• Date: Friday 2 March 2018
  • Time: 09:30 – 16:00
  • Location: Newton Building, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, NN2 6JD
  • Cost: Free

The theme of our Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference for 2018 is ‘super supportive’. Supporting students before, during and after their studies is fundamental to what we do here at Northampton, and this year’s conference sees us extend that to teachers and advisors. Sessions will focus on how we can support you in both your role and in supporting your students.

The conference will give you the opportunity to explore our new town centre Waterside Campus, including views from the rooftop terrace of our recently-completed Senate building. The keynote speech from Dr Jane Doughty CBE, a pioneer in the field of education is not to be missed either.

Please register online for your place on the Conference. For more information about this event please contact Nina Antell on 01604 893332 or Nina Gandy on 01604 893721.

You will have the choice to attend three of the following breakout sessions. You will hear about the key developments within our university specifically and the wider sector, as well as how they can support you and help you to support your students. These include:

  • An update from UCAS, including reference writing and updates for the 2018 cycle – Charlie Smith, UCAS
  • Factors for a successful application, including Clearing and Adjustment – Steven Hamer, Head of Student Recruitment and Ross Sands, Head of Admissions
  • Enhancing student success; a look at how we support students in their transition to university – Rachel Maxwell, Head of Learning and Teaching Development: Policy and Practice, and Kate Coulson, Head of Learning Development
  • An update from Student Finance England; an overview of Student Finance England 2018/19 policy updates, focusing on the new developments in Student Finance – Ahmar Ehsan, Funding Information Partners Account Manager from the Student Loans Company
  • An overview of the Latest Inspection Arrangements for Schools: Delegates will gain a good understanding of inspection requirements for schools, including how schools are judged and graded and what the key areas for school inspections include – Richard Sutton, School Improvement Adviser
  • Supporting Heads of Sixth to develop their post 16 SEF. This session will focus on the importance of having an accurate SEF as part of a school improvement framework and will explore  and how we can use data effectively to inform this work – Chris Fallon, Education Consultant

Conference schedule

  • 10:00am: Introduction/Welcome
  • 10.30am: Waterside site visit
  • 11.45am: Keynote speech
  • 12.15pm: Networking Lunch  – opportunity to chat with our speakers face-to-face.
  • 1.15-3.50pm: Breakout sessions
  • 4:00pm: Closing remarks

Jane Doughty

In recent years, Jane’s work has focused on improving pupil outcomes through designing, developing, and delivering leadership development, evaluation work and influencing government policy. For example, on behalf of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, she designed the structure, content and qualifications for a new ‘Leadership Curriculum’ for all school leaders – middle leaders, senior leaders and those aspiring to be head teachers.

Jane has advised international groups including leaders from India, Taiwan, Zambia, Thailand and more, to adapt the National Professional Qualification for Headship programme for different countries’ contexts. She has also been responsible for countless other leadership projects over the years, such as the review and development of National Standards for Head Teachers in 2003/2004.

Prior to her work for the National College, Jane has worked as Senior Inspector with the Northamptonshire Inspection and Advisory Centre, as an Ofsted inspector, and she was the Head teacher of Duston Upper School for 10 years.

Jane’s well-deserved CBE in 2014 was awarded for her services to education through her role as Director: Design and Development of leadership programmes at the National College. We look forward to welcoming her for the keynote speech at this conference.