Podcast: What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? Marie-Claire Bretherton and Matt Davis talk collaboration.

At Education Development Trust, peer review and school-to-school collaboration are the tenets of school improvement. Here, superhead Marie-Claire Bretherton – headteacher of Mount Street Academy, Regional Director for CfBT Schools Trust and leader of the Kyra Teaching School Alliance – talks collaboration with UK Director Matt Davis.

What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? What does it take to make them work? In this podcast, Matt examines the success that Marie-Claire has engineered, along with her colleagues, in more than 50 schools in Lincolnshire. By working together, they are achieving their aim of making a difference for children.

‘Peer review allows you to open up, show everything and not be fearful of any repercussions.’
‘The importance of the open classroom when it comes to collaboration.’
‘How the Schools Partnership Programme’s peer review framework legitimises those sometimes tough conversations.’
‘The secret to success? Strategically and systematically building trust and building reciprocity between schools. Invitational leadership. Being intentional about creating opportunities for relationships.’
‘The system is quite fragmented – academies, maintained schools, church schools, small schools, primaries, secondaries…: collaboration is the glue that holds all of those schools and all of those individuals together.’

Want to find out more? Matt and Marie-Claire will be joined by Maggie Farrar at Inspiring Leadership this year as they host a workshop on 15 June: Moving on from ‘why?’ 5 practical things every leader should know about making collaboration work.

The session – intended for everyone from middle leaders through to MAT CEOs and Regional Schools Commissioners – will share five insights about the ‘how’ of collaboration at school, network and system level. Drawn from Education Development Trust’s own research, the global literature and three years’ experience working on collaboration projects with schools and local systems in England and around the world, this set of highly practical actions will provide a toolkit for putting in place the kind of collaboration which has the potential to improve pupil outcomes.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE CONFERENCE THIS YEAR TO ATTEND …?

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE CONFERENCE to attend this year what would it be, and what would you want from it?

I know the usual off-the-cuff responses: “a nice hotel room … thick bath robes …  decent biscuits and choice of teas in mini-bar … a good lunch … good opportunities to network … oh, and inspirational speakers!”

 

Maybe you’re not as shallow as me, but even if you are, then I can suggest that one conference you really ought to consider is the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2018, held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, 14-15 June.  With an exciting line-up of over 30 keynote, masterclass and workshop sessions, led by some of the very best thinkers and speakers, this is certainly one conference I don’t want to miss.

 

We often complain of no time to think, no time to meet and exchange ideas with our peers.  This is the perfect opportunity to do just that, so that you return to your school not just revitalised and stimulated, but with some practical suggestions to share with your colleagues.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Andrew Warren

Chair of the Teaching Schools Council

Book Your Place Now

 

Confirmed speakers: Helen & Kate Richardson-Walsh

The nail-biting finale to the Rio 2016 Olympic hockey final provided one of the most memorable moments of the Games for British fans. For the scorer of the winning penalty (Helen) and the long-serving team captain (Kate) it was the pinnacle of two international careers stretching over 15 years. Come to Inspiring Leadership this year and listen to Kate and Helen share their lessons in overcoming setbacks, building a winning culture, teamwork and leadership, the first same-sex married couple to win gold in the same team also reveal how the team changed, life in the Olympic Village, and their views on inclusion and diversity.

 

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Confirmed speaker: Michael Fullan

Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to the latest leadership insights from the internationally renowned author, speaker and educational consultant Michael Fullan.  A worldwide authority on educational reform with a mandate of helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning Michael is making a rare visit to the UK this year to join us at Inspiring Leadership

 

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Confirmed speaker: Professor Steve Peters

Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to Professor Steve Peters, author of the best-selling personal development book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. With a fascinating and multi-disciplinary career Steve’s began teaching Mathematics and then moved on to Medicine. He has worked in the clinical field of Psychiatry for the past twenty years but is perhaps best known for his work in elite sport. Some of his clients, past and present, include: British Cycling, GB Taekwondo, England Rugby, England Football, Liverpool football club, British Swimming, UK Track and Field, Sky Procycling, Masters Golf and World Snooker.

Steve’s keynote at Inspiring Leadership will centre around understanding how the mind is structured and the way in which it operates. By using this information we can learn how to get the best out of ourselves by managing emotions, thinking and behaviours. He may also explain why for fun, he competes in Track and Field Athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and World Records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres. But we can’t promise that!

 

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Confirmed speaker: Lucy Adams

If we are to survive and thrive in this new, volatile business world, how do we lead, manage, engage and support our employees in a radically different way? Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to Disruptive HR CEO Lucy Adams explain why it’s time to break the mould of outdated HR practices and pioneer a new and improved way to work. Drawing on her experience of leading complex change and heading up HR in major organisations such as the BBC, Lucy offers leaders and HR professionals new ways to respond to the challenges of building a workforce in a disrupted world.

 

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Confirmed speaker: Spencer West

Come to Inspiring Leadership this year and listen to the amazing Spencer West redefining possible. With his trademark humour and humility, Spencer spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, to when he climbed, and summited, Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

 

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Inspiring Leadership Conference & Exhibition 2018 : Unveils new two day format

Large conference room

After four successful years we have reviewed the conference content and format following feedback from delegates.

We have decided to change the conference duration from two half days and one full day to two full days. Moving from two half days and one full day to two full days means less time out of school, making it easier for school leaders to attend. The conference will take place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June, 2018 once again at the International Convention Centre Birmingham.

An advisory panel formed of school leaders is leading the development of an engaging, relevant and valuable programme and Jane Creasy will continue to facilitate the conference.

The new Inspiring Leadership website will be launched next week with more information about the conference and sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

Inspiring Leadership will continue to bring together a blend of world class speakers to share their insights into modern leadership, to challenge, inspire and inform our thinking on leadership and provide you with an informative, inspirational and rewarding conference

Registration for the conference will open on 30 October 2017 with publication of the provisional speaker line up.