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Star Leadership Lecture Series 2019/20

20th June 2019 The importance of leadership in raising standards
26th September 2019 The importance of leadership in establishing the school culture
12th December 2019 The centrality of the quality of teaching
16th January 2020 The value and use of assessment
19th March 2020 The role of accountability and performance management
30th April 2020 The importance of communications and consultation

All of the lectures are free of charge to senior leadership teams from all Bradford schools.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw - Biography

Known for an unwavering commitment to improving standards as a teacher, head teacher, Director of Education and as Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael has helped to improve the lives of many generations of young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He is presently Professor of Education at St Mary’s University, and Senior Adviser to the GEMS International Schools Group.

As Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, Children’s Services and Skills, between 2012 and 2016, Sir Michael was responsible for all of Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work in England, using the full range of inspection findings to report on the quality of education and care both locally and nationally. He was responsible to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of one of the largest inspectorates in the developed world.

By introducing more demanding inspection frameworks, Sir Michael was pleased at the end of his tenure, to report that nearly two million more children and young people were being educated in good and outstanding schools than when he took up his position in 2012.

Previous to his appointment as HMCI, Sir Michael had been a very successful head teacher of a number of schools in Inner London. He became particularly well known for Mossbourne Academy in Hackney, East London, where he transformed one of the worst schools in Britain into one of the best, sending large numbers of children to top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. 

Between 2007 and 2012, whilst still principal of Mossbourne Academy, Sir Michael was appointed as the part-time Director of Education at ARK Schools, one of the largest and most successful Multi-Academy Trusts in England. In this role, Sir Michael was responsible for standards in all of the constituent academies within the Trust.

Sir Michael has held a number of senior advisory positions to the UK Government and also to education ministries abroad including those of Brazil, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia.

He has been a Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Teaching Institute and a member of the National Advisory Group for the Children’s Plan and for London Challenge.

Sir Michael is an Honorary Doctor at the Universities of Greenwich and East London, a fellow of Birkbeck College, London University and a Freeman of the City of London.

He has recently been appointed as Professor of Education at St Mary’s University in London.

In 2000 he was knighted by the Queen for Services to Education.

Lecture series leads from the front

Teachers across Bradford can hear from some of the education sector’s most inspirational leaders as a part of major new lecture series starting this June.

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Star Institute, the leadership development arm of leading multi-academy trust Star Academies, has organised a series of six high-profile lectures over the next 12 months, each focusing on a specific challenging aspect of leading a school.

All six events in the Star Leadership Lecture Series will be hosted by Sir Michael Wilshaw, formerly Ofsted’s Chief Inspector and currently Professor of Education at St Mary’s University in London. He will be joined by a series of industry leaders who will debate important topics such as the value of assessment, the role of accountability and the importance of communication.

The first lecture, from 4.30pm on Thursday 20th June at the Tong Leadership Academy in Bradford, will see Sir Michael discuss ‘The importance of leadership in raising standards’ with Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford City Council and Anne-Marie Canning, Chair of the Bradford Opportunity Area Board.

Sophie Backen, Head of Leadership Development at Star Institute, said: “Originally conceived as a professional development opportunity for our academies, we are delighted to have been able to open up these lectures to a much wider audience. They are completely free of charge and open to senior leadership teams from all Bradford schools.”

“The programme has been specifically designed to supplement development initiatives such as National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) with really inspirational insight from some of the most experienced and respected leaders in the sector.”

Star Institute is accredited to deliver the Department for Education’s National Professional Leadership Qualifications and also an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training. Its professional team of education leaders work with approved partners to lead and deliver school-to-school support and to facilitate partnership working for a number of school alliances.


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Star Leadership Lecture Series 2019/20

20th June 2019 The importance of leadership in raising standards
26th September 2019 The importance of leadership in establishing the school culture
12th December 2019 The centrality of the quality of teaching
16th January 2020 The value and use of assessment
19th March 2020 The role of accountability and performance management
30th April 2020 The importance of communications and consultation

All of the lectures are free of charge to senior leadership teams from all Bradford schools.

Full details and registration information


Sir Michael Wilshaw - Biography

Known for an unwavering commitment to improving standards as a teacher, head teacher, Director of Education and as Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael has helped to improve the lives of many generations of young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He is presently Professor of Education at St Mary’s University, and Senior Adviser to the GEMS International Schools Group.

As Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, Children’s Services and Skills, between 2012 and 2016, Sir Michael was responsible for all of Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work in England, using the full range of inspection findings to report on the quality of education and care both locally and nationally. He was responsible to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of one of the largest inspectorates in the developed world.

By introducing more demanding inspection frameworks, Sir Michael was pleased at the end of his tenure, to report that nearly two million more children and young people were being educated in good and outstanding schools than when he took up his position in 2012.

Previous to his appointment as HMCI, Sir Michael had been a very successful head teacher of a number of schools in Inner London. He became particularly well known for Mossbourne Academy in Hackney, East London, where he transformed one of the worst schools in Britain into one of the best, sending large numbers of children to top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. 

Between 2007 and 2012, whilst still principal of Mossbourne Academy, Sir Michael was appointed as the part-time Director of Education at ARK Schools, one of the largest and most successful Multi-Academy Trusts in England. In this role, Sir Michael was responsible for standards in all of the constituent academies within the Trust.

Sir Michael has held a number of senior advisory positions to the UK Government and also to education ministries abroad including those of Brazil, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia.

He has been a Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Teaching Institute and a member of the National Advisory Group for the Children’s Plan and for London Challenge.

Sir Michael is an Honorary Doctor at the Universities of Greenwich and East London, a fellow of Birkbeck College, London University and a Freeman of the City of London.

He has recently been appointed as Professor of Education at St Mary’s University in London.

In 2000 he was knighted by the Queen for Services to Education.

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