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Sixth Form Leadership Conference

Course Code:
9698
£349.00+vat

CONFERENCE AIMS

We are excited to present the Sixth Form Leadership Conference, designed to inspire and inform sixth form leaders and educators. Our conference highlights critical priorities and contemporary issues, such as cultivating a curriculum that surpasses traditional academic standards, enhancing the quality of students’ personal development to drive academic success, navigating the UCAS Process, and exploring numerous other focal points. Featuring renowned speakers in the field of education, this event promises invaluable insights and networking opportunities. Join us for an unparalleled day of enlightenment and collaboration.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Gain insights from keynote speakers on addressing the latest challenges facing sixth forms, including strategies for curriculum delivery, and raising standards through the Cycle of Improvement.
  • Learn practical techniques to enhance student wellbeing and academic performance through dedicated sessions on boosting wellbeing to boost grades.
  • Participate in breakout sessions covering various critical areas such as navigating Inspection requirements, supporting underperforming departments, and implementing effective intervention strategies.
  • Explore specialised sessions tailored to the needs of new sixth form leaders, addressing topics like guiding staff and students through the UCAS process, and teaching effective revision methods to enhance learning outcomes.
  • Acquire valuable knowledge on addressing academic anxiety, developing effective mental health and wellbeing strategies for students, and promoting a supportive environment for overall student success.

PROGRAMME

Introduction & Welcome:

09.50 – 10.00am

Tackling the latest challenges in Sixth Form

10.05 – 10.40am
  • Explore the multifaceted challenges encountered by both staff and students in today’s educational realm.
  • Providing up-to-the-minute insights into the dynamic shifts occurring in the landscape of the sixth form curriculum, shedding light on recent developments like the defunding of BTEC and AGQ programs.
  • Proposals around the Advanced British Standard and likely sixth form policy changes from an incoming Labour Party government.
Kevin Gilmartin Post 16 Specialist, Association of School, and College Leaders

Break

10.40 – 11.00am

Curriculum delivery and raising standards in school The Cycle of improvement

11.00 – 11.40pm
  • Knowledge mastery: acquisition, retrieval, and fluency.
  • Knowledge application: setting work, marking and feedback.
  • Creating a structure for independent work.
  • Leadership: what information do you need and when.
Katharine Radice Parkside Community College

Boosting wellbeing to boost grades

11.40– 12.20pm
  • The session will encompass a comprehensive approach to fostering student development by empowering them to enhance their emotional progress and cultivate positive habits.
  • The session will focus on nurturing emotional intelligence in students, guiding them in utilising their mindset effectively to improve time management, attention management and mental health management.
  • It will include practical tools for solving problems, cultivating healthy attitudes, and navigating competing priorities. Emphasis will be placed on continuous monitoring and adapting of goals in alignment with these principles
Martin Griffin Co-author, The A-Level Mindset (2016), The Student Mindset (2018)

Breakout Strand 1

12.20– 1.00pm

1A: Inspections within your Sixth Form

By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify what inspectors look for in Outstanding Sixth Form provision.
  • Focus on strategies for achieving an outstanding rating.
  • Prepare for inspection and present evidence to best effect.
  • Confidently answer inspectors’ questions.
Marina Gaze HMI Ofsted Inspector

1B: Supporting underperforming Departments

  • Identifying why a department is underperforming.
  • Supporting a team’s improvement through quality assurance, performance management and professional development.
  • What a successful department looks like in practice.
Matt Bromley Education Journalist, Author, and Advisor

1C: Academic Intervention

  • Psycho-socio-emotional: The humanistic view on intervention
  • Coherent tracking opportunities: leveraging reporting and tutoring systems.
  • Data, but not for data’s sake – how are we using, and tracking, pupil data?
  • Support+: A coaching/mentoring approach case study.
  • How can we measure success?
Marcus Sharrad Director of Coaching & Mentoring, Marlborough College

Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Breakout Strand 2

2.00pm – 2.40pm

2A: Supporting students to develop effective mental health and wellbeing strategies

  • Why wellbeing should be at the heart of your school culture.
  • Creating a school community that prioritises wellbeing.
  • Supporting pupils to learn and adopt effective strategies to benefit their mental health and wellbeing.
  • How do we know what’s working? Monitoring, measuring, and evaluating progress.
Alice Newton-Leeming Founder, and director of Mental Health Learning

2B: Inspections within your Sixth Form

By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify what inspectors look for in Outstanding Sixth Form provision.
  • Focus on strategies for achieving an outstanding rating.
  • Prepare for inspection and present evidence to best effect.
  • Confidently answer inspectors’ questions.
Marina Gaze HMI Ofsted Inspector

2C: Raising Attainment: Developing a Departmental Culture of High Achievement, High Expectations & High Reward

  • What is effective revision?
  • How to explain the psychology of revision to Sixth Form Students.
  • Practical experiments you can use with students.
  • How to support students with exam anxiety.
  • Getting HODs to support your whole school revision message.
Ben Stephenson Director of Sixth Form, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham

Break

2.40pm – 3.00pm

Breakout Strand 3

3.00pm – 3.40pm

3A: Supporting staff and students with UCAS

  • Getting to grips with the latest changes to the UCAS system.
  • How to deliver effective personal statement advice.
  • Managing references and how staff can make this as easy as possible.
  • Predicted grades and parental involvement.
Ben Stephenson Director of Sixth Form, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham

3B: Dealing with Academic Anxiety

  • Recognising the symptoms and helping students speak out.
  • Adjustments within school that can really help.
  • Communicating with families: helping the families understand how to help.
Katharine Radice Parkside Community College

3C: New to Sixth Form Leadership

  • Getting the basics right; Effectively Managing Pressures of 6th form leadership
  • Helping them become future-ready; Broadening your vision to support knowledge and skills development.
  • Teacher or Coach; Managing the changing relationships with students.
  • Engaging your team; it’s a long, lonely road without them.
Tim Hudson Leadership and development expert, trainer, and consultant

If you would like more information or to discuss this conference further with our CPD team get in touch on 01625 532974 or click below.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Kevin Gilmartin Post 16 Specialist, Association of School and College Leaders. In this role, he provides the latest support and advice to heads of sixth form in schools and colleges and to other members wanting clarification over the latest government policies and plans for the post-16 sector. Kevin’s work with the DfE in this area has made him a national figure in the debate over the future shape of the 1619 landscape. Kevin also represents members in talks with the DfE over 16-19 performance measures, with UCAS over developments in university admissions, and with the Careers and Enterprise company over CEIAG and student destinations. Prior to joining ASCL, Kevin spent 30 years working in post-16 education, including secondary schools and FE colleges, before finishing his teaching career as a sixth form principal.

Katharine Radice is an education consultant specialising in dispositions which facilitate academic progress and personal growth.  Katharine has a broad range of experience: she has taught in independent and maintained sector schools and at undergraduate university level.  She has worked in mixed, single-sex, boarding and day schools and studied adolescent development at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.  She brings to the sessions her practical perspective on classroom teaching, middle and senior management roles.  Previous attendees have described her training sessions as inspiring, thought-provoking, full of practical advice and engaging.

 

Martin Griffin has 20 years’ experience teaching GCSE and post-16 students in colleges as a sixthform teacher, head of faculty, assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher. He was the director of sixth form at a twice Ofsted-outstanding comprehensive sixth form where student progress was among the top 10 per cent in the country. He spent much of his time teaching A-Levels and GCSEs and testing tools for study skill development. Over the last five years has worked with more than a hundred colleges and schools to develop effective non-cognitive skill development systems. He is the co-author of the A-Level Mindset (Crown House, 2016) The GCSE Mindset (Crown House, 2017) and The Student Mindset (Crown House, 2018).

Since leaving full-time employment with Ofsted in 2015 Marina Gaze has specialised in supporting education leaders to rapidly improve their provision. She has 25 years’ inspection experience and is a current Ofsted inspector. As Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills, she was responsible for inspection policy and methodology. She developed and delivered Ofsted’s Masters’ Degrees in Inspection and Regulation with the University of Warwick and with the Institute of Education. She holds several board positions and helps boards learn how to support, challenge and work effectively. She is in strong demand as a speaker, trainer, and coach

Matt Bromley is an education journalist, author, and advisor with twenty five years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and academy principal, further education college vice principal, and multi-academy trust director. Matt is a public speaker, trainer, initial teacher training lecturer, and school improvement advisor. He remains a practising teacher, currently working in secondary, FE and HE settings. Matt writes for various magazines, is the author of numerous best-selling books on education, and co-hosts an award-winning podcast.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Heads of MATs and Trust Alliances
  • Heads of Sixth Form Colleges
  • Leaders of Sixth Forms
  • Headteachers, Vice Principals, Deputy Principals
  • Leaders of Higher Education PGCSE courses

Description

CONFERENCE AIMS

We are excited to present the Sixth Form Leadership Conference, designed to inspire and inform sixth form leaders and educators.

Our conference highlights critical priorities and contemporary issues, such as cultivating a curriculum that surpasses traditional academic standards, enhancing the quality of students’ personal development to drive academic success, navigating the UCAS Process, and exploring numerous other focal points.

Featuring renowned speakers in the field of education, this event promises invaluable insights and networking opportunities. Join us for an unparalleled day of enlightenment and collaboration.


BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Gain insights from keynote speakers on addressing the latest challenges facing sixth forms, including strategies for curriculum delivery, and raising standards through the Cycle of Improvement.
  • Learn practical techniques to enhance student wellbeing and academic performance through dedicated sessions on boosting wellbeing to boost grades.
  • Participate in breakout sessions covering various critical areas such as navigating Inspection requirements, supporting underperforming departments, and implementing effective intervention strategies.
  • Explore specialised sessions tailored to the needs of new sixth form leaders, addressing topics like guiding staff and students through the UCAS process, and teaching effective revision methods to enhance learning outcomes.
  • Acquire valuable knowledge on addressing academic anxiety, developing effective mental health and wellbeing strategies for students, and promoting a supportive environment for overall student success.

PROGRAMME

Introduction & Welcome:

09.50 – 10.00am


Tackling the latest challenges in Sixth Form

10.05 – 10.40am

  • Explore the multifaceted challenges encountered by both staff and students in today’s educational realm.
  • Providing up-to-the-minute insights into the dynamic shifts occurring in the landscape of the sixth form curriculum, shedding light on recent developments like the defunding of BTEC and AGQ programs.
  • Proposals around the Advanced British Standard and likely sixth form policy changes from an incoming Labour Party government.

Kevin Gilmartin Post 16 Specialist, Association of School, and College Leaders


Break

10.40 – 11.00am


Curriculum delivery and raising standards in school The Cycle of improvement

11.00 – 11.40pm

  • Knowledge mastery: acquisition, retrieval, and fluency.
  • Knowledge application: setting work, marking and feedback.
  • Creating a structure for independent work.
  • Leadership: what information do you need and when.

Katharine Radice Parkside Community College


Boosting wellbeing to boost grades

11.40– 12.20pm

  • The session will encompass a comprehensive approach to fostering student development by empowering them to enhance their emotional progress and cultivate positive habits.
  • The session will focus on nurturing emotional intelligence in students, guiding them in utilising their mindset effectively to improve time management, attention management and mental health management.
  • It will include practical tools for solving problems, cultivating healthy attitudes, and navigating competing priorities. Emphasis will be placed on continuous monitoring and adapting of goals in alignment with these principles

Martin Griffin Co-author, The A-Level Mindset (2016), The Student Mindset (2018)


Breakout Strand 1

12.20– 1.00pm

1A: Inspections within your Sixth Form

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify what inspectors look for in Outstanding Sixth Form provision.
  • Focus on strategies for achieving an outstanding rating.
  • Prepare for inspection and present evidence to best effect.
  • Confidently answer inspectors’ questions.

Marina Gaze HMI Ofsted Inspector


1B: Supporting underperforming Departments

  • Identifying why a department is underperforming.
  • Supporting a team’s improvement through quality assurance, performance management and professional development.
  • What a successful department looks like in practice.

Matt Bromley Education Journalist, Author, and Advisor


1C: Academic Intervention

  • Psycho-socio-emotional: The humanistic view on intervention
  • Coherent tracking opportunities: leveraging reporting and tutoring systems.
  • Data, but not for data’s sake – how are we using, and tracking, pupil data?
  • Support+: A coaching/mentoring approach case study.
  • How can we measure success?

Marcus Sharrad Director of Coaching & Mentoring, Marlborough College


Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm


Breakout Strand 2

2.00pm – 2.40pm

2A: Supporting students to develop effective mental health and wellbeing strategies

  • Why wellbeing should be at the heart of your school culture.
  • Creating a school community that prioritises wellbeing.
  • Supporting pupils to learn and adopt effective strategies to benefit their mental health and wellbeing.
  • How do we know what’s working? Monitoring, measuring, and evaluating progress.

Alice Newton-Leeming Founder, and director of Mental Health Learning


2B: Inspections within your Sixth Form

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify what inspectors look for in Outstanding Sixth Form provision.
  • Focus on strategies for achieving an outstanding rating.
  • Prepare for inspection and present evidence to best effect.
  • Confidently answer inspectors’ questions.

Marina Gaze HMI Ofsted Inspector


2C: Raising Attainment: Developing a Departmental Culture of High Achievement, High Expectations & High Reward

  • What is effective revision?
  • How to explain the psychology of revision to Sixth Form Students.
  • Practical experiments you can use with students.
  • How to support students with exam anxiety.
  • Getting HODs to support your whole school revision message.

Ben Stephenson Director of Sixth Form, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham


Break

2.40pm – 3.00pm


Breakout Strand 3

3.00pm – 3.40pm


3A: Supporting staff and students with UCAS

  • Getting to grips with the latest changes to the UCAS system.
  • How to deliver effective personal statement advice.
  • Managing references and how staff can make this as easy as possible.
  • Predicted grades and parental involvement.

Ben Stephenson Director of Sixth Form, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham


3B: Dealing with Academic Anxiety

  • Recognising the symptoms and helping students speak out.
  • Adjustments within school that can really help.
  • Communicating with families: helping the families understand how to help.

Katharine Radice Parkside Community College


3C: New to Sixth Form Leadership

  • Getting the basics right; Effectively Managing Pressures of 6th form leadership
  • Helping them become future-ready; Broadening your vision to support knowledge and skills development.
  • Teacher or Coach; Managing the changing relationships with students.
  • Engaging your team; it’s a long, lonely road without them.

Tim Hudson Leadership and development expert, trainer, and consultant

Additional information

Location and Date

London | Friday 06 December 2024

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