March, 2017

NEC, Birmingham


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Please find an outline of the topics and sessions that will be discussed at Bett Academies. Please check back for the finalised version soon.

Day 1: Thursday 16th March

09.00 – 09.45

Registration & Coffee

09.45 – 09.50

Chair Person: Opening Remarks

09.50 – 10.30

21st Century Education: The role of academies in forward thinking education

  • Are academies really making a difference?
  • Benchmarking, progress and comparison in academies
  • Next steps in measuring progress in schools
  • Assessment – Effectiveness and reliability

10.30 – 11.15

Academy Progress – Update from the National Schools Commissioner

Opening address to understand the current progress of academies across the UK from the National Schools Commissioner

Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner

11.15 – 11.45

Morning Refreshments

11.45 -12.30

Culture: Facilitating and enabling a change in culture in academies

Understand the challenges in

Cathie Paine, Deputy Chief Executive, REAch2 Academy Trust

12.30 – 13.15

The Big Debate: Multi Academy Trusts – To join or not to join?

  • What does the future of MATs look like?
  • What are the benefits of joining an MAT
  • How school retain autonomy when part or a large organisation


13.15 – 14.15




Break into Steams



Stream 1: Leadership & Business Decisions

Stream 2: Curriculum and Assessment

Stream 3: Multi Academy Trusts

14.15 – 15.00

Diversity Matters: Who is on your Senior Leadership Team?

Hannah Wilson, Professional Learning Lead Consultant, The Harris Federation

Rapid change: Implementing effective measures to transform schools and improve learning outcomes

​Rob Tarn, Regional Chief Executive & National Leader of Education, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The challenges facing CEOs of Multi Academy Trusts


15.00 – 15.30

Afternoon Refreshments



Stream 1: Leadership

Stream 2: Curriculum and Assessment

Stream 3: Multi Academy Trusts

15.30 – 16.15

Teacher led CPD: Developing brilliant teachers in academies

If Some Employers Are Getting Rid Of Grades, What Should An Academy Be Doing?

Governance in Multi-Academy Trusts


16.15 – 17.00

Business Leadership: The changing role & essential skills for School Business Managers

Rolling out models for effective learning – A case study from a Flipped Classroom

Technology & MATs: Sharing resources and making informed decisions



Networking Drinks


Day 2: Friday 17th March

09.00 – 09.30

Registration & Coffee

09.30 – 09.45

Chairperson opening remarks

09.45 – 10.30

The role of academies in achieving a world class education for all

Rt. Hon David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute & former Minister of State for Schools

10.30 – 11.00

The inspection framework for academies

11.00 – 11.30

Morning Refreshments

11.30 – 12.15

Growth in Academies – Attracting pupils, managing sustainable growth and recruiting world class educators

  • When is the right time to expand?
  • Meeting problems of capacity
  • Strengths and weaknesses of economies of scale
  • Maintaining financial control

12.15- 12.45

Inspirational Keynote


12.45 – 13.45




Break into Steams



Stream 1: Leadership & Business  Decisions

Stream 2: Curriculum and Assessment

Stream 3: Multi Academy Trusts

13.45 – 14.30

Leadership in a disruptive world: What is the impact on education? 

Putting teaching and learning at the heart of an Academy

CEO’s Power Panel: Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Andrew Fielder, CEO, Aspire Academy Trust

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive, Norther Education Trust 

14.30– 15.15

Finance & Procurement: What are the responsibilities & requirements of the financial operation of an academy and a trust?

Overseeing curriculum changes to improve teaching & learning in academies

Developing A Successful And Effective Business Plan For A MAT

15.15– 16.00

Learning without Limits in academies

Assessment beyond levels: Advice and inspiration for academies

Understanding The Legal & Regulatory Process And Framework For Converting To A Multi Academy Trust


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