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SSAT National Conference 2015: Quality and Equity

3-4 December, Manchester Central

SSAT National Conference 2015


The SSAT National Conference 2015 focused on the two principles that underpin all excellent education systems: quality and equity.

If each individual school, and our society as a whole, is serious about social mobility then we have to continue to close the gap while raising the overall quality of teaching and learning.


Presentations from the event

TimeHost(s)StrandPresentation
Day one
09.30Stephen TierneyAllInspiring quality and equity: introducing the strands
11.35Dr Russ QuagliaClosing the gapsStudent voice and aspirations – the key to unlocking schools’ potential
13.45Steyning Grammar SchoolRaising the barRaising the bar – embedding excellence by placing learning characteristics at the centre of school development
Farlingaye High SchoolRaising the barReach for the stars: Ensuring your most able achieve at the highest level
Sir Thomas Freemantle SchoolLeading learningExtending the school day – widening opportunity
Bluecoat AcademyLeading learningLife after levels – a personalised approach
Tudor Grange AcademyLeading learningRaising standards of teaching and learning through deliberate practice and peer collaboration
14.40Dr Tom HarrisonAllTeachers of character
Darwen Aldridge Community AcademyClosing the gapsClosing the pupil premium gap through entrepreneurial education
Kingsford Community CollegeClosing the gapsThe forensic use of data to raise achievement and close gaps and demonstrate success
Wade Deacon High SchoolClosing the gapsEffective use of the pupil premium and measuring impact
The Rodillian Multi Academy TrustLeading learningRodillian Academy – coaching and performance model
The Duston SchoolLeading learningMind the gap: learning design [Innovative Curriculum Design]
The Galaxy Federation, Oakfield Community Primary SchoolLeading learningPutting the community at the heart of the school
15.55Bay House School and Sixth FormClosing the gapsSupport staff impact on teaching and learning – a joined up approach
Minsthorpe Community SchoolClosing the gapsData at the heart of the classroom
Olympus Academy TrustClosing the gapsCross-phase Inset: developing practice through collaboration
St Catherine’s Catholic School for GirlsRaising the bar(Leading Learning) Approaches to building confidence and resilience – the self-reflective student
SSAT with Heckmondike Grammar School, Woodrush High School and Heathfield Community SchoolRaising the barJourney to world class
Weston Favell AcademyRaising the barHow to develop a creative curriculum to secure progress
Tom SherringtonLeading learningLeading learning: thinking big and small
16.50Guy ClaxtonAllCognition character and certification: can we do it all?
Day two
08.00Dr Russ Quaglia and Dr Lisa LandeLeading learningTeacher voice: are you ready to listen?
Shona MacLeod, NFERClosing the gapsHow are more effective schools supporting disadvantage pupils to achieve?
Dave Harris, Independent LearningLeading learningLeading dialogues about teaching and learning
Anne-Marie Duguid, SSAT and Philippa Cordingley, CUREEVariousContent knowledge and pedagogy: what comes first?
Sue Stirling and Jo Loughran, Time to ChangeClosing the gapMentally healthy schools
09.00Marva RollinsLeading learningEquity in the workplace
10.45Professor Becky FrancisClosing the gapsBridging the social class gap in educational outcomes
Woodrush High SchoolRaising the barDeveloping character through personalisation and practical opportunities
EP-NufficRaising the barRethinking quality: an international perspective. Help! My child goes vocational.
Global Learning Programme (England)Raising the barWhole school development around global and international learning
Andy Williams, SSATLeading learningInnovation using online tools to support leadership of learning
The Clere SchoolLeading learningLeading learning to take a school rapidly from special measures to good and from R.I. to outstanding! (twice!)
Holy Trinity CoE Secondary School, CrawleyLeading learningCreating a culture of high-quality learning through leadership CPL and appraisal
11.40Tim Oates CBERaising the barRaising achievement and progress over time
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar SchoolClosing the gapsSEND: integration not segregation
Southend High School for BoysClosing the gapsLippy Kids: enabling creative young people to flourish through enlightened leadership of learning
South Bristol Consortium for Young PeopleClosing the gaps‘Crafting Confidence’: how public speaking sharpens essential character traits
Chobham AcademyLeading learningUsing lead practitioners to develop the quality of whole school teaching and learning
13.25Neston High SchoolClosing the gapsAchievement for all – transforming the lives of children vulnerable to underachievement
Bents Green School and Talbot Specialist SchoolClosing the gapsPersonalised learning
Corsham Secondary SchoolClosing the gapsPupil premium – getting the philosophy right
South Wirral High SchoolRaising the barPreparing your school for the ‘brave new world’
John Henry Newman Catholic CollegeRaising the barFoundations for success
Homewood SchoolRaising the barThe I-College as a model for moving beyond the theory of personalisation [Prezi]
Ross Morrison McGillLeading learningLeading teaching and learning
14.20Sir John Dunford OBEAllQuality and equity: the twin goals of a successful school

Mainstage student performances

Watch films of truly stunning performances from a number of schools.


Photos from the event


Speakers included

SSAT National Conference 2015 speakersBecky Francis

SSAT National Conference 2015Ian Livingstone CBE

SSAT National Conference 2015 speakersJoan Deslandes

SSAT National Conference 2015 speakersRoss Morrison McGill

SSAT National Conference 2015 speakersTanya Byron

SSAT National Conference 2015 speakersTom Sherrington


Strands within the event

Conference content was split into three strands, all of which promote quality and equity within our education system.

Closing the gaps

Identifying and closing the gaps between different groups of students
Delegates explored ways of systematically identifying, tracking and monitoring the gaps between different groups of students for different outcomes. Attendees also discovered innovative interventions that have been used to successfully close these gaps.

Raising the bar

Continually improving a range of educational outcomes for all students
This strand focused on how school leaders are improving a range of different outcomes. Including attainment at KS2, KS4 and KS5, progress and achievement at all stages, character, non-cognitive skills, employability and life-long learning.

Leading learning

Putting learning at the heart of school leadership
As a school leader how do you ensure that learning is at the heart of every decision-making process? This strand focused on whole-school pedagogies, innovative curriculum and assessment design, student voice and personalised approaches to learning, and leading staff learning.


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