Date and Time: 
Thursday, 10 June, 2021 -
17:30 to 18:30
Online Zoom Meeting
United Kingdom
Event Type: 
Public Event

AoEA EduKIT - Adviser Efficacy: How do we know we are making a difference?

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The AoEA Keeping in Touch meeting is a way for all our members to share knowledge, best practice and have a forum where you can discuss with your peers any areas of concern or support you require.  

Tom Grieveson will lead the session with support from Dr Tony Birch and Steve Hodsman. Talking about Adviser Efficacy: How do we know we are making a difference? As advisers working with schools we strive to support improvement but how do we judge our own contribution? During this session we will have opportunity to reflect on this critical question and spend time considering an emerging AOEA model that is designed to help us determine just how effective we are.

Tom has been a member of the AoEA development team since its inception. He has extensive experience of school and system improvement and inspection. He worked as a senior HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) with Ofsted within the North East Yorkshire and Humberside senior leadership team. Amongst a range of responsibilities Tom had direct accountability for managing and deploying the regional team of HMI and additional inspectors to deliver inspections in the region. He has consistently led some of the most high-profile section 5 and section 8 inspections in several parts of England and gained extensive expertise in working with maintained schools and academies in Ofsted categories of concern. Prior to joining HMI, Tom was a headteacher in two schools covering a twelve-year period and held senior positions in local authority school improvement teams including as head of service. He is deputy chair of a large Multi-academy trust in Northern England and a trustee of a local special school academy. He is founder/director of his own consultancy company.

Tony is Founding Director of Birch Education, a bespoke educational consultancy dedicated to empowering individuals and teams to develop high quality, sustainable approaches. He specialises in partnership, leadership coaching and evaluation in the primary sector. Previously Tony worked for Bolton Council for more than 20 years managing an award-winning educational ICT team, as school improvement adviser and Head of School Improvement prior to becoming Assistant Director and the lead for education and learning strategy. Tony remains fascinated by educational development: while in his role in Bolton he took a secondment to the commercial sector, completed work as an Additional Inspector and was involved in governance of a range of organisations. Recently he was Chief External Examiner for Manchester University’s primary PGCE. Tony has a Ph.D and is an accredited Neurolinguistic Programming ‘practitioner’. He is a Senior Associate of the AOEA and a member of the development team.

A specialist school and MAT governance adviser, Steve is vastly experienced in leading system change and improvement through collaborative governance and leadership. Chair of one of the highest performing Multi Academy Trusts in England, Steve is a high quality system leader. Having re-focussed Trust governance and leadership in 2016, he continues to oversee long-term educational and financial sustainability within the Trust. Regularly presenting at national and regional conferences, Steve actively promotes and demonstrates how ethical, effective and accountable governance can drive school improvement. Engaged by New Schools Network, Ambition Institute and the Confederation of School Trusts, Steve is at the forefront of delivering system wide improvement at the highest levels. As an NLG, he has a proven record of coaching and support to system leaders at every level. He works tirelessly to bring about system change to underpin rapid school improvement at all levels.