The School Improvement Conference

Tuesday 30 April 2024, The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham

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School Improvement Conference 2023This conference will see the launch of the initial findings of CST’s inquiry into trust-led school improvement. This sector-leading inquiry brings together a host of experts from within and outside trusts to answer the question ‘how do trusts improve schools?’

Conference delegates will hear about the evidence the inquiry has explored and be there for the launch of a new conceptual model that seeks to describe the DNA of trust-led school improvement: a triple-helix of evidence-informed considerations.

We will also be welcoming a range of expert keynote speakers, as well as featuring case studies through a carefully curated programme of workshops that look at high-quality practice within the sector.

Importantly, colleagues will also have the opportunity to collaborate through crafted networking and to connect around the problems and solutions associated with improving education across a group of schools. Attendees will not only benefit from the insights of speakers, but they will also contribute to a growing body of knowledge about trust-led school improvement.

The conference will be supported by members of CST’s inquiry panel, who will contribute to the event. Plus, we’ll consider how the sector can work together moving forwards to deepen our understanding of the DNA of trust-led school improvement.

The themes which will be explored include:

  • Purpose, strategy and goal setting
  • People, culture and performance
  • Implementation

Join us for an informative and inspiring day of professional conversations between trust leaders, policy makers, expert providers and others, and to connect with your peers from across the country.


  • Lisa Angus

    Associate Director of English, Outwood Grange Academies

  • Katharine Beckett

    Associate Director of English, Outwood Grange Academies

  • Zoe Carr OBE

    Chief Executive Officer, WISE Academies

  • Owen Carter

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, ImpactEd Group

  • Sue Costello

    Director of Education, Westcountry Schools Trust

  • Leora Cruddas CBE

    Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts

  • Professor Lee Elliot Major

    Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

  • Harry Fletcher-Wood

    Head of School Surveys, TeacherTapp

  • Dave Gibbs

    Education Strategy Lead, STEM Learning Limited

  • Josh Goodrich

    Founder and CEO, Steplab

  • Tracy Goodyear

    Director of Staff Development, The Mercian Trust

  • Rob Haring

    CEO, Westcountry Schools Trust

  • Dawn Haywood

    CEO, Windsor Academy Trust

  • Peps Mccrea

    Director of Learning and PD Designer, Steplab

  • Siobhan Meredith

    Executive Director of Education, Ted Wragg Trust

  • Tamsin Moore

    Consultancy Manager, Renaissance Learning

  • Dr Dan Nicholls

    Deputy CEO, Cabot Learning Federation

  • Nat Parnell

    Deputy CEO, Westcountry Schools Trust

  • Sir Hamid Patel CBE

    Chief Executive, Star Academies

  • CJ Rauch

    Head of Teaching and Learning, Evidence Based Education

  • Steve Rollett

    Deputy Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts

  • Simon Shanks

    Senior Director of Science, Ormiston Academy Trust

  • Lekha Sharma

    School Improvement Lead, Avanti Schools Trust

  • Jonathan Sharples

    Professorial Research Fellow, Education Endowment Foundation

  • Dr Sam Sims

    Research Lead, Ambition Institute

  • James Townsend

    Executive Director, Reach Foundation

  • Ed Vainker OBE

    CEO, Reach Foundation

About the conference

The conference is being held at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Delegate tickets are £325 plus VAT (£390) for members and £390 plus VAT (£468) for non-members. The conference is an extension of our Directors of Improvement Professional Community, which is an inclusive benefit of CST membership.

Delegate registration will open at 08:30 and the conference will finish at 16:00.


Thank you to our community supporters

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