Following the success of our 2021 events, we are proud to announce the SSAT Summer Series 2022. In the light of discussion and feedback from our members, the series will explore Deep Social Justice in Action: Tackling disadvantage and discrimination.
Events will offer teachers and leaders in all phases a chance to hear from inspirational, influential speakers. The series will offer opportunities for powerful discussion and debate and a space to share insight, experience and practice in relation to the theme.
There are two live online events and one pre-recorded session in the series. In addition, we are delighted this year to close the series by bringing the network together for an in-person event in London on July 7. Each event is designed around an aspect of our theme. All events will challenge thinking, inspire lasting action and equip you with innovative ideas and resources to further strengthen your work in your school communities.
In-person, The Grey Coat Hospital, London
7 July 2022 – Learning, teaching and raising aspiration: keys to tackling disadvantage and discrimination
April 2022 – Pre-recorded discussion on The role of education in achieving Deep Social Justice
28 April 2022 – Creating anti-racist school communities
19 May 2022 – Making a difference to children and young people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or in crisis
Bringing rich insight and experience from their different roles, you will hear from inspiring speakers who will provide the stimulus, research, and evidence needed to reflect on this complex theme. The day will explore the issues, challenges, and areas of practice in our schools and system. It will consider the role of quality first teaching and learning in tackling disadvantage and discrimination.
Read more: Summer Series: Deep Social Justice in Action
This event will begin with a keynote input from space scientist and Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock. This will be an opportunity to learn more about Maggie’s personal story, and how she has overcome obstacles to pursue her childhood passion and achieve success. As someone committed to encouraging young people to focus on and pursue their dreams and learn from challenge, Maggie’s input will enable us to consider what needs to be in place to raise aspiration and build the social and cultural capital of our learners and how high quality teaching and learning can support recovery and renewal in every school community.
An input from SSAT Senior Education Lead Corinne Settle will bring the summer series to a close. Corinne will focus us on our core purpose as teachers and leaders. Corinne will share reflections on her own experience as a learner and what eventually helped her overcome obstacles to thrive and succeed. Corinne will also explain her passion for embedding formative assessment and why she so strongly believes that high quality teaching and embedding formative assessment are key to tackling disadvantage and discrimination in our school communities.
Through inputs and roundtable discussions, participants will pull together themes, conclusions and commitments from the series. This will be finalised and circulated across SSAT’s networks.
To launch SSAT’s Summer Series 2022, Sue Williamson talks to Professor Andy Hargreaves. This discussion will clarify the difference between social mobility and social justice and explain their relevance to schools in all phases. Professor Hargreaves will provide insights into how social mobility and class movement have affected him through his life and will give his view on how we can best challenge and address mobility and equity in the education system. The conversation will also consider how we balance encouraging children and young people to achieve success with providing them with the support they need on their journeys to realising their aspirations.
In this event David Olusoga will reflect on our theme, provide insights into his personal journey and explain how his educational experience has influenced this journey. David will also consider why teaching black history should be part of the curriculum. He will share with us his thoughts on what resource, experience and expertise schools can draw on as they support the learning and development of children and young people and tackle disadvantage and discrimination.
The event will also consider and showcase:
This event will bring together school leaders, SSAT partners and other organisations to debate the question:
What makes the greatest difference for a child or young person who is disadvantaged, vulnerable or in crisis?
This event will also consider:
David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Empire (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), 4 seasons of A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian and is a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC’s landmark Arts series Civilizations. In 2020 he held an exclusive interview with former President of the United States, Barack Obama. David’s most recent book Black and British: A Short, Essential History won the Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction book of the year at the 2021 British Book Awards.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you ‘don’t need a brain the size of a small planet’ to understand, participate in and enjoy science. Her BBC 2 programme, “Do We Really Need the Moon?” showed just that. The programme earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2011. She went on to present “Do We Really Need Satellites?” and was one of the main scientists on Channel 4’s Brave New World. She is currently presenting Sky at Night on BBC 4, Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies and is a panellist on Sky One’s successful science quiz show, ‘Ducks Quack Don’t Echo’. She also makes regular appearances on The One Show, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour and was a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and BBC1’s Last Night of The Proms (2021). Her book ‘The Sky at Night’s Book of the Moon’ (BBC Books) was published in September 2018 and her children’s book ‘Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System’ (Michael O’Mara) was published in 2019. Maggie has recently been announced as President of the British Science Association.
Tom spent 8 years teaching at a Croydon secondary school working as a head of department and head of year. Since then Tom has been working as Director of Programmes at Football Beyond Borders, an early intervention charity for those at risk of exclusion. Tom has overseen the growth of the FBB programme from working with 500 young people to 1500 in the last 3 years focussing on trying to develop an inclusive and developmental programme for frontline staff hoping to realise the charity’s vision on becoming the leading experts in supporting adolescents at risk of exclusion.
Sarah has dedicated sixteen years to working in Norfolk schools with children who experience significant barriers to their learning. She is currently the Deputy of St. Michael’s V.A. Junior School, where Sarah is EDI co-lead, and has achieved The RACE Charter Mark, silver award. Sarah is part of The Diocese of Norwich’s ‘Race and Ethnicity’ working party. She enjoys developing a project to celebrate collaboration and amplify the voices of those working in schools.
An English and Media teacher working in Inner London schools since 2017. She led the Equalities Audit at Eltham Hill after completing her Masters and is now Head of Year 7.
Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for curriculum, timetabling, and Inclusion. Maxine is a teacher of Sociology at GCSE and A Level and is passionate about increasing and ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students.
Janeen is responsible for the collective action and policy and influencing activity of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of 250 organisations working to tackle educational inequality. She joins the FEA from Teach First, where she was Head of Networks. Prior to that, she taught secondary English, and prior to that, she practiced law for seven years. Janeen’s career has given her a deep understanding of and belief in the power of cross-sector collaboration to accelerate innovation and drive change.
Corrisande has been in education for 8ys as HLTA, co-art coordinator and an EDI lead in a junior school. Raised in Norfolk, predominately by her Iranian father, she has always been interested and aware of her own mixed heritage and other cultures. Corrisande believes that our position of being educators is the best and most effective route to making an overdue, systemic change in equity, diversity and inclusivity for our children and our communities.
Katrina currently serves as CEO of Tees Valley Education, a multi-academy trust in the North East of England. She has been in education as a teacher and leader for over 24 years. In this time, Katrina has developed specialist provisions, championed and delivered a range of regional and national music, art and culture opportunities, as well as investing in leadership development. Katrina serves on the SSAT’s national primary board, and she is also vice-chair of both School’s North East SEND/AP group and the charity, Power of Women.
Zoe Morris has been Headteacher at Chorlton High School Manchester since 2015. Zoe is a Fellow of the Charter College of Teaching and holds a masters degree in educational leadership and Management. She has been previously taught on the masters in education course at MMU and spent a period of time seconded to the National College of School Leadership as a Research Associate on the Curriculum.
Erika trained as a history teacher and has always been strongly committed to tackling racism and inequality. She has worked in four different inner London schools over the last 32 years and has been Headteacher at Eltham Hill for the last 5 years.
Theodore S. Ransaw, Ph.D., C.B.T.P. is a Literacy and Diversity Specialist for the Office of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education and, Core Faculty Member of African and African American Studies, and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. Dr. Ransaw has three interrelated research areas, parental involvement, reading identity and student achievement. His latest book Mindful Teaching Practices for Black Male Achievement: A student focused, teacher centered, and research-based resource guide for educators, is scheduled for release September 10th, 2022.
Garry began teaching in inner city Liverpool in 1995, before gaining skills and experience in Qatar, Jordan, Japan, and the UK. He was the Deputy Headteacher of The British School in Tokyo, which gave him valuable leadership experience to take up his first headship in Sittingbourne, Kent in January 2006. In 2008, Garry became the Headteacher of Oakfield Primary, which soon grew in to the Multi Academy Trust that he leads today, as CEO. Garry’s ethos, which he aims to instil in every school he leads, is based around three key values: Respect, Responsibility and Equality. The foundation of his belief is that every child, no matter their background or personal circumstance, deserves the right to the highest quality education, whilst being able to access the resources, knowledge, experience and opportunity that every other child is entitled to.
Gerry is Executive Headteacher of Haringey Learning Partnership, a network of alternative provision schools and services in inner London. Gerry is an activist who is committed to tackling social injustice through inclusive education. Gerry is a Collective Ed Fellow, member of the LGBTEd Advisory Board and part of the Alternative Provision Research Network Steering Board.
Corinne has an insatiable passion for teaching & learning which is focused through inspiring and supporting teachers and school leaders to become even better. Corinne has worked with hundreds of teachers through the delivery of TEEP and EFA programmes and has considerable experience as a teacher and senior leader herself, having worked in schools in Salford and Hull.
Simon began his career as a PE teacher in London in the early 90’s and has since taught in 5 schools across the Leeds and Bradford district. Each school has been very different with each one providing him with incredible experiences and opportunities along the way. He is now in his second headship within the Beckfoot Trust and currently leads Beckfoot School in Bradford. His previous role was as headteacher at Beckfoot Upper Heaton. He feels incredibly fortunate to work alongside a very special group of staff and young people without whom he feels he would be able to achieve very little. The culture of the school is very special and is one of the things that he is most proud of in recent years. Beckfoot is currently graded as Outstanding and has been twice redesignated as being World Class.
SSAT members in all phases can attend all of the online events for free.
Individual event: £225 – includes pre-recorded discussion with Andy Hargreaves
All online events: £425 – includes pre-recorded discussion with Andy Hargreaves
SSAT Secondary Members: SSAT Secondary members recieve one free place to attend the in-person event. Additional places are available to purchase at £285.
All other SSAT members: £285
All prices exclusive of VAT.
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