Addressing the Key Issues

  • Raising Achievement levels
  • Examining the practices that have the strongest effect on student outcomes
  • Leadership strategies, quality and impact


  • Take away leadership practices which dramatically improve student outcomes
  • Be inspired by one Headteachers’ college development from requiring improvement to outstanding
  • Update your own expertise to provide an effective and clear direction
  • Explore new strategies to grow/nurture more resilient learners
  • Find out more about how high performing teams really operate
  • Take away rigorous tracking and monitoring performance systems
DATE to be confirmed
WHO FOR?  Headteachers, Principals
Sixth Form Directors
Deputy & Assistant Heads
Sixth Form teachers
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch


Additional information

CategoryConferences, Leadership & Management

9.50 - 10.00am: Introduction & Welcome: Jay Trivedy Principal, Wyke College, Hull


10.00 - 10.50am: Sir John Jones: Leading Learning in the 21st Century. The future is not what it was - change is mandatory but growth is optional.

What kind of leadership practice dramatically improves teaching and learning and therefore pupil outcomes?  What are the ways to lead teachers so they become agents of change?   With schools’ leadership committed to developing students’ capacity to manage their own learning, this talk explains what it takes.


10.50 - 11.10am: Morning Refreshments


11.10 - 11.50am: Isabella Wallace: Undeniable Progress:

Why should we be concerned with making progress visible?


11.50 - 12.25pm: Peter McGhee: One college’s story on becoming outstanding

Peter McGhee will discuss the college’s development from requiring improvement in 2010 to outstanding in 2017.  The session will focus on key strands of vision and values; teaching, learning and assessment and building confidence in the attention to detail through the use of data.


12.25 - 1.05pm: Jeremy Dry: Marginal Gains: How to Succeed at A Level

An opportunity for Heads of Sixth Form to see what they can do to give their students the edge and to help them become independent learners.


1.05 - 1.50pm: Lunch and Networking


1.50 - 2.35pm: WORKSHOP STRAND 1

Either Option 1A: High Performing Teams

  • How do high performing teams operate?  What are key concepts that produce team behaviours and norms that drive high performance and how can you apply these concepts to your schools and drive high performance. Illustrations taken from elite sport and other world class fields.

Catherine Baker

Or Option 1B: How to grow/nurture more resilient learners

Changing demands require students that thrive on change and challenge. Research shows that growth mindsets are the most powerful indicator of performance. This session will show how to change mindsets for staff and students.

Jackie Beere

Or Option 1C: High Expectations: Tracking, Monitoring and Outstanding Student Outcomes

Outstanding outcomes arise from the setting of high expectations with all students from first contact. The challenge is to set aspirational targets with a continuous, forensic approach to monitoring performance against those targets to secure the best possible outcomes.

Speaker tbc

Or Option 1D: High Expectations: Tracking, Monitoring and Outstanding Student Outcomes

A practical workshop of techniques to create a whole school revision mindset for managing exam-related anxiety and stress, including how to embed memory improvement techniques into teaching and learning, and practical applications of proven successful techniques.

Ben Stephenson
Richard Ebbage
James Patterson


2.35 - 2.45pm: Afternoon refreshments


2.45 - 3.30pm: WORKSHOP STRAND 2

Either Option 2A: No Passengers Allowed! Practice, Participation & Progress from Every Learner

Practical strategies, immediately usable, for;

  • getting active participation from all learners with a “no passengers” approach;
  • encouraging learners to be self-reliant, self-reflective and proactive rather than over-relying on the teacher
  • getting through all that content without over-using teacher talk

Isabella Wallace

Or Option 2B: Developing a bespoke CPD programme

How do you develop an effective bespoke CPD programme to develop confidence in teachers?
The principles behind the St John Rigby College’s ‘Core+’ programme and the way in which Lead Practitioners are continuing to develop bespoke opportunities for teachers and for students.

Nicola Craven

Or Option 2C: Raising Performance Through High Expectations

  • A whole college perspective: raising expectations to improve student outcomes within a whole college setting.

Jay Trivedy

Or Option 2D: Handling Difficult Conversations Effectively

  • Know how to deal with ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ issues through opening lines, questioning tips and interaction strategies
  • Unlock the psychology of difficult conversations
  • Develop de-escalation techniques to avoid aggression and defensiveness
  • Tools to pinpoint the most appropriate conversation – style, tone, language

Steven Burnage

Sir John Jones

Author, international speaker, educational commentator

Isabella Wallace

Co-author, ‘Best of the Best’ Classroom Guides for Teachers, award-winning educator, international speaker

Peter McGhee

Principal of St John Rigby College, Wigan. In Feb 2017 the college became only the third sixth form college in the country to be just outstanding in the new Ofsted framework

Jackie Beere OBE

Jackie Beere Associates

Jay Trivedy

Principal, Wyke College, Hull Jeremy Dry Leading study skills provider, Maximise Your Potential

Catherine Baker

High performance consultant and national trainer for business, sport, professional service companies and education

Nicola Craven

Assistant Principal of St John Rigby College, Wigan

Ben Stephenson

Head of Sixth Form, Easthampstead Park Community School

Richard Ebbage

MSc in Research Methods; Head of Psychology, Shiplake College

James Patterson

UK Memory Champion; Head of Psychology, LVS Ascot

Steven Burnage

National and international speaker and educator