Taking place in London on 21 June, the NACE National Conference 2017 will feature keynotes from Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Simon Colton, policy updates from Ofsted and the DfE, and a broad range of practical workshops led by experienced school leaders, consultants and researchers. Scroll down for the full list of presenters.

Dr Richard Bailey

Dr Richard Bailey is head of research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, the worldwide representative agency for sport, PE and physical activity. He also runs a specialist sport research company, and is currently working with the OECD, UNESCO, the Professional Golfers Association, Nike, and the IOC. He has written or edited 24 books, and is currently completing a master’s degree in psychiatry and mental health. You can read his blog for Psychology Today here.

Tom Briggs

Tom Briggs is education manager with the Bletchley Park Trust, having previously been employed as a mathematics teacher. Outside of work he’s a movie buff, guitarist, avid reader and outspoken maths evangelist. Tom’s session at the NACE National Conference will explore past, current and future trends in cryptography, featuring a working Enigma machine, and offering insights into the environment that allowed the famous Bletchley Park codebreakers to excel.

Christine Chen

An independent primary education advisor and NACE associate, Christine Chen specialises in the pedagogy of English and the growth of more able learners. She has a strong track record of supporting school improvement, having helped hundreds of schools, alliances and federations across a diverse range of contexts, and has led highly successful English, more able, outstanding learning and sharing best practice networks for KS1 and KS2. Alongside Lindsay Pickton, she supports a schools-based English hub in Kingston upon Thames. Together, they co-author and series edit for Teach Primary magazine and a number of respected educational publishers.

Professor Simon Colton

A leading artificial intelligence researcher, Professor Simon Colton specialises in the field of computational creativity. He leads the Computational Creativity Group at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and holds an EC-funded ERA chair at Falmouth University, as well as an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship. He has published around 200 papers, won national and international prizes for his research, and helped create software that can make mathematical discoveries, create art, generate games and produce fictional ideas. One of his best-known projects is The Painting Fool, a computer programme designed to one day be taken seriously as a creative artist in its own right.

Dr Jo Foster

Dr Jo Foster is vice principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and director of Nexus. Nexus is a specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre, and is part of Camborne Science and International Academy, which is the most consistently high-performing state school in Cornwall. Dr Foster has previously held roles as head of science, assistant headteacher and SENCO. She was a teaching and learning consultant in science for Cornwall Council, and has led the Oxbridge-Cornwall Hub and the Triple Science Support Hub. She is currently leading Nexus as a Centre for Excellence in education for the more able and for STEM.

Carl Iszatt

NACE associate Carl Iszatt provides CPD and training for schools, with a focus on coordinating provision for more able learners and developing challenge within the classroom. He has been working in education for over 14 years, in the role of AG&T coordinator for five years, and successfully guided his school through its third accreditation with the NACE Challenge Award. Experienced in delivering training for teachers new to the profession and within a Teaching School Alliance, his areas of expertise include coaching and mentoring, as well as developing action research in a school context.

Rachel Jackson

After working as a primary classroom teacher, coordinator and leading science teacher, Rachel Jackson joined the National STEM Learning Centre in 2012. As the centre’s primary specialist, she also joined the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO-UK) team in 2015 to help develop and deliver the highly successful Tim Peake Primary Project. Her work focuses on supporting teachers to access high-quality CPD and resources which use space as a context for learning across the curriculum. She has a BSc in biology and a PCGE with a specialisation in primary science.

Renata Joseph

A NACE associate and trustee, Renata Joseph is a geography teacher and deputy head of Canons High School, a vibrant comprehensive in Harrow, London. She leads the school’s people and professionalism team, which includes the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance, in which Canons is the lead partner school. She previously served as assistant head at Canons, with responsibility for learning and teaching, and as a curriculum leader for learning at an inner-city school, with responsibility for more able and talented, EAL, SEN, and learning mentors. Her expertise and interests are in pedagogy, school review and improvement, and developing staff to meet the needs of more able learners.

Ems Lord

Ems Lord is the director of NRICH, a teacher-led project providing free mathematics resources for learners and teachers. She joined the NRICH team in 2015, following a role leading one of the country’s largest mathematics specialist teacher programmes. As well as teaching mathematics across the key stages – from early years to A-level further mathematics – Ems has worked in a variety of settings, including a hospital school. Previous roles include supporting schools as a leading mathematics teacher, local authority consultant and as a chartered mathematics teacher. She has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes and is currently working on her PhD thesis, exploring strategies to improve support for pupils learning calculation skills.

Hilary Lowe

A former NACE trustee, Hilary Lowe is now the organisation’s education and Challenge Award adviser. Her career spans senior posts in comprehensive schools, teacher training and university lecturing, and a period as associate dean at the Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She served as director for the Excellence in Cities National Training Programme for Gifted and Talented Coordinators, has contributed to several education advisory groups, and has written and presented widely on the education of more able learners, education leadership and professional development.   

Sue Mordecai

Starting her career as a history teacher, Sue Mordecai has worked in both primary and secondary schools, moving on to roles as head of school improvement in a local authority, associate tutor at Oxford Brookes University, and as an adviser to the International Charles Darwin Trust. A former chair of NACE, she currently chairs the charity’s education committee, and is also a director on the board of a multi-academy trust. Sue has contributed to national materials commissioned by both Welsh and English governments, represented NACE on government advisory bodies, and authored many articles and resources related to more able students, as well as contributing to the editorial board of the journal Gifted Education International. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Colin Parker

After completing a history degree at the University of Liverpool, Colin spent three years working in the insurance industry before starting his teaching career. Having initially taught in a large comprehensive school, his senior leadership experience has been in the selective sector, including 12 years as headmaster of King Edward VI Aston School, a grammar school for boys which for a selective school has one of the highest national intakes of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.  He is the chairman of governors at St Oswald’s Church of England Primary School in Rugby, and has been appointed to the Department for Education’s professional conduct panel.  

Sue Riley

CEO of NACE, Sue has 20 years’ experience in the education and charity fields, having worked on a range of programmes designed to raise confidence and aspirations for young people. She has worked both in and with schools and colleges, and led the creation of a range of services including a Matrix-accredited careers service, pre-NEET and NEET programmes, practical sessions for more able learners, financial capability, the 14-19 diploma and regional peer mentoring. She has also spent time as an independent consultant, reviewing adult education and re-integration into the labour market. Before joining NACE in 2016, Sue led an educational charity that developed a network of 700 businesses to support a range of initiatives to equip young people for the world of work. 

Mike Sheridan

Mike Sheridan took up his current post as Ofsted’s regional director, London, in September 2015. Previously, he was a senior HMI and operational lead for the South East of England. Mike first joined Ofsted as a seconded head teacher in 2007, going on to be appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in 2009. He is a qualified teacher and, prior to being employed by Ofsted, held several leadership roles. Most recently he was the headteacher of a federation of schools. Alongside headship, Mike has worked as a consultant and a trainer for heads and teachers. He has particular expertise in teaching and the impact of leadership structures on raising standards. 

Michelle Spirit

Emotional resilience adviser Michelle Spirit has worked as a child and adolescent mental health nurse, careers advisor, clinical hypnotherapist, HR practitioner, and research and evaluation consultant. She is a Fellow of the CIPD, expert adviser for Skills for Care, and an associate of Mind, with whom she has been working alongside the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma to help those in blue light occupations cope with pressure. Drawing on her experience in mental health, careers guidance, hypnotherapy and research, she specialises in translating complex research into lively, evidence-based and memorable learning, with a focus on reducing cognitive burden. Her clients include companies, government bodies, charities, schools, colleges and universities.

Dr Keith Watson

Dr Keith Watson is the principal for teaching and learning at Portswood Primary Academy Trust and director of teaching and learning at Portswood Teaching School Alliance (PTSA). In his Trust role, he is responsible for the quality of teaching and the extensive coaching programme that supports the achievement of high standards in teaching and learning. For the PTSA, he has been instrumental in setting up the teaching school and overseeing many of the programmes delivered. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Southampton University, and regularly publishes articles and research on a range of educational issues.

Professor Lord Robert Winston

Celebrated scientist, media personality and member of the House of Lords, Professor Lord Robert Winston is known for his pioneering work in the field of fertility treatment, for popular TV series including Child of Our Time and Walking with Cavemen, and for his contributions to national debates on education, science, medicine and the arts. He is currently Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, where he helped found the Wohl Reach Out Lab to increase scientific literacy and aspirations among young people. In addition to his many academic publications, Professor Winston’s books for children include Utterly Amazing Science, What Goes on in my Head?, and Home Lab: Exciting Experiments for Budding Scientists. He is also chairman of the Genesis Research Trust, chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, a trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and the Royal Institute, and chairman of the governing body of the Royal College of Music.

Dr Chris Yapp

A NACE trustee and freelance consultant specialising in innovation and future thinking, Dr Chris Yapp has 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry, with a specialisation in the strategic impact of ICT on the public sector, creative industries, digital inclusion and social enterprises. He is a senior associate fellow at Warwick Business School’s Institute of Governance and Public Management, an associate of the think-tank Demos, and has been a trustee at the School of Social Entrepreneurs. Chris has contributed to books on IT, management and strategic issues, and is a frequent public speaker, with past engagements including the World Bank, British Council, UN, Club of Rome, the Royal Society and EU. He blogs on technology futures for the BCS.

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