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 4 Schools
Conference
     2019



GO 4 Schools National Conference 2019
Thursday 10th October 2019
Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.









A full day of 'Inspiring and thought-provoking' keynote speakers.

Early bird bookings £200 per person.

£450 for 2 delegates (£225 each) booking together non-refundable

£250 per person

Non-customers £275



We have the pleasure of announcing the GO 4 Schools National Conference 2019 as part of our strategic aim to work alongside educational experts and encourage a school-to-school network of support and sharing of best practice.

As a provider of training and consultancy for GO 4 Schools customers we have approached several high-profile professionals to talk through the challenges and possible solutions of the issues affecting schools today. Over 10% of secondary schools in England and Wales are actively using GO 4 Schools and we aim to tackle topics such as;

  • What are the key factors impacting on workload and how we can further support schools?
  • How do schools implement, sustain and develop their use of GO 4 Schools?
  • What are the best structures for embedding effective data systems for assessment, attendance and behaviour?
  • How are other schools target setting, tracking, and embedding their data effectively?

By offering keynote presentations and then workshop sessions you will have the opportunity to ask pressing questions, discuss topics with your colleagues and peers who are facing the same challenges under the ever-changing world of education reform.

As well as our keynote presenters we have brought together a range of school leaders who are working with GO 4 Schools in their school to showcase and share their experience and practice to cover areas including; Target setting, standardised assessment and using attendance and behaviour data effectively.



Meet the speakers:

Keynote address:

Professor Rebecca Allen Professor Rebecca Allen

Becky Allen is a Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education. An economist by training and former secondary school teacher, she is an expert in the analysis of large datasets. Her research explores how schools respond to changes in government policy, with a particular focus on school accountability and teacher labour markets. Between 2014 and 2017, she founded and led Education Datalab. In 2017, she co-founded an app for teachers called Teacher Tapp, which is already the largest teacher survey in the UK. Her book on teacher careers called 'The Teacher Gap' was published last year.

Claire Gadsby Claire Gadsby

Author of the widely selling book, "The Perfect Assessment for Learning", Claire is an educational consultant, trainer and keynote speaker with more than 20 years of experience in education and who has worked with thousands of schools in the UK and internationally to raise achievement. Claire believes passionately in 'walking the talk' and regularly coaches teachers in the classroom to demonstrate innovative pedagogies. A leading expert on formative assessment, time efficient feedback and literacy and reading, Claire strives to improve outcomes for all learners and to help teachers to work smarter not harder.

Claire's latest book "Dynamically Different Classrooms" will be published by Crown House in Spring 2019

Gareth Evans Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is Director of Education Policy at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. A former journalist, he was Education Editor at Wales' national newspaper, The Western Mail, for almost 10 years during which he became the only specialist to work alongside four different Education Ministers. As well as analysing, scrutinising and contributing to education policy in Wales, he now works with schools and other key stakeholders to help in its successful implementation. A regular commentator in national print and broadcast media, Gareth's book "A Class Apart: Learning the Lessons of Education in Post-Devolution Wales" was published to critical acclaim in 2015 by Welsh Academic Press. He has contributed to numerous conferences over several years and his current research activity relates to professional learning of the education workforce and accountability in schools. Gareth's blog, Education Matters, is accessible via https://welsheducationmatters.wordpress.com/

Vicky Merrick Vicky Merrick, Data Development Lead for the Archway Learning Trust

Vicky is the Data Development Lead at Archway Learning Trust, Nottingham. She leads on assessment, monitoring and data and has worked in education for 16 years. Vicky has developed and implemented Archway's bespoke secondary "Common Assessment Framework", enabling subject leads across the trust to collaborate and discuss how best to design "common" and "comparable" assessments built on effective curriculum design, tracking progress and targeting need for intervention, at classroom, department and school level.

'Using standardised score approach to assessment across multiple schools'

The Archway Learning Trust Common Assessment Framework aims to ensure in-year assessment is robust, offering further opportunities for trust-wide collaboration, moderation and comparability as we work together towards common goals to achieve the best for our students. This session will explore how and why we've taken the decision to introduce internal trust-wide standardisation and how teachers and leaders across the trust are working together to develop appropriate knowledge-rich curriculum delivery plans and internal assessments which meet the needs of our students. At each stage of development, our primary aim for all assessments is to inform teaching and learning in lessons and the allocation of intervention at local academy level. Through the development of a trust dashboard, the framework also enables senior leaders, central teams and trustees to track and monitor progress and allocate resources more widely as required.

Jo Hockton Jo Hockton, Data Strategy Manager, Tove Learning Trust

Jo has over 10 years of experience in school data management, working at Sponne School and across the Tove Learning Trust. She is passionate about the use of data to ensure that every student fulfils their potential and has implemented and embedded target setting processes to support this, sharing the principles at national conferences. Jo has been an expert user of all GO 4 Schools modules since May 2014 and has used GO 4 Schools extensively to facilitate school improvement and development.

'Target setting'

Realistic and meaningful target setting - exploring effective target setting to engage teachers and students, using the information and functionality within GO 4 Schools and analysing the impact.

Wayne Hill & Jon Bell, St Michael's C E High School, Rowley Regis

Wayne Hill - Assistant Headteacher

Wayne led on the implementation strategy and staff training of GO 4 Schools at St Michael's C of E High School. From using multiple systems to record attendance, behaviour and analysis data the school moved 2.5 years ago to GO 4 Schools. Since that time the school has developed a singular system with GO 4 Schools which allows staff to have a 'one stop shop' for all of their pastoral, departmental, student progress and additional data needs.

The change has enabled staff to have a more holistic view of each student to ensure that they have every opportunity to succeed and early interventions can be developed to support student's progress.

Jonathan Bell - Data Manager

Jon has been working with GO 4 Schools for the last 6 years, he has implemented GO 4 Schools in his previous school and has been delivering training sessions as a Hub School over the last few years. Jon works closely with teachers and pastoral staff to embed effective use of data in the classroom and to support pupil attendance and behaviour. Jon believes using GO 4 Schools enables staff at all levels to engage with the use of data, to support and analyse key strategies at a whole school, classroom and pupil level.

Adele Quarless Adele Quarless, St Michael's High School, Liverpool

Adele Quarless is Assistant Headteacher at St Michael's Church of England High School, currently responsible for Data and assessment. Adele has worked in Sefton for 4 years and was previously Assistant Head in Knowsley for 4 years. Adele is passionate about teaching and has Advanced Skills Status in Modern Foreign Languages. Adele is currently completing the NPQH with Alliance of Leading Learning.

'KS3 Scheme'

Our assessment at KS3 is based on individual learner pathways. Each learner is allocated a pathway based on KS2 scaled scores and the scheme of work and assessment is personalised to ensure each pathway makes secure progress at every level. Each learner pathway is linked to GCSE grades and if they are secure in all assessment points, they will transition into KS4 on track to meet target grades. Within our system we have a knowledge-based curriculum and we test every lesson. Once a week our weekly testing is entered into GO 4 Schools. The knowledge testing adds another side to our assessment cycle and allows the teacher to ensure learners are retaining information.

Who Should Attend?

Data leaders and managers who oversee the use of GO 4 Schools within their school. Head teachers and Senior Leaders responsible for curriculum and assessment from Secondary Schools, Academies and Colleges, Free Schools, Studio Schools & Special Schools.


Programme for the day

Welsh Schools
Registration and Refreshments
Welcome
Keynote 1 Professor Rebecca Allen - Better school data Gareth Evans
Keynote 2 Claire Gadsby - Data rich curriculum
Refreshments break
Workshops
Session 1
Professor Rebecca Allen

Self
Improvement
Vicky Merrick
Archway Learning Trust
Standarising assessment
Claire Gadsby
Measuring
progress
Wayne Hill
St Michael's
Rowley Regis

Behaviour
/attendance
Jo Hockton
Sponne School

Target setting
Adele Quarless
St Michael's Liverpool

KS3 scheme
Gareth Evans
Discussion:
New curriculum
in Wales
Lunch
Workshops
Session 2
Claire Gadsby

Perfect
assessment
Vicky Merrick
Archway Learning Trust
Standarising assessment
Gareth Evans
Lessons learned
from education
reform
Wayne Hill
St Michael's
Rowley Regis

Behaviour
/attendance
Jo Hockton
Sponne School

Target setting
Adele Quarless
St Michael's Liverpool

KS3 scheme
Using Charts in
Go 4 Schools
Refreshments break
Sharing expemplar and best practise - The Education Services Team
Modules
Session 3
Statistics
analysis
Attendance Behaviour Markbooks Post 16 Presentation Wales Assessment framework
Modules
Session 4
Statistics
analysis
Attendance Behaviour Markbooks Post 16 Key actions
Close and conference evaluation
Refreshments break


Meet the Education Services team:

Andrea Whiting - Director of Education Services

As Director of Education Services Andrea brings to the role over twenty years teaching experience; including a track record of improving results in middle and senior management. Responsibilities as a Senior leader have included curriculum development, student achievement, staff performance and teaching and learning, alongside developing shared practise across multiple schools at Trust level. Throughout her career, she has continually supported staff development as a coach and mentor for NQTs and developing school leaders.


Mike Varju - Education Services consultant

Mike is an ex Assistant Head teacher with experience as Head of year and Head of Sixth Form with 12 years' teaching experience. His last role in school involved the responsibility to implement GO 4 Schools, so he has first-hand experience of the huge benefits that the system offers and wants to help others reap the same rewards.


Ian Whitlam - Education Services consultant

Ian has over 20 years of teaching experience as a Head of Department, Head of Year and Head of a 'vertical' house system. Ian spent 3 years teaching in a residential EBD school, and brings experience from being a Primary school governor. After studying for NPQSL, Ian moved to GO 4 Schools instead of taking a senior school role.


Rob Davies - Education Services consultant

Rob is an ex Assistant Head with a strong track record in school improvement. His whole-school responsibilities included data and curriculum and timetabling, as well as having managed major education technology programmes, including the use of 1-1 devices. Rob believes in the power of GO 4 Schools and how it can help take student progress forward.


Sarah Chandler - Education Services consultant

Sarah is an ex Assistant Head and Science teacher with over 10 years' experience in Welsh and Inner-City London schools. She has led on Teaching and Learning and Assessment, working in an Outstanding school and one who made the journey from Requires Improvement to Good. In her previous post Sarah was also responsible for the effective implementation and management of GO 4 Schools.


David Shaw - Education Services consultant

David has 16 years of senior leadership experience, including Headship, working in secondary schools and sponsored academy contexts. His experience includes leading teaching and learning in a newly designated sponsored academy, curriculum and assessment design from Year 7 to Post 16 and governance at primary and multi-academy trust level. David is also Chair of the Board of Directors at a local multi-academy trust.


Christine Bradshaw - Data Application Specialist

Christine previously worked in a large secondary school for 10 years using SIMS and GO 4 Schools to track student progress and analyse exam results. She works as part of the Education Services team, delivering training to school managers and data teams to improve and develop their day to day administration of GO 4 Schools.


Cathy Priestley - Data Application administrator

Cathy has worked in a variety of IT and data jobs, many with connections to the Education sector. Prior to joining GO 4 Schools in 2018, Cathy worked in the Education Department of the Diocese of Ely, where part of her role was collating data from Church schools.