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Interactive workshops

Inspiring mix of interactive workshops, plenary sessions and TeachMeets designed to maximise learning, networking and skills enabling you to put new thinking into practice
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Below are just some of the workshop and plenary sessions that will be available on the day.

Adrian Simpson, Chief Connector, Wavelength – What can we learn from the world’s best businesses?

Adrian Simpson from Wavelength, looks at the world’s top performing companies and what schools, organisations and leaders can learn from their strategies and approaches. The most successful businesses place a premium on organisational culture, people and resolute customer service – find out how they do it and what their  thinking  could do for your organisation.

Ben Stimson, Retail Director, Waitrose – What can be learnt and applied from the success of Waitrose and John Lewis?

Having a Waitrose or a John Lewis is a proven boost for any town centre. So why are they so sought after by the public and what lessons can be learnt from their business model and customer approach? Ben Stimson, Retail Director of Waitrose gives a rare insight in to the business model and what leaders can possibly learn from their unique focus on both Partners and customers.

Rimla Akhtar, MBE. Chair, Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation – Diversity in PE and sport – how good is your practice?

Our diverse pupil population requires new thinking in order to ensure all young people are fully engaged in PE and Sport. Here we look at the strategic imperative for change and the implications for sports governance. This session breaks stereotypes by looking at some of the real and perceived barriers to participation and offers solutions on how schools and providers can develop their practice to ensure those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds participate and succeed in PE and school sport.

Sian Carr, President, ASCL – Breaking the glass ceiling – women into leadership

The statistics continue to show under-representation of women in senior positions in the corporate and public sectors. Sian Carr, President of ASCL looks at what individuals, schools and organisations can do to help more women break through the glass ceiling.

What does 'Ofsted Outstanding' primary PE look like?

This session allows primary colleagues to learn from outstanding practitioners about the strategies and approaches they have taken to achieve excellence in primary PE.

Effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport premium

In September this year the primary PE and School Sport Premium will double, with this comes new guidelines on spending. How can you best ensure a lasting legacy for your school?

30 active minutes: Active schools = increased pupil achievement

Childhood obesity remains a huge issue for our young people not just for their health but – as the evidence also shows - their lower academic achievement. In this session practitioners share the highs and lows of making their schools and classrooms more physically active spaces; improving children’s health and with the added benefits of improving both behaviour and concentration.

How do we prove the link between PE/sport and achievement?

 In this session teachers showcase the approaches and findings of their school based action research into how PE and sport can positively support achievement in other areas of school.

Prepare for examination in GCSE PE from 2016 with OCR, Pearson Edexcel and AQA

All three Exam Boards will be delivering workshops - 6 months into delivering the new GCSE PE  specifications, this session provides an opportunity  to share reflections on the new GCSE PE  specification and prepare for first examination and explore other PE qualifications offered by them.

How can schools and others use PE and sport as an engine for social mobility?

How do schools overcome social and geographical challenge to unlock potential in disadvantaged areas? In this session hear one school share its journey of using sport and PE to drive academic achievement and raise pupil  aspiration.

Policy debate 2017

With the huge political upheaval of summer 2016 it was hard to follow changes to existing and eagerly awaited policies such as the childhood obesity plan. This session gets leading policy makers and commentators together to reflect on policy and strategy over the last 9 months and the implications for schools and the sports sector.

A strategic, countrywide approach to physical and mental wellbeing in schools

In 2015, Northamptonshire took a county-wide strategic approach to developing the health and wellbeing of all secondary school pupils. As others now look to follow this innovative approach, we look at what has been achieved, challenges that were overcome and the success of the  ‘Heads of Health and Wellbeing’ role in schools.

PE TeachMeet: Hot Topics

The popular interactive PE TeachMeet format, led here by YST's PE CatalYSTs, looks at topical discussion points, with sessions for senior leaders, PE department leaders, and newly-qualified teachers.