Lord Robert Winston, Helen Richardson-Walsh & many more present to educational leaders from across the South West
On May 24th, Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Governors and Local Authority representatives from schools across the South West of England descended on the Riviera International Conference Centre for the second Annual Leadership Conference & Business Exhibition.
With the focus set on ‘How to Become a Top Performing School’, internationally recognised speakers delivered a range of pragmatic, thought-provoking and inspiring presentations.
Roger Pope, Chief Executive Officer of Education South West, opened the Conference with an overview of the extensive work carried out by Teaching School Alliances across the South West of England.
We were then very excited to welcome Professor Lord Robert Winston to the stage to deliver an hour-long presentation on ‘Childhood Development and the Disadvantaged’. A truly captivating presentation, explaining how the human mind is expanding exponentially. Imparting experiences and experiments into factors affecting childhood development, he left delegates inspired and wanting more! Lord Winston remained at the Conference until late morning, answering questions and posing for those once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
Workshops throughout the morning included, ‘Ofsted Ready’ led by Jackie Eason, ‘Using Video and Self Reflection to Develop and Evaluate the Quality, Range and Value of our Formative Assessments’ led by Matt Richardson, ‘Disadvantaged Advantaged’ led by Matt Middlemore, ‘Online Safety’ led by Jill Ward and ‘Is Your School Making the Most of PE and Sport Funding?’ led by John Julyan.
The afternoon started with emotional video footage of an Olympic journey to Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Helen Richardson-Walsh was part of the GB hockey team that beat the Netherlands at the Rio 2016 Olympics and was one of only two players to score during a tense penalty shootout. Having started her international career in 1999 at the age of 16, she became the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in Sydney the following year and went on to compete at four Olympic Games. As part of the senior leadership group, she played a central role in propelling the women’s game to victory on the world stage in Rio 2016. Alongside Head Coach Danny Kerry and a close-knit team of senior players, they put in place team values and processes to create a winning culture within the squad.
During her presentation, Helen identified the key behaviours that they had to live and breathe every single day; they created an environment that encouraged respect and support for each other, even while they were battling for selection. ‘Be the Difference, Create History and Inspire the Future’ was their team mantra, and in winning gold in Rio she feels immense pride that they have done just that. Throughout, delegates could feel the passion, the pain and the joy of Helen’s battle to the top, to be the best – an emotional hour!
During the late afternoon session, Jackie Eason, Dean Johnstone and Hannah Woodhouse delivered presentations focusing on ‘Working Together to Provide Strong Leadership’, ‘What Does Effective School Mental Health Look Like?’ and finally an overview of priorities for schools across the South West before bringing the conference to a close.
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