Education Executives: workshops

Education Executives is new membership offer for those responsible for leading improvement across, or overseeing, multiple schools. Membership includes a range of activities and resources, to help you develop as a confident executive leader.

There is a virtual workshop each term – including a full day in-person event in the Summer, four coaching sessions with Forum’s top team of executive coaches, and access to members to Forum’s regular members’ breakfast briefings and masterclasses which are also attended by our CEO and COO members. The coaching sessions will be arranged directly between you and your coach and focus on areas identified by you (working with your coach). Members will also gain access to our weekly (term-time) briefing services and our membership website.

The workshops

Our termly workshops are a great opportunity to learn from experts, hear more about best practice, and connect with others. This includes a national full day face to face leadership symposium planned for June. There isa book group discussion session at each workshop and we will ensure that a copy of the book is posted to you in good time prior to the workshop, highlighting one or two key chapters which we will discuss. Key resources from Forum’s website and wider, will also be highlighted to you throughout your membership. Details of the next two or three upcoming workshops can be found here:

Spring Term Workshop – Review and evaluation

Thursday 10th March 2022 9am – 12.30pm

This workshop will focus on how you can review and evaluate the progress your school improvement strategy is making. We will consider the differences between a learning culture that continually reflects on successes as well as failures and those more toxic cultures that focus on blame and ‘what went wrong’ and go on to explore how you might create an open, honest learning culture across the Trust. We will consider the different metrics you can use to show strategic progress and how you can share this with a range of stakeholders including your board. There will be a focus on the role of peer review and leading peer review models in embedding and distributing an ongoing culture of review for formative learning.

 Our two expert speakers will share their thoughts and insight on these topics, including effective communication with Trustees. Our final book group session is likely to look at ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed and again we will select some key chapters to discuss.

Key questions

  • How do we embed and sustain a learning culture, not least through leading and overseeing high quality peer review models?
  • What is the role of strategic external partnerships in enhancing opportunities for ongoing learning and innovation?
  • How do we report on progress and improvement measures in a way that informs and drives a continuous process of improvement?

Summer Term National #TrustLeaders Leadership Symposium – led by Sir Michael Barber

Wednesday 8th June 2022 9.30am – 3.30pm

This inaugural event next year is titled ‘Accomplishment at Scale’ and will be led by Sir Michael Barber and facilitated by Forum Strategy. Sir Michael is the former Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, a leading thinker internationally in public sector improvement and reform, and author of highly acclaimed books including ‘Instruction to Deliver’ and ‘Accomplishment’. In 2021, he was asked by the UK Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary to conduct a rapid review of government delivery to ensure it remains focused, effective and efficient in the rebuild after COVID-19.

The #TrustLeaders symposium will be an active participation event, where trust leaders consider and reflect on their practice, progress and plans around improvement at scale based on Sir Michael’s input. There be ample opportunity to share practice with other trust leaders as well as to showcase your own learning and impact of leading improvement at scale within your trusts – be that educational or wider organisational improvement. Each member in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of Accomplishment as you take forward your learning from the day.

Find out more and book here


Further workshop dates and details for 2022/23 will also be added soon.

Education Executive Membership

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