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09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:15 Keynote speech: Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
10:15 – 11:15 Schools panel session: curriculum, assessment and workforce

  • Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
  • Daisy Christodoulou, Research and Development Manager, ARK
  • Andrew Hall, Chief Executive, AQA
  • John Blake, Editor, Labour Teachers
  • Katharine Birbalsingh, Headteacher and Founder, Michaela Community School
  • (CHAIR) Christine Gilbert, former Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Two parallel panel sessions:Early Years panel session
Podcast available after the event.

  • Anne Longfield, Chief Executive, 4Children
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
  • Dame Alison Peacock, Headteacher, Wroxham Park School
  • (CHAIR) Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor, TES

Higher Education panel session
Broadcast  Live

  • Nick Hillman, Director, HEPI
  • Mark Leach, Editor in Chief, WonkHE
  • Rachel Wenstone, VP Higher Education, NUS
  • Professor Thomas Docherty, University of Warwick
  • Professor Alan Smithers, University of Buckinghamshire
  • (CHAIR) David Matthews, Times Higher Ed
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 13:45 Keynote speech: State Senator Mike Johnston, former education adviser to Barack Obama

Introduced by Simon Lebus, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment


13:45 – 14:15 Keynote speech: Lord Mike Storey CBE, Lib Dem Spokesman on Education in the House of Lords
14.15-14.30 Coffee break
14:30 – 15:30 Two parallel panel sessions:Youth and Children’s Services panel session   Podcast available after the event

  • Steve McCabe MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families
  • Carol Homden, Chief Executive, Thomas Coram Foundation for Children
  • Chloe Combi, founder of Write Club, author and journalist
  • Natalie-Jane MacDonald, Chief Executive, Acorn Care and Education
  • (CHAIR) Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England

Further Education panel session     Broadcast Live

  • Rt Hon Lord Jim Knight, Former Schools Minister and Managing Director of Online Learning, TSL
  • David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BSkyB
  • Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, Guild HE
  • Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • (CHAIR) Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45 Schools panel session: structures

  • Stephen Tall, Editor, Lib Dem Voice
  • Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers
  • James O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Floreat Education
  • Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance
  • (CHAIR) Ann Mroz, Editor, TES
16:45 – 17:30 Keynote speech: Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education



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