviser for a local authority within the West Midlands.
Celebrating school leaders and partnership projects
- 7th March: Laura Hyatt, Faye Edwards, Adrian Lee, Rachel Tranter
- 8th March: Tracy Cockayne; Matthew Moore; Tim Mullen-Furness
- 9th March: Aimee Williams; Andrew Seager
Laura Hyatt is Deputy Head at Woodlands School; a broad-spectrum special school for pupils aged 4 – 19 with a wide range of learning, emotional, social, medical and communication needs. With over twenty years’ experience leading within special school environments, Laura is dedicated to championing the wellbeing and safety of children and young people with SEND by providing an environment, workforce and curriculum that prioritises a relational, restorative and regulation-focused approach in an evidence-based way. Laura will share the overview of her NPQH leadership change project to enable school-wide social and emotional development.
Faye is a LKS2 phase leader in a twoform entry primary school. She is the senior mental health lead and deputy designated safeguard lead within school and is committed to improving the wellbeing of teachers, students and parents. Faye has a full-time class commitment and a responsibility for Science and the provision of whole school development of wellbeing and interventions.
Adrian has been a teacher for 20 years. He is currently Director of English at Aldridge School, where he has been for 10 years. He previously worked in schools in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield. He completed NPQML in 2014 and NPQSL in 2021.
In my nine years of working in secondary education I have fulfilled a wide range of roles. These include Head of RE and Sociology, Head of Geography and Head of Psychology. At the beginning of 2020 I was appointed to Associate Assistant Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning including Online Learning, during which I completed my NPQSL. Following our return to face-to-face teaching, I was appointed as Assistant Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning, CPD and other related aspects of Academy life.
I am the Centre Manager of Sandwell Transition Education Partnership Service (STEPS), Sandwell’s provision for International New Arrivals, supporting Asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants. STEPS is a school-like setting and is part of Sandwell’s school admissions process, created to Safeguard children with EAL who are new to Sandwell. From the age of 15, working with people with learning needs and disabilities at Sandwell Leisure Project, I knew that my future was in SEN provision and became a Secondary SENCo on the Leadership team. I completed my degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in Society, at Wolverhampton University, continuing at Worcester University to attain the National Award for SENCO’s and returned to Wolverhampton University to complete my NPQH. I am committed to inclusivity of pupils from all walks of life and I believe every child has a potential that, when nurtured, can exceed all expectations, including their own.
Tim is a Vice Principal at St Peter’s Collegiate Academy. He has been teaching for 15 years after training with West Midlands Consortium. Following his training he worked at Thomas Telford school for three years, leaving to join Cardinal Griffin Catholic College for eleven years. He is now in his seventh year of senior leadership and specialises in assessment, data, curriculum and teaching & learning. He prefers a participative style of leadership.
I have completed both NPQSL and NPQH with Wolverhampton University. I am currently Head of English and Literacy Coordinator in a secondary school. Having progressed in education to Senior Leadership level back in 2017, I am firm believer that with a growth mindset you can achieve anything in education. I am 29 years old, and born and raised in Birmingham, England, English is my specialist subject and I love reading and writing books.
My passion is to ‘grow great teachers’. As well as Teaching and Learning coordinator, I am also head of the Sixth Form. In previous roles, I have served as Head of the English department where, in 2015, I achieved The Pearson Award for attaining the ‘most improved set of English results’ in the country. Alongside my role at The King’s, I have been an examiner for the AQA and WJEC exam boards and have had a number of resources published online. In 2017, I became a Subject Lead Specialist (SLE) for Stoke-on-Trent, supporting and improving English departments across the county. After completing my headteacher qualification (NPQH) in 2019, I enrolled as a facilitator and assessor for Wolverhampton University supporting the delivery of the National Professional Qualifications for leadership. Since joining the Three Spires Trust, I have worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team at St Thomas’ primary school to support the development and implementation of our new curriculum which now spans across three stages; Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2. I believe that the careful understanding between primary and secondary is essential in providing pupils with the academic transcript to be successful in life.