We are delighted to announce that our second speaker for the Conference in May 2017 will be Dame Reena Keeble. Reena is a recently retired, Primary Headteacher with 22 years’ experience. She has a proven track record in leading an outstanding school and in school to school to support, coaching future leaders, curriculum design and pedagogy. Until her retirement Reena was a National Leader of Education (NLE) and her school was designated as a National Support School. Reena has successfully supported schools in serious weaknesses and acted as Executive Headteacher. Reena was awarded a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2007 and was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2011 for her services to education. Reena chaired the Primary Headteachers’ Reference Group at the Department for Education for five years. She has worked on developing policy at both a local and national level. Reena led the review of the School Arstmark in September 2014 and sits on the School Artmark Levelling Panel. Most recently, Reena led the review of Effective Primary Teaching Practice 2016 on behalf of the Teaching Schools Council.
Dame Reena will be delivering a workshop at the conference on the newly published Keeble Review which will include an overview of key findings from the report, focusing specifically on the areas of leadership, teaching systems, structure and resources. Workshop participants will then be able to use the audit tool to self-assess which can be used to generate discussion and debate on application to practice.