Forthcoming events

The Westminster Education Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on education policy. These include education professionals, representatives of parents, learners and local authorities; education sector businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; and academics and commentators; along with members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.

The Westminster Education Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

Should you have any booking queries, please email sue.harris@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk.

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Nick Pontefract

Sport and encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and young people - participation, tackling childhood obesity and the role of schools and local authorities

Thursday, 15th September 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Nick Pontefract, Head of Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Sheena MacDonald HMI

Next steps for alternative provision and exclusions: best practice, quality and progression

Friday, 16th September 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Sheena MacDonald HMI, Ofsted and Harriet Becher, Deputy Director, Disadvantage Division, Department for Education

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Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski

Priorities for school leadership in England - headteacher standards, recruitment and next steps for school governance

Monday, 10th October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, Chief Executive Officer, Bright Futures Educational Trust

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Natasha Devon

Children's mental health and wellbeing - integrating services, improving provision and the role of schools

Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Natasha Devon, former Mental Health Champion, Department for Education and Founder, Self-Esteem Team

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Next steps for reforming England's school system

Wednesday, 19th October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education

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Next steps for 16-19 provision - impact of the area reviews and implementing the Post-16 Skills Plan

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Sir David Collins, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education and Warwick Sharp, Deputy Director, Head of Vocational Education and 16-19 Strategy, Department for Education

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Dr Adam Boddison

Policy priorities for SEND - implementing local area inspections, raising educational outcomes and extending support for families

Thursday, 3rd November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, nasen

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Sir Nick Weller

Raising pupil attainment in the North of England and the Midlands

Monday, 7th November 2016
Central Manchester
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Nick Hudson, Regional Director for North East Yorkshire and Humber, Ofsted and Sir Nick Weller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal, Dixons Academies, Bradford

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Barnaby Lenon

The future for independent schools in England

Wednesday, 9th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council

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Anne Longfield

Growing up digital - technology, child development, iRights and policy

Thursday, 17th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England

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Lisa Pascoe

The changing landscape for children’s services - accountability, best practice and opportunities for innovation

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Graham Archer, Director, Children's Services, Department for Education and Lisa Pascoe, Deputy Director, Social Care Policy, Ofsted

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Character education in England - national curriculum, the National Citizen Service and equipping young people for modern life

Tuesday, 6th December 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Anne Frost, Deputy Director, Character Division, Post-16 and Disadvantage Group, Department for Education

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The future of school buildings and capital funding

Tuesday, 7th February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Andrew Forth, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); and senior speakers confirmed from the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency

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Child protection reform - service delivery, multi-agency arrangements and the future of the social work profession

Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Lucy Allan MP, Member, Education Select Committee; Ashley McDougall, Director, Local Government, Health and Education, National Audit Office; Graham Ritchie, Principal Policy Advisor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner and a senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

In Production

Lots. The Westminster Education Forum is planning a very full programme for the next 12 months.

But as we're the ones others tend to follow, please give us a ring or email info@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk to discuss future conferences.

We'd be happy to share ideas on areas to focus on, speaker suggestions, and other ways of getting involved.

Core Sponsors

The core sponsors of the Westminster Education Forum are Cambridge Assessment.

Parliamentary Patrons of the Forum

The parliamentary patrons of the Westminster Education Forum are Lord Aberdare, Sir David Amess MP, Caroline Ansell MP, Rt Hon the Lord Baker of Dorking, Gavin Barwell MP, Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, Baroness Benjamin, Lord Black of Brentwood, Bob Blackman MP, Rt Hon the Lord Blunkett, Rt Hon Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Lord Boswell of Aynho, Baroness Brinton, Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Baroness Buscombe, Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss, Douglas Carswell MP, Jenny Chapman MP, Christopher Chope MP, Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Vernon Coaker MP, Ann Coffey MP, Lord Crathorne KCVO, Nadine Dorries MP, Julie Elliott MP, Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Tim Farron MP, Suella Fernandes MP, Paul Flynn MP, Rt Hon the Baroness Garden of Frognal, Pat Glass MP, Lord Glentoran, James Gray MP, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Professor the Baroness Greenfield, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, Rt Hon John Hayes MP, James Heappey MP, Gordon Henderson MP, Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, Rt Hon the Baroness Hughes of Stretford, Diana Johnson MP, Helen Jones MP, Danny Kinahan MP, Rt Hon the Lord Knight of Weymouth, Rt Hon the Lord Laming, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, The Earl of Listowel, Tim Loughton MP, Ian Lucas MP, Baroness Maddock, Gordon Marsden MP, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Greg Mulholland MP, Lord Northbourne, Kate Osamor MP, Baroness Perry of Southwark, Baroness Prosser, Lord Puttnam CBE, Rt Hon the Baroness Quin, Baroness Seccombe DBE, Andrew Selous MP, Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Angela Smith MP, Lord Storey, Rt Hon the Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Andrew Turner MP, Lord Tyler, Baroness Wall of New Barnet, Baroness Walmsley, Baroness Warnock, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Craig Whittaker MP, Mark Williams MP, Rob Wilson MP and Viscount Younger of Leckie. Note: parliamentary patrons take no financial interest in the Forum.