As trainee teachers across Bradford head towards the final part of their training year (a year like no other!), we’re bringing together some of the city’s leading educators in a half day online conference to share their advice and ideas for launching a successful career in teaching.

This event is free for all Bradford trainee teachers – but you must register in advance so that we can send you the link to join the event live on the day.



AGENDA: Friday 7 May 2021



Mehwash Kauser


Keynote Input: “Prepare to Change Lives”

Anne Marie Canning MBE
Chair of the Bradford Opportunity Area and Chief Executive of the Brilliant Club


Becoming Evidence-informed Practitioners

Mark Miller
Head of Bradford Research School


Workshop Session 1

Choose from one of six sessions with people and organisations across Bradford who provide valuable curriculum resources and sources of expertise useful to new teachers. (Scroll down to review all the workshop options). You will be able to attend three workshop sessions during the morning, providing something for every interest.


Workshop Session 2


Workshop Session 3


What to expect from the Early Career Framework

Sophie Morgan-Williams
Delivery Partner, Ambition Institute

12 noon

Closing Input: “Be The Best Teacher You Can Be”

David Horn
Chief Executive, Beckfoot Multi-Academy Trust



Get involved


This event is free and is open to all teachers training in Bradford and other trainees who are starting a NQT post in Bradford in September.

You MUST register in advance so that you can receive joining details and get access to the virtual conference platform.



Once you have registered and provided your email address, you will be sent a special link to join the conference about a week before the event.  You don’t need any special software to join the conference – just a reliable internet connection. You can test the link before the event to make sure it works for you. There will be technical support for anyone who needs help. 


You can choose on the day which workshops you want to attend (there is no need to decide in advance)  - but review the options available before the conference to save time choosing. There will be four different options for each workshop time on the agenda……with different choices available each time. 


Mehwash Kauser, English Teacher, Belle Vue Girls' Academy

Mehwash Kauser is a Teacher of English, and Lead Teacher at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy. When not in the classroom with students, she is a Bradford Research Champion, a mentor, and works to ensure students’ aspirations are recognized, valued and realized.

Being a change-maker is at the heart of her practice: she advocates mentorship, representative role models, and breaking concrete ceilings. She is a Bradvocate and believes in the Bradfordian entrepreneurial spirit of change through education and empowerment. 


Chair of the Bradford Opportunity Area and Chief Executive of the Brilliant Club

Anne-Marie Canning MBE is from Doncaster, was the first in her family to go to university and has dedicated her career to opening up educational opportunity to the next generation. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

She is passionate about widening opportunity for young people, and the differences that teachers can make.

There will be live Q&A with Anne Marie on the day.

Head of Bradford Research School, part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s Research School Network.

The Research School is also part of the Dixons Teaching Institute, which has a role in staff and knowledge development across Dixons Academies Trust. He also works for the Centre for Applied Education Research, where he is currently working with researchers on guidance for pupils with poor working memory and on the Bradford Research Champions programme.

Delivery Partner, Ambition Institute

Chief Executive, Beckfoot Multi-Academy Trust

David Horn was Headteacher at Beckfoot School for 23 years before building Beckfoot Trust of which he is CEO. Beckfoot is a multi-academy trust with four secondary, four primary and two special schools in Bradford. David has helped thousands of young people and hundreds of staff develop and reach their full potential. He has committed himself to the principle that no child should be left behind and has a legacy of school improvement.

In 2020 he received the Pearson National Teaching Award for Lifetime Achievement.

There will be live Q&A with David on the day.



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