It’s going to be a busy few days for LKMco at this year’s Festival of Education.
Five of the team will be there and we will be involved in eight sessions.
Things kick off with Kate presenting findings from our recent study with Ambition School Leadership of MAT strategies and operations. She will be joined by Libby Nicholas and James Toop who will be responding to the findings. The panel takes place at 11am on Thursday.
Switching from the macro of school leadership, to the micro of individual professional development, Iesha then joins a panel chaired by Cat Scutt of the Chartered College of Teaching with Philippa Cordingley and Professor Sam Twistleton OBE(!) on coaching and mentoring at different stages of your career at 12.20.
The focus on getting the best out of teachers continues at 2.30, when Anna hosts a panel on Making Flexible Working Work with Liam Collins, Iesha Small and Lindsay Patience. From there, she’ll be rushing straight off to join an EPI panel at 3.20 entitled “Government or Schools: who can solve the teaching crisis?” with Natalie Perera, Katie Waldegrave, Sam Twiselton and David Weston.
Our schedule is just as packed on the Friday!
Will takes the stage at 10.10, presenting findings from our major 2017 report with Pearson, Testing the Water. He will be setting some of the key challenges facing assessment, and how schools and policymakers can address these. He then moves to the theme of MATs, on a panel at 14.30 chaired by Naureen Khalid, entitled “Brave New World of MAT Governance.” He will be sharing the stage with Jo Penn, Katie Paxton-Dogget and Mark Lehain.
At 12.20 we celebrate seven years since the publication of our report “The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools and how to avoid them.” Mark Lehain and Laura McInerney will take the stage to launch a follow up report, reflecting back on the lessons learned since the early days of the coalition government. Our Director, Loic Menzies has written a special foreword to the new report which will be launched as part of the session (although Loic himself will be away in the Alps!)
Finally at 3.20, Bart will wrap things up by presenting findings from our soon to be published DfE study of cultures and practices in schools.
However… it’s not all about EdFest… on Thursday, Eleanor will be back in Westminster speaking to an audience of policy makers and teachers at a Westminster Briefings event launching our brand new report produced with Minds Ahead exploring what schools can and should do about the youth mental health crisis.
All in all, there’s something for everyone, so whatever your pet interest make sure you take the time to catch up with our team. They’re looking forward to seeing you!