West Midlands School Leaders Conference 2018 The School Led System – Getting Down to Business

On Friday 18th May school leaders from across the region will once again gather for the West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference: The School Led System – Getting Down to Business, #WMschooled.

Launched in 2015, and now the most anticipated West Midlands school leaders event of the year, #WMschoolled will attract the cream of senior educational leaders and decision makers, all keen to tackle the burning issues surrounding the school leadership system. The conference will be held at The Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre in Worcestershire and features Arthur Terry Learning Partnership CEO Richard Gill, Trust Board member Professor Mick Waters and former ATLP chief executive, Sir Christopher Stone (pictured).

Last year was all about empowering delegates to get involved and shape the evolving educational landscape. This year is different. Change IS happening. Therefore, leaders need to be fully equipped to manage the latest developments. For senior school staff, finding real solutions to make positive differences in the classroom environment is crucial.

Organised by the Teaching Schools Council (TSC), #WMschoolled will once again be hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenter Mary Rhodes and will be chaired by Richard Gill, CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and TSC Member for the West Midlands. The keynote speeches will be delivered by Geoff Barton, general secretary for the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL), Professor Dame Alison Peacock, chief executive, Chartered College of Teaching and Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer, MENASA and deputy chairman, Academic Council. In addition, Professor Mick Waters will deliver his reflections on the day – summarising the key takeaway points and highlights that delegates will leave with, to help propel them into action.

Richard Gill takes to the podium at last year’s conference


#WMschoolled is designed to educate, encourage and motivate primary and secondary school leaders, educationalists, governors and local authority leaders from across the region. The Conference itself is also moving up a gear. At this year’s event there will be no exhibition, less time spent listening to speakers and more opportunities to engage with experts in interactive workshops. There will, however, still be an opportunity to strengthen networks in the eight West Midlands sub-regional groups, which will be invaluable in the development of more local and relevant approaches.

Richard Gill, the West Midlands Representative of the TSC and Kelvin Peel, West Midlands Regional Coordinator of the TSC agreed:

In 20 years’ time school leaders are going to look back at the legacy we have left behind. A school led system, which seeks to see every child attending a good or outstanding school, is giving us the opportunity to create inspirational futures for all of our young people whilst empowering the system to do what is right. Our comprehensive Leadership Learning Event will empower senior staff to take their school to the next level.”

The event is sponsored Babcock Prime & Design 3i. Other sponsorship packages are available.

Registrations are being taken via the official conference website www.wmschoolled.co.uk

  The conference is jointly organised and hosted by:

  • Teaching School Council

The Teaching Schools Council (TSC) is a body representing all Teaching Schools and working with System Leaders across England promoting an inclusive school-led system. In a self-improving system, our role includes inspiring, encouraging and supporting so that every child goes to a great school.

  • TSC West Midlands

Representing Teaching Schools and their alliances in the West Midlands. Working together for a truly inclusive school-led system. The TSC West Midlands Representative is Richard Gill, CEO at The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP).

  • Alliance of Leading Learning

The Alliance of Leading Learning (ALL) is an extended Teaching School Alliance as part of the Marches Academy Trust, providing gold standard professional learning to those new to teaching, to schools requiring support and to the exemplary educational leaders of the future – ensuring we impact learners, leaders and schools and drive continuous improvement.

  • The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is a multi-academy trust consisting of 4 secondary schools and 5 primary schools across Birmingham, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. An additional one secondary school and two primary schools are due to join the partnership in September 2018. The Arthur Terry National Teaching School is a Cohort 1 Teaching School and as such has contributed extensively to the development of the system. Collaboration is at the heart of everything they do with the moral imperative of improving life chances for all.

  • Barr Beacon School, Walsall

Barr Beacon School has recently been recognised as an Outstanding school and gained Teaching School status. A traditional school, where values of discipline, courtesy and good manners underpin the drive for academic success, Barr Beacon aims to achieve the very best results from every single pupil and prepare them for the world of work.

  • Bournville Junior School Teaching School Alliance

Based in Birmingham, Bournville Junior School Teaching School Alliance is committed to excellence in educational development. Our Teaching School Alliance currently consists of 19 schools and two Higher Education Institutions, we are developing rapidly as we bring in new partners to the Alliance.

  • Hebden Green School

Hebden Green are a specialist school for students with a broad range of physical disabilities, medical needs and associated learning difficulties, committed to providing an outstanding blend of education, therapy and care. We work in partnership with a teaching school alliance to enhance teaching and learning at Hebden Green School and across the local area.

  • Hempstalls

Hempstalls Teaching School Alliance is a designated teaching school formed in July 2014. Our vision is to improve outcomes for all young people across Staffordshire and the surrounding area. We provide high-quality training that is facilitated by experienced school leaders.

  • Manor Teaching School

Manor Primary Teaching School Alliance in Wolverhampton is an outstanding National Teaching School with a proven track record in training and developing the next generation of school leaders and teachers. We work in partnership with other outstanding providers of education, training and professional learning, including the NCTL and the University of Birmingham.

  • South Bromsgrove High Teaching School

South Bromsgrove High is leading provider of professional development for teaching professionals across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. As an ‘outstanding’ school, we deliver high quality support, training and CPD for teachers in every stage of their careers from initial teaching training through to identifying and developing future school leaders.

  • Tudor Grange Teaching School, Solihull

Tudor Grange Academy Solihull was awarded Teaching School status in 2012. We provide high quality bespoke training to schools around the West Midlands. This includes primary schools from the Birmingham Diocese in addition to another 35 primary schools that belong to the primary school alliance. Specific, tailored school to school support is provided for both primary and secondary schools that require improvement.