Govas Autumn conference -Phil Beswick

Last chance to register -get up to date with Academisation and Grammar Schools .
Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Education For All: the Implications for School Structures & Governance in Stockport”

Registration for the Conference on October 6th at Edgeley Park will close on Friday 30th September.

As well as the opportunity to hear from and meet the Regional Schools Commissioner, Vicky Beer, Mark Blois, chair of trustees of the L.E.A.D. Academy, and Clare Collins of the NGA, it is obviously vital that we consider the local context and so we are delighted to welcome Phil Beswick.

Phil is the Director for Education Services in Stockport and has held the position since 2014. Previously he had a very successful period as a Headteacher prior to becoming a Local Authority Advisor in 1998 and Head of School Improvement in 2011. He has led on many local and national initiatives which have successfully improved the quality of education across Stockport. He has worked as adviser to the government on the policy for more able children and currently leads the North West closing the gap initiative.  He has a passion for developing the leadership of teaching and has spent his career working with school leaders to improve outcomes for young people in Stockport.  

This conference will help inform your decision-making and planning as the government pushes ahead with the academisation programme and the possible expansion of grammar schools.

We look forward to meeting up with you on 6th October.

The conference will be open to governors from every school in Stockport, on a first-come, first-served basis. We would love to see at least one governor/trustee from each school in Stockport, so please take the opportunity to register now. - and click this link to register -

Best Regards,
Stu Foster
Chair, GOVAS

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