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Data Leaders’ Conference 2019

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Wednesday 20th March 2019 London

SSAT’s annual conference for data leaders has become an unmissable date in the calendar for school senior leaders and data managers.  It is an invaluable opportunity to gain insights from national experts and practitioners and network with like-minded professionals.  This year we are delighted to announce another strong line-up of speakers, each of whom will be addressing key issues that concern everyone with a responsibility for data in schools:

Already confirmed speakers are:

  • Iain Bradley, Head of the Data Modernisation Division, Department for Education
  • Abigail Self, Head of Analysis and Insight, Schools and Further Education at Ofsted
  • Priya Lakhani OBE, CEO/Founder Century Tech
  • Danny Bullock, Assistant Principal – Inclusion, Leeds West Academy
  • Matthew Benyohai, Head of Scholars & Academic Enrichment, Surbiton High School

Topics to be covered during the day include:

  • Latest developments and current plans for ASP, school performance tables, accountability measures and families of schools
  • The impact of GDPR on schools, what we have learned and what we still need to do
  • Ofsted’s use of data before and during an inspection and for school risk assessment, developments and plans for the IDSR, how the data analysis team review schools’ own data and the role of data in the new Ofsted framework
  • How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) not only free us from ineffective administration but also deliver personalised learning programmes?
  • Is it time to re-think much of what we have previously taken for granted such as flight paths, target grades, RAG ratings and PLCs?  How can we how we present data to drive intervention whilst not dehumanising it?

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Our speakers this year:

Iain Bradley heads up the Data Modernisation Unit within DfE where he is responsible for the delivery of the performance tables and ASP.  His area also manages the National Pupil Database and is developing solutions to modernise the national collection of data.  He has spent 3 years as Chair of Governor at an infant school in Sheffield where he has had to be a customer of his own services as well as build an awareness of the other data tools that are used across the sector associated with performance and improvement.

Abbie Self is Ofsted’s Head of Data and Insight for Schools and Further Education and Skills. Abbie has over 16 years’ experience within government in analytical roles and using data to enable effective decision making. Abbie moved to Ofsted from the Office for National Statistics in June 2018 where she filled a number of senior leadership roles including acting Deputy Director for Health Analysis and leading the UK’s response to the measurement and monitoring progress against the UN’s sustainable development goals. Abbie was also instrumental in establishing and delivering the government’s Measuring National Well-being programme. Abbie is excited to be at Ofsted to help build analytical capacity and to support Ofsted’s vision as a force for improvement.

Priya Lakhani OBE former libel barrister, university law lecturer and founder of FMCG business Masala Masala, launched CENTURY Tech in 2015.  CENTURY utilises artificial intelligence, big data technology and cognitive neuroscience to learn how every brain learns, personalise learning for every student and provide real-time data insights to educators.  Priya has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum and an advisory board member to several educational/skills organisations.  She was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, The Mayor of London Fund’s Special Recognition Award 2016 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. Priya now also presents on BBC World News as a commentator on world news, politics, business and technology on a bi-monthly basis

Danny Bullock As an assistant principal in inner-city Leeds, Danny is driven to improve the outcomes and life chances of our young people. In his fifth year in school starting as a computer science teacher, he has been head of foundation school, AP for pupil premium and AP for inclusion. As a TeachFirst ambassador, Teaching Leaders Fellow and SSAT Leadership Legacy Fellow he aims to continue to develop, network and get the best out of himself and therefore others. Danny is now completing his NPQH qualification. He has spent six summers working with inner-city children in New York, USA, working with schools, summer programmes and the social system.

Matthew Benyohai is a former Data Architect at an investment bank and is now a teacher of Physics and Head of Scholars & Academic Enrichment at Surbiton High School. Coming from an industry that demanded data be clearly defined and widely understood, he found the data landscape in education to be somewhat different. To better understand the current accepted practices he completed an MA in Educational Assessment at UCL Institute of Education where he completed a dissertation on grading comparability on intra-school assessment. This work has led him to question a number of assessment practices in schools, from classroom to spreadsheet.

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Wednesday 20th March 2019


10:00am - 3:35pm


£285 (members) £325 (non-members) All prices exclusive of VAT

Event venue and location

Holiday Inn – Kensington High Street
Wrights Lane
London, W8 5SP United Kingdom

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