Sharing the Recipe for Success: The Role of Teaching Schools in England

Hosted by George Debakey, organizer of the edGlobal community and webinar series.

Presented by Ken Walsh, Associate Consultant, Cambridge Education, UK; Susan Jowett, Principal at the George Spencer Academy; and Paul Hynes, Vice-Principal at the George Spencer Academy.


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The education reforms in England have given schools and school principals a great deal of autonomy. Over two-thirds of secondary schools have now converted to academies and are free from local authority control. New networks are being created and the UK Government has given some of the most outstanding schools a leading role, as “Teaching Schools,” in the training and professional development of teachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.

The presenters will describe how the reforms are working in practice. Ken Walsh will comment on the dramatic effects of system change in England and Susan Jowett will talk about the extended role of school principal and the exciting opportunities she has experienced in leading an outstanding Academy and Teaching School. Paul Hynes will describe what is happening with learning technologies in English schools and how the New Technology Advisory Board, set up by Teaching Schools, hopes to support all teachers in the effective uses of technology for student learning.

Quotes from the session:

“STEM is a key area for the UK. There is an increased focus on partnership between schools and industry in this area. Some is nationally led, other is a local need”

“Thank you!  This was very informative!”

“This was an excellent presentation.”

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About the Presenters
George DeBakey, President of DeBakey International, is the host and organizer of the edWeb Global community.

Ken Walsh, the Associate Consultant for Cambridge Education, is a former principal of two successful 11-18 and 14-18 schools, including a Technology College of 2,000 students. In 2004 Ken was awarded an OBE for Services to Education. He is currently involved in leading change management and learning transformation at several UK schools on behalf of Cambridge Education. From 2004-2012 he was an Associate Director of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and has had extensive experience training aspiring schools leaders, developing school leadership teams, re-designing learning environments, developing learning using ICT and leading staff development. In 2012 Ken led a UK Principals’ Study Tour of schools in Hong Kong and mainland China on behalf of the Independent Academies Association. He is a member of the Teaching Schools’ New Technologies Advisory Board.

Paul Hynes is Vice-Principal at the George Spencer Academy where his responsibilities include whole school learning technologies.  He has previously worked as a national advisor on the use of technology to support learning in the UK as well as delivering consultancy in the United States, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. This work developed into a coherent support offer for UK schools that covered the use of learning technologies to raise achievement (including blogs, wikis, learning platforms, digital video, podcasting, webquests, computer games, augmented reality, student digital leaders and student-owned devices).

Susan Jowett is Principal at the George Spencer Academy, a mixed comprehensive in Nottinghamshire, UK.  The school has received many accolades for academic performance and innovation. It is a Leading Edge School and the lead school in the network of excellence for the teaching of Computer Science and Learning Technologies. As one of the first Teaching Schools in the country, a School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) which awards qualified teacher status in its own right, and licensee of the National College for delivery of the Leadership Development programs, the Academy has an excellent reputation for developing teachers and leaders regionally and nationally. Susan is National Leader of Education (NLE) and an Executive Principal and Chief Executive of the Spencer Academies Trust. In 2010, she was a regional finalist for the Enterprising Business Woman of the Year Award and is a practising Ofsted Inspector.

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