Hosted by Sir David Carter, this online event focuses on data & insight within multi-academy trusts. Sessions include a live panel discussion hosted by CEO of Confederation for School Trusts, Leora Cruddas, who will be addressing the attainment gap since school closures, as well as CEO of Schoolsworks Academy Trust, Chris Seaton, who will dispel myths around MAT disunion.
Plus, one of the leading education research bodies in England will be hosting an exclusive session, in which they’ll highlight the most recent findings surrounding the progress of disadvantaged pupils since school closures.
The event is sure to be of interest for anyone involved within the education sector, whether associated with academies or maintained schools.

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Josh Perry
Sales for Aircury + edtech advisory + co-founder of Smartgrade. Previously founded Assembly

Chris Seaton
Founder and CEO at Schoolsworks
Academy Trust

Natalie Perera
Natalie Perera is the Executive Director and Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute

John Moore
United Kingdom Sales Director of Renaissance Learning

Leora Cruddas
Leora is the CEO of Confederation of School Trusts; Director of Policy and Public Relations at ASCL

Lyndsay Bawden
Trust-wide Subject Lead, English – The David Ross Education Trust

Natalie Fountain 
Executive Head and Regional Hub Director – WISE Academies

Nicola Furneaux
Headteacher and Regional Education Director – The Kemnal Academies Trust

Session highlights:

Sir David Carter’s Opening Remarks:

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Panel discussion – Supporting disadvantaged pupils with assessment:

Speakers: Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation for School Trusts Panel: Lyndsay Bawden, Subject Lead for English, David Ross Education Trust; Natalie Fountain, Hub Leader, Wise Academies; Nicola Furneaux, Deputy Regional Director for TKAT


Interview + Q&A: Dispelling the myths around MAT/LA collaboration:

Speakers: Sir David Carter & Chris Seaton, CEO, Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Blog discussion + Q&A: Why Bother with School Analytics?

Speakers: Joshua Perry Founder of Assembly/author of ‘Why Bother with School Analytics?’ blog series


Preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic:

Speakers: Sir David Carter & Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Head of Research, The Education Policy Institute

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10:00 – 10:15  Registration/Entry 
10:15 – 10:30  Opening remarks from John Moore 
10:30 – 10:45  Introduction of sessions and speakers 
10:45 – 11:15  Why Bother with School Analytics?’ blog discussion + Q&A  

– Josh Perry, Founder of Assembly/author of ‘Why Bother with School Analytics?’ blog series 

11:15 – 11:20  *5-minute refreshment break* 
11:20 – 11:50  ‘Dispelling the myths around MAT/LA collaboration’ + Q&A 

 – Chris Seaton, CEO Schoolsworks Academies Trust 

11:50 – 12:00  *10-minute refreshment break* 
12:00 – 12:45  Panel discussion – Supporting disadvantaged pupils with assessment’ + Q&A 

– Chaired by Leora Cruddas 

Panel: Lyndsay Bawden, Natalie Fountain, Nicola Furneaux

12:45 – 12:50  *5-minute refreshment break* 
12:50 – 13:20  Preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. + Q&A 

– Natalie Perera, Education Policy Institute 

13:20 – 13:35  Final remarks 

 – Agenda is subject to change