Teaching and Learning placed in the spotlight at the Securing Good conference

Date of press release: 
21st November 2013

London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation run by heads for schools to take forward school-to-school improvement in London and beyond, is tomorrow bringing together over 40 educators at its second conference of the Securing Good programme. The conference focus is on ‘Quality Teaching’.

13 secondary schools and 11 primary schools from this year’s Securing Good programme, alongside LLS Directors and 22 consultant Headteachers, will attend the conference to discuss the use of evidence to evaluate teaching and learning.

This year’s cohort of London schools are joined by seven schools from Norfolk, who are being supported by Norfolk County Council and LLS, as part of a larger drive to raise standards among schools recently identified by Ofsted as required to improve.

HMI Anne Welham will provide the keynote speech, offering attendees an OFSTED perspective around ‘good’ schools teaching and learning practices, alongside contributions from leading thinkers such as David Woods, LLS Chair and Former Chief Advisor to London Schools.

With a packed programme, the conference will feature speakers including:

  • Teaching and Learning programmes run by Teaching Schools - Andy Hammond, Associate Head at The Compton School.
  • Post 16 Teaching & Learning and Curriculum – Jackie Valin, Principal & James Draper, AHT.
  • CPD for improving teaching and learning – Sue Higgins, Parliament Hill School.
  • Developing an AfL Culture – Tracy Smith, Seven Kings High School.
  • Accelerating progress in Literacy: Debika Whittington Leading Literacy teacher: Northside Primary school Barnet.
  • Supporting progress for EAL pupils: Kelly Shiambi Deputy Head Northside Primary school Barnet.
  • Pupil Premium: Strategies for supporting learners and progress: Michelle Thomas: Executive Head teacher The Federation of Grazebrook and Shacklewell Primary Schools.
  • The Outstanding Teacher programme: Jen Marsh and Romy Duschinsky. Middle leaders St Mary’s CE Primary School.

Jacqueline Valin, Principal at Southfields Academy and Programme Leader for the LLS Securing Good programme, says: “London Leadership Strategy believe that by Heads leading the system and working together to challenge, and then support schools, we will drive the school improvement agenda.
We want all schools to be good and outstanding schools and the Securing Good programme has been successful in supporting school on this journey.”

Examples of lesson observation will take place and one-to-one sessions with consultant Heads discussing each school’s Teaching and Learning SEF. The conference takes place on the same day that LLS representatives attend, and take part in, the Mayor’s Education Event at City Hall with London school leaders and international experts.

The LLS Securing Good programme works with schools to diagnose key issues and identify key priorities, access other LLS programmes such as Better Behaviour and importantly matches schools with successful schools to share ideas, develop good practice and implement new strategies.

The programme focuses around sections of OFSTED’s inspection but the main emphasis is on the provision of bespoke support for schools.

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