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MAIN CONFERENCE THEATRE
Theatre: Main Conference
9:30 am - 9:35 am | Theatre: Main Conference Chair’s Opening Remarks
9:35 am - 10:10 am | Theatre: Main Conference The State of the Nation
This session will cover:
The policy direction of Government remains clear and there will be more academies and more Multi-Academy Trusts and a new role for LAs. Coupled with rising cost pressures on school budgets, recruitment challenges and potential changes to the scope of grammar schools, the education landscape is set for more challenges. Understanding the benefits of autonomy through academy status is now more important than ever.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Theatre: Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Summit Rationalising Data and Focussing on the Key Information to Drive Performance and Accountability across a MAT
PS Financials will be joined by Phil Norman, Group Financial Controller at the Academies Enterprise Trust, (AET) to discuss the challenges of collating, presenting and interpreting data across their 66 schools.
Over the past 6 months, PS Financials have worked with AET to develop an organisational Management Information Pack using the latest Microsoft Business Intelligence tools. We will focus on the challenges of balancing the requirements of large numbers of differing Stakeholders and the solutions that have been found. PS Financials will show how this work will benefit all of PSF’s customers, with the imminent release of PS Analytics MAT Solution.
11:25 am - 11:55 am | Theatre: Learning Theatre 3 What effect is Mental Ill-Health having on your teaching teams?
With an increased focus on Mental Health and Well-being for young people, how well equipped are schools to support their own staff? Should school staff have access to the same support mechanisms as students?
Together with Educational Support Partnership, Randstad will present a panel of experts to share constructive advice, share best practice, and evidence where supporting school staff with an organised Mental Health Programme can lead to improved motivation, lower sickness levels, and increased staff retention.
10:40 am - 11:10 am | Theatre: Learning Theatre 4 Everyone in your School Could Be a Maths Genius: They Just Need the Right Foundations
In this lively seminar, former Oxford research mathematician (and Countdown series champion…) Dr. Junaid Mubeen will use research from the award-winning Maths-Whizz service to provide school leaders with insight into:
The foundations every student needs to solve rich, complex problems and move toward mastery
The support and practices used by outstanding maths teachers
What education technology offers for schools’ maths teaching (and what it doesn’t)
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm | Theatre: Learning Theatre 4 Leading Governance: The Executive and Non-Executive Role
NGA takes a look at the role of MAT executives and the relationship with those governing, providing a clear and frank discussion of where responsibility lies, sharing examples and prompting key considerations that cover:
Building relationships with the executive
Delegation, separation and avoiding duplication
Chief executives, executive headship, heads of schools & business leadership – what’s what
The chair and the lead executive working together
Developing executives and headteachers to understand governance
Sean Coughlan is an award-winning BBC News education correspondent, who has won awards including National Education Journalist of the Year and the top prize at the Education Journalism Awards for the Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism.
Sean covers education for the BBC News website, radio and television, and is editor of the BBC’s Global Education series, which looks at education from an international perspective.
He has written several books, has been a weekly business columnist for the Guardian, book reviewer for The Times and launch editor of the first TES website.
1:20 pm - 1:50 pm | Theatre: Business, Finance & Benchmarking Open Theatre Cloud Financial Benchmarking – Using real-time Financial Benchmarking to Identify Opportunities to drive your Financial Health and Efficiency
This session will cover:
The challenges associated with existing benchmarking tools.
Just how meaningful and useful is benchmarking, and does it generate more questions than answers?
Introducing PS Financials’ Cloud benchmarking Service – allowing you to compare your finance data to both historic national datasets and the real-time finance data of over 1,000 academies.
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