School Leadership Conference

Oct 14, 2017 by

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Date & Time
Saturday 14 October 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm

Venue
Madani Schools Federation
77 Evington Valley Road
Leicester
LE5 5LL

Ticket Information
Prices start from £0.00
235 spaces available



 

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Designed for headteachers, deputy heads, assistant heads, governors and trustees to learn, network and share best practice, the School Leadership Conference offers a selection of workshops, aimed at various members of your school’s leadership, taking into account the current needs and issues facing Muslim schools. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your concerns with educational experts during our networking sessions and the chance to learn about and access school resources from AMS’s service partners and exhibitors with exclusive offers for member schools.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Raising The Game’.

SLC 2017 Poster

You can download the agenda for the 2017 School Leadership Conference by clicking here.

 


 

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We are delighted to announce we will be joined by the wonderfully gifted reciter, Qari Hassen Rasool, who will begin the day by honouring us with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an.

Qari Hassen Rasool has recited all over the world, from offering the adhan (call to prayer) in Makkah to being the first to perform the adhan at Trafalgar Square to crowds of over 100,000 people. He has also recited at the AMS International Education Conference which took place in 2015 at Oxford Town Hall. Many of you may remember Qari Hassan during Channel 4’s daily broadcast of the adhan in 2013 during Ramadan.

 


 

 

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The content of our workshops are perhaps the most key element of the School Leadership Conference. The AMS Shura Council is responsible for arranging a suitable programme, taking into account the most relevant issues being faced by Muslim schools. Delegates can select one workshop in each of the two sessions (morning and afternoon) from the following:

Please click on a workshop title to view full course details

 

Morning workshops

A. Raising the Game: Promoting Effective Senior Leadership (Part I)

Course Leader: Philip Preedy

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Interpersonal skills incl. communication and -holding others to account
  • Creating and having a Vision
  • Project management
  • Making decisions and using initiative
  • Time management
  • Reporting and feedback
  • Action planning.

This workshop is a full-day training session with delegates required to attend Parts I and II.

Philip Preedy has extensive experience working across all age ranges, including EYFS, Key Stage 1-Key Stage 4 as well as further education colleges and universities. He has worked as an Ofsted inspector, Advanced Skills Teacher Assessor, accredited DfE performance management assessor, as well as working on behalf of the Cabinet Office as a quality assurance assessor. Philip also has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, as well as being accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate as a lead inspector. More recently, he was instrumental in supporting one education establishment to achieve outstanding in teaching and learning and leadership and management in less than one year and supporting another establishment to secure outstanding grades for all categories in less than six months.

 

B. Raising the Game through Monitoring, Evaluation & Feedback (Part I)

Course Leader: Someera Butt

Aimed at: Senior & middle leaders

A session promoting the effective use of monitoring, evaluation and feedback of teaching and learning and the school curriculum, including:

  • Conducting lesson observations
  • Conducting lesson plan scrutinies
  • Conducting learning walks, incl. what to look for, how to record it and how to feedback to staff for impact
  • Analysing data from the above and assessment data to identify key areas for improvement
  • Identifying actions to take for improvement and linking in to school improvement plan/work

This workshop is a full-day training session with delegates required to attend Parts I and II.

 

C. Mind, Body & Soul: Promoting Good Mental Health (Part I)

CANCELLED

 

 

D. A Primer in Health & Safety (Part I)

Course Leader: Hilary Stear

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to Health & Safety activities schools should conduct, including:

  • Which health and safety checks should be carried out
  • When to carry out a risk assessment and a good risk assessment template to use
  • The role of the Health & Safety leader
  • Annual Health & Safety audit
  • The role of governors
  • When to report to the HSE
  • School trips
  • Fire Safety

This workshop is a full-day training session with delegates required to attend Parts I and II.

Hilary Stear is a trained first-aider of 17 years and fire marshal of 12 years. She has undertaken the ‘IOSH Managing Safely’ course and currently oversees the Health and Safety for all three schools belonging to Manchester Islamic Educational Trust (MIET) – Manchester Islamic High School for Girls (MIHSG), Kassim Darwish Grammar School for Boys (KD Grammar) and Manchester Muslim Preparatory School (MMPS) on behalf of the Trustees. Hilary initially began as a Laboratory Technician at MIHSG, learning about Health & Safety, including the use of COSHH for all chemicals and later joined the school’s Health and Safety Committee when it was formed, recently being appointed a Health and Safetly coordinator at the school which was rated ‘Outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection.

 

E. School Improvement (Part I)

Course Leader: Yusuf Seedat

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

This workshop is a full-day training session with delegates required to attend Parts I and II.

 

F. Using Data to Raise Achievement in Primary Schools

Course Leader: Sajjid Sarwar

Practical examples from two high performing schools, including:

  • Collecting, analysing and using data effectively

Aimed at: Senior leaders & middle leaders in primary schools

Mohammad Sajjid Sarwar is the former head of a maintained junior school in Birmingham, having been in the role for 3 years. He developed and implemented new data systems within the school as well as consulting Muslim schools on life without levels. Previously, Sajjid was the in the secondary sector for 15 years, including roles such as head of department head and deputy headteacher of a state-funded Muslim school. He has delivered a whole host of workshops for AMS on coaching, staff development and management.

 

G. Dealing with the Impact of Social Media on the Welfare of Students

Course Leader: Khadija Patel

Developing a robust school response to the negative impact of social media on students, including:

  • Bullying
  • Grooming (& radicalisation)
  • Sexting
  • Spiritual damage from materialism and vanity

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

 

H. Dealing with Islamophobia

Course Leader: Paddy Allaway

Developing robust procedures to deal with the fall out of Islamophobic attacks, including:

  • Dealing with incidents directed at the school or pupils/parents/staff
  • Reporting to the police and other agencies
  • Talking to students/pupils about it and dealing with their fears
  • Teaching children how to deal with Islamophobia
  • Teaching children to not give in to hate and to embody the values they wish to see in others.

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

Paddy Allaway has worked as a senior leader with pastoral responsibility in Birmingham Secondary Schools since 2008.  Up to 2013, he worked in a school in the Northfield area of the city in a school whose pupils were from a white working class background.  Since 2013 he has been Deputy Headteacher at Wheelers Lane Technology College.  Rated outstanding by Ofsted (September 2014), Wheelers Lane is a culturally very mixed school containing large groups of children of Pakistani and White British backgrounds. Approximately half the pupils are Muslim.  Paddy and his team have worked hard to foster tolerance and understanding between pupils of different cultural and religious backgrounds prompting Ofsted to comment “The importance of kindness, consideration and tolerance are embodied by teachers and copied by the boys” and “Boys are considerate and respectful of each other and staff”

More recently Paddy has been seconded to work for Birmingham local authority as an Education Officer with The Children’s Advice and Support Service.  This role involves working closely with schools, planning and delivering training for safeguarding leads and acting as a translator between Educators and Social Workers!

 

I. SCR Training

Course Leader: Jon Needham

This workshop will cover all you need to know to maintain your Single Central Record (SCR) including:

  • DBS checks – taking on staff before DBS
  • References
  • staff references and overseas checks – who, when, how?

Aimed at: Senior leaders

Jon Needham originally trained as a nurse in Birmingham and Glasgow becoming one of the country’s first adolescent specialist nurses with a specific interest in life limiting and chronic illness. After a brief spell as a young people’s commissioner within a primary care trust, and acting as an adviser to the WHO on teenage health he was seconded to Birmingham City Council when the Every Child Matters and Contactpoint were introduced to lead on the practical application of integrated working. For 10 years he worked as the CAF coordinator for the City challenging agencies, particularly schools, to develop their early help offer.

In January 2015, following the intervention of the government appointed children’s commissioner, Jon took on the newly-created role of the Schools Safeguarding Adviser, with responsibilities including advice & guidance, training & support and audit &review and also involves supporting schools with the balance between the dual core purpose of education and safeguarding.

 

J. Holding the Headteacher to Account

Course Leader: Mohammad Asif

Aimed at: Governors

“Governing bodies should be the key strategic body in schools, responsible for the overall direction that a school takes. In that respect, governors are also therefore the key body for school improvement.”

Lord Hill, 2001

This workshop aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the role of governors in holding the headteacher to account as part and parcel of their duty to monitor standards and hold the school to account, including:

  • Challenging and questioning vs support
  • Developing key performance indicators
  • Recording meetings and questions asked
  • Respecting professional boundaries, incl. how to talk to the head and other staff and how to conduct school visits and monitoring etc

By attending this training, school governors will have the confidence to fulfil their statutory duty by scrutinising the work of the headteacher and understanding how to offer support.

Mohammed Asif is a school governor of more than 20 years with a wealth of experience and invaluable insight into real school issues. He has been a chair of Governors for the vast majority of those years, helping lead the governing body to drive forward continued school improvement. As a founding member and Chair of the Association of Muslim Governors, he has strived to encourage greater participation in education from within the Muslim community. In his career as a senior civil servant and Deputy Director in the Department of Education, he lead the implementation of education policy working closely with The National Strategies, National College of School Leadership, subject associations, local authorities and schools. He has provided mentoring and coaching for school leaders in the journey from Good to Outstanding and was until very recently, Principal of an independent primary and secondary school.

 

K. The Habits of a Professional School

Course Leader: Michael Wright

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

The management of a well-run school is comprised of many elements, from delivering high-quality lessons and meeting statutory regulations, to presenting itself as a competent educational facility and maintaining a positive appearance among the school community and beyond.

It is therefore critical the school develops a culture of professionalism within the staff and leadership and carries it through at all levels, setting an example to the young people who walk through its doors every day and instilling confidence in parents and others who work with its school.

To achieve this, the school leadership must develop and implement a professional philosophy to ensure sustained results and gain positive feedback from those they serve.

This workshop will provide examples on the culture leaders should nurture within their school to:

  • Maximise their potential in providing an excellent service
  • Present the school as a professional, high-quality institution.

This workshop is aimed at

  • New leaders
  • Leaders of newly-registered schools
  • Leaders wishing to take the next step up.

Dr Michael Wright is currently the Principal at the Iqra Academy, Peterborough. He was previously the Vice Dean at Lincoln College International in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he was responsible for the strategic Leadership and executive management, in setting up a cluster of three brand new Colleges of Excellence. He has managed Teacher Training departments as Assistant Principal in two FE Colleges in the UK and was part of an Education inspection team, which shared good practice with schools and colleges across the UK, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Greece.

Michael is a former British Police Detective and holds a PhD in Law, a Level 5 qualification in Operational Management and a Master’s Degree in Leadership through the University of Hertfordshire. He has a full understanding of Ofsted and of the current changes in the common inspection framework and successfully passed the Ofsted Assessments to become an HMI for Further Education and Skills.

 

 

Afternoon workshops

L. Raising the Game: Promoting Effective Senior Leadership (Part II)

Course Leader: Philip Preedy

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

 

M. Raising the Game through Monitoring, Evaluation & Feedback (Part II)

Course Leader: Someera Butt

Aimed at: Senior & Middle leaders

 

N. Mind, Body & Soul: Promoting Good Mental Health (Part II)

CANCELLED


 

O. A Primer in Health & Safety (Part II)

Course Leader: Hilary Stear

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

 

P. School Improvement (Part II)

Course Leader: Yusuf Seedat

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

 

Q. Using Data to Raise Achievement in Secondary Schools

Course Leader: Akhmed Hussain

This workshop will cover the following:

  • What do we mean by Achievement
  • An understanding of target-setting
  • How to use data effectively to track student progress from Year 7 to Year 11
  • How to maximise achievement on the main secondary school performance measures, including English and Maths (Grades 4/5 to 9), Attainment 8 and Progress 8

Aimed at: Senior leaders & middle leaders

Akhmed Hussain is the current headteacher of Kassim Darwish Grammar School and an Education Consultant and Consultant, providing training to schools throughout England. He has substantial leadership experience in mainstream schools as Deputy Headteacher covering a period of 14 years. He completed three years as Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Curriculum) at a large state 11-18 Secondary School helping to achieve its highest ever GCSE and A level results. Akhmed has a BSC Hons in Chemistry, PGCE, NPQH and has completed the NCSL Headteacher Internship programme.

 

R. Dealing with Problem Staff

Course Leader: Melanie Darlington (Alcumus)

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

Employee morale, productivity and success levels are at their highest when employees work effectively as a team and practice basic dignity and respect for each other. This unfortunately is not always the case because of inappropriate behaviour of disruptive employees or a breakdown in working relationships. Conduct that is not consistent with basic professional expectations can result in significant negative consequences to the school and its community, its employees and sometimes on the education of pupils. It is therefore essential to set clear expectations, strong leadership and develop a culture of open communication and professionalism with all staff.

This workshop will support the development of the skills needed to identify and deal with difficult people management issues to help you steer your employees towards continued success.

Taking part in the workshop will allow you to gain more information and insight and support you and your leadership team in:

  • Identify issues and approach them before they become problematic
  • Gain confidence in having difficult conversations to help stay in control of the situation
  • Develop better Communication skills
  • Developing robust policies and procedures to raise standards of school staff performance, including:
    • Capability procedures/policy &using them effectively (including when to obtain legal advice)
    • Disciplinary procedures/policy &using them effectively (including when to obtain legal advice)
  • Consider legal liabilities
  • Provide the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences to improve learning

This workshop is aimed at those in leadership and management roles.

Melanie Darlington is a Senior HR Consultant at Alcumus Group. She is a chartered member of the CIPD with a Masters in Human Resource Management. In her current role she provides commercially focused HR advice, partnering organisations in Education, Financial Services, Health and Social Care and FMCG in relation to policy and documentation, employee relations, employment law and generalist human resource management. Melanie currently supports several independent faith schools and specialises in end to end case management, coaching and training both remotely and face to face.

 

S. Safeguarding and Ofsted Expectations

Course Leader: Jon Needham

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

This workshop will help delegates to tighten procedures to ensure proper attention is given to areas of common weakness, including:

  • Maintaining staff files
  • Maintaining pupil safeguarding records
  • The Prevent Duty incl. radicalisation referrals, Channel referrals and school risk assessment

Jon Needham originally trained as a nurse in Birmingham and Glasgow becoming one of the country’s first adolescent specialist nurses with a specific interest in life limiting and chronic illness. After a brief spell as a young people’s commissioner within a primary care trust, and acting as an adviser to the WHO on teenage health he was seconded to Birmingham City Council when the Every Child Matters and Contactpoint were introduced to lead on the practical application of integrated working. For 10 years he worked as the CAF coordinator for the City challenging agencies, particularly schools, to develop their early help offer.

In January 2015, following the intervention of the government appointed children’s commissioner, Jon took on the newly-created role of the Schools Safeguarding Adviser, with responsibilities including advice & guidance, training & support and audit &review and also involves supporting schools with the balance between the dual core purpose of education and safeguarding.

 

T. Building Leadership Capacity

Course Leader: Helen Morgan

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

Developing the leadership skills of staff, including those in leadership positions, in order to ensure the school is well-led and well-managed, including:

  • Distributed leadership
  • Systems for leadership
  • People for leadership
  • Developing a strategy
  • Succession planning
  • Staff training and coaching

Helen Morgan is an education consultant and Executive Director at HM Education Consultancy Ltd and offers bespoke training, coaching and consultancy support to educational organisations in a range of different contexts. Her portfolio is underpinned by her experience as a teacher, school leader, headteacher, local authority consultant, trainer and coach. Helen is passionate about education and the importance of building professional learning communities.

 

U. Fundamental British Values & Protected Characteristics through the Curriculum

CANCELLED

 

 

V. How to Reduce Workload Whilst Maintaining High Standards

Course Leader: Imtiaz Patel

Aimed at: Senior leaders & governors

How to reduce teacher work load in order to have more productive and happier staff (and a higher retention rate), including:

  • The impact of high workload on staff well-being, staff retention and raising standards
  • How to conduct a workload audit / review

 

 


 

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Networking

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for delegates to view and access school resources from service providers in and around the educational sector. Representatives from these providers will be on hand to talk you through the benefits of these products and services so you can see the opportunities available to your school first-hand.

The AMS School Leadership Conference is the largest annual gathering of Muslim school leaders in the UK and provides a great opportunity for businesses, charities and other organisations to promote their products and services to the sector. If you would like to exhibit at this event, please click here.

Organisations who will be participating at the School Leadership Conference are listed below. Please click on a logo to find out more.

 

Event sponsor

School Kompanion

The School Kompanion is working tirelessly with independent schools around the UK to raise standards in information management and build structured, cohesive school management platforms to support users at all stages in the education ladder. We hope you can join us at the School Leadership Conference to find out more about the School Kompanion.

 


 

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The School Leadership Conference will be offering an on-site crèche facility for parents with young children at a cost of £20 per child for the day. This service is dependent on the demand received – please click here for more information and to book.


 

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Booking

To book tickets for this event, please use the form below and click on ‘Submit Booking’. Please make a note of the workshop options of each delegate when booking.

Booking

  • Bookings are only confirmed when AMS has received a booking form and payment.
  • Early bird and group discounts only apply when payment has been received before the deadline.
  • All workshops have a limited capacity – once reached, no further bookings can be taken for that workshop. If, on the day, spaces become available due to cancellations, delegates may request to attend this workshop during registration.
  • Member discounts apply to schools who have paid their subscription for AMS membership and have no outstanding payments due. For more information about membership please click here.
  • Organisations who are not eligible for AMS membership (i.e. not a registered full-time day school with an Islamic ethos) can purchase a Service Pack and attend AMS events at member rates as well as enjoy a host of other benefits. Alternatively, you may attend the event as a non-member.

Cancellations:

  • Bookings cancelled 29 days or more before the event date will be refunded in full.
  • Bookings cancelled 15 to 28 days before the event date will be refunded minus a £10.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 8 to 14 days before the event date be refunded minus a £20.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 7 days or less before the event date will not be refunded.
  • In the event workshops are cancelled, AMS will refund the full amount.

 

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