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NAHT Education Conference, Manchester

Delegates enjoy the conferenc

‘Leading your Learning Environment: Meeting the Challenge Ahead’

Nearly 200 education leaders attended the NAHT Education Conference at the Midland Hotel, Manchester; they left enthused and armed with practical and innovative ideas of how to confront the challenges that undoubtedly waited for them on their return to school.

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Richard Gerver addresses the delegates

Richard Gerver opened with a keynote speech that compared and contrasted the approach and success of education systems in this country and abroad.  Richard felt that he could ‘never remember a time where as a profession we have felt so undermined and so disenfranchised’. 


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Tim Ryland's keynote

Tim Rylands shared a way of working that ensures all school leaders enjoy the experience of learning and teaching, through digital and analogue means. As well as his keynote, Tim led two workshops that addressed at least two of the new standards, effective from September 2012: “Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils” and “Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils”. The workshops also covered aspects from the new inspection structure, especially T “Quality of teaching in the school”. 

Tim’s style and enthusiasm was infectious, as his blog clearly shows!

Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary, provided delegates with his insightful view on NAHT’s response to a wide range of educational issues that included; Ofsted and the variability of the inspection system, the pressures within the academisation programme, NAHT’s commitment to seek GCSE grading redress and the challenges the new curriculum will present.

A range of workshops led by forward-thinking, knowledgeable workshop leaders drawn from across all sectors, ensured the delegates went away better equipped to deal with the new teachers’ standards and the Ofsted area of inspection:

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Steve Iredale, NAHT President, opens the conference

What people said about this conference

“Inspiring. Really empowering for Heads in the face of attitudes and policies from Ofsted & DfE”

“I have not heard Russell speak before and thought he was brilliant. I brought two non members with me and thought he was a really good advert for the NAHT!!”

“I was inspired by all the speeches - re-energised!”

“It was nice to be at a conference that had lots of optimistic people there, who have a positive outlook for the future of education, not just moaning about how awful everything is!”

“Brilliant keynote speakers this year - I wish our entire staff, governors and parents had been able to listen”