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Free Webinar: Education post-Covid: how will we close the gap?

Wednesday 24 June, 11am – 12 noon

When children and young people start back to school this autumn, some will have been out of formal education for over five months.  How will teaching and learning need to change to re-engage pupils? What should the curriculum look like?  How will we support the most disadvantaged pupils to close the gaps in progress and attainment?

In the week that would have been the first Bradford Education Festival, we’re bringing together a top panel to discuss the issues and explore ideas in a free webinar for school leaders.

Who is this session for?

Teachers and leaders in Bradford planning for the autumn, relevant to both primary and secondary phases.


Panellists

Mary MyattMary Myatt, author of “Hopeful Schools” and “The Curriculum”, and Chair of the Centre for Education and Youth

Mary Myatt is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes.


Lisa CrausbyLisa Crausby, Executive Director of Education, Star Academies

Star Academies Trust is rated the top performing multi-academy trust (MAT) in England. Prior to joining Star, Lisa was the Chief Education Officer of another MAT, responsible for transforming the education of over 12,000 pupils from areas of high deprivation across the primary, secondary and Further Education phases. Under her leadership, over 90% of schools were judged as Good by Ofsted with no school performing below the government’s coasting criteria. She is also a Lead Ofsted Inspector in the Northwest.


Natalie PereraNatalie Perera, Executive Director and Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute

Natalie recently gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee about the challenge that schools face to prevent disadvantaged students falling further behind as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Prior to her current role, Natalie worked in the Department for Education where led on research and policy interventions including on narrowing the gap between disadvantaged children and the rest and reform of the school funding system. Between 2014 and 2015, Natalie was seconded to the Cabinet Office where she worked in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. Natalie is also a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust in South London and a Trustee of the charities, The Fair Education Alliance and Causeway Education.

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