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Conference 2018

The Medway Network of the Chartered College of Teaching

The Inaugural Conference 2018

12 July 2018 Registration: 9am; Start: 9.30am – Finish: 15.30pm

Culture – Wellbeing – Workload

School culture encompasses beliefs, perceptions, relationships and attitudes that shape and influence every aspect of school life. But it also includes more concrete issues such as the physical and emotional safety of pupils, marking and assessment and how a school embraces and celebrates cultural diversity.

The Inaugural Conference creates an opportunity for Senior and Middle Leaders, Governors and all those who want to strengthen the culture within our schools, to focus on the wellbeing of staff, children and young people. Its aim is to build a local collaboration, bringing together expertise, to create schools conducive to professional development, fulfillment and wellbeing. Click here for tickets


Key Speakers

Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director, Education @HarfordSean

Title: ‘Ofsted updates including curriculum’

Sean Harford became Ofsted's National Director, Education in September 2015. He oversees Ofsted’s inspection policy for early years, maintained, independent and unregistered schools, and further education and skills. Since joining Ofsted as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors in 2003 he has worked in the School Improvement Division, School Inspection Policy and he led on organisational restructuring in 2009. Prior to taking on his current role, Sean was the Regional Director for the East of England and National Director, Schools. He has led section 5 and section 8 inspections of schools in the primary and secondary phases, also specialising in the monitoring of schools in categories of concern. His particular area of subject expertise is in science.

Prior to joining Ofsted, Sean held teaching and senior leadership posts in maintained secondary schools. While teaching, he also had a role as the associate adviser for science for a local authority.


Clare Sealy, Primary Headteacher in Bethnal Green @ClareSealy

Title: Responsive teaching, responsive leadership

Clare is the head teacher of St Matthias Primary School in Tower Hamlets in the East End of London, where she has been working – in one capacity or other – since 1991. She is interested in the application of cognitive science in the classroom; what it tells us about memory and how this could influence how we plan for long term learning.  She blogs about how her school is attempting to put educational research into practice at www.primarytimery.com


Tom Sherrington, Education Consultant - teaching, curriculum, assessment, author of ‘The Learning Rainforest’ @teacherhead

Title: The benefits of making schools more teacher-centred

Tom is an education consultant and author.  He writes the popular blog teacherhead.com and recently published his book The Learning Rainforest, Great Teaching in Real Classrooms.  With 30 years' experience as a physics and maths teacher and school leader, Tom now travels the UK delivering CPD for teachers and schools leaders as well as providing consultancy support on curriculum, assessment and improving the quality of teaching. He is a regular keynote speaker and contributor to conferences and education festivals.



1. Mental Health - Where's the hope? - Mike Armiger, Teacher, Trainer - mental health, trauma, fostering, behaviour @MikeArmiger

Mike's previous roles within education include; Head of specialist provisions, teacher in primary, secondary, alternative provision & residential schools. For many years Mike has worked on projects aiming to support young people back into education and advising on their care.

Part of Mike's current role is developing models of support and training around young people affected by trauma and mental health conditions. Mike regularly delivers to social workers, foster carers, psychologists & health professionals around mental health. Mike is currently working with universities and community mental health teams around suicide prevention.

Mental Health is a passion of Mike’s due to his own lived experiences. As well as actively campaigning for reform, he regularly advises schools and educational provisions on their mental health provisions and targeted support.  Mike is currently working on new projects and systems directed at keeping children mentally well within educational and sporting settings. Mike is also still in schools regularly teaching two days a week.

Outline: In the difficult circumstances and times we find ourselves in, this workshop will strive to humanise mental health and find the hope. There is so much guidance, many demands, limited resources and often complex circumstances with regards to mental health in our schools. Let's strip it back, reclaim titles and definitions and focus on keeping people well.

- Mental health myth busters

- Shared language

- Equal investment in both staff & students

- Wellbeing agendas


2. ‘Why Mark?  An Action Research Project’– Mark McDowell, Head of English, Rainham Mark Grammar School @markmcdowell mrdidactic.wordpress.com​

Outline: This workshop explores the issues of marking workload.  Building on recent research in this area, I explore how different approaches to feedback can have more impact, reduce workload and develop pupil progress.  I will share my findings on the topic from a research task completed within the English department.  I will also share how I applied ideas formulated by reading ‘Making Good Progress?’ by Daisy Christodoulou, ‘Embedding Formative Assessment’ by Dylan William and observations on a visit to the Michaela School. 

This will conclude with a discussion about marking policies in your school and how you can make a feedback policy that focuses on ‘Responsive Teaching’ (Dylan William) and students taking ownership of their progress. 

3. Workload for Early Career Teachers and NQTs – Michael Green, Head of Strategic Partnership, Greenwich University @UoGPartnership

Michael has extensive experience within primary and initial teacher education. He is the Head of Strategic Partnerships in Education at the University of Greenwich. Since December 2017 he has been seconded on a fractional basis to the Department for Education as an advisor on workload for teachers in the early stages of their careers; including trainee teachers. He has researched and published in a range of areas relating to the teaching of primary English, learning outside the classroom and teacher workload. He is currently engaged in his PhD.

Outline: The workshop will explore some of the factors that contribute towards workload issues for teachers in the early stages of their careers; including NQTs and explore ways in which schools can create supportive environments to ensure that early career teachers thrive and not merely survive.


4. Creating a Culture for School Improvement - Mandy Gage @mand2312 and Malcolm Moaby @WhitehillPS 

Mandy began her career as a theatre producer, teacher and director. She has been Principal of The Victory Academy for three years. During that time the school has undergone a remarkable transformation to become one of the highest performing Secondary schools in Medway.  Mandy is the chair of the Medway Cultural Education partnership and passionate about ensuring cultural entitlement for all, particularly young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  She is also a trustee for Nucleus Arts and the Arthur Ingram Trust. From September Mandy will be an Executive Principal at the Thinking Schools Academy Trust leading both the Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School.

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