ATLP CEO joins Baroness Estelle Morris and Lord David Blunkett at Education Festival

Richard Gill, Chair of the Teaching Schools Council and CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, is among the high number of prominent leaders at Sheffield Hallam University’s Festival of Education today.

Aimed at education professionals working from 0-19, ‘The Hallam Festival of Education’ brings together more than 100 teachers, early years practitioners, headteachers, education policy makers and business leaders. The event will focus on identifying and addressing shared priorities and challenges for education across the region.

Headline speakers include Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, and former education secretaries Baroness Estelle Morris and Lord David Blunkett. They will be joined by Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin MP, the former Schools Commissioner for London, Sir Tim Brighouse, former Coalition Schools Minister, David Laws, and Amatey Doku, Deputy President at the National Union of Students.

Richard will be part of a panel discussing: ‘School Improvement Strategies in the School-Led System.’ He will join members, Dame Kathryn August DBE, Consultant, August Education Services and Toby Greany, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham.

Event organisers said: ‘The development of the multi-academy trust and teaching school alliance models within the English school system have attracted a wide spectrum of response from policy makers, system leaders and teachers. Our panel of highly regarded colleagues will be discussing the impact and possible future directions of these initiatives.’

Speaking ahead of the festival, Richard, who runs a multi-academy trust of 13 schools and one teaching schools, said:

I’m pleased to be part of the university’s first Festival of Education and among so many dedicated education professionals who are all committed to sharing their expertise and looking beyond their own doorsteps, to extend opportunities for children and young people. This event will provide a real opportunity for leaders to share the creative and collaborative ways in which we can work together to ensure that a self-improving school system can flourish, not only in South Yorkshire, but countrywide.”