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Our key challenge: how can schools, Early Years settings and other key stakeholders develop a South Yorkshire-based place leadership approach that helps us collectively identify and address shared priorities and challenges for education across our region?

Our diverse range of contributors will be leading a variety of sessions celebrating and sharing the creative and collaborative ways in which this challenge is being met in our region and beyond.

We’ve listed just some of our great contributors below with more to come.

Our Contributors

Friday Sessions

Professor David Hopkins, Consultant

Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association

Steve Hodsman, Chair of Board of Directors, Delta Academies Trust

Tom Glover, Dean of System Leadership, Ambition Institute

Panel – Governance strategies in the changing school led system

The rapid and continuing changes in the national school system in England are generating new demands on governance for our schools and academies. Our panel brings a wide range of expertise and experience to a debate and interaction with other festivalgoers on this key issue.

Dame Kathryn August DBE, Consultant, August Education Services

Jonathan Simons, Director, Education and Social policy, Public First

Richard Gill, Chair, Teaching School Council

Toby Greany, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham

Panel – School improvement strategies in the school-led system

The development of the Multi -Academy Trust and Teaching School Alliance models within the English school system have attracted a wide spectrum of response from policy makers, system leaders and teachers. Our panel of highly regarded colleagues will be discussing the impact and possible future directions of these initiatives.

Dr Jill Berry, Leadership Consultant, J Berry Associates

Melanie Rendowden, Interim CEO, Ambition Institute

Paul Tarn, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Academies Trust

Vivienne Porritt, Chair, Co-founder and National leader, WomenEd

Panel – Leadership in the school-led system

Leadership within the English school system has been subjected to a wide range of challenges and pressures during the last 10 years of policy, environmental and societal change. Our panel will be sharing their experiences and perspectives and discussing where next for leadership with their festivalgoer audience

Christian Bunting, Director, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School

Tom Banham, Chair, South Yorkshire Teaching Schools Network

Conversation- Teaching Schools and school improvement

Christian and Tom in conversation about the  Bradford Birth to 19s Teaching School Alliance experience of contributing to large scale school improvement strategies

John Rolfe, Schools Outreach Manager, British Council

Caroline Andrews and Chris Marley, SLT, Reay Primary School

Conversation – The wide and inclusive power, value and benefits of international education – get involved
James Pope Director InspirEDucate Where’s your Head at?
Carolyn Blundell Associate Executive Principal Outwood Grange Academies Trust School improvement in South Yorkshire
Dr Kate Chhatwal CEO Challenge Partners Doing it for ourselves: Leading system improvement through peer review and collaboration