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TTSA Annual Conference 2018

The TTSA 2017-18 Conference & Business Exhibition will take place on Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay.  


If you are a Senior Leader in a primary or secondary school there are a limited number of places still available.  Book now using the links below.


Cost: £225 per delegate.


TTSA 'Full' membership schools will receive two free places to this conference.






Torbay Teaching School Alliance is delighted to have secured Lord Robert Winston for the keynote speech at the TTSA Conference on 24th May 2018.  










Professor Lord (Robert) Winston
Truly a ‘Renaissance Man’, Lord (Robert) Winston is a doctor, scientist, politician and television presenter. Widely regarded as our pre-eminent expert in reproductive medicine, Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial
College. He runs a gene transplant research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, where the team have achieved significant advances, particularly in endocrinology, IVF and genetics.


Lord Winston has been Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University and Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Music. In the field of politics, he sits on the Labour benches and speaks regularly in the House of Lords, particularly on science, education, medical ethics
and the arts. He is chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.


A seasoned and popular television presenter, Lord Winston wrote and presented Superhuman, The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Time and the BAFTA Award winning The Human Body. He presented five series of Your Life in Their Hands for the BBC. In addition to his science-based programmes, Lord Winston displayed his musical abilities in Play It Again, where he learned to play a saxophone, from scratch, in five months. He has even appeared in an episode of The Archers, as a fertility expert.


A regular contributor to Any Questions, Question Time and the Today programme, Lord Winston has also appeared on Have I Got News For You, Start The Week and Desert Island Discs. He has contributed articles to all the national newspapers and to journals ranging from

The Spectator to Good Housekeeping. 


Much in demand as a conference speaker, Lord Winston explains how the human mind is expanding exponentially and advocates greater trust in scientists, in everything from food scares to climate prediction. As an after dinner speaker, he is thought provoking and engaging covering his career, his views and his wide interests with a terrific sense of humour.



Download the full speaker details and programme below

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Enquiries from businesses that would like to exhibit at the conference should be made in the first instance to Lisa Toms, TTSA Deputy Director:, tel: 01803 557190/697634.

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Information will follow shortly


TTSA Annual Conference & Business Exhibition, 25th May 2017
Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
Torbay Teaching School Alliance hosts Annual Conference & Business Exhibition, focusing on ‘Raising Aspirations for Disadvantaged Pupils’ across Torbay & Devon.
In late May, Senior Leaders from schools across Torbay and Devon descended on the Riviera International Conference Centre for a day of ‘Inspiration & Aspiration'. Nationally recognised Keynote speakers addressed the issues of costal deprivation, inspiring disadvantaged pupils and raising aspirations across Torbay and Devon.
Dr Jenny Blunden, CEO at Truro and Penwith Academy Trust opened the conference with an overview of the extensive work carried out by the Teaching School Alliances across the South West of England. Torbay Teaching School Alliance has six areas of focus: School to School Support, Initial Teacher Education, Leadership & Planning, Specialist Leaders in Education, Research & Development and Continued Professional Development. Throughout the course of the day, delegates heard from a variety of Keynote speakers, including Jack Russell, Founder and Director of PDC Inspiration; Adam Matthews, Headteacher, Bournville Primary School, Weston Super Mare and Keith Clover, National Leader of Governance.
Senior Leaders also attended a variety of workshops in the afternoon before finishing with moving video footage from pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding. Pupils were able to explicitly identify and explain the positive impact that pupil premium funding has had on broadening otherwise unreachable experiences both in and out of the school environment. Pupils also explained the positive impact on their academic progress which ultimately will lead to greater opportunities as they progress in to further education and adult life. This session was led by Jane Inett, Head of the Virtual School, Torbay. Feedback from the conference was extremely positive with Headteachers taking away valuable tried and tested strategies to implement within their own school environments.
Next year’s conference & business exhibition will take place on Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay. If you are a Senior Leader in a primary or secondary school, save the date and more information will follow in the Autumn term!
“Excellent day, well planned and focused on audience priorities"
Rachael Williams, Head of Education, Learning & Skills, Torbay Council