The School and Academies Event 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - Thursday, March 25, 2021
08:45 AM - 03:45 PM
Online Event
Virtual Conference


The unprecedented nature of the current pandemic has seen Academies and Schools up and down the country show resilience, resourcefulness, and ingenuity in the most extreme of circumstances. Now more than ever, the need to make sure that our education system is stronger for the future than it has been in the past is a must.

New ideas continue to emerge, such as new platforms, new ways of teaching, new ways of being able to ensure that children from whatever background are able to benefit and this needs to continue well into the future.

The School and Academies Event is built on the premise that education should never be about standing still. Government and educators alike should always be looking at how we can innovate, how we can reform, how we can drive change that will benefit children.

Join us across three engaging days, where those present will be able to discuss and debate how we can build a stronger education system fit for all, ensuring no child is left behind.

Agenda Content

Key areas to be explored across the three days will include:

School Improvement

  • Making data work for your school
  • Successful getting through inspections
  • Creating schools where every child succeeds
  • Developing, designing and delivering an effective curriculum
  • Effective use of pupil premium to raise attainment and progress

Business, Bench-Marking and Financial Management

  • Ensuring effective oversight and governance
  • Using resources efficiently to improve educational outcomes for pupils
  • Effective and efficient financial reporting
  • Understanding funding
  • Commissioning and procurement– supporting schools to achieve great value for money

Recruitment and Workforce

  • Creating world class teachers
  • Attracting and recruiting the right balance  
  • Addressing the challenges of retaining talent
  • Effective leadership and culture development
  • Developing the entire school workforce
  • Creating sustainable pathways to leadership

Technology and Educational Resources

  • Keeping your technology up to date
  • Digital skills for all staff and pupils
  • The complete digital journey: from classroom to staff room to home and back again.
  • A sustainable IT infrastructure
  • A cyber secure learning environment

Buildings, Estates and Energy Management 

  • Effectively managing the school estate to make the most of your resources
  • Addressing Fire Risks in Schools and Academies
  • Releasing the hidden capital in surplus land and buildings
  • Understanding energy and water usage to help maximise resources and minimise waste across the school estate.
  • Using technology effectively to help to successfully manage your buildings and wider estate

Health and Safety in Schools

  • Providing a safe and secure Covid-19 environment 
  • Carrying out effective risk assessments
  • Effectively using technology for pupil and teacher safety 

Learning Outcomes

By embracing the real time challenges, there is an opportunity to create an education system that delivers a future fit for all educators and pupils alike. Across the three days, delegates will learn how to:

  • Ensure that they are able to innovate and raise standards for their pupils
  • Obtain school funding that provides teachers and headteachers with the resources that they need to continue to drive up standards in school
  • Utilise technology to maximise the capability of the core team and support local working
  • Implement an IT infrastructure that creates a positive learning experience
  • Achieve high standards of behaviour.
  • Raise the status of the teaching profession and improve the lives of pupils
  • Create an education system in which teachers and headteachers control the levers over school improvement and parents exercise choice
  • Evolve curriculum, assessment, and accountability structures to raise standards, increase rigour and ensure that every child – whatever their background – receives a high-quality, knowledge-rich academic education
  • Break down the barriers to attracting teachers to where they are most needed
  • Understand the changing roles and responsibilities of academy Governors and their duties as Directors
  • Deliver effective governance to support school improvement and enhance learning outcomes
  • Explore methods and practices' for becoming a sustainable academy and providing a more sustainable environment for pupils and staff



  • Emma Knights, Chief Executive, NGA
  • Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts
  • Katherine Mould, Digital and Remote Education Strategy, Technology and Digital Directorate, Department for Education
  • Lee Owston HMI, Programme Director, School Inspection Improvement, Ofsted
  • Sue Williamson, Chief Executive, SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network
  • David Weston, CEO, Teacher Development Trust
  • Sammy Wright, Lead for Schools and HE, Social Mobility Commission
  • Paul Finnis, Chief Executive, Learning Foundation
  • Professor Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, The Chartered College of Teaching
  • Tanya Arkle, Deputy Director, SRM (Schools Resource Management) Division and Education and Skills Funding Agency & Non-Executive Director at Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust
  • Richard Harty, Dean, School of Education and Communities, University of East London
  • David Wells, Head of Teacher Education, School of Education and Communities, University of East London 
  • Katy Patten, Dean, Learning Design, Ambition Institute
  • Jack Reynolds, Co-Director and Head of Safeguarding, Football Beyond Borders
  • Colin Wilcox, Financial Audit Director, Department for Education

Benefits of Attending

  • Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new, beneficial connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your Academy and School
  • Hear of leading and cutting-edge solutions from reputable providers
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning 
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform Academies and Schools
  • Maximise the potential of cutting-edge technologies to support pupils ongoing learning needs
  • Be part of Schools that continue to evolve, improve and innovate


The School and Academies Event brings together senior leaders from maintained and MATs, academies and schools to hear the latest policy updates across the sector and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

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Dates and Timings

This is a 3-day event. Day 1: 09:00am – 14:00pm. Day 2: 09:00am – 14:00pm. Day 3: 09:00am – 14:00pm.


*Agenda subject to change. Speakers confirmed or invited.


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£249.00+ £13.89 fee

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