Overcoming the North-South Divide: Tackling Disparities in Educational Outcomes (Manchester)

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Liz Franey, Head of Delivery, Blackpool Opportunity Area, Department for Education
  • Angela James, Chief Adviser, Early Years and School Improvement Service, North Tyneside Council
  • Neville Beischer, Headteacher, Wright Robinson College
  • Professor Stephen Gorard, School of Education, Durham University
  • Heather Mullaney, Executive Principal, The Heath Family Multi-Academy Trust; Chair, School Improvement Group, Learn and Lead, and Member, North West School Improvement Board
  • (Chair) Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR North)


Following the publication of the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy’ join us for this timely Westminster Briefing event to hear from the Department for Education and industry experts about what you can do to tackle disparities in educational outcomes and drive up standards in your school.

Recent reports show 72% of schools in northern England and the Midlands are rated good or outstanding. This compares with 84% in the South – and the gap is widening. As a result, there are 135,000 more secondary school children being taught in underperforming schools in northern England and the Midlands than in the South.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Raising standards by closing the disadvantage gap
  • Role of RSCs in improving educational outcomes
  • Encouraging talented teachers and middle leaders to teach in deprived schools
  • MAT development and sponsor capacity
  • System conditions: provision and establishing clear standards
  • Effective governance
  • An academic curriculum for all
  • Employment pathways: improving access to HE
  • Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers 

The Event:

The morning session will focus on the key issues facing schools across the Midlands and northern England and discuss methods to develop and deliver a strategic plan that aims to tackle the disparity.

The afternoon session will highlight strategies your school can adopt to improve educational outcomes and give you the opportunity to learn from best practice case studies to improve standards and pupils’ achievement.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657. To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Tim.Archer@westminster-briefing.com

Who should attend?

You will join a range of school and education stakeholders including, but not limited to: school heads, senior and middle leaders, relevant governors, those with pastoral responsibilities, SENCOs, alternative education providers, safeguarding and inclusion leaders, local authorities and anyone interested in or involved in tackling disparities in educational outcomes

Wednesday 14th June 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each
All displayed prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“People of Manchester and Liverpool and the north of England are not being treated fairly...their children have less of a chance of educational success than children south of the wash.”

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Former Chief Inspector of Schools (Dec’ 2016)

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