Advice and guidance on academisation at #BettAcademies

Bett Academies takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 16 to 17 March, featuring a line-up of high-profile industry pioneers ready to inspire senior leaders in academies, multi-academy trusts (MATs) and schools exploring academisation.

Building upon Ascential Events’ portfolio of award-winning events, this brand new summit has been developed in consultation with senior education leaders, and crafted to address the key challenges and considerations associated with academisation, through advice, guidance and inspiration.

Based on extensive research with a number of schools, academies and MATs across the UK, the peer-led programme covers topics such as change management, effective leadership and futureproofing education, and provides education leaders with an opportunity to build vital collaborative links with peers, key education stakeholders and suppliers.

So, what can you expect to see? Here’s a taster of some of the seminars on offer…

Thursday 16 March

Session title: Diversifying expertise in leadership teams

Speaker: Melanie Renowden, executive director, School and System Partnerships, Ambition School Leadership

Description: Leadership teams are changing. This session will address the importance of a diverse range of expertise in your senior leadership team (SLT), and look at how embracing a culture of change will benefit the whole academy.

Time: 9:50 – 10:30

Session title: Academy Progress – Update from the National Schools Commissioner

Speaker: Sir David Carter, national schools commissioner

Description: An address to understand the current progress of academies across the UK from the national schools commissioner

Time: 10:30 – 11:15

Session title: Gamification and the future of teaching education for schools and academies

Speaker: Adam Caplan, EMathsMaster

Description: It seems that the battle lines for the future of education technology are being drawn. In many ways, education is at the forefront of technological change and in many ways, it significantly lags behind the commercial world. Let’s imagine what fully embracing this future of technology would look like. Imagine if children approached learning through engaging play, heightened curiosity and with the most positive of can-do attitudes. How will technology change education? What will academies do? What will teachers do? How will you all deal with these technological solutions? Change is coming: will you embrace or deny it?

Time: 11:45 – 12:30

Session title: Is the Government’s definition of progress too narrow? (In association with New Schools Network)

Speaker: Toby Young, director, New Schools Network

Description: In February 2017, New Schools Network launched a report exploring how the introduction of the EBacc had impacted arts education. As schools prepare to grapple with Progress 8 and Attainment 8, and the possibility that the EBacc may be made compulsory, our panel will discuss whether the Government’s current accountability framework is hindering arts and technology education and whether its definition of progress is too narrow.

Time: 16:05 – 16:40

Friday 17 March

Session title: Collaborating for innovation in edtech

Speaker: Mr Joshua Perry, director, Assembly

Description: Technology has become an enabler of world-class education and MATs represent an exciting opportunity to foster new innovations that make a real impact on learning outcomes. This session, hosted by renowned speaker Priya Lakhani OBE, will look at the opportunities for innovation in technology and the role this plays in modern education. Joshua Perry from Assembly will share first-hand insights into the latest edtech with insights from world-class innovation inside one of the UK’s most influential MATs.

Time: 10:30 – 11:00

Session title: In conversation: Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Speaker: Andrew Fielder, CEO, Aspire Academy Trust

Description: This session will delve into the issues that are affecting CEOs of MATs and look to the future of the new educational landscape. After a year of significant change in the education sector, this session will offer a perspective on what the future holds for education leaders.

Time: 14:00 – 14:30

Session title: Academisation: Leading an alternative model

Speaker: Tom Rees, head teacher and director, Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Description: What are the models of academisation available to schools looking to convert? For those not looking to join MATs, there are a number of alternative opportunities. Northampton Primary Trust offers an interesting case study into successful academy conversion in a highly successful model – gain insights into this process and the successes achieved.

Time: 15:00 – 15:30

For a full seminar and masterclass agenda, visit

Bett Academies takes place from 16 to 17 March at the NEC Birmingham, alongside The Education Show, with limited spaces available. For more information and to register for your free pass, visit

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