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pete dwyer Message from Peter Dwyer, Director of Learning, Culture and Children’s Services
The City of York is honoured to host the 2010 NEEC.  We will ensure that the reputation of the conference is further enhanced as a place for the highest quality debate and learning. We can already guarantee speakers of international quality who will address the key issues of the day in venues of world renown.”

Originally from County Durham, Peter has been in York since 2001 following a significant period in Leeds and training in Sheffield and Bradford. He became Director in the summer of 2007. City of York is well established as one of the highest performing education and children’s services authorities in the country. A Beacon authority for school improvement and for its early intervention work, the authority achieved fully outstanding judgements in recent Ofsted inspections.   

bichard pic Sir Michael Bichard - Conference President

Sir Michael Bichard has had an outstanding career in the public sector - twenty years in Local Government and nearly ten in Central Government. He has served as Chief Executive of two major local authorities (Brent and Gloucestershire), Chief Executive of the Government’s then largest executive agency (the Benefits Agency), Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and then the Department for Education and Employment, Rector of the University of the Arts London, and Chairman of the Legal Services Commission.
In 2004 he was appointed by the Home Office to chair  the Soham Inquiry and has remained involved in matters concerning child protection and the use of information and intelligence.
Michael received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999.  Since September 2008 he has been Executive Director at the Institute for Government.

vernon coaker Vernon Coaker MP

Before taking up his post as Minister of State for Schools and Learners at the Department for Children, Schools and Families in June 2009, Vernon Coaker was Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security at the Home Office since October 2008.

He was previously Parliamentary under-Secretary of State for Crime Reduction, a Government Whip, Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Tessa Jowell, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, and a PPS to Estelle Morris when she was Secretary of State for Education. Mr Coaker has been MP for Gedling in Nottinghamshire since 1997. He is one of UNICEF's 'Special Friends' in Parliament, and has visited Kosovo, Macedonia and Angola to see the work being done there. Before becoming an MP, Vernon Coaker was Deputy Headteacher at Bigwood School in Nottingham.

He is married to Jackie, and they have a daughter and a son. His interests include sport and walking in the countryside.

michael gove Michael Gove MP

Michael Gove MP was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and educated at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and Oxford University. He enjoyed a fifteen year career in journalism, mainly at The Times newspaper, where he was Assistant Editor.

Michael was elected to Parliament for Surrey Heath in 2005 and joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in 2007. He is married to Sarah, a journalist at The Times, and they have two children

david laws David Laws MP, Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

David attended Kings College, Cambridge where he achieved a scholarship and a double first in economics. He went on to work in the City before becoming economic adviser to the Liberal Democrats in 1994. Three years later, he became the party's Director of Policy and Research. David helped to negotiate the first Scottish Coalition Agreement in 1999 between the Liberal Democrats and Labour.  He was elected MP for Yeovil in 2001, succeeding Paddy Ashdown. David was appointed Lib Dem Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2002. Following his re-election in 2005, he was promoted to Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In June 2007 he was appointed Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

yasmin pic Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to the UK from Uganda in 1972. She completed her M.Phil in Victorian literature at Oxford in 1975 and taught adults for 13 years before turning to journalism. She has written for the Guardian, New Society, New Statesman, New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine and other publications. She is a weekly political columnist on the Independent and the Evening Standard, and author of several books including Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining New Britain, After Multiculturalism and Mixed Feelings on the lives of mixed race Britons. She is an international speaker and is currently performing a one woman show for the Royal Shakespeare Company titled Nowhere to Belong.  In 2009 she published a history and food memoir on East African Asians, titled Settler’s Cookbook: Tales of love, migration and food.

bradshaw pic Jonathan Bradshaw CBE

Jonathan Bradshaw CBE is Professor of Social Policy at the University of York and Associate Director of the Social Policy Research Unit. He undertakes research on child poverty and well-being, family policy and social security policy. He has produced three books on the well-being of children in the UK and was responsible for the research for the UNICEF report on child well-being published in 2007. He has also produced comparative analyses of child well-being in the EU and CEE/CIS countries.
anna craft pic Anna Craft

Anna Craft is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter and The Open University and acts as Government Advisor on Creative and Cultural Education.  Once an early years and then primary teacher, and with a background in national curriculum development work across the early years, primary and secondary range, Anna works with learners, teachers, researchers and policymakers here and abroad to develop creativity and learning futures.  She has written and edited seventeen books on these topics, leading a range of research projects in creativity and educational futures.  She is Lead Editor of Thinking Skills and Creativity and co-convenes the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Creativity in Education. At Exeter she leads the CREATE research group at Exeter ( and also a research group focusing on educational futures.  Anna’s next book, Creativity and Education Futures (Trentham Books), is due out in 2010.

morris pic Baroness Estelle Morris

Baroness Estelle Morris started her career as a teacher at Sidney Stringer School and Community College in Coventry in 1974.   She was elected as a member of Warwick District Council in 1979 and led the Labour Group for seven years.

In 1992 she was elected as MP for Birmingham Yardley and in 1994 she was appointed as Opposition Spokesperson for Education and Employment. After Labour’s 1997 election victory, Estelle Morris became Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the department for Education and Employment and in 1998 she became the Minister for School Standards.

In 2001 she was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for the newly created Department for Education and Skills. Ms Morris resigned from this post in 2002 but returned to the front bench eight months later as Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  She became the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Sunderland University in 2005 and Chair of the Strategy Board of The Institute of Effective Education at the University of York in April 2007. She serves on a number of charitable bodies connected to both Education and The Arts.

gadfield pic Nick Gadfield

Nick Gadfield is one of Her Majesty's Inspectors, having joined the Adult Learning Inspectorate in April 2002, and transferred to Ofsted in April 2007.

Before becoming an inspector, Nick taught in secondary schools for 8 years, before moving to the FE sector in Wales where he worked for 16 years, including 8 years as a senior manager in a general further education college. He has experience of inspecting colleges, work-based learning, Learndirect, Adult and community learning, Local Authority services, Department for Work and Pensions employment training, and police training. He also led an Ofsted survey on good practice in his specialist area of Information Technology in colleges.

Nick was seconded to the Ofsted Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) project team between June 2007 and September 2008 when he was appointed to a one-year post as an assistant divisional manager. During 2009, Nick took part in a number of pilot inspections for the new methodology introduced in September 2009. In October 2009 he was seconded to the Ofsted's national safeguarding team as a cross-remit advisor.
beeban kidron pic Beeban Kidron

Beeban Kidron has spent the last 30 years working in feature film, television and documentary. Amongst her features are Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason, Working Title/Universal; To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Amblin/Universal; Used People, Largo/20th Century Fox; Antonia and Jane, BBC/Miramax; Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, BBC.

Her documentaries include Antony Gormley: Making Space, Cross Street Films/C4; Eve Arnold: A Portrait, Omnibus/BBC; Love At First Sight, Finecut/BBC; Wonderland/C4; Global Gamble, Diverse/C4; Carry Greenham Home, Contemporary/C4.

She is the Co-founder and Vice-chair of FILMCLUB, a not for profit organisation that helps teachers run film clubs in schools - currently screening to more than 80,000 children each week.
motion pic Andrew Motion
Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He read English at University College, Oxford and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976 to 1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980 to 1982 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982 to 1989 he was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus. He has recently been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.
Andrew Motion was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999. 
steve mumby pic Steve Mumby
Steve Munby has been Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership since March 2005.   Steve began his career as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham, later moving to the North East of England where he worked as a teacher and then as a lecturer.  In 1987 he became a consultant on assessment and records of achievement working for the 9 North East LEAs, before taking up a post at Oldham Borough Council in 1989 as an Inspector within the Education Department.  In Oldham he went on to manage the Advisory Service before moving to Blackburn with Darwen as Assistant Director in 1997. From 2000 to March 2005, he was Director of Education and Lifelong Learning in Knowsley .  Although he has a background in school improvement, his particular expertise is that he has a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Newcastle United Football Club.
orlovsky pic Marcus Orlovsky
Marcus' thought provoking and entertaining manner stimulates ideas and discussion in audiences, and he is renowned for his ability to start or close any conference on a high. Marcus will have delegates talking for weeks after the event.

As Director of Bryanstone Square, Marcus is fully committed to improving the educational experience of children. He works with schools, local authorities and the private sector in assisting them through change and educational transformation.

Prior to Bryanstone Square, Marcus was Project Finance Director of Stanhope Properties (the joint development of Broadgate, Ludgate and Stockley Park). There he was responsible for the raising and maintenance of some £2bn of funding. He read Economics at Bristol.

Marcus also works with several educational organisations: the Work Foundation in the UK, the AIESEC and IAESTE internationally. He has also been a director with CRAC, which is the UK?s leading charity aimed at continuing ?lifelong learning?. He is a past member of the Board of the University of Manchester/UMIST Careers Service.
roger singleton pic Sir Roger Singleton

Sir Roger Singleton was appointed by the Home Secretary to be the first and current chairman of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in May 2007.  This is a new Non Departmental Public Body created to help protect children and vulnerable adults by deciding who should be statutorily barred from working with them.

As well as being a Government adviser, Sir Roger is a consultant in charity governance and management; a non-executive director; and a chair and trustees of several charities.  He has a background in education, children's services, policy and management and is the former chief executive of Barnardo's.  Whilst there he expanded the organisation significantly and led its change from an association running residential homes to one principally supporting children and young people within their own homes and communities.

In April 2009 he was also appointed to be the Government's first Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children.  This followed the report of Lord Laming into the protection of children in England and the Baby Peter tragedy.

He is married with two adult daughters and four grandchildren.  He lives in East Anglia.
john sorrell pic Sir John Sorrell CBE

John Sorrell was born in London in 1945. He went to Saturday morning classes at Hornsey College of Art when he was 14 and later studied art and design there full-time.  He set up his first business when he was 19 and during his career of more than 40 years he founded and ran, with his wife Frances, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses, Newell and Sorrell, chaired both of the UK’s public design bodies (The Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), originated and developed the London Design Festival and, again with Frances, set up the Sorrell Foundation, which works with thousands of young people each year to inspire their creativity and give them life and work skills.

John was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998.  He holds four Honorary Design Doctorates, an Honorary Design Fellowship, is an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002.  John was awarded a Knighthood in the 2008 New Year Honours List `for services to the Creative Industries’.  His book, `Creative Island’ (2002), features inspired design from Great Britain.  A new edition, `Creative Island II’, will be published in October 2009.

John is married to Frances Sorrell (née Newell) and they have three children.  His interests include art, ideas and Arsenal Football Club.

slavin pic Professor Robert Slavin
Professor Slavin is Director of the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York and Director of the Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University in the USA.  He is also the driving force behind the US-based Success for All Foundation, a restructuring programme which helps schools to identify and implement strategies designed to meet the needs of all learners.  He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and 20 books, including the highly regarded Educational Psychology: Theory into Practice.
wiliam pic Dylan Wiliam
Dylan Wiliam is Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, London. After a first degree in mathematics and physics, and one year teaching in a private school, he taught in inner-city schools for seven years, during which time he earned further degrees in mathematics and mathematics education.

In 1984 he joined Chelsea College, University of London, which later became part of King's College London. During this time he worked on developing innovative assessment schemes in mathematics before taking over the leadership of the mathematics teacher education program at King?s. Between 1989 and 1991 he was the Academic Coordinator of the Consortium for Assessment and Testing in Schools, which developed a variety of statutory and non-statutory assessments for the national curriculum of England and Wales.

After his return to King?s, he completed his PhD, addressing some of the technical issues thrown up by the adoption of a system of age-independent criterion-referenced levels of attainment in the national curriculum of England and Wales.

From 1996 to 2001 he was the Dean and Head of the School of Education at King?s College London, and from 2001 to 2003, he served as Assistant Principal of the College. In 2003 he moved to the USA, as Senior Research Director of the Learning and Teaching Research Center at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.

His recent work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning (sometimes called formative assessment). He was the co-author, with Paul Black of a major review of the research evidence on formative assessment published in 1998 and has subsequently worked with many groups of teachers, in both the UK and the USA, on developing formative assessment practices.
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