Durham County Council Commercial Services is the new name for the traded services the Council offers to schools, academies and other 3rd sector bodies. Commercial Services provides support in areas such as education, payroll, ICT, building maintenance and much more. As part of the Council’s commitment to improve how services are delivered to our customers, Commercial Services is holding its first ever Showcase Event. The event will provide schools and academies with the opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the Council, hear from nationally recognised key note speakers and attend informative sessions. The event promises to be relevant and informative whilst also offering something a little different, with an ensemble from Belmont CE Primary school, entertainment from Framwellgate School Durham Science Buskers and a free Ushaw College pass for all delegates!
Sir Kevan Collins, Education Endowment Foundation ‘Harnessing evidence to tackle education disadvantage’ Narrowing gaps and improving outcomes for all young people are key ambitions for all education systems. In this session we will examine the results of work involving more than a third of England’s schools and over 1 million children. Participants will leave with practical advice on how to make best use of the EEF’s findings, examples of effective approaches to narrow attainment gaps and insights from the wider research on implementing change for improvement.
Martin Robinson, Educationalist Acclaimed speaker, author and consultant Martin Robinson is known for his creative and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and curriculum. He draws on the values and skills at the heart of the liberal arts tradition to develop practical strategies fit for the future. Martin has 20 years’ experience of working in London state schools as a teacher of drama and English, Advanced Skills Teacher, and member of SLT. He currently works with MATs and schools across all phases on joined-up curriculum design based on the trivium, departmental collaboration and challenges to teacher autonomy, as well as connecting knowledge, debate, rhetoric and thoughtful writing across subject silos. His 2013 publication, Trivium 21c: Preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past, was wellreceived across the sector, and continues to inform schools about what matters in teaching and learning, the follow-up, 2016’s Trivium in Practice looked at how some schools and practitioners responded to his ideas. His most recent book: Curriculum: Athena vs the Machine, asks the question: “Is knowledge enough?” Martin’s talks get people thinking and debating, they can challenge but are delivered with humour, ensuring an entertaining and stimulating session.
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