7 things to see at the Schools & Academies Show 2019

Cosima Baring - 1 April, 2019

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7 things to see at the Schools & Academies Show 2019

Fig. 1: The ExCel Centre, where the Schools & Academies Show will be held this year  With just a couple of days to go until the Schools & Academies Show 2019, we’ve rounded up 7 things we’ll be going to see at this year’s show. 3rd April 2019: Day 1 What: Ministerial Keynote Address When

Fig. 1: The ExCel Centre, where the Schools & Academies Show will be held this year 

With just a couple of days to go until the Schools & Academies Show 2019, we’ve rounded up 7 things we’ll be going to see at this year’s show.

3rd April 2019: Day 1

What: Ministerial Keynote Address

When & where: Main Stage, 9:40-9:50am

Who: The Rt Hon. Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education

Interesting for: Everyone! This is a great chance to learn what the DfE’s been up to & hear about future plans from the Secretary of State for Education himself. In this short slot, he’ll no doubt discuss the DfE’s recent push to reduce teacher workload (including more details about the Early Career Framework), as well as how they plan to help schools reduce cost pressures and free up resources to reinvest back into the classroom.

What: Is Your Trust Board Future Proof?

Where & when: MAT Summit, 9:55-10:25am

Who: Leora Cruddas (CEO, Confederation of School Trusts)

Interesting for: MATs that are growing. A former director of education at two London local authorities and now CEO of Confederation of School Trusts, Leora will draw on her experience of working with MATs & their boards to evaluate what constitutes effective, accountable and ethical governance. She’ll also talk about the importance of “Horizon gazing” and keeping agile for young, growing MATs.

What: Launching a Digital Revolution in Schools

Who: Nancy Wilkinson (Programme Manager, Education, Nesta)

When & where: Technology & Educational Resources, 2:00-2:20pm

Interesting for: School IT Managers, Data Managers & CIOs. Nancy Wilkinson, Education Programme Manager for innovation charity Nesta, will talk about how to overcome barriers to the adoption of technology in schools, including how to create a digital strategy, build the necessary infrastructure and ensure that all staff have adequate training. She’ll also discuss how technology should be used to support teaching and learning, not replace it.

What: Case Study Session: Academy Conversion – from the Perspective of a MAT

When & where: Main Stage, 2:10-2:30pm

Who: Adrian Ball, COO, Inspiration Trust

Interesting for: Any schools that are considering becoming an academy and/or joining a MAT. In this session, Adrian will explain the challenges of converting and what schools should expect once they’ve converted, as well as the technicalities of becoming an academy (e.g. changes to staffing, financial & procurement processes within your school). He’ll also cover the key things to consider when joining (or starting) a MAT. This is a good chance to hear from an experienced COO who’s ‘been there, done that’ – don’t miss it!

4th April 2019: Day 2

What: Case Study: ATT: You Have to be Strategic, You Have to be Bold, You Have to be Brave – Can it Work?

When & where: School Improvement Summit, 9:00-9:45am

Who: Debbie Clinton (CEO, Academy Transformation Trust) & Amy Bills (Executive Principal, Caldmore Primary and North Walsall Primary Academies)

Interesting for: MAT CEOs & Senior Leaders (or anyone thinking of starting their own MAT). During this session, Debbie and Amy will talk through how ATT (a 21 school mixed-phase MAT) has succeeded in delivering effective school improvement across 10 LA areas since it was founded in 2012. They will also discuss the importance of the back office, and what’s it like to be a Principal in a large, national MAT.

What: Keynote Address: Summary Evaluations of MATs

When & where: MAT Summit, 11:50-12:20pm

Who: Neil Redmond-King (Principal Officer, Schools, Ofsted) & Matthew Purves (Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted)

Interesting for: MAT CEOs & Senior Leaders. As MAT summary evaluations are something that we still know relatively little about, this talk is a great chance to hear an overview from the experts about what they’ll mean for MATs and what their findings have demonstrated to date. There will be an open Q&A session at the end of this talk, so it’s also a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process and where Ofsted plans to take it in the future – make sure you come prepared with some questions!

Both days:

What: Arbor at stand 709!

Who: The Arbor team

When & where: All day on 3rd & 4th April

Don’t forget to come and visit the Arbor stand (stand 709) over the two days to learn more about how our simple, smart, cloud-based MIS could transform the way your school or MAT operates. We’ll be giving one-to-one demos throughout the day that we can personalise to the exact needs of your school or MAT, and our team will be at the stand to answer any questions you have about the process of moving MIS. To quote longtime Arbor user Julie Rush, PA to the Headteacher at Parkroyal Community School; “it’s good to look round and see what there is, but before you launch into buying a particular product or a system that you think you might need for your school, I’d recommend talking to Arbor first because the system can probably do it!”

Look forward to seeing you there!