Overview

November 2021
Online

This Forum will provide attendees with a valuable opportunity to examine how to improve education attainment across the North of England, particularly in light of the growing attainment gap and the wider impact of COVID-19.

This Forum will provide attendees with a valuable opportunity to examine how to improve education attainment across the North of England, particularly in light of the growing attainment gap and the wider impact of COVID-19. Delegates will hear the latest developments from senior practitioners and researchers on how to improve education standards and reduce the progress and attainment gap between the South and North of England. Participants will engage with leading schools to explore different ways to enhance the quality of education by taking an evidence-led approach with clear action plans, and offering enrichment experiences and viable progression routes to encourage pupil participation and improve outcomes, in line with the broader Northern Powerhouse agenda.

The day will be focused around fruitful discussions and practical workshops to ensure that attendees leave the event equipped to make changes in their school, local and regional contexts, and make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the North.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Sarah Longlands photo
Sarah Longlands
Director
IPPR North
Janet Sheriff photo
Janet Sheriff
Headteacher
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Jonathan Jones photo
Jonathan Jones
Director of Education
School Improvement Liverpool
Dr Asma Benhenda photo
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education

Agenda

9:15 am
Login and Accessing Online Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in and around the education sector, to raise standards for every child in the North of England.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the first Virtual Northern Education Forum. We have designed this event with the virtual experience in mind and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Some of the key topics and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:

  • How can we work to close the progress and attainment gap, particularly following COVID-19?
  • What does the evidence show about how best to enhance outcomes for pupils?
  • What catch-up strategies are required for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, alongside mainstream recovery activities?

These will be covered within three core themes across the day:

  • Improving Leadership
  • Strengthening Education After COVID-19
  • Evidence-Based Interventions
Dr Asma Benhenda
Dr Asma Benhenda
Research Fellow, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL Institute of Education
Confirmed
THEME 1 – EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS
10:05 am
Learning from Research: Examining the Evidence on Economic and Social Inequality Across the North
In this insightful session, IPPR will share findings from the latest research before opening up a discussion in the room to explore together how the region can learn from the research to collectively and collaboratively improve children’s life chances.
  • Highlighting the stark child poverty rates in the North East, detailed in the autumn 2020 IPPR research report, and the need to address this with interventions at different levels of education
  • Understanding the family structures that impact child poverty, and how schools and local authorities should work with parents and carers to help boost pupil progress
  • Learning from best practice examples of local partnerships which have strengthened opportunities for children, including between community and voluntary organisations, and advising on how such partnerships can be established elsewhere
  • Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on inequality statistics, and examples of projects which have continued throughout the pandemic such as Poverty Proofing the School Day which works to identify and overcome barriers to learning

This session will include time for questions.

Sarah Longlands
Sarah Longlands
Director
IPPR North
Confirmed
10:35 am
Workshop: How to Effectively Monitor Pupil Progress and Attainment through the COVID-19 Catch-Up and Beyond
In this interactive workshop session, David will share practical advice and strategies for overcoming the challenge of understanding pupil progress and using this information to adapt approaches to teaching and learning in your school.

Attendees will be encouraged to pose questions and comments throughout the session.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Learning how to understand the differences in tracking attainment for school-based learning, remote learning, and a blended approach
  • Learning ‘what works’ from the Research Schools Network in terms of planning, teaching and assessing using remote and blended pedagogy
  • Showcasing examples of how to conduct assessments at a distance and how to ensure these are an accurate representation of pupil ability and comprehension
  • Learning how to enhance COVID-19 catch-up interventions ahead of the 2021 assessment season and into the next academic year
David Bailey
David Bailey
Director Research and Development
Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust
Confirmed
11:15 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

THEME 2 – STRENGTHENING EDUCATION AFTER COVID-19
11:35 am
COVID -19 Panel Discussion: What Has Been the Impact? How Can Partnerships Play a Role in Overcoming it?

In this session, leaders and practitioners from across the education sector in the North of England will explore methods for improving collaboration between schools, MATs and local authorities, as well as other education partners, to deliver quality catch-up provisions following COVID-19, and enhance standards of education and broaden opportunities for young people more generally, which is more important than ever in light of COVID-19.

Attendees will have the opportunity to virtually pose questions and comments to the panel throughout the discussion.

Key themes to be explored will include:

  • The role of local authorities in supporting school-based catch-up activities following COVID-19
  • Outlining methods for enhancing school-to-school support among and between MATs, as well as other local schools, to support efforts around teacher CPD, blended learning, and benchmarking attainment in relation to COVID-19 catch up activities
  • Utilising initiatives of the Opportunity Areas to foster local and regional collaboration to improve education, in line with the Northern Powerhouse agenda
  • How future prospects for young people can be secured as part of local economic recovery from COVID-19
  • Changing approaches to education to encourage more self-regulation among pupils, in the context of remote and blended learning becoming more of a reality in light of COVID-19
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Director of Education
School Improvement Liverpool
Confirmed
Zoe Carr OBE
Zoe Carr OBE
Chief Executive Officer
WISE Academies Trust
Invited
Martin Shevill
Martin Shevill
Elected Member, Lancashire and West Yorkshire Headteacher Board
CEO, Consilium Academies Trust
Invited
Sue Leigh
Sue Leigh
Governor Support Team Leader
Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL)
Invited
Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo
Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo
Centre for Social Innovation
Teesside University
Invited
12:15 pm
Interactive Peer Networking Discussion: How Can You Improve Education Partnerships in Your Local Area?

Working in small groups virtually, attendees will continue to discuss key points raised through the interactive panel discussion and consider these in your own contexts.

School leaders and fellow education colleagues will work alongside local authority associates and other partners to share ideas for enhancing collaboration between those working to ensure quality education for every child in the North, and how to adapt innovative and proven approaches, shared by the panel, to local contexts.

12:35 pm
Practitioner Insights: Maintaining High Education Standards and Driving School Recovery Following COVID-19

In this session, Janet will share her journey of leading a school through a pandemic and maintaining quality education for all pupils. Key themes to be explored will include:

  • Evaluating, selecting and utilising effective distance learning platforms
  • Setting clear expectations for staff in terms of learning tasks in the classroom and for remote learning
  • Methods for providing engaging and timely feedback for pupils
  • Working with parents and families to monitor pupil progress
  • Determining the pastoral support required by pupils, and working with staff to plan for how this can be provided

This session will include time for questions. 

Janet Sheriff
Janet Sheriff
Headteacher
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Confirmed
1:05 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

THEME 3 – IMPROVING YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS
1:50 pm
Hot Seat Session: Delivering Regionally Award-Winning Education
In this interactive and engaging session, Andrew O’Sullivan will answer your questions, presented to him by the event chair, about what it takes to deliver an outstanding education, with year-on-year grade increases, and being crowned The Sunday Times Comprehensive School of the Year in 2019.

Offering practical insights and proven strategies, this session will provide innovative ideas for enhancing the educational delivery at your school.

 

Please submit questions in advance to [email protected] or post on the day via our online platform.

Andrew O’Sullivan
Andrew O’Sullivan
Headteacher
Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Invited
2:10 pm
Student Voice: Understanding What Pupils Need and How to Inspire Them
This session, delivered by two sixth form students at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, will offer an insight into pupils’ needs thorough secondary education, exploring what support they feel is needed to help them achieve their potential.
2:20 pm
Top Tips for Enhancing Leadership Practices to Improve Standards of Education
In this session, David will share his expertise around executive leadership and headship to help you find solutions to common challenges school leaders face in facilitating improved education standards.

Actions to address will include:

  • Building sustainable strategies to enhance achievements through the final term, and prepare for the new school year
  • Evaluating your school’s use of the Government’s catch-up funding so far, and determining priorities for activities going forward
  • Defining focus on aspects of education that can make the most difference in your school or local context, including staff recruitment and retention, pastoral support, or strengthening governance
  • Understanding the five phases of a post-COVID “new normal” and where your priorities for pupils should fit into this

This session will include time for questions.

Sir David Carter
Sir David Carter
Executive Director of System Leadership
Ambition Institute
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Peer Discussion Session: Implementing New Strategies and Lessons Learned

Reflecting on the key takeaways of the day’s sessions, attendees will be invited to share and discuss with each other the next steps in adapting their approach to raising standards of education across the North of England.

Whether from a school-based, local authority-wide or partner organisation perspective, participants will each share one thing they can do tomorrow to make a difference, following learnings from this interactive event, to boost progress and attainment for pupils across the North.

3:10 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

Following the final session, delegates will still have access to the event platform, to continue conversations with peers and accessing resources. 

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Primary and Secondary Schools, including Maintained Schools, Academy Trusts, Special and Independent Schools, as well as Local Authorities. Typical job titles include:

  • Headteachers
  • Assistant and Deputy Heads
  • Principals and Vice Principals
  • Executive Principals
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Directors of Academy Trusts
  • Directors of Education
  • Heads of Inclusion
  • Heads of School Improvement
  • School Improvement Managers
  • Heads of School
  • Governors
  • Heads of Learning Services
This Forum is also open to the Private and Voluntary Sectors to encourage networking and debate.