Education leaders come together at Yorkshire’s largest educational conference
Head teachers and senior leaders from across Yorkshire attended the leading education conference, Educated Yorkshire, on Thursday 10th November.
The free one-day conference gave delegates the chance to hear from the industry’s leading professionals on emerging themes and topics.
Opening the conference was Saci Lloyd, author of best-selling novel The Carbon Diaries and sixth teacher in East London, who discussed how creativity can be used to train and educate in a fast paced future as well as the importance of storytelling to inspire younger generations.
The year the event was supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Wrigleys Solicitors, Armstrong Watson and CBiS-education.
Lloyds Banking Group showcased their new Standing Out programme, which works with schools to help them build strong leadership teams. It seeks to increase the number of school governors; recruit senior colleagues into non-executive director roles at Multi-Academy Trusts; support mentoring and volunteering opportunities; and provide pro bono financial effectiveness training to school business managers.
David Rowsell, Education and Financial Education Lead at Lloyds Banking Group commented:
“I am delighted I had the opportunity to meet so many education specialists at Educated Yorkshire and share experiences about how our new education programme Standing Out can help to make a difference to Yorkshire schools.”
“Lloyds Banking Group strongly believe that investing in education and skills will not only benefit young people but also the communities in which they live and the businesses that rely on recruiting local talent. This is why, as part of our wider ambition to help Britain prosper, we launched StandingOut, and we would like to thank Educated Yorkshire for giving us the platform to showcase it.”
Mental health was also at the top of the agenda at the conference; a panel of experts explored the topic of mental health and discussed strategies that can be implemented by schools.
This came after it was reported that a fifth of children will have a mental health problem before the age of 11*.
Leading the panel was Jayne Clarke, Executive Primary Principal at Bradford Academy and TES Head Teacher of the Year 2014.
“As a teacher, I understand the pressures that currently face the education system with regards to mental health and feel it’s vital that we utilise conferences like this to share our experiences and knowledge so that we can learn from one another.”
“Educated Yorkshire gave us a great opportunity to discuss issues that schools are faced with when it comes to mental health, of which staff numbers and training are prevalent, and how strategies can be implemented to aid schools with even the lowest staff numbers.”
The conference also hosted over 70 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology, innovations and services, as well networking and subject specific ‘staff rooms’.
Chrissie Gale, Director of Educated Yorkshire commented:
“We’re delighted with this year’s event; the feedback from delegates has already been fantastic with many commenting on the quality of seminars available. By adding the WIFLEs, 10-minute speaker sessions open to anyone with an educational insight they wish to share, we were able to cover a much broader range of topics for our delegates.”
“We will continue our work to strengthen the reputation of Educated Yorkshire as the leading annual education conference in the North. We feel it is vital to have a conference of this size in Yorkshire to provide education leaders with an outlet to share insightful, forward-thinking information to support and improve the sector in the region.”