(7) Conference for Academic Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham, 14-16 November 2019)

This conference aims to:
Focus on the key issues in improving learning and teaching for those who have responsibility for the school curriculum and academic matters.

Description

This conference aims to:

Focus on the key issues in improving learning and teaching for those who have responsibility for the school curriculum and academic matters.

This conference is for:

Academic Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies in independent schools.

Please note: the delegate fee includes accommodation, meals and refreshments throughout the conference.

Conference theme: Educational quality, innovation and continuous improvement in our schools

 

Thursday 14 November

 

15:15 – 15:45

Arrival and registration in the Arcade on the first floor

Coffee among the exhibitors in the Arcade on the first floor

15:45 – 16:00

Welcome and introduction (in the Royal Suite)

John Davies, Deputy Head (Academic), Kingswood School

Melanie Horsburgh, Director of HMC Professional Development

16:00 – 17:00

Session 1: State of the Nation address

Speaker: Mike Buchanan, Executive Director, HMC

Chair: John Davies, Kingswood School

17:00 – 18:15

Session 2: Higher Education panel session

Speakers:

  • Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience), University of Nottingham  
  • Karen Burns, Acting Head of UK and European Student Recruitment, Lancaster University
  • Rob McGowan, Group Director, UK Recruitment and Admissions, Coventry University
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

Chair: Mike Buchanan, Executive Director, HMC

18:15 – 19:00

Free time

 

19:00 – 19:30

Drinks reception for Deputy Heads new in post and/or new to the conference in the Royal Suite bar on the ground floor

Drinks for the main delegation in the ‘Swatch’ hotel bar on the first floor

19:30

Dinner in the Royal Suite

  • Dress code: business dress
  • There is a seating plan for dinner, details of which will be emailed to you in advance, and which will also be posted outside the Royal Suite

Friday 15 November

 

07:00 – 09:00

Breakfast in the Lace Maker restaurant on the first floor

 

09:00 – 10:00

Session 2: Evidence-informed practice and teaching: The research landscape

Speaker: Professor Qing Gu, Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UCL Institute of Education 

10:00 – 10:45

Session 3: Delegate-led breakout sessions (1)

Delegates are invited to express interest in leading a breakout session related to the theme of quality, innovation and continuous improvement. 

The steering committee hope to offer between five and ten different sessions, each of which will run either once or twice depending on demand.

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee amongst the exhibitors in the Arcade

11:15 – 12:00

Session 4: Delegate-led breakout sessions (2)

As above

12:00 – 13:00

Session 5: Consultant-led breakout sessions

  1. Using data for continuous improvement – Evidence-Based Education
  2. Inspection Stephen Cole, ISI Consultancy
  3. Preparing for Headship – Jill Berry, former Head and educational consultant
  4. Teacher recruitment, retention and training – Professor John Howson
  5. Productivity and efficiencyZena Everett, Bec Development

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch in the Lace Maker restaurant on the first floor, with pudding, tea and coffee served among the exhibitors in the Arcade

 

14:00 – 15:00

Session 6: Consultant-led breakout sessions

As above

15:00 – 15:30

Tea amongst the exhibitors in the Arcade

 

15:30 – 16:45

Session 7: Current Issues in Examinations: Awarding Bodies and Ofqual Panel Session

Speakers:

  • Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President, Schools, Pearson UK
  • Sylke Scheiner, Director of Assessment, OCR
  • Peter Monteath, Regional Director, Europe, Cambridge Assessment International Education
  • Richard Garrett, Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships for GQ, Ofqual
  • Roddy Gillespie, Director of Qualifications and Markets, AQA  

Chair: Martin Collier, Headmaster, Haileybury, and Chairman of the HMC Academic Policy Sub-committee

16:45 – 19:00

Optional sessions or free time

  1. Preparing for retirement and life after Deputy HeadshipDurell Barnes

Other sessions to be confirmed

19:00 – 19:30

Drinks reception amongst the exhibitors

19:30

Conference Dinner in the Royal Suite

  • Dress code: smart casual
  • There is no seating plan for delegates so please sit where you wish.  Speakers and guests do have a table plan, details of which will have been emailed to you in advance.

Saturday 16 November

 

07:00 – 09:00

Breakfast in the in the Lace Maker restaurant

09:00 – 10:00

Session 8: Keynote ‘Leveraging AI and technology to improve the quality of learning and teaching’ (exact title to be confirmed)

Speaker: Scott McArthur

10:00 – 11:00

Session 9: Keynote – Employment law, restructuring and dealing with HR issues

Speaker: Jean Boyle, Partner at Stone King

11:00 – 11:15

Closing remarks

Melanie Horsburgh, HMC

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee amongst the exhibitors and depart

An optional packed lunch will be available. This should be booked with HMCPD on your arrival at conference.