Please download the agenda from the event here
Agenda 8th February 2016
Key Note Speakers
Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.
At the event Kevan shared some EEF’s research and future developments that Middlesbrough could be part of. His presentation can be downloaded below.
Richard first completed a PhD in Molecular Biology and became a post-doctoral researcher. Experience of university lecturing showed him that he had a gift for teaching and an enthusiasm for making science accessible. Thinking he would have most impact as a high school biology teacher, he decided to train as one.His approach to teaching 16- to 18-year-olds A-level biology at Middlesbrough College involves as much variety as possible to make lessons interesting, engaging and memorable. He uses experiments, fieldwork, videos, e-learning, models, role play, simulations, analogies, learning games – and the occasional poem, song and dance. He has found that performing biology songs and dances helps his students remember complicated biological processes and learn numerous new terms.
Richard has won several teaching awards, including the Salters Prize for Teaching Chemistry and two national STAR awards (Further Education Teacher of The Year and Outstanding Subject Learning Coach). He led his biology department to win a UK national Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Excellence in Teaching and Student Achievement in Biology. He was awarded Chartered Science Teacher status by the Association of Science Education & Science Council UK (2007) and Chartered Biologist status by the Society of Biology (2013). Richard was appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s Honours List (2010) for services to science communication and was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Practising Scientists in 2014.
He has contributed to a long list of national and international conferences and teacher training workshops. Richard has also provided numerous online resources for teachers as well as award-winning e-learning courses for students. Locally he has taken part in several initiatives that aim to generate enthusiasm for science in school children. He also implemented a highly successful before-school literacy program called ‘Breakfast with Books’ that increased academic achievement of ethnic minority and at-risk students.
Richard was recently nominated for the Global Teacher Prize.
Joan Hewitt has been an HMI since joining Ofsted in 2010. She is a qualified teacher and has seven years of leadership experience in two large secondary schools. She has also worked as a local authority adviser. Joan’s qualifications include a Master’s degree in education and National Professional Qualification for Headship. Joan has been inspecting since 2006 and she has substantial experience in inspecting secondary, middle and primary schools. She also inspects independent schools and monitors schools causing concern. Joan regularly contributes to national survey work.
Joan’s presentation from the event will be available shortly.