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.

Ashley McDougall

Ashley McDougall

Juliet Lyon

Juliet Lyon

Next steps for children in care - regionalising adoption, improving outcomes and new standards for children's homes

Wednesday, 24th February 2016
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Ashley McDougall, Director, Local Government, Health and Education, National Audit Office and Juliet Lyon, Director, Prison Reform Trust

Sue Baldwin

Sue Baldwin

The future of school funding: policy, efficiency and best practice

Thursday, 3rd March 2016
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Sue Baldwin, Director of Academies and Maintained Schools Group, Education Funding Agency

Helen Stephenson

Helen Stephenson

Next steps for early years - extending provision, building capacity and developing the workforce

Tuesday, 19th April 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Helen Stephenson, Director of Early Years, Child Poverty and Children's Services Strategy, Department for Education

Teresa Tinsley

Teresa Tinsley

Modern Foreign Languages - preparing for the new GCSEs and A levels, improving take-up and raising the quality of teaching

Thursday, 21st April 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Teresa Tinsley, Author, Language Trends survey 2015/16 and Director, Alcantara Communications

Professor Stephen Heppell

Professor Stephen Heppell

Digital technologies and innovative teaching practices in the classroom: latest thinking and policy options

Tuesday, 26th April 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Professor Stephen Heppell, Chair, Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) and Chair, New Media Environments, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Bournemouth University

David Weston

David Weston

Professor Angela McFarlane

Professor Angela McFarlane

Future of the teaching profession in England - recruitment, workload, standards and professional development

Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: David Weston, Chair, Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and Professor Angela McFarlane, Chief Executive and Registrar, The College of Teachers

Lisa Pascoe

Lisa Pascoe

Policy priorities for child protection - preventing abuse, improving children's services and reforming social work

Monday, 16th May 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Lisa Pascoe, Deputy Director, Social Care Policy, Ofsted

Dr Vanessa Pittard

Dr Vanessa Pittard

Reforming maths qualifications in England - GCSEs, A-Levels, core maths and compulsory courses post-16

Monday, 23rd May 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards, Department for Education

Promoting UK education abroad: implementation, standards, exporting qualifications and assessment, and international student recruitment

Thursday, 9th June 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Geoff Gladding, Regional Director, UKTI Education

Sir Andrew Carter

Sir Andrew Carter

Initial Teacher Training in England - implementing a core content framework, improving course quality and support for trainee teachers

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016
Central London

Guest of Honour: Sir Andrew Carter, Peer Member, Teaching Schools Council and Lead, Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training (2015)

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

Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Central London

Guest of Honour: Natasha Devon, Mental Health Champion, 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, 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 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, Christopher Chope MP, Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Vernon Coaker MP, Ann Coffey MP, Lord Crathorne KCVO, Nadine Dorries MP, David Evennett MP, Tim Farron MP, Suella Fernandes MP, Paul Flynn MP, 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, John Hayes MP, Gordon Henderson MP, Mark Hoban 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, 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, 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.