Speakers

Lord Agnew

Lord Agnew

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System

Lord Theodore Agnew was appopinted Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System on 28 Septembre 2017 and lead non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.

Lord Agnew previously served as a non-executive board member at the Department for Education, where he was chair of the department's Academies Board from 2013 to 2015.

Outside of the department, Lord Agnew founded Somerton Capital LLP in 2007 and co-founded the WNS Group (a US listed company) in 1990.

Professor Steve Munby

Professor Steve Munby

Education Consultant

Steve Munby is a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform, working with governments and with groups of schools around the world.  He has spent his whole career in education, commencing as a secondary scholl teacher in Birmingham and later to becoming Director of Education for a Local Education Authority in one of England's most deprived localities.

Between 2005 and 2012, Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England.  As CEO, he had overall responsibility for the training and development of school principals in 22,000 state-maintained schools in England and also for the training and development of Directors of Children's Serveces in 150 Local Authorities.  Whilst at the National College, Steve oversaw the work on the identification and development of National Leaders of Education, the development of Teaching Schools in England and the review of the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Fron 2012 until 2017 Steve was Chief Executive of Development Trust, an international education charity working in Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  As CEO of Education Development Trust, Steve led high level consultancy work with governments in many different countries and his organisation worked to deliver education reforms in several of those countries.

In 2016 he wrote a think-piece with Michael Fullan: "Inside-out and downside-up.  How leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems."  Steve is also the facilitator for the ARC summits (education systems from around the world commited to equity, excellence, well-being and social justice).  He is Visiting Professor at University College London Institute for Education and is the Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust.  He has two honorary doctorates and was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list in 2010.

Stephen Fraser

Stephen Fraser

Deputy Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Stephen Fraser is Deputy Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Stephen has spent most of his working life in the Australian education system. He led the development of the Australian Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and has worked as a senior advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, as Executive Director of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Implementation Division and as Regional Director for the South Western Victoria Region.
Since joining the EEF, Stephen has led the development of the EEF’s international partnerships, creating a network of organisations focused on getting better evidence into the hands of educators globally.

Christina Jones

Christina Jones

CEO, River Tees Multi-Academy Trust

Christina has a background in school improvement, working with disadvantaged and vulnerable learners.  She originally trained as a Careers Adviser, and focussed on quality measures for Careers Education and Guidance within her MA.  River Tees Multi-Academt Trust has four Alternative Provision academies and a Hospital Teaching Service offering aspirational education to the most disadvantaged learners.

 

Stephen Gorard

Stephen Gorard

Professor of Education and Public Policy

Stephen Gorard is Professor of Education and Public Polocy, and Fellow of the Wolfson Reasearch Institute at Durham University, and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

His work concerns the robust evaluation of education as a lifelong process, focused on issues of equality and effectiveness.  He regularly gives advice to governments and other policy-makers, including oral and written advice to the House of Commons Education Committee every year since 2003.

He is author of nearly 1,000 books and papers.  His work has generated considerable media interest, with a press, radio or TV story appearing once per fortnight on average.

Stephen studied Psychology with Statistice at University College London, gaining a PGCE with distinction in Mathematics and Computing from the University of London IoE, a Masters in Education Management and a PhD in Social Sciences from Cardiff University.  He taught for 13 years in secondary schools in England and Wales, including being head of department, and deputy headteacher.

 

Carolyn Roberts

Carolyn Roberts

Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School, Greenwich

Carolyn Roberts is Headteacher of Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich, a 2000-place 11-18 commumity comprehensive school.  She was the first Head at St Hild's CE school Hartlepool, after which she was Head at Durham Johnston.  She is Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Charteres College of Teaching and chaired the Ethical Leadership Commission 2017-19.  

From 2014-18 Carolyn was Honoray Secretary of ASCL and from September 2019 has been Co-Director of the PTI (formerly the Prince's Teaching Institute).  Carolyn has published on the curriculum with Michael Young in Knowledge and the Future School (Bloomsbury 2014) and is the author of Ethical Leadership for a Better Education System (Routledge 2019)

Andy Byers

Andy Byers

Headteacher, Framwellgate School, Durham

I spent three years as a chartered accountant (what was i thinking?) before becoming a teacher of Economics in Blyth, Northumberland in 1992 and subsequently a Head of Department and Assistant Head.  I was Deputy Head and then Head of School at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Northumberland for 14 years before becoming Headteacher of Framwellgate School Durham in2007.

I tweet as @framheadteacher and last year decided to post a blog a week on www.framheadteacher.com covering everything from complaining parents to the curriculum, workload, funding, and knives in school.  I inadvertently hit the press this summer when my picture was printed in the Huffington Post alongside Boris Johnson's.

David Glynne-Percy

David Glynne-Percy

PhD Research Student

I am a PhD research student at the University of Brighton.  I tutor unemployed adults Functional Skills at East Sussex College (Hastings).  My research domain is in interest formation and where leisure pursuits can inform well-being and life changes.

I have also worked in outdoor education since the mid 1980's including, Cumbria, Wales and France.

I am a father of two who occasionally attempts to run half marathons.

Alan Passingham

Alan Passingham

Senior Research Lead, Ofsted

Alan has been a senior research lead in Ofsted's Reasearch and Evaluation team since 2017.  The recent projects he has led on include Ofsted's curriculum and lesson visit studies.  He also authored the recent science curriculum findings paper and is currently overseeing a study on initial teacher education curriculum.

From 2005 he worked in Ofsted's Data & Insight team.  Alan has an MSc in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and an MA in History.

Michael Young

Michael Young

Professor of Sociology of Curriculum at UCL

Michael Young is a part time Professor of Sociology of Curriculum at UCL Institute of Education.  He studied at the University of Cambridge, Regent Street Polytechnic and the University of Essex and joined the Institute staff as a lecturer in Sociology of education after 5 years as a secondary school chemistry teacher and later as Head of the Post 16 Education Centre.  

His continuing research and policy interests are in the secondary and post compulsory curriculum and the opportunities it provides for access to knowledge.  His main publications have been:

* Knowledge and Control: New Directions for the sociology of Education, Collier Macmillan,
* The Curriculum of the Future, Falmer Press,
* Bringing Knowledge Back in, Routledge, and
* (with David Lambert) Knowledge and the Future School, Bloomsbury.

Jules White

Jules White

Head Teacher, Tanbridge House School

Jules has been Head Teacher at Tanbridge House School for 11 years. They were graded as 'Outstanding' in November 2012.  Jules has led the school based funding campaign, 'Worth Less?' for four years. It started in West Sussex and now covers 72 Local Authorities, represented by over 7000 schools/heads from Cornwall to Cumbria.

The emphasis has been on seeing all schools and academies funded adequately. Jules is proud to have brought the twin issues of supply and school funding to more widespread public attention - none more so than when 2000 headteachers made their 'relentlessly reasonable' march to Westminister in September 2018.

In December 2018, Jules was proud to recieve the TES person of the year award, acknowledging the work of the 'Worth Less?' campaign.