Birmingham Campaign for State Education (CASE)

Birmingham Education Conference

A vision for all Birmingham’s children

Saturday 9 March 10.30 till 3.30 (registration from 10.00)

Birchfield Primary School,

Trinity Rd,



10.00 – 10.30 Registration

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome: Moira Foster-Brown, Head, Birchfield Community School.

Introduction: TBA

10.45 – 11.20 ‘Education Under Siege’, Professor Peter Mortimore, formerly Director of the Institute of Education, University of London.

11.20 – 11.40 ‘Passing the tests: five criteria for judging the adequacy of any future national policies for education’, Sir Tim Brighouse, formerly Chief Education Officer, Birmingham, and formerly Director, London Challenge.

11.40 – 12.10 Discussion

12.10 – 1.00 Workshops

‘Is a creative curriculum too risky?’ Alison Lee, assistant head, Queensbridge school.

‘Co-operative Trusts – are they the way forward?’ Four Oaks Co-operative Learning Trust: Rachel Davis, head, Little Sutton primary school; Andrew Steggall, head, Moor Hall primary school; Heather Sutton, head, Four Oaks primary school.

‘Curriculum innovation in practice’, Moira Foster-Brown, head, Birchfield primary school.

1.00 – 1.40 Lunch

1.40 – 2.00 ‘The changing role of the local authority’, Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet member for Children and Families.

2.00 – 2.30 Discussion

2.30 – 3.20 Workshops

‘Collaboration for school improvement’, Viv Randall, Primary School Improvement Group and head, Colmore Infant and Nursery school.

‘How to make your school LGBT friendly’, Elly Barnes, LGBT advisor for Birmingham, Educate and Celebrate, Schools Out.

‘Why and How Religious Education will continue to be taught in Birmingham’, Guy Hordern, SACRE.

3.20 – 3.30 Closing remarks and music performance.


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