Head teacher Autumn Seminar 2017: 'Evidence based School Improvement '
Head teachers (or a representative of the Head teacher)
Outline of event:
Registration is from 9am with the event starting at 9.30am and finishing with lunch at 1.00pm.
Guest speaker: Sir Kevan Collins
Title of presentation: 'Evidence based school improvement'
Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was founded in 2011 by lead charity The Sutton Trust, in partnership with Impetus Trust, with a £125 million founding grant from the Department for Education.
The EEF was initiated in November 2010, when the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, announced plans to establish an education endowment foundation intended to help raise standards in challenging schools, inspired by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative in the USA.
In 2015, the EEF launched the Families of Schools database, a practical online tool which supports schools to dig deep into their data and understand their attainment gaps, as well as collaborating with and learning from other, similar schools. The EEF also launched the Early Years Toolkit and began its first regional campaigns, focusing on promoting the best use of teaching assistants in Yorkshire and the NE.
In 2016, the EEF extended its remit to include post-16 education, aiming to find the best ways to support the hundreds of thousands of young people who leave formal education each year without having achieved at least a C grade (or Level 2) in English or mathematics at GCSE. The EEF also launched the Research Schools network, in partnership with the Institute for Effective Education, aiming to foster a network of schools who will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.
In 2017, the EEF published two guidance reports, focused on improving primary-age literacy. In July of this year it was announced that Kevan will become the "evidence champion" for the government's "opportunity areas".
Kevan’s focus for our autumn term seminar will be around evidence based school improvement. We will also have the opportunity to reflect upon student outcomes from last year and celebrate the excellent work of our schools.
Learning and Teaching Outcomes:
We expect that all CPD will involve integral evaluation processes
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Event Facilitator: Wendy Grundy