On Tuesday 28th November the MSA, in partnership with Manchester City Council, ran a ‘Working towards Excellence’ conference attended by 50 senior leaders from primary, secondary and special schools. The conference was led by Allan Torr who was a headteacher for 10 years and then an HMI for 11 years only recently stepping down in August this year. As an HMI, he was part of the national Ofsted training and QA teams. The day was split in to 4 sessions; outcomes, teaching learning and assessment, leadership and management and excellent personal development for pupils. Each session enabled leaders to reflect on best practice, discuss with colleagues and look at what is required to move towards excellence in each of these areas. Feedback from the session was excellent with everyone agreeing that Allan’s presentation was thought-provoking and relevant and that the opportunity to share and discuss practice with colleagues was extremely valuable.
“This was a very powerful day. All of the content was exactly what we need to drive our school improvement.”
“Every aspect of the day was thought-provoking and provided great opportunities to reflect upon our school, vision & future aims”
As Allan was so well received, we have asked him to come back to speak to governors at our ‘ Working towards Excellent Governance’ session in March (More info in Events and Training).