David Crossley, Executive Director, Whole Education
Whole Education’s 6th Annual Conference at Kings Place, London on the 12th and 13th of November seeks to enable school leaders and educators to share and develop their thinking in order to ‘seize the agenda’. The first day will explore how schools can raise attainment and meet national accountability measures, whilst developing learners who are both work and life-ready. The second will involve employers, industry experts, school leaders and other stakeholders in exploring how we can best equip the learners of today to thrive in the World of tomorrow
The first day of the conference, facilitated by Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, will provide an opportunity for primary and secondary school leaders to establish a shared vision for school improvement that will enable your school to thrive, sustain and build on its achievements to date whilst focusing on medium and longer term goals too. Our aim in ‘seizing the agenda’ is to help us to sustain, build on and direct the movement of change towards what we value in order to enable both our schools and our system from “good to great”. Contributors include: Sir David Carter, Regional Schools Commissioner for South West England; Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation, Institute of Education; Drs Linda Kaiser and Judy Halbert from British Columbia; plus school leaders and students from our network.
The second day, facilitated by Lord Jim Knight former Schools and Employment Minister seeks to contribute and inform the debate about the skills and knowledge that young people need so they can leave education with “dignity, purpose and options”(Drs L. Kaser and J. Halbert). The day will progress to explore and discuss how we can collectively best deliver these requirements. We will endeavour to respond to recent warnings of a skills shortage and reflect on how we can productively cater to the ends of 50% of student who will not go to university.
Overall, the conference will explore how we can collectively approach leadership, change and accountability; learning and pedagogy; curriculum and assessment; and in a time when schools feel under increasing financial pressure, with school budgets no longer growing in real terms to explore how we are and can make best use of the professional skills, capacity and wider resources we have.
The conference is open to members and non-members of the network. Delegates have rated the conference as one of the most inspiring and important events in their annual calendar.
“To describe my two days on your conference as life-changing does not even begin to give you the sense of enthusiasm and delight I experienced.” – Feedback on 5th Annual Conference
We are pleased to offer a 10% Early Bird discount for all bookings received before Wednesday 16th September 2015.