How does an Online IG Interactive Event work?
- A full day event delivered via an interactive online platform
- Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
- Speaker sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
- Live interaction tools and breakout discussion groups
- Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
- Post-event resources to facilitate implementation of key takeaways
On returning to school, Headteachers and leadership colleagues will be facing unprecedented challenges, but also new opportunities, following the June 2020 announcement of £650 million for schools to help boost pupil attainment, alongside £350 million for the National Tutoring Programme. This event will offer reflections on the effects of school closures, due to COVID-19, on school leaders, and how SLT staff can look to ensure positive results for staff and students from the start of a new school year.
This Headteacher and Senior Leaders Standards event also provides the opportunity to better understand how to enhance good leadership and governance in schools, in order for them to succeed in achieving high standards of education and improved attainment for pupils. Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore the Headteacher Standards from those leading in the field, including the chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Team at Department for Education (DfE) and Sir David Carter following the release of the headteacher standards, due in autumn 2020.
Furthermore, best practice case studies and workshops will discuss innovative techniques for good leadership by drawing on local culture and heritage, using leaders to drive school improvements, achieving a varied curriculum, and successful inspection.
Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.
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- Demonstrating the difference between the 2015 and 2020 standards and explaining the differences, including new guidance for MAT leaders and updates to the governance and leadership of maintained schools
- Outlining how the standards were created, including consultation of maintained schools and academies across the UK which feed into the finalised standards
- Assessing key characteristics of the standard within the review and focusing on what makes an excellent leader or headteacher
- Analysing how school leaders can benefit from the standards, which will shape headteachers’ practice and provide a framework for training leaders
Based on questions from attendees, submitted via the online platform, Malcolm will discuss the impact of COVID-19 school closures on leadership, and how to tackle challenges faced at the start of the new school year.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask Malcolm Trobe, Chair of the Review Group, Headteacher Standards Review Team, Department for Education direct questions regarding the Headteacher Standards and explore how this will impact leadership and governance.
Delegates are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the day via the online platform Q&A function.
- Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, and how school leaders and governors might look to overcome challenges posed as a result of school closures from the start of the school year
- Outlining how leaders can achieve school-wide impact by developing a curriculum framework at school, allowing them to view the curriculum break down at each learning stage
- Understanding how school leaders can work in the interest of disadvantaged students by developing skills and competencies needed to be an inclusive leader, including through a governance mentor
- Demonstrating how heads and senior leaders can close the attainment gap for disadvantaged students by using data to analyse performance of struggling pupils
- Analysing how leaders can collaborate to achieve a joined-up approach to leadership and share workload to help close the attainment gap
This session will outline the successful approach of improving school performance across individual schools as well as trusts more widely, through a system of specialist teacher review (STaR) teams.
STaR teams help guide internal performance audits, based on the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, supporting staff development and raising education standards for pupils.
Connect with attendees and discuss key themes so far via dedicated group chats, or use this time to take a screen break.
- Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19, and how headteachers can overcome the challenges of staff and pupils returning to school
- Recruitment and Retention – Exploring the power of induction as a key factor in ensuring staff wellbeing and job satisfaction and how this can be implemented
- A Good Relationship with Governors – Learning how to create a short feedback questionnaire for the governors to demonstrate that you are prioritising a positive partnership and listening to their views
- Involving Pupils – Outlining how to set out an attendance policy and targets whilst also involving pupils in wider community engagements
- Creating a Work-Life Balance – Taking time out of school once a fortnight to have dedicated time for paperwork and for strategic thinking away from the day-to-day school environment
- Exploring the research behind effective professional learning – both process and leadership
- The importance of aligning CPD to individual, leadership and whole-school needs
- Empowering middle leaders to drive change in and across their teams
- The power of school-to-school collaboration and CPD hubs
Network with peers to discuss common challenges in leadership and find solutions together using dedicated group chats, or take this time to enjoy a screen break.
- Leading in and of a self-improving system
- What collaborative leadership looks like in practice – why and how
- What are the obstacles and how to overcome them
- Using peer review as a vehicle for change and improvement
- How collaborative leadership can accelerate school improvement for one and for many schools
- How we can use collaboration to help schools and school leaders to ‘recover’ from the COVID-19 situation: Looking after wellbeing, re-designing curricula and taking stock of the effects on learning
- Exploring ‘parent councils’ which helps reduce workload for senior leaders and improve parental engagement since 76% of parents say they would like involvement in school issues
- Learning how to set up a parent council by asking parents to volunteer themselves, inviting specific teachers to take part or by asking parents to nominate each other
- Highlighting the benefit of the parent council to leaders and governors including an opportunity to explain decisions and complex issues to parents from a school perspective leading to a well-supported shared school ethos
- Outlining key considerations before setting up a parent council including consulting with Parents, ensuring the council is representative of the diverse school community, be clear and concise as a leader when providing information
Make more connections with fellow attendees for ongoing support following the day, or use this time to take a screen break.
- Coaching: Exploring that buzz word
- How can coaching support the raising of standards of education?
- What does a culture for coaching look like?
- How can we create the conditions for the right type of coaching?
- Learning how to navigate the personal and practical effects of the change in role and communicating the change in role to stakeholders
- Teaching about effective delegation and distribution to appropriate personnel
- Exploring how to make positive use of additional agencies/professionals
- Outlining how to step away from operational activity
- Understanding what successful liaison with governance looks like
- Analysing what effective communication looks like and how to embed a vision
- Learning about the role of teamwork in leadership, including investigating the best practice models of collaborative leadership
- Demonstrating the power of active listening in a leadership role and exploring how this can lead to positive outcomes for you as a leader
- Exploring key tools which can be used by leaders for problem solving and working strategically
- Outlining research around effective time management and resilience and how this can be effectively implemented at your school through best practice coaching techniques
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
This Forum is designed for primary and secondary schools. Typical job titles will include:
- Heads of Year
- Heads of Department
- Chief Executive Officers
- Chair of Trustee Boards
- Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
- Chair of Governors
- School Governance Advisers
- Business Managers
- Directors of Education
- Directors of Standards
- Heads of School Improvement