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Achievement for All Symposium

20 November, 2019 @ 09:15 - 15:30

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Achievement for All Symposium

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019
Location: The National Centre for Motorsports and Engineering, University of Bolton
Registration: 09:15
Masterclasses: Rm X0-01, Rm X0-05, Rm X0-24, RmX2-05

Programme

Event Cancelled

On Friday 15 November, a catastrophic fire broke out in a privately managed building in Bolton town centre which has affected over 200 of our students. As a result, a huge critical support and recovery operation is in place at the University that is ongoing and requires many resources.

We need to focus entirely on the wellbeing and support of the many students affected by this terrible incident. Unfortunately, this means that we have to cancel the Acheivement for All Symposium on Wednesday 19 November 2019. We apologise for the short notice and hope you understand the reasons for this course of action.

An all-day event aimed at exploring ways to ensure achievement for all in education will take place at the University of Bolton on 20 November 2019.  The event will be held at the National Centre for Motorsports and Engineering.

Following the success of the University’s first ‘Achievement for All Symposium’ in 2018, the University has once again joined forces with the award-winning charity to bring you the ‘Achievement for All Symposium 2019’.  The purpose is to promote debate followed by action in the Greater Manchester area about the importance of ensuring achievement and social equity for all learners.

The event will be opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kondal Reddy Kandadi. There will be keynote speeches and four masterclasses to choose from in the morning and tickets to attend are free.  They are:

  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor David Hopkins, Chair of Educational Leadership at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Powerful Learning and Instructional Rounds in Bolton Secondary Schools’.
  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity’s masterclass is entitled ‘Social Mobility – Chance or Choice’.
  • Keynote speech
    Dr Pam Tatlow, Former CEO of MillionPlus whose keynote speech is entitled ‘Promoting Equity Through Higher Education’.
  • Masterclass
    Dr Duncan Cross, Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton whose masterclass is entitled ‘Matching and Managing Expectations.’
  • Masterclass
    Dr Sarah Telfer and Dr Claire Higgins, Associate Teaching Professor and Senior Lecturer – Education at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Draw me, Show me, Tell me – Using Drawings and Stories as a Pedagogic Research Tool’.
  • Masterclass
    Hilda Koon and Dr Vance Adair, Vice Principal and Head of Quality at Manchester College whose masterclass is entitled ‘Hospitality at the Threshold – Derrida, Pedagogy and Difference’.

There will be panel discussions in the afternoon about the various education sectors involving Kevan Naughton, Head of The Valley Primary School; Karen Westsmith, Director of Adult and HE at Bolton College; Paul Hodgkinson, Bolton Impact Trust and Dr. Baroness Newlove of Warrington, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Widening Participation from the University of Bolton.

Register and book one of the masterclasses.

BIOGRAPHIES

Professor David Hopkins

Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton

As well as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham, David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor. David has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007). He was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organisation.

Professor Sonia Blandford

Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity

One of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility, author of the influential publication: ‘Born to Fail? Social Mobility: A Working Class View’. Founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 5,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England, Wales, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, South Korea and America; and visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

In 2015 and 2016, Sonia was named in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was among the 2016 Women of the Year. Currently a member of the Cornwall College Board and Department for Education Pupil Premium Panel, Sonia is former chair of the Blackpool Challenge and founding trustee and former vice chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Sonia is currently a leading researcher in the European Agency OECD Raising Attainment project.

Sonia is editor of the Teaching Times Every Child journal and author of 250 articles and books written for Teachers, leaders, parents, carers, children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt Educational and Bloomsbury Academic.

Dr Pam Tatlow

Former Chief Executive, MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities

Pam Tatlow

Pam qualified as a teacher and has worked in education, health and in public and parliamentary affairs. From 2004 to April 2017 she was Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities. Under her leadership MillionPlus published reports and policy papers on a wide range of issues from higher education funding, social mobility, the pitfalls of the Teaching Excellence Framework, research funding, devolution and the industrial strategy to negotiating priorities for Brexit. She has a first-class honours degree from Nottingham University, a master’s degree from Leicester University and was awarded honorary doctorates for services to higher education by the University of Bolton in 2015 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2017. She was elected as a councillor to two different local authorities and was appointed as a lay judge on the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2002.

Dr. Baroness Newlove LLD (Hc)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bolton

Today Baroness Newlove sits in the House of Lords as an active Conservative peer and Deputy Speaker.

Best known for her role as Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England and Wales from 2012-2019, Baroness Newlove championed the interests of crime victims and witnesses; campaigning tirelessly to help crime victims and encouraging good practice in their treatment.

She travelled the country, meeting crime victims and listening to their experiences. She lobbied Government Ministers, heads of the Criminal Justice agencies, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and victim organisations. She published key reviews that shone a light on pockets of the criminal justice system, including victim complaints, criminal injuries compensation, anti-social behaviour and the victim personal statement, always scrutinising the needs of vulnerable victims and urging better treatment for them.

Victims and crime are both causes close to her heart. In August 2007, Helen Newlove became a crime victim, when her husband Garry, was fatally attacked by a gang on the family’s doorstep. The murder shocked the nation and hit the headlines for months.

Baroness Newlove’s experience and knowledge saw her appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Bolton in June 2019, where she provides strategic leadership and is an ambassador for the University’s rich and diverse education.

Hilda Koon

Assistant Vice Principal for Youth, Community, Work and Skills, Manchester College

Hilda has a keen interest in curriculum development and is passionate about preparing students for future success in their next steps or career, and equipping them with the skills to be active citizens in work and wider society.  She has been working closely with the teacher education department at the University of Bolton for the last 5-6 years.

Dr Vance Adair

Head of Quality, Manchester College

Dr Adair has worked in higher education and further education for nearly 25 years. He was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling for 9 years. A move to Aberdeen saw him take up a quality role in Scotland’s largest FE provider where one of his key responsibilities was leading a review of pedagogy in preparation for the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. He moved to Manchester four years ago and he continues to pursue his research interests in literature, education and critical theory.

Chris Bingley

Assistant Head Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

Chris is a teacher of Physical Education by trade and was previously Head of Year 7. The launch of the Standard for Teachers Professional Development (2016) was the catalyst for his secondment into the world of Continued Professional Development and Learning.  Since then, Chris has used his passion for the core business of curriculum, assessment and pedagogical practice to build a culture of professional enquiry at Thornleigh that puts learning at the centre – for both the student and the teacher.  Chris also sits on the Bolton Learning Partnership Teaching and Learning hub.  In this role, he has contributed to the production of the Let Learning Fly CPD guide as well as producing a case study for the KS3 Stepping Stones programme.

Andrew Fell

Head Teacher, Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk

Andrew Fell started his teaching career 30 years ago teaching children with learning difficulties in Special Schools and after teaching in Bermuda for several years came back to work in the UK. Andrew has taught in a variety of different schools in East Anglia and has been a head teacher in two different High Schools over the last 13 years. During this time, he worked with Professor David Hopkins in a multi-academy Trust, who is his Doctoral Supervisor at the University of Bolton, the focus of the research being the relationship between high quality teaching and outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, he has undertaken school improvement work in Ghana, working closely with schools in the Ashanti region.

Kevan Naughton

Head Teacher, The Valley Community Primary School, Bolton

Kevan currently leads an outstanding school in Bolton, which has maintained their status over many years, whilst supporting many schools who are often in difficult circumstances. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2016 and is currently active in developing The Tailored Support Programme, which focusses on specific recruitment and retention strategies.  Having also worked as a School Improvement Partner for Bolton Local Authority, Kevan brings with him an in depth knowledge of not only how to improve schools, but also make these improvements sustainable in the long term, whilst building true capacity.

Paul Hodgkinson

Executive Principal, Bolton Impact Trust

Paul started working at Youth Challenge Pupil Referral Unit in 1997 and held numerous positions there. He started as a voluntary mentor before becoming a class teacher and eventually the Teacher in Charge in 2003. During his time as Teacher in Charge, Youth Challenge was twice judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. Paul became the Manager of the Bolton Pupil Referral Service in 2010 and supervised the federation of all of Bolton’s PRUs. In 2014 he also become the Interim Executive Headteacher of Lever Park School. He worked with the staff team on a Rapid Improvement Plan, which eventually resulted in the School being moved out of Special Measures in 2016.

Paul has advised the DfE, Local Authorities and Schools on Leadership, Behaviour Management Strategy, Alternative Provision funding and Governance. In 2016 he became the new Executive Principal of the Bolton Impact Trust. In 2019 Paul was elected to the National Executive Board of the Association for Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Units and also became the Chair of the Bolton Learning Alliance.

Dr Duncan Cross

Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton

Dr Duncan Cross is an Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton. Duncan is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a 2019 National Teaching Fellow. Duncan has a broad background in Further and Higher education in the UK and overseas including working with Refugee Healthcare Professionals and International Medical Graduates in the NHS, Teacher Education and Academic Development. Compassionate rigour sits at the heart of Duncan’s practice in teaching and learning especially in matching mutual expectations of the educational journey, which he presented at TEDx in 2017.

Dr Sarah Telfer

Associate Teaching Professor, University of Bolton

Dr Sarah Telfer is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton and her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive and Research Informed) agenda across the Faculty of Professional Studies. Her areas of special academic interest include: the use of storytelling as a pedagogic tool in the ESOL Classroom; interaction in the ESOL and literacy classroom by embedding drama, creative writing and literature into English language teaching. Her specialist areas of research focus on the use of storytelling to promote engagement and interaction in the language classroom.

Dr Clare Higgins

Senior Lecturer Education, University of Bolton

Dr Clare Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Education and is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Education and Learning.  Clare was an HR manager with Friends Provident before leaving to complete a PGCE in Primary Education and taught primary for ten years before starting her Doctorate in Education and becoming an HE lecturer.  Her doctoral specialism is the analysis of children’s drawings where she devised a multi-dimensional model for analysis.  She is the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition (2018) at the University of Huddersfield (available to view on YouTube).  Her research interests include using drawing as a pedagogical tool for revealing the rich inner world of how children experience and engage in learning, and as a way of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.

Karen Westsmith

Director of Adult and Higher Education

As well as strategic lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Karen is an experienced senior leader in further education with a proven track record for raising student achievement, widening participation and quality improvement. She is passionate about teaching and learning and using this as a vehicle to support students and staff to have high aspirations to achieve personal, educational and professional goals. With over 15 years’ experience in post-16 education in Greater Manchester (Wigan and Leigh College and Alliance Learning) she has a strong background in community learning and development, employer and union learning, teacher education and curriculum development linked to local and national skills priorities. Karen was vice-chair of the charity Bolton Kidz2gether for a number of years which supports children and young people with autism and is currently on the management committee of Foundation for the Future partnership which supports charities in Romania and Hungary by providing volunteering opportunities for local people, which in turn boosts their CVs, employability skills and confidence. When she is not at work, she enjoys time on the allotment with family and friends, turning the colourful and often wonky fruit and vegetables into delicious food to share.

An all-day event aimed at exploring ways to ensure achievement for all in education will take place at the University of Bolton on 20 November 2019.  The event will be held at the National Centre for Motorsports and Engineering.

Following the success of the University’s first ‘Achievement for All Symposium’ in 2018, the University has once again joined forces with the award-winning charity to bring you the ‘Achievement for All Symposium 2019’.  The purpose is to promote debate followed by action in the Greater Manchester area about the importance of ensuring achievement and social equity for all learners.

The event will be opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kondal Reddy Kandadi. There will be keynote speeches and four masterclasses to choose from in the morning and tickets to attend are free.  They are:

  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor David Hopkins, Chair of Educational Leadership at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Powerful Learning and Instructional Rounds in Bolton Secondary Schools’.
  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity’s masterclass is entitled ‘Social Mobility – Chance or Choice’.
  • Keynote speech
    Dr Pam Tatlow, Former CEO of MillionPlus whose keynote speech is entitled ‘Promoting Equity Through Higher Education’.
  • Masterclass
    Dr Duncan Cross, Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton whose masterclass is entitled ‘Matching and Managing Expectations.’
  • Masterclass
    Dr Sarah Telfer and Dr Claire Higgins, Associate Teaching Professor and Senior Lecturer – Education at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Draw me, Show me, Tell me – Using Drawings and Stories as a Pedagogic Research Tool’.
  • Masterclass
    Hilda Koon and Dr Vance Adair, Vice Principal and Head of Quality at Manchester College whose masterclass is entitled ‘Hospitality at the Threshold – Derrida, Pedagogy and Difference’.

There will be panel discussions in the afternoon about the various education sectors involving Kevan Naughton, Head of The Valley Primary School; Karen Westsmith, Director of Adult and HE at Bolton College; Paul Hodgkinson, Bolton Impact Trust and Dr. Baroness Newlove of Warrington, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Widening Participation from the University of Bolton.

Register and book one of the masterclasses.

BIOGRAPHIES

Professor David Hopkins

Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton

As well as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham, David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor. David has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007). He was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organisation.

Professor Sonia Blandford

Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity

One of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility, author of the influential publication: ‘Born to Fail? Social Mobility: A Working Class View’. Founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 5,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England, Wales, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, South Korea and America; and visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

In 2015 and 2016, Sonia was named in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was among the 2016 Women of the Year. Currently a member of the Cornwall College Board and Department for Education Pupil Premium Panel, Sonia is former chair of the Blackpool Challenge and founding trustee and former vice chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Sonia is currently a leading researcher in the European Agency OECD Raising Attainment project.

Sonia is editor of the Teaching Times Every Child journal and author of 250 articles and books written for Teachers, leaders, parents, carers, children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt Educational and Bloomsbury Academic.

Dr Pam Tatlow

Former Chief Executive, MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities

Pam Tatlow

Pam qualified as a teacher and has worked in education, health and in public and parliamentary affairs. From 2004 to April 2017 she was Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities. Under her leadership MillionPlus published reports and policy papers on a wide range of issues from higher education funding, social mobility, the pitfalls of the Teaching Excellence Framework, research funding, devolution and the industrial strategy to negotiating priorities for Brexit. She has a first-class honours degree from Nottingham University, a master’s degree from Leicester University and was awarded honorary doctorates for services to higher education by the University of Bolton in 2015 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2017. She was elected as a councillor to two different local authorities and was appointed as a lay judge on the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2002.

Dr. Baroness Newlove LLD (Hc)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bolton

Today Baroness Newlove sits in the House of Lords as an active Conservative peer and Deputy Speaker.

Best known for her role as Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England and Wales from 2012-2019, Baroness Newlove championed the interests of crime victims and witnesses; campaigning tirelessly to help crime victims and encouraging good practice in their treatment.

She travelled the country, meeting crime victims and listening to their experiences. She lobbied Government Ministers, heads of the Criminal Justice agencies, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and victim organisations. She published key reviews that shone a light on pockets of the criminal justice system, including victim complaints, criminal injuries compensation, anti-social behaviour and the victim personal statement, always scrutinising the needs of vulnerable victims and urging better treatment for them.

Victims and crime are both causes close to her heart. In August 2007, Helen Newlove became a crime victim, when her husband Garry, was fatally attacked by a gang on the family’s doorstep. The murder shocked the nation and hit the headlines for months.

Baroness Newlove’s experience and knowledge saw her appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Bolton in June 2019, where she provides strategic leadership and is an ambassador for the University’s rich and diverse education.

Hilda Koon

Assistant Vice Principal for Youth, Community, Work and Skills, Manchester College

Hilda has a keen interest in curriculum development and is passionate about preparing students for future success in their next steps or career, and equipping them with the skills to be active citizens in work and wider society.  She has been working closely with the teacher education department at the University of Bolton for the last 5-6 years.

Dr Vance Adair

Head of Quality, Manchester College

Dr Adair has worked in higher education and further education for nearly 25 years. He was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling for 9 years. A move to Aberdeen saw him take up a quality role in Scotland’s largest FE provider where one of his key responsibilities was leading a review of pedagogy in preparation for the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. He moved to Manchester four years ago and he continues to pursue his research interests in literature, education and critical theory.

Chris Bingley

Assistant Head Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

Chris is a teacher of Physical Education by trade and was previously Head of Year 7. The launch of the Standard for Teachers Professional Development (2016) was the catalyst for his secondment into the world of Continued Professional Development and Learning.  Since then, Chris has used his passion for the core business of curriculum, assessment and pedagogical practice to build a culture of professional enquiry at Thornleigh that puts learning at the centre – for both the student and the teacher.  Chris also sits on the Bolton Learning Partnership Teaching and Learning hub.  In this role, he has contributed to the production of the Let Learning Fly CPD guide as well as producing a case study for the KS3 Stepping Stones programme.

Andrew Fell

Head Teacher, Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk

Andrew Fell started his teaching career 30 years ago teaching children with learning difficulties in Special Schools and after teaching in Bermuda for several years came back to work in the UK. Andrew has taught in a variety of different schools in East Anglia and has been a head teacher in two different High Schools over the last 13 years. During this time, he worked with Professor David Hopkins in a multi-academy Trust, who is his Doctoral Supervisor at the University of Bolton, the focus of the research being the relationship between high quality teaching and outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, he has undertaken school improvement work in Ghana, working closely with schools in the Ashanti region.

Kevan Naughton

Head Teacher, The Valley Community Primary School, Bolton

Kevan currently leads an outstanding school in Bolton, which has maintained their status over many years, whilst supporting many schools who are often in difficult circumstances. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2016 and is currently active in developing The Tailored Support Programme, which focusses on specific recruitment and retention strategies.  Having also worked as a School Improvement Partner for Bolton Local Authority, Kevan brings with him an in depth knowledge of not only how to improve schools, but also make these improvements sustainable in the long term, whilst building true capacity.

Paul Hodgkinson

Executive Principal, Bolton Impact Trust

Paul started working at Youth Challenge Pupil Referral Unit in 1997 and held numerous positions there. He started as a voluntary mentor before becoming a class teacher and eventually the Teacher in Charge in 2003. During his time as Teacher in Charge, Youth Challenge was twice judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. Paul became the Manager of the Bolton Pupil Referral Service in 2010 and supervised the federation of all of Bolton’s PRUs. In 2014 he also become the Interim Executive Headteacher of Lever Park School. He worked with the staff team on a Rapid Improvement Plan, which eventually resulted in the School being moved out of Special Measures in 2016.

Paul has advised the DfE, Local Authorities and Schools on Leadership, Behaviour Management Strategy, Alternative Provision funding and Governance. In 2016 he became the new Executive Principal of the Bolton Impact Trust. In 2019 Paul was elected to the National Executive Board of the Association for Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Units and also became the Chair of the Bolton Learning Alliance.

Dr Duncan Cross

Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton

Dr Duncan Cross is an Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton. Duncan is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a 2019 National Teaching Fellow. Duncan has a broad background in Further and Higher education in the UK and overseas including working with Refugee Healthcare Professionals and International Medical Graduates in the NHS, Teacher Education and Academic Development. Compassionate rigour sits at the heart of Duncan’s practice in teaching and learning especially in matching mutual expectations of the educational journey, which he presented at TEDx in 2017.

Dr Sarah Telfer

Associate Teaching Professor, University of Bolton

Dr Sarah Telfer is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton and her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive and Research Informed) agenda across the Faculty of Professional Studies. Her areas of special academic interest include: the use of storytelling as a pedagogic tool in the ESOL Classroom; interaction in the ESOL and literacy classroom by embedding drama, creative writing and literature into English language teaching. Her specialist areas of research focus on the use of storytelling to promote engagement and interaction in the language classroom.

Dr Clare Higgins

Senior Lecturer Education, University of Bolton

Dr Clare Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Education and is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Education and Learning.  Clare was an HR manager with Friends Provident before leaving to complete a PGCE in Primary Education and taught primary for ten years before starting her Doctorate in Education and becoming an HE lecturer.  Her doctoral specialism is the analysis of children’s drawings where she devised a multi-dimensional model for analysis.  She is the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition (2018) at the University of Huddersfield (available to view on YouTube).  Her research interests include using drawing as a pedagogical tool for revealing the rich inner world of how children experience and engage in learning, and as a way of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.

Karen Westsmith

Director of Adult and Higher Education

As well as strategic lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Karen is an experienced senior leader in further education with a proven track record for raising student achievement, widening participation and quality improvement. She is passionate about teaching and learning and using this as a vehicle to support students and staff to have high aspirations to achieve personal, educational and professional goals. With over 15 years’ experience in post-16 education in Greater Manchester (Wigan and Leigh College and Alliance Learning) she has a strong background in community learning and development, employer and union learning, teacher education and curriculum development linked to local and national skills priorities. Karen was vice-chair of the charity Bolton Kidz2gether for a number of years which supports children and young people with autism and is currently on the management committee of Foundation for the Future partnership which supports charities in Romania and Hungary by providing volunteering opportunities for local people, which in turn boosts their CVs, employability skills and confidence. When she is not at work, she enjoys time on the allotment with family and friends, turning the colourful and often wonky fruit and vegetables into delicious food to share.

An all-day event aimed at exploring ways to ensure achievement for all in education will take place at the University of Bolton on 20 November 2019.  The event will be held at the National Centre for Motorsports and Engineering.

Following the success of the University’s first ‘Achievement for All Symposium’ in 2018, the University has once again joined forces with the award-winning charity to bring you the ‘Achievement for All Symposium 2019’.  The purpose is to promote debate followed by action in the Greater Manchester area about the importance of ensuring achievement and social equity for all learners.

The event will be opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kondal Reddy Kandadi. There will be keynote speeches and four masterclasses to choose from in the morning and tickets to attend are free.  They are:

  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor David Hopkins, Chair of Educational Leadership at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Powerful Learning and Instructional Rounds in Bolton Secondary Schools’.
  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity’s masterclass is entitled ‘Social Mobility – Chance or Choice’.
  • Keynote speech
    Dr Pam Tatlow, Former CEO of MillionPlus whose keynote speech is entitled ‘Promoting Equity Through Higher Education’.
  • Masterclass
    Dr Duncan Cross, Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton whose masterclass is entitled ‘Matching and Managing Expectations.’
  • Masterclass
    Dr Sarah Telfer and Dr Claire Higgins, Associate Teaching Professor and Senior Lecturer – Education at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Draw me, Show me, Tell me – Using Drawings and Stories as a Pedagogic Research Tool’.
  • Masterclass
    Hilda Koon and Dr Vance Adair, Vice Principal and Head of Quality at Manchester College whose masterclass is entitled ‘Hospitality at the Threshold – Derrida, Pedagogy and Difference’.

There will be panel discussions in the afternoon about the various education sectors involving Kevan Naughton, Head of The Valley Primary School; Karen Westsmith, Director of Adult and HE at Bolton College; Paul Hodgkinson, Bolton Impact Trust and Dr. Baroness Newlove of Warrington, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Widening Participation from the University of Bolton.

Register and book one of the masterclasses.

BIOGRAPHIES

Professor David Hopkins

Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton

As well as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham, David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor. David has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007). He was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organisation.

Professor Sonia Blandford

Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity

One of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility, author of the influential publication: ‘Born to Fail? Social Mobility: A Working Class View’. Founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 5,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England, Wales, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, South Korea and America; and visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

In 2015 and 2016, Sonia was named in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was among the 2016 Women of the Year. Currently a member of the Cornwall College Board and Department for Education Pupil Premium Panel, Sonia is former chair of the Blackpool Challenge and founding trustee and former vice chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Sonia is currently a leading researcher in the European Agency OECD Raising Attainment project.

Sonia is editor of the Teaching Times Every Child journal and author of 250 articles and books written for Teachers, leaders, parents, carers, children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt Educational and Bloomsbury Academic.

Dr Pam Tatlow

Former Chief Executive, MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities

Pam Tatlow

Pam qualified as a teacher and has worked in education, health and in public and parliamentary affairs. From 2004 to April 2017 she was Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities. Under her leadership MillionPlus published reports and policy papers on a wide range of issues from higher education funding, social mobility, the pitfalls of the Teaching Excellence Framework, research funding, devolution and the industrial strategy to negotiating priorities for Brexit. She has a first-class honours degree from Nottingham University, a master’s degree from Leicester University and was awarded honorary doctorates for services to higher education by the University of Bolton in 2015 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2017. She was elected as a councillor to two different local authorities and was appointed as a lay judge on the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2002.

Dr. Baroness Newlove LLD (Hc)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bolton

Today Baroness Newlove sits in the House of Lords as an active Conservative peer and Deputy Speaker.

Best known for her role as Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England and Wales from 2012-2019, Baroness Newlove championed the interests of crime victims and witnesses; campaigning tirelessly to help crime victims and encouraging good practice in their treatment.

She travelled the country, meeting crime victims and listening to their experiences. She lobbied Government Ministers, heads of the Criminal Justice agencies, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and victim organisations. She published key reviews that shone a light on pockets of the criminal justice system, including victim complaints, criminal injuries compensation, anti-social behaviour and the victim personal statement, always scrutinising the needs of vulnerable victims and urging better treatment for them.

Victims and crime are both causes close to her heart. In August 2007, Helen Newlove became a crime victim, when her husband Garry, was fatally attacked by a gang on the family’s doorstep. The murder shocked the nation and hit the headlines for months.

Baroness Newlove’s experience and knowledge saw her appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Bolton in June 2019, where she provides strategic leadership and is an ambassador for the University’s rich and diverse education.

Hilda Koon

Assistant Vice Principal for Youth, Community, Work and Skills, Manchester College

Hilda has a keen interest in curriculum development and is passionate about preparing students for future success in their next steps or career, and equipping them with the skills to be active citizens in work and wider society.  She has been working closely with the teacher education department at the University of Bolton for the last 5-6 years.

Dr Vance Adair

Head of Quality, Manchester College

Dr Adair has worked in higher education and further education for nearly 25 years. He was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling for 9 years. A move to Aberdeen saw him take up a quality role in Scotland’s largest FE provider where one of his key responsibilities was leading a review of pedagogy in preparation for the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. He moved to Manchester four years ago and he continues to pursue his research interests in literature, education and critical theory.

Chris Bingley

Assistant Head Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

Chris is a teacher of Physical Education by trade and was previously Head of Year 7. The launch of the Standard for Teachers Professional Development (2016) was the catalyst for his secondment into the world of Continued Professional Development and Learning.  Since then, Chris has used his passion for the core business of curriculum, assessment and pedagogical practice to build a culture of professional enquiry at Thornleigh that puts learning at the centre – for both the student and the teacher.  Chris also sits on the Bolton Learning Partnership Teaching and Learning hub.  In this role, he has contributed to the production of the Let Learning Fly CPD guide as well as producing a case study for the KS3 Stepping Stones programme.

Andrew Fell

Head Teacher, Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk

Andrew Fell started his teaching career 30 years ago teaching children with learning difficulties in Special Schools and after teaching in Bermuda for several years came back to work in the UK. Andrew has taught in a variety of different schools in East Anglia and has been a head teacher in two different High Schools over the last 13 years. During this time, he worked with Professor David Hopkins in a multi-academy Trust, who is his Doctoral Supervisor at the University of Bolton, the focus of the research being the relationship between high quality teaching and outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, he has undertaken school improvement work in Ghana, working closely with schools in the Ashanti region.

Kevan Naughton

Head Teacher, The Valley Community Primary School, Bolton

Kevan currently leads an outstanding school in Bolton, which has maintained their status over many years, whilst supporting many schools who are often in difficult circumstances. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2016 and is currently active in developing The Tailored Support Programme, which focusses on specific recruitment and retention strategies.  Having also worked as a School Improvement Partner for Bolton Local Authority, Kevan brings with him an in depth knowledge of not only how to improve schools, but also make these improvements sustainable in the long term, whilst building true capacity.

Paul Hodgkinson

Executive Principal, Bolton Impact Trust

Paul started working at Youth Challenge Pupil Referral Unit in 1997 and held numerous positions there. He started as a voluntary mentor before becoming a class teacher and eventually the Teacher in Charge in 2003. During his time as Teacher in Charge, Youth Challenge was twice judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. Paul became the Manager of the Bolton Pupil Referral Service in 2010 and supervised the federation of all of Bolton’s PRUs. In 2014 he also become the Interim Executive Headteacher of Lever Park School. He worked with the staff team on a Rapid Improvement Plan, which eventually resulted in the School being moved out of Special Measures in 2016.

Paul has advised the DfE, Local Authorities and Schools on Leadership, Behaviour Management Strategy, Alternative Provision funding and Governance. In 2016 he became the new Executive Principal of the Bolton Impact Trust. In 2019 Paul was elected to the National Executive Board of the Association for Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Units and also became the Chair of the Bolton Learning Alliance.

Dr Duncan Cross

Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton

Dr Duncan Cross is an Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton. Duncan is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a 2019 National Teaching Fellow. Duncan has a broad background in Further and Higher education in the UK and overseas including working with Refugee Healthcare Professionals and International Medical Graduates in the NHS, Teacher Education and Academic Development. Compassionate rigour sits at the heart of Duncan’s practice in teaching and learning especially in matching mutual expectations of the educational journey, which he presented at TEDx in 2017.

Dr Sarah Telfer

Associate Teaching Professor, University of Bolton

Dr Sarah Telfer is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton and her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive and Research Informed) agenda across the Faculty of Professional Studies. Her areas of special academic interest include: the use of storytelling as a pedagogic tool in the ESOL Classroom; interaction in the ESOL and literacy classroom by embedding drama, creative writing and literature into English language teaching. Her specialist areas of research focus on the use of storytelling to promote engagement and interaction in the language classroom.

Dr Clare Higgins

Senior Lecturer Education, University of Bolton

Dr Clare Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Education and is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Education and Learning.  Clare was an HR manager with Friends Provident before leaving to complete a PGCE in Primary Education and taught primary for ten years before starting her Doctorate in Education and becoming an HE lecturer.  Her doctoral specialism is the analysis of children’s drawings where she devised a multi-dimensional model for analysis.  She is the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition (2018) at the University of Huddersfield (available to view on YouTube).  Her research interests include using drawing as a pedagogical tool for revealing the rich inner world of how children experience and engage in learning, and as a way of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.

Karen Westsmith

Director of Adult and Higher Education

As well as strategic lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Karen is an experienced senior leader in further education with a proven track record for raising student achievement, widening participation and quality improvement. She is passionate about teaching and learning and using this as a vehicle to support students and staff to have high aspirations to achieve personal, educational and professional goals. With over 15 years’ experience in post-16 education in Greater Manchester (Wigan and Leigh College and Alliance Learning) she has a strong background in community learning and development, employer and union learning, teacher education and curriculum development linked to local and national skills priorities. Karen was vice-chair of the charity Bolton Kidz2gether for a number of years which supports children and young people with autism and is currently on the management committee of Foundation for the Future partnership which supports charities in Romania and Hungary by providing volunteering opportunities for local people, which in turn boosts their CVs, employability skills and confidence. When she is not at work, she enjoys time on the allotment with family and friends, turning the colourful and often wonky fruit and vegetables into delicious food to share.

An all-day event aimed at exploring ways to ensure achievement for all in education will take place at the University of Bolton on 20 November 2019.  The event will be held at the National Centre for Motorsports and Engineering.

Following the success of the University’s first ‘Achievement for All Symposium’ in 2018, the University has once again joined forces with the award-winning charity to bring you the ‘Achievement for All Symposium 2019’.  The purpose is to promote debate followed by action in the Greater Manchester area about the importance of ensuring achievement and social equity for all learners.

The event will be opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kondal Reddy Kandadi. There will be keynote speeches and four masterclasses to choose from in the morning and tickets to attend are free.  They are:

  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor David Hopkins, Chair of Educational Leadership at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Powerful Learning and Instructional Rounds in Bolton Secondary Schools’.
  • Keynote speech and masterclass
    Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity’s masterclass is entitled ‘Social Mobility – Chance or Choice’.
  • Keynote speech
    Dr Pam Tatlow, Former CEO of MillionPlus whose keynote speech is entitled ‘Promoting Equity Through Higher Education’.
  • Masterclass
    Dr Duncan Cross, Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton whose masterclass is entitled ‘Matching and Managing Expectations.’
  • Masterclass
    Dr Sarah Telfer and Dr Claire Higgins, Associate Teaching Professor and Senior Lecturer – Education at the University’s masterclass is entitled ‘Draw me, Show me, Tell me – Using Drawings and Stories as a Pedagogic Research Tool’.
  • Masterclass
    Hilda Koon and Dr Vance Adair, Vice Principal and Head of Quality at Manchester College whose masterclass is entitled ‘Hospitality at the Threshold – Derrida, Pedagogy and Difference’.

There will be panel discussions in the afternoon about the various education sectors involving Kevan Naughton, Head of The Valley Primary School; Karen Westsmith, Director of Adult and HE at Bolton College; Paul Hodgkinson, Bolton Impact Trust and Dr. Baroness Newlove of Warrington, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Widening Participation from the University of Bolton.

Register and book one of the masterclasses.

BIOGRAPHIES

Professor David Hopkins

Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton

As well as Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham, David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor. David has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007). He was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organisation.

Professor Sonia Blandford

Founder and CEO, Achievement for All Charity

One of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility, author of the influential publication: ‘Born to Fail? Social Mobility: A Working Class View’. Founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 5,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England, Wales, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, South Korea and America; and visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

In 2015 and 2016, Sonia was named in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was among the 2016 Women of the Year. Currently a member of the Cornwall College Board and Department for Education Pupil Premium Panel, Sonia is former chair of the Blackpool Challenge and founding trustee and former vice chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Sonia is currently a leading researcher in the European Agency OECD Raising Attainment project.

Sonia is editor of the Teaching Times Every Child journal and author of 250 articles and books written for Teachers, leaders, parents, carers, children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt Educational and Bloomsbury Academic.

Dr Pam Tatlow

Former Chief Executive, MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities

Pam Tatlow

Pam qualified as a teacher and has worked in education, health and in public and parliamentary affairs. From 2004 to April 2017 she was Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities. Under her leadership MillionPlus published reports and policy papers on a wide range of issues from higher education funding, social mobility, the pitfalls of the Teaching Excellence Framework, research funding, devolution and the industrial strategy to negotiating priorities for Brexit. She has a first-class honours degree from Nottingham University, a master’s degree from Leicester University and was awarded honorary doctorates for services to higher education by the University of Bolton in 2015 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2017. She was elected as a councillor to two different local authorities and was appointed as a lay judge on the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2002.

Dr. Baroness Newlove LLD (Hc)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bolton

Today Baroness Newlove sits in the House of Lords as an active Conservative peer and Deputy Speaker.

Best known for her role as Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England and Wales from 2012-2019, Baroness Newlove championed the interests of crime victims and witnesses; campaigning tirelessly to help crime victims and encouraging good practice in their treatment.

She travelled the country, meeting crime victims and listening to their experiences. She lobbied Government Ministers, heads of the Criminal Justice agencies, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and victim organisations. She published key reviews that shone a light on pockets of the criminal justice system, including victim complaints, criminal injuries compensation, anti-social behaviour and the victim personal statement, always scrutinising the needs of vulnerable victims and urging better treatment for them.

Victims and crime are both causes close to her heart. In August 2007, Helen Newlove became a crime victim, when her husband Garry, was fatally attacked by a gang on the family’s doorstep. The murder shocked the nation and hit the headlines for months.

Baroness Newlove’s experience and knowledge saw her appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Bolton in June 2019, where she provides strategic leadership and is an ambassador for the University’s rich and diverse education.

Hilda Koon

Assistant Vice Principal for Youth, Community, Work and Skills, Manchester College

Hilda has a keen interest in curriculum development and is passionate about preparing students for future success in their next steps or career, and equipping them with the skills to be active citizens in work and wider society.  She has been working closely with the teacher education department at the University of Bolton for the last 5-6 years.

Dr Vance Adair

Head of Quality, Manchester College

Dr Adair has worked in higher education and further education for nearly 25 years. He was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling for 9 years. A move to Aberdeen saw him take up a quality role in Scotland’s largest FE provider where one of his key responsibilities was leading a review of pedagogy in preparation for the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. He moved to Manchester four years ago and he continues to pursue his research interests in literature, education and critical theory.

Chris Bingley

Assistant Head Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

Chris is a teacher of Physical Education by trade and was previously Head of Year 7. The launch of the Standard for Teachers Professional Development (2016) was the catalyst for his secondment into the world of Continued Professional Development and Learning.  Since then, Chris has used his passion for the core business of curriculum, assessment and pedagogical practice to build a culture of professional enquiry at Thornleigh that puts learning at the centre – for both the student and the teacher.  Chris also sits on the Bolton Learning Partnership Teaching and Learning hub.  In this role, he has contributed to the production of the Let Learning Fly CPD guide as well as producing a case study for the KS3 Stepping Stones programme.

Andrew Fell

Head Teacher, Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk

Andrew Fell started his teaching career 30 years ago teaching children with learning difficulties in Special Schools and after teaching in Bermuda for several years came back to work in the UK. Andrew has taught in a variety of different schools in East Anglia and has been a head teacher in two different High Schools over the last 13 years. During this time, he worked with Professor David Hopkins in a multi-academy Trust, who is his Doctoral Supervisor at the University of Bolton, the focus of the research being the relationship between high quality teaching and outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, he has undertaken school improvement work in Ghana, working closely with schools in the Ashanti region.

Kevan Naughton

Head Teacher, The Valley Community Primary School, Bolton

Kevan currently leads an outstanding school in Bolton, which has maintained their status over many years, whilst supporting many schools who are often in difficult circumstances. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2016 and is currently active in developing The Tailored Support Programme, which focusses on specific recruitment and retention strategies.  Having also worked as a School Improvement Partner for Bolton Local Authority, Kevan brings with him an in depth knowledge of not only how to improve schools, but also make these improvements sustainable in the long term, whilst building true capacity.

Paul Hodgkinson

Executive Principal, Bolton Impact Trust

Paul started working at Youth Challenge Pupil Referral Unit in 1997 and held numerous positions there. He started as a voluntary mentor before becoming a class teacher and eventually the Teacher in Charge in 2003. During his time as Teacher in Charge, Youth Challenge was twice judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. Paul became the Manager of the Bolton Pupil Referral Service in 2010 and supervised the federation of all of Bolton’s PRUs. In 2014 he also become the Interim Executive Headteacher of Lever Park School. He worked with the staff team on a Rapid Improvement Plan, which eventually resulted in the School being moved out of Special Measures in 2016.

Paul has advised the DfE, Local Authorities and Schools on Leadership, Behaviour Management Strategy, Alternative Provision funding and Governance. In 2016 he became the new Executive Principal of the Bolton Impact Trust. In 2019 Paul was elected to the National Executive Board of the Association for Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Units and also became the Chair of the Bolton Learning Alliance.

Dr Duncan Cross

Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton

Dr Duncan Cross is an Associate Teaching Professor and Operational Lead for Education, University of Bolton. Duncan is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a 2019 National Teaching Fellow. Duncan has a broad background in Further and Higher education in the UK and overseas including working with Refugee Healthcare Professionals and International Medical Graduates in the NHS, Teacher Education and Academic Development. Compassionate rigour sits at the heart of Duncan’s practice in teaching and learning especially in matching mutual expectations of the educational journey, which he presented at TEDx in 2017.

Dr Sarah Telfer

Associate Teaching Professor, University of Bolton

Dr Sarah Telfer is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton and her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive and Research Informed) agenda across the Faculty of Professional Studies. Her areas of special academic interest include: the use of storytelling as a pedagogic tool in the ESOL Classroom; interaction in the ESOL and literacy classroom by embedding drama, creative writing and literature into English language teaching. Her specialist areas of research focus on the use of storytelling to promote engagement and interaction in the language classroom.

Dr Clare Higgins

Senior Lecturer Education, University of Bolton

Dr Clare Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Education and is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Education and Learning.  Clare was an HR manager with Friends Provident before leaving to complete a PGCE in Primary Education and taught primary for ten years before starting her Doctorate in Education and becoming an HE lecturer.  Her doctoral specialism is the analysis of children’s drawings where she devised a multi-dimensional model for analysis.  She is the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition (2018) at the University of Huddersfield (available to view on YouTube).  Her research interests include using drawing as a pedagogical tool for revealing the rich inner world of how children experience and engage in learning, and as a way of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.

Karen Westsmith

Director of Adult and Higher Education

As well as strategic lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Karen is an experienced senior leader in further education with a proven track record for raising student achievement, widening participation and quality improvement. She is passionate about teaching and learning and using this as a vehicle to support students and staff to have high aspirations to achieve personal, educational and professional goals. With over 15 years’ experience in post-16 education in Greater Manchester (Wigan and Leigh College and Alliance Learning) she has a strong background in community learning and development, employer and union learning, teacher education and curriculum development linked to local and national skills priorities. Karen was vice-chair of the charity Bolton Kidz2gether for a number of years which supports children and young people with autism and is currently on the management committee of Foundation for the Future partnership which supports charities in Romania and Hungary by providing volunteering opportunities for local people, which in turn boosts their CVs, employability skills and confidence. When she is not at work, she enjoys time on the allotment with family and friends, turning the colourful and often wonky fruit and vegetables into delicious food to share.

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20 November, 2019
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