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Archive of National Conference - held on 6th July 2005 - with Alan November and Sir Dexter Hutt

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Audio recordings and PowerPoint slides from the two main conference presentations and from one of the afternoon seminars ('Behaviour for Learning' - Dexter Hutt) are available below.

"The revolution is not about technology. The real revolution is about access to information and communication. It's not about the wires, it's about what flows through them" (Alan November)

Delegates should have taken from this conference a new depth of insight into the critical issues surrounding both building and leading 'schools for the future'. At this critically important time of BSF, the conference explored not only the e-maginative use of digital technologies to transform classroom cultures and improve standards, but also the leadership issues which enable this to be successfully achieved. This exciting event brought together two world-leading practitioners, the visionary Alan November from the US and one of our most successful and effective school leaders, Sir Dexter Hutt from the UK. You can read more about these remarkable people and view the full conference agenda below.

Who attended: School leaders and aspiring leaders; CLC managers; teachers; subject leaders from primary and secondary schools; school improvement professionals (including independents and those from LEAs and other organisations); those involved in initial teacher training and in BSF.

“If you have not heard Alan’s message before or recently, make this conference a date in your diary! You will be inspired by his vision for using technology to excite and empower teachers and learners.” (Sue Kuzubasoglu, Haywood CLC Manager)

"Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary goals are key skills for school leaders" (Alan November)

"I feel that one of the problems for many of us in secondary schools is that we seem to have almost become institutionalised, in a similar way to long-term prison inmates. This is not healthy for us let alone for the students we seek to help become self-directed fearless learners" (Stephen Holland)

"We need to restore the family's honoured role as a centre of learning" (Alan November)

Delegates were encouraged to look afresh at how we organise and deliver educational services and heard about new, innovative approaches to learning and leadership which have and are producing very positive outcomes for students and their teachers.

During the afternoon, there was a programme of stimulating seminars led by outstanding practitioners who have made a significant difference through effective use ICT.

Venue: The Moat House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent

Date: Wednesday 6th July 2005 (10.00am – 4.00pm)

"The Internet can provide any version of the truth to support almost any belief. We need to teach students how to read the “grammar” of the Internet and apply strategies to validate information on web sites" (Alan November)

This event builds on the enthusiastic response to last year's highly successful conference (web/video archive available here).


The Event

9:30 - 10:00
Registration and Refreshments

10:00 - 10:10

Introduction - Sue Kuzubasoglu and Stephen Holland
Listen again (04:01) mp3 (3.68MB)

10:10 - 10:20

Welcome - Nigel Rigby, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Stoke-on-Trent
Listen again (04:55) mp3 (4.50MB)

10:20 - 11:30

'Education in the 21st Century - what are the essential questions we should now be asking?' - Alan November, Senior Partner, November Learning.

Challenging some current assumptions, Alan reviewed the current education scene and considered whether we are asking the right questions to drive us towards more effective use of ICT to raise standards and expectations.

Listen again (66:09) mp3 (60.57MB)
11:30 - 12:00
Light Refreshments and Exhibition

12:00 - 1:00

'Transformational Leadership in Schools: The journey from good to great' - Sir Dexter Hutt, Headteacher, Ninestiles School, Birmingham, UK

Under Sir Dexter's leadership, Ninestiles has gone from being a failing school to one of the most successful. Now a Leading Edge school, this vibrant learning community, highly praised by Ofsted, has the largest school wireless network in Europe. It is a collaborative environment within which "Individuals are valued and everyone strives for the best." Under his direction, Ninestiles School and its 1500 students have become ambassadors for school improvement. In his address, Sir Dexter shared his experiences and expertise on leading his school on this remarkable journey.

Listen again (60:24) mp3 (55.29MB) PowerPoint (4.98MB)
1:00 - 2:00
Lunch and Exhibition
2:00 - 2:45
Seminars 1, 2, 4, 5 (in Main Hall + 3 Seminar Rooms)
2:45 - 2:50 Seminar change over
2:50 - 3:35
Seminars 2, 3, 4, 5 (in Main Hall + 3 Seminar Rooms)
3:35 - 4:00
Light Refreshments and Exhibition
4:00 - 4:30
Questions and Answers Expert Panel (Main Hall)
from 4:30
Exhibition and/or Depart


Seminar Program

During the afternoon, delegates selected two from the following

Seminar 1

Understanding the Grammar of the Internet and Developing Critical Thinking Skills - Alan November

Too many students don't know how to separate fact from fiction on the Internet. The Internet can provide any version of the truth to support almost any belief. We can teach students how to read the “grammar” of the Internet and to apply strategies to validate information on a web site. This seminar provided step-by-step teaching tips that help students and teachers think critically about Internet information.

Seminar 2

Promoting More Effective ICT-enabled Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools - Karen Hodgkinson

Karen, together with some of her students, outlined and illustrated how her ICT-enabled approaches to classroom practice using (amongst other things) an interactive whiteboard, a visualiser and voting pads, have transformed her practice and improved attainment.

Seminar 3

Creating a New Culture of Learning and Teaching - Alan November

A powerful new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning is emerging. Access to more timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to more collegiality, build stronger community relationships, and empower students to be more self-directed. This workshop presented clear examples of how this new culture has been achieved.

Seminar 4

Transformational Leadership in Schools - Sir Dexter Hutt

This was an opportunity to learn more about Sir Dexter's work and to ask more detailed questions.  The audio below is from Dexter's second seminar where he spoke about 'Behaviour for Learning' at Ninestiles

Listen again (37:29) mp3 (34.31MB)

Seminar 5

Engaged Learning - Digital Creativity in the Classroom - Jenny Hulme

Drawing upon her wide experience and significant achievements, Jenny and her students illustrated how learning and teaching can be transformed through creative approaches with digital media.


Speakers, Seminar Leaders and Expert Panel Members

Alan November (Senior Partner, November Learning) is recognized internationally as a leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been a director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. As practitioner, designer, and author, Alan has guided schools, government organizations and industry leaders as they plan to improve quality with technology.

Alan is well known for applying his humour and wit to inspire us to think about applying technology to improve learning. His areas of expertise include information and communication technology, planning across the curriculum, staff development, long-range planning, building learning communities and leadership development. He has delivered keynote presentations and workshops in all fifty states of the USA, in every province in Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

Alan was named one of the USA’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Classroom Computer Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was named one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. His writing includes dozens of articles and the best-selling book, Empowering Students with Technology. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Dexter Hutt became Headteacher of Ninestiles School, a 1500 student mixed comprehensive, in 1988. Under his leadership Ninestiles has progressed from being a failing school to one of the country’s designated Leading Edge schools with 70+% of students gaining 5 or more A* - C. The school was awarded the highest ever quality of teaching grades by Ofsted during a full inspection, with a culture described by Ofsted Inspectors as ‘positive, vibrant and one in which individuals are valued and everyone strives for the best’. With the largest school wireless network in Europe and over 1200 laptops on site, Ninestiles is a specialist technology college and a Microsoft partner school. Ninestiles has set up its own company, Ninestiles Plus and has become increasingly involved in school improvement nationally, providing school improvement consultancy and courses for many schools from around the country. Ninestiles often hosts visits from Ministers and senior education officials from the Department of Education and Dexter is a member of several national policy groups. He is also a Commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality. Dexter Hutt is now the Executive Head of the Ninestiles Federation with overall responsibility for the progress of Ninestiles and two other secondary schools - Waverley and The International School - which became the most improved in Birmingham in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Waverley was also the 3rd most improved in the country in 2004. He was knighted in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List for services to education.

Karen Hodgkinson, recently awarded the prestigious ‘Primary Science Teacher of the Year’ by the Association for Science Education, brings a holistic approach to her role as Science Subject Leader at Christchurch C.E. Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent. A first class honours graduate in Life and Environmental Science, Karen is passionate about harnessing ICT to improve standards across the whole primary curriculum. She demonstrates, through her own practice, how ICT promotes more effective learning and teaching.

Karen has been very actively involved in a number of innovative research projects including the use of puppets in science (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) and the use of voting pads as tools for assessment. She is a member of the Initial Teacher Training Primary Partnership Steering Group for Manchester Metropolitan University and has given demonstrations of effective practice with interactive whiteboards and voting pads at Keele University. In addition to co-authoring questions for the KS2 software ‘Raising Achievement in Science’ from Robert Powell Publications, Karen has also worked in close partnership with energy supplier N-Power to update one of their publications which contains information and activities for KS2.

Jenny Hulme, former teacher and ICT teacher advisor for the Rainbow Education Action Zone, is an e-learning curriculum specialist currently working from the two City Learning Centres in Stoke-on-Trent. Jenny, a winner of the Becta Digital Creativity Awards in 2004, is a semi-professional musician with a strong background in ICT. Her ‘Engaged Learning’ project was reviewed by the Education Guardian in Sept 2004. Current projects include digital video production with teachers and children; “Enabling Technologies” with Ultralab; “Using Macromedia Flash in the Curriculum”; a KS4 art project with Wedgwood Museum; a KS2/3 transition project using stop-frame animation, and a unique ‘GarageBand’ digital music project with Apple. Jenny’s focus is on how digital technologies are shaping the schools and classrooms of the future.
Stephen Holland has a wealth of experience supporting secondary schools and colleges in transforming learning and teaching through the effective use of ICT. Having spent over 20 years as a secondary school teacher, and having also served as an LEA senior ICT advisor, he is both passionate and practical about harnessing ICT to improve standards. Stephen has been actively involved in the design and successful implementation of a number of ICT-rich learning environments, including two City Learning Centres. An earlier project featured as a case study in the OECD publication 'Redefining the Place to Learn' from which Stephen was invited to address the National Conference of Architecture and Education in Boston, USA.



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With acknowledgements to:

Stoke-on-Trent Excellence in Cities Partnership                     The Haywood City Learning Centre                      Stoke-on-Trent LEA                     Neighbourhood Renewal Fund                     NLS/NNS Interactive Whiteboard Demonstration Pilot                     LEA Numeracy Team