On 18th March 2019, Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools (HMCI), will headline the inaugural Cumbrian Leading Learning research conference at West Lakes Academy who are hosting over 25 leading speakers from the world of education.

To link with our theme of research, we will hear, from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, glimpses of the new research-led inspection framework due for release in September 2019 and her views on curriculum and what our children learn. Ofsted is actively engaged in research around a number of areas close to teachers’ hearts such as:

  • science in primary schools, and foreign languages and art in secondary schools
  • how pupils with SEND in mainstream schools can get better access to support
  • teacher wellbeing and workload
  • improving basic skills and knowledge in further education
  • how we develop curriculum knowledge in initial teacher education
  • what it means to a school to be part of a MAT

Head of West Lakes Academy, Mr Jackson, said “It’s difficult to describe how excited we feel that Amanda Spielman is travelling all the way to West Cumbria to talk at our special academy to an audience of Cumbrian teachers. We are immensely honoured and already encouraged that she is prepared to give time to focus on helping us change lives through learning.”

He added “We hope it will be one of those defining moments in the landscape of our county’s education system; something we talk about for years to come. We want Cumbria to lead, energize and represent the pinnacle of changing lives through learning; we believe our country’s success depends on it.”

Mrs Deeks, Vice Principal at WLA said “The conference is aimed solely at those who work every day in schools, leading improvements in learning and teaching. We want those who have the closest link to improving student outcomes across their school to hear research-led, evidence-based strategies that are making tangible differences to the education of children across the world and to minimise the distance between hearing that idea and it impacting on a child’s experience in class.”

The day will see 200 teachers hear a wide range of professionally challenging sessions from some of education’s leading thinkers.

Miss Relph, Vice Principal at WLA, said “I was born, grew up and went to school in West Cumbria and came back from university to teach our wonderful children in our amazing schools and I can’t remember a time when such an impressive list of speakers was gathered together here. The conference isn’t just another CPD event; West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust’s sponsors (Sellafield Ltd., Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Central Lancashire) have supported us to host what is anticipated will be a ground-breaking event.”

She added “We hope that visitors will make new friends and forge relationships that span the geography of our county and beyond; to learn from each other, inspire each other; where those who change lives through learning have their own lives changed too.”

Tickets are on sale now. You must work in a school and be engaged in leading learning across your school. Please contact tsa@westlakesacademy.org.uk