Conference for Heads of English, Maths and Science 2018

08:45 - 16:00, 3 July 2018 Birmingham

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Our popular annual conference for heads of department offers a unique opportunity for your team to get the latest assessment, curriculum and accountability updates from ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton, ASCL Deputy Director of Policy Duncan Baldwin, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell as well as leading subject experts.

Taking place in Birmingham on Tuesday 3 July, the event will explore the evolving role of middle leaders with a particular focus on:

  • designing a curriculum to maximise the potential of KS3

  • continuity of learning from KS2 to KS3

  • the impact for curriculum planning and assessment from the reforms to qualifications

  • understanding the impact of subjects on whole school accountability

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Each subject lead will have the opportunity to delve deeper through workshop sessions on subject-specific strands, led by school-based practitioners that will examine the latest developments in each subject, as well as how to develop skills to become an outstanding subject leader.

NETWORKING

There will also be opportunities to get support with issues specific to your setting, network with colleagues from across the country and share good practice.

8.45am

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

9.30am

Welcome and introduction
Suzanne O'Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

9.40am

The Leadership of Learning: Challenges and opportunities
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

10.25am

Refreshments and exhibition

10.45am

Confident Curriculum Leadership in a Changing Curriculum Landscape
Suzanne O'Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

11.35am

Accountability in 2018: What it means for subject leaders
Duncan Baldwin, ASCL Deputy Director of Policy

12.30pm

Q and A

12.35pm

Lunch and exhibition

1.20pm

Workshop session 1: What it means to be an outstanding leader in your subject
1.1 English
Deb Poole, Vice Principal, Haywood Academy and Director of English for the City Learning Trust
1.2 Maths
Sarah Whyand, Assistant Head, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds
1.3 Science
Helen Hawke, Science Faculty Leader, Brookvale Groby Learning Campus

2.20pm 

Refreshments and exhibition

2.35pm

Workshop session 2: What are the latest developments in your subject?
2.1 English
Deb Poole, Vice Principal, Haywood Academy and Director of English for the City Learning Trust
2.2 Maths
Sarah Whyand, Assistant Head, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds
2.3 Science
Helen Hawke, Science Faculty Leader, Brookvale Groby Learning Campus

3.35pm 

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Keynotes

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

Geoff studied English & Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. Between 2002 and 2017, he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.

Geoff is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.

Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He took up his post as General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.

Follow Geoff on Twitter @realGeoffBarton

Duncan Baldwin, ASCL Deputy Director of Policy

Duncan's areas of responsibility include curriculum and assessment, performance data, Ofsted and ICT. 

Duncan qualified as a mathematics teacher and followed a career as a teacher and school leader, working at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Djanogly City Technology College and Filsham Valley, where he was deputy headteacher. More recently he has worked as a consultant for Capita, focusing on using data for school improvement. He represents ASCL on a number of boards including Quality in Careers and is an expert member of various DfE panels including Information Standards Board, Achieving Excellence Area methodology, Teacher Supply Model and Teaching, and Learning International Survey (TALIS). 

Follow Duncan on Twitter @Duncan_Baldwin

Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

Prior to Suzanne's role as ASCL’s Curriculum and Assessment Specialist, she was ASCL’s Inspections Specialist for 18 months.  Before joining ASCL, Suzanne was Headteacher of a large secondary school in Staffordshire for seven years. Suzanne originally trained as a modern languages teacher and taught languages and English in a number of schools.

Throughout her 27 year teaching career and prior to taking up her Headship, Suzanne’s previous roles also include  Head of a large 6th form (offering the IB and A levels) , Deputy Headteacher, Local Leader of Education and part timeTutor Fellow at Keele University supporting the delivery of the modern languages PGCE programme. 

Follow Suzanne on Twitter @OfarrellSuzanne

Workshop sessions

English: Deb Poole, Vice Principal at Haywood Academy and Director of English for the City Learning Trust

Deb has been a passionate teacher and leader of English for 17 years, across a number of schools within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.  She has led her own highly successful faculty and has line managed and mentored several other Heads of Faculties in her various leadership roles.  She was appointed as an Advanced Skills Teacher for English in 2009, and is currently an active Specialist Leader of Education for English, working across a number of schools to lead improvement within English, but also on whole school projects.

In her current role, Deb is responsible for Teaching and Learning at Haywood Academy and has responsibility for English in the City Learning Trust. Deb feels very proud to work with students with challenging backgrounds as she feels strongly about literacy being the key to enhancing life chances for all young people.    

Maths: Sarah Whyand, Assistant Head, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds 

As a Maths graduate in the class of 1993, Sarah is passionate about her subject. She strives to pass on that passion to both students and colleagues. She has taught Mathematics across a range of secondary schools in Suffolk and Essex, and successfully led a large Mathematics team. 

Sarah has worked at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds for 17 years, teaching and leading Mathematics. In her current role as Assistant Headteacher and in her previous roles, Sarah has had to deal with many challenging situations, colleagues and changing landscapes in education. With four children at home however, she is very much aware of the barriers that many of our youngsters face when learning mathematics! She also works in partnerships with other schools in an advisory role, reviews educational publications, is a PiXL Associate and co-leads the ASCL Outstanding Heads of Mathematics courses.

Science: Helen Hawke, Science Faculty Leader, Brookvale Groby Learning Campus

Helen is a biology specialist and has been teaching science for 11 years. She has been the Faculty Leader for Science at Groby Community College for the past seven years and last year led a successful merger of the science teams with the prime feeder school as part of the new Brookvale Groby Learning Campus. Helen has mentored Heads of Science in a number of schools and is part of a network of schools focusing on the Knowledge Curriculum.

Helen previously worked at Severn Trent Water as an Assistant Area Manager of Quality Assurance, managing a large team providing a monitoring service of the water quality, responding to water quality incidents, and ensuring compliance with the Water Quality Standards.

The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4EW

 

This one-day conference is essential for your heads of department.

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