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Schools: Education’s top thinkers head for Kent

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2017 - 10:05 AM



Top speakers and panelists from the world of education will be in Kent this month when the Swale Academies Trust hosts Swalefest 2017.



Impressive line-up


The impressive line-up includes Priya Lakhani OBE, Lord Jim Knight, former Minister of State and now Chief Education Adviser to TES Global, and Steve Munby, CEO of Education Development Trust.

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South East England and South London, will also be sharing his experiences as part of a high-powered team of keynote speakers and panel members.


Showcase of excellence

The conference – described as “a showcase of excellence across the trust” – will be held at Westlands School in Sittingbourne on 28 April 2017, when more than 600 delegates are expected to discuss the issues facing education today.

Eight of the schools that belong to the steadily expanding Swale Academies Trust will be involved in what is being seen as a celebration of teaching and learning and will include debates and a wide range of workshops.


Derek Trimmer, the trust’s Director of Secondary, commented: “This event is a celebration of exciting teaching and learning from around our trust. It will be the first of many opportunities for our staff from across Kent and East Sussex to participate, share ideas and forge new partnerships.”

While local members of staff will play a vital role in the debates and workshops, all eyes will be on the impressive line-up of national speakers – which also includes David Crossley, Executive Director of the Whole Education Network – during the keynote sessions.

David, an independent education consultant, is a former head who now also works as an education specialist within the Department for Education. He created the DfE’s RATL (Raising Achievement Transforming Learning) programme.

Guest panelist Lord Knight is a Labour front bench spokesman for agricultural matters in the House of Lords as well as being Chief Education Adviser to TES Global and a former Minister of State for Schools.

The wide range of workshops includes topics including flipped learning, bringing Britishness into the curriculum, sexuality, boys’ underachievement and using artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom.


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