19 May 2016

New ATLP chief heads key education leadership event

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s CEO designate, Richard Gill, took centre stage at a very important date yesterday (18 May) when he addressed education leaders from across the region at a prestigious conference in Droitwich.

The National leader of education attended the ‘Through the Looking Glass – The School Led System in Focus’ West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference, which took place at the Regent Centre, Chateau Impney, in Droitwich Spa.

Richard, who is also a regional member of the Teaching Schools Council (TSC) joined fellow respected movers and shakers: national schools commissioner, Sir David Carter; Ofsted regional director, Lorna Fitzjohn; regional school commissioner Pank Patel; chair of the NCTL, Roger Pope, and the first woman in the world to sail non-stop around the world three times, Dee Caffari, MBE.

The high profile event focussed on the progress of the school led system over the past 12 months and examined how collaboration has led to its healthy development across the West Midlands. With a variety of keynote sessions, parallel workshops and peer2peer clinics this provided delegates with a chance to exchange ideas, share successes and voice concerns with fellow education leaders from across the region.

A school led system is based on giving schools the freedom and responsibility for managing their own school improvement, a concept that Richard Gill, who opened the conference contextualising the current landscape within the West Midlands, supports rigorously.

He said:

As a region it’s encouraging to see how more schools are embracing a school led system. We’re seeing more examples of what outstanding practice and school improvement looks like and collaboration is at the very heart of this work.

This was an excellent opportunity for key leaders to share the progress that is being made in this area and to discuss what the future may look like. A self-improving and sustainable school led system is built on collaboration. Given the rapidly-changing educational landscape and the challenges that lie ahead, there has never been a better time for schools to take control of their own destinies by drawing strength from others.”

The conference – now in its second year – has generated positive responses from delegates. National schools commissioner, David Carter, has praised the success of the event. Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said:

The sense of engagement on the part of the audience was extremely high.  This was very much the school-led system in action, and very much the school-led system being very ably supported by the Teaching Schools Council.“

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