09:00 - 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks

David Goodger

David Goodger

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Wales

09:10 - 09:25

Keynote Address: Transforming Education across Wales - Improving the Standard of Teaching and Learning

  • Preparing the education workforce for ongoing reforms including the school improvement framework and the Curriculum for Wales
  • Exploring the relationship between quality of teaching and the school improvement agenda
  • Meeting the workforce needs to deliver reforms across the education sector
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Deputy Director for Pedagogy, Leadership and Professional Learning, Welsh Government

9:25 – 10:10

Delivering the New Curriculum for Wales: Developing the Education Workforce for Change

  • Embedding the 12 Curriculum for Wales pedagogical principles: from early years through to secondary school
  • Understanding what ‘good’ looks like: underpinning assessment and curriculum
  • Hear from leaders on what tools are needed to implement and deliver a new curriculum.
  • Motivating staff for change: building an ambitious curriculum design and delivery programme.
Live Q & A
09:55 - 10:10
Andrew Osmond

Andrew Osmond

Deputy Headteacher, Crownbridge Special School

Margaret Davies

Margaret Davies

Headteacher, St Christopher’s School

Emma Pole

Emma Pole

Headteacher, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School

10:10 – 10:40

Joint Discussion: Offering Opportunities for Professional Learning and Development to Support Staff

  • Exploring opportunities for collaboration and peer-on-peer learning
  • Promoting a culture of continual professional development
  • Creating space for reflection: tips and techniques for self-evaluation
  • Understanding expectations for staff
    Supporting the workforce through change
Live Q & A
10:30 – 10:40
Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies

Manager, Llandogo Early Years Nursery

Deb Woodward

Deb Woodward

Assistant Director (Leadership and Teaching), EAS

10:40 - 10:50


10:50 – 11:35

Panel Discussion: Improving the Mental Health and Resilience of the Education Workforce in Wales

  • Utilising funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of education staff
  • Examining the long-term impact of the pandemic on leaders and staff
  • Implementing a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing to help retain staff
  • Making workloads more manageable to help create a more resilient workforce
  • From local authorities and regional consortia to Parents and Guardians: building strong support networks for staff
Live Q & A
11:20 - 11:35

Dilwyn Ellis Roberts

Former General Secretary, UCAC


Arwyn Thomas

Managing Director, GwE

Roisin McEvoy

Roisin McEvoy

Head of Training and National Programmes, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Helen Williams

Helen Williams

Head of Training, Learning and Development, Mudiad Meithrin

11:35 - 12:05

Case Study: Best Practice in Improving Diversity and Inclusion

  • Harnessing the Curriculum for Wales: fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Retaining BAME talent
  • Ensuring your workforce represents the diverse nature of Wales and the Curriculum for Wales
Live Q & A
11:55 - 12:05
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Michele Thomas

Headteacher, Pembroke Dock Community School

Penbrooke School

Kate Clarke

Teacher, Pembroke Dock Community School

Penbrooke School

Sian Galdo

Teacher, Pembroke Dock Community School

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Professor Charlotte Williams OBE

Chair, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Communities, Contributions and Cynefin in the New Curriculum Working Group

12:05 – 12:30

Networking break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections on our virtual platform

12:30 – 12:50

Case Study: Achieving Cymraeg by 2050 – Increasing the Number of Welsh Speaking Teachers

    • Reducing barriers to expanding the use of Welsh across the workforce and in teaching
  • Offering Welsh CPD to support the development of Welsh language
  • Investing and expanding resources for teachers to achieve workforce targets by 2026
Live Q & A
12:40 - 12:50
Jan Jones

Jan Jones

Headteacher, Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar

12:50 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Afternoon Keynote: Leading through Change - The Role of Leadership in Developing the Education Workforce

  • The Independent Leadership Review: improving teaching and learning standards and increasing attainment for pupils
  • Accountability and leadership: discussing the role of leaders in raising standards and expectations across the workforce
  • Understanding what success looks like as a leader
  • Motivating staff through transformation
Live Q & A
13:50 - 14:00
Tegwen Ellis

Tegwen Ellis

Chief Executive, National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales

14:00 - 14:30

Case Study: Leading through Change - Achieving Good Leadership

  • Understanding how to utilise funding and resources to realising ongoing reforms including the New Curriculum for Wales
  • Planning and preparing staff for change: mentoring and collaboration
  • Exploring your role and responsibilities as a senior leader
  • Supporting and learning from other leaders
Live Q & A
14:20 - 14:30
Julie Addis

Julie Addis

Founding Partner, Think Learn Challenge!

Jonathan Broadbery

Jonathan Broadbery

Director of Policy & Communications, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru

14:30 - 15:00

Recruiting an Education Workforce Fit for Purpose

  • How do we make education a more attractive sector in Wales?
  • Meeting demand: overcoming staff and talent shortages to create an education workforce capable of delivering ongoing reforms
  • Recruiting talented staff, particularly in disadvantaged areas
  • Working in collaboration to offer different career pathways into teaching
Live Q & A
14:50 - 15:00
Hayden Llewellyn

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Linda Davidge-Smith

Academic Subject Manager – Initial Teacher Education, University of South Wales

15:00 - 15:30

Improving Retention across the Education Workforce in Wales

  • Improving support and building a sense of belonging for education staff
  • Promoting healthy work/life balances to boost retention
  • Collecting and implementing staff feedback: ensuring employees are heard
Live Q & A
15:20 - 15:30
Neil Butler

Neil Butler

National Official for Wales, NASUWT

Andrew Bury

Andrew Bury

CEO, IntroTeach

15:30 - 15:40

Chair's Closing Remarks