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The Future of Teaching: Schools White Paper

Professor Dame Alison Peacock CEO, Chartered College of Teaching, is joined by John Dickens, Editor, Schools Week, to discuss the proposals of the white paper and what it means for the future of the profession.  Is it ambitious enough?  Does it focus on the right areas?

Panel of speakers include James Searjeant FCCT, Dr Maureen Glackin, Vicky Parsey FCCT, Sir Andrew Carter, Alal Haque FCCT and Dr Jessica Mahdavi-Gladwell.



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Our Presenters

John Dickens, Editor of Schools Week, a weekly newspaper that explains, analyses and reports on education policy for school leaders.  The newspaper specialises in the world of academies, one of the flagship reforms of the current government, helping to keep readers informed of the latest changes to digging into emerging issues.  The newspaper has won several national awards for its agenda-setting investigations.  Prior to Schools Week, John started as a journalist at a local paper in Slough.

James Searjeant FCCT, Headteacher, Wyborne Primary and Nursery School.  James has been a School Leader for over 15 years, working in numerous London Boroughs. He is currently the Headteacher of a large Local Authority Maintained Primary School in Royal Greenwich, London.  He has obtained the NPQEL and is an Executive Board Member of the Royal Greenwich School Alliance.  James is also a Trustee for The New School (a Democratic School in South London) and a member of the Management Board for the Royal Greenwich Virtual School.

Dr Maureen Glackin FCCT, BA, PGCE, MA, PhD, SFHEA, General Secretary, Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference.  Maureen has enjoyed a varied career in education.  Having trained as a secondary English teacher at Goldsmiths, she spent her early career as a lay-chaplain, RE co-ordinator and SENCO in a number of secondary and primary schools in London.  She then moved into HE, spending 14 years at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, initially as a senior lecturer in Primary RE and latterly as Head of School of Education, Theology and Leadership in which role she retained their OFSTED outstanding ITT provision.  Maureen currently works as General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference, a professional organisation for Heads in this sector.  She continues to be research active where her interests focus on the pastoral interface and contemporary relevance of Catholic education and teacher disposition.

Vicky Parsey FCCT, Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Academies Trust & The Training Centre by Aspire. Prior to taking on her role as CEO of Aspire Academies Trust in September 2014, Vicky had a longstanding and successful career in education.  She has driven the transformation of multiple schools, in both her roles as CEO, Executive Headteacher and Headteacher.  Vicky has extensive experience of working with Teaching Schools, providing school-to-school support as a long standing NLE, as well as working in partnership with schools, Trusts, Governing Bodies, Local Authorities and external agencies; giving a hands-on approach to strategic advice.  She strives to work in partnership with local, national and international leaders in order to improve the quality of teaching and enhance the life opportunities for all.  Vicky has over 10 years experience as an OFSTED inspector and is a National Leader of Education, qualified coach, Fellow of the Chartered College, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, facilitator for NPQEL and has recently completed studying for an MBA.

Sir Andrew Carter, Chief Executive Officer, South Farnham Educational Trust.  South Farnham Primary School has been a Teaching School since 2010 and has recently been appointed to be one of the new Teaching School Hubs that will deliver Initial Teacher Training, The Early Career Framework and the Leadership Qualification.  The Trust has a SCITT which trains 150+ trainees per year and is an Appropriate Body for NQT accreditation.  Currently, it has over 220 schools within its alliance.

South Farnham School has achieved many national awards and accolades and has been named as the Sunday Times Primary School of the year on two occasions.  It has achieved National Training and Business awards and featured in the DfE publication Making Great Progress as one of the 20 highest performing schools nationally. 

Andrew is a National Leader of Education and has contributed articles and features in educational journals; his publication, ‘Financial Management in Schools’, has been widely used by Headteachers and Governors to support them in school improvement.  Most recently, Andrew chaired the Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training, which was published in 2015, and was the Chair of the Employers Group for Teacher Apprenticeships.  Andrew sits on a range of national strategic policy groups including the Teaching School Council and the Regional School Commission Board for the South East of England.  He also wrote ‘School to Academy’, a detailed guide for schools going through the conversion process.

In 2003 Andrew received an O.B.E. for services to education and a knighthood in 2014.

Dr Jessica Mahdavi-Gladwell CPsychol, AFBPsS, MCCT CTeach  FHEA, SENCO, Head of Assessment Centre (PRU).  Proud to be British-Iranian, Jess left her native Barnsley for Goldsmiths in 1997 completing her degree, PhD and Post Doc there.  In 2013, Jess decided to enhance her experience of researching bullying and teaching psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level by becoming a primary school teacher (IoE).  After working in a range of primary schools and spending some time writing and speaking about education, Jess made her last sector shift and is now SENCO at an amazing and innovative secondary Pupil Referral Unit where everyone gets a second chance; she is also Head of the Assessment Centre there and works to find the right next placement for each individual.  Awarded CTeach (pilot cohort) and co-host of That Behaviour Show on Teacher Hug Radio, Jess’ passions are evidence-based practice and trauma-informed psychological thinking about students.  She is currently completing a Level 7 Apprenticeship in Senior Leadership with an MSc in Education Leadership and Management with The NCE and is committed to lifelong learning.  Her current areas of focus are understanding the relationship between exclusion and SEN and the impact of experiences related to protected characteristics on perceptions of behaviour.

Alal Haque FCCT, Head of English and Assistant Headteacher, Southborough High School.  Alal is Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary boys’ comprehensive in Southwest London, he has been a teacher for 17 years and Head of English for over half that time.  He prioritises co-curricular and experiential learning inside and outside the classroom and feels strongly that there is space for heutagogical approaches in every classroom across the curriculum.  As Assistant Headteacher, he is responsible for quality of learning and takes very seriously the role of research and evidence to inform teaching and learning.  In recent years, Alal has been involved in research and training around the Teaching of Race, Belonging, Empire and Migration in the English curriculum.  Alal enjoys reading (naturally), football and opportunities to have medium-sized sleeps..

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Professional Body that seeks to raise teacher status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership.  Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire.  Her career to date has spanned Primary, Secondary and advisory roles.  She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and UCL, a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University and a trustee for Big Change.  Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Chartered Status is growing.  Due to its popularity, the Chartered College of Teaching is providing more opportunities to be recognised for your expertise by becoming Chartered.

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