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Lunch & Learn In discussion with leaders of NACE Challenge Award-accredited schools

This year’s NACE Leadership Conference concludes with a lunchtime panel discussion, bringing together current and former leaders of NACE Challenge Award-accredited schools to explore the role of school leaders in creating the climate for challenge.

Led by NACE Education Adviser Hilary Lowe, with insights from school leaders including:

Dr Robin Bevan

Dr Robin Bevan is Headteacher at Southend High School for Boys, an ‘outstandingly successful’ school, and one of the first schools to have gained NACE Challenge Award accreditation for the fourth time.

Robin has a strong commitment to evidence-based practice, applying educational research into the classroom to enhance learning. He completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the ESRC’s Teaching & Learning Research Programme, and is a founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. A regular presenter in workshops and conferences, he has developed approaches on organisational leadership that have been transformational in school culture.

Amongst other roles, Robin is currently serving as National President of the National Education Union and is a Patron of the Institute of School Business Leadership.

Dr Keith Watson

With over 30 years’ experience of working in primary educational settings, Dr Keith Watson is an educational consultant who draws on his experiences as a former MAT CEO, Teaching School Leader and published researcher. Keith led the work on Portswood Primary School being the first school in the country to attain the NACE Challenge Award three times.

Keith has extensive experience of professional development, having delivered training to hundreds of teachers through consultancy with the Portswood Teaching School Alliance and previously as a local authority MAGT advisor. Over the past 15 years he has written regularly for NACE and presented at numerous conferences with a particular focus on effective teaching strategies for more able learners.

He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southampton University and regularly publishes articles on a range of educational issues.

Christabel Shepherd

With over 30 years’ experience of teaching in both primary and secondary settings, Christabel Shepherd is currently Executive Headteacher of Bradford’s Copthorne Primary and Holybrook Primary Schools, having previously served as Headteacher at Copthorne Primary since 2012.

Alongside her roles as a NACE Associate and Trustee, Christabel is a National Leader of Education, leader of the Exceed SCITT English programme, facilitator for the NPQSL, Pupil Premium Reviewer, and a system leader of school-to-school support. She has extensive experience of leading on school-wide provision for more able learners, having used the NACE Challenge Framework to audit and develop provision in two schools, with both going on to achieve the NACE Challenge Award.

Additional panelists to be confirmed shortly - watch this space!

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