Education Show 2017: Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

The Education Show

Free to attend, The Education Show is the UK’s largest showcase of best practice CPD, training and educational resources. Each year, thousands of education professionals gather to test and compare the latest resources, discuss policy and practice and form vital collaborative links with their peers.

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Those attending Bett Academies (NEC, Birmingham) on 17th March will get the chance to hear Andrew Fields, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, discuss the shape of the new educational landscape. Presenting at 13:45 on the Friday of the event, Andrew will be reminding us of the opportunities that this new educational landscape offers academies and MATs.

The values he will be exploring include: having a shared vision, identifying and removing barriers, learning from past mistakes, renewing and reshaping governance and, of course, developing a multi-skilled workforce that is flexible, fast-moving, and looks beyond each individual school.

Fielder will be including discussion about the need to embed responsibility and accountability systems deep into every classroom and office, and the importance of identifying and then removing superfluous burdens from school staff to enable them to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

He will be stressing the importance of growing a central services team that is focused wholly on delivering the Trust’s vision and will provide guests with advice on how to do this. Stepping outside the traditional school staff structure, he will also explain how Trust growth enables the appointment of specialist staff, including educational psychologists, grant officers and communication officers.

Each point that Fielder makes will be supported with his own advice and experience from his successful work at Aspire Academy Trust: its development, its progress, and its impact. And he will be inviting comments from the audience which he expects for the more controversial points.

Some of his more controversial views include the need for ‘hub working’, where groups of three to four academies support and monitor each other, share resources and develop joint improvement plans and how his vision removes the need for governing bodies and headteachers.

To attend this lively free session, please register at to reserve your seat, as we expect it to be a busy session.

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