11 December 2017

Sporting legend and TV star headline learning partnership’s first conference

Ashley John-Baptiste is one of the guest speakers

British Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and TV presenter Ashley John-Baptiste will inspire hundreds of school staff next month at the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s (ATLP) inaugural conference.

The high profile guest speakers will headline the large-scale training event – which takes place at the prestigious Solihull National Conference Centre on 8 January. The conference will bring together more than 800 ATLP teaching and non-teaching staff from nine schools, five children’s centres and one teaching school in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Staff will take part in a range of workshops and sessions as part of their continuous professional development and sharing of best practice. They will also be able to visit a number of exhibitors to find out more about a range of services available to them, including health, finance and pensions.

The VIPs will join fellow keynote speaker, ATLP CEO, Richard Gill, who is an experienced educator and national leader of education with a strong commitment to providing all children with the best possible education.

Baroness Grey-Thompson is one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, having won 11 gold, four silver and a bronze medal during her illustrious 16-year career, before going on to sit in the House of Lords with specialist interest in disability, sport, education, health and welfare.

She said:

I’m delighted to be part of this big event. These are the people who help shape young lives every day, who give our children the determination and ambition to dream, to achieve their goals. It’s great to be able to join them on their journey to success.”

Former X-Factor finalist, the Victoria Derbyshire programme’s Ashley John-Baptiste, is an inspirational speaker and BBC broadcast journalist who overcame a troubled childhood to study at Cambridge.

He said:

Education can transform lives. Providing young people with the tools to access a quality education and removing barriers is part of the challenge these schools are addressing. Empowering learners by giving them the self-belief and confidence to reach their full potential is a joint responsibility. I know what a difference good teachers and staff can make and I’m looking forward to sharing my story with ATLP staff in the hope that it will serve as a positive reminder of the amazing role they are playing in our children’s futures.”

 Richard Gill (pictured) said:

We’re delighted to welcome Tanni and Ashley to be part of our very first ATLP conference. Both speakers represent the values that lie at the heart of our learning community and courage, hard work and talent has led them to excel in their lives. This is the message that we want to send out – believe in yourself, seize opportunities and be the very best you can be, while supporting those around you.”

We first started out on our school improvement journey in 2009. Since then, our family has grown in so many ways and it’s very exciting to be able to launch the ATLP Conference by coming together under one roof at such an impressive venue.

By undertaking staff training and development in this way we can collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other. Our teams can take that back into their learning communities to benefit everybody as part of our continuous cycle of school improvement.”