Date and Time: 
Thursday, 24 June, 2021 -
17:30 to 18:30
United Kingdom
Event Type: 
Public Event

AoEA EduKIT - A History of Education: The Role of the Education Adviser

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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.  

We are excited to finalise our EduKIT programme this term with Andy Hargreaves and Les Walton CBE talking about A History of Education. The role of the education adviser and how it has evolved over the last 25 years.

Andy Hargreaves is Director of CHENINE (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education at the University of Ottawa), Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College and holds Visiting or Honorary Professorships at Hong Kong University and Swansea University,. He is Past President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, recent Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and currently to the First Minister of Scotland. He is co-founder and President of the ARC Education Project: a group of nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights in education.

Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and teacher unions worldwide. His 30 plus books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards . He has been honoured with the 2016 Horace Mann Award in the US and the Robert Owen Award in Scotland for services to education. Andy is ranked by Education Week among the top scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His most recent books are Moving: a memoir of education and social mobility (Solution Tree, 2020) and Five Paths of Student Engagement

Les Walton has a unique record of being a successful leader and innovator within most education sectors.  As Headteacher, his school was identified by HMI as ‘one of the most successful urban schools in the country’. In his time as Director of Education the Council achieved Beacon Status for ‘tackling school failure’.  All its schools were deemed successful by Ofsted.  Les led the merger of two FE colleges, the process of which was described as ‘exemplary’ by the DfE.  The success rates moved from bottom to top quartile during the merger period.

Les was first invited to No. 10 to advise Prime Minister, John Major. During Tony Blair’s time in office, he was involved in numerous New Labour Government education initiatives.  Later, Les was appointed by Secretary of State, Ed Balls, to lead and establish the Young People’s Learning Agency. Secretary of State, Michael Gove, then asked Les to support the establishment of the Education Funding Agency and chair the Advisory Group.  Both Boards have been widely recognised as setting high standards for governance and effectiveness.

Les has also instigated and founded a number of influential and successful education organisations, including Schools NorthEast, the Northern Education Trust and the Association of Education Advisers.  He has been recognised for his work through being awarded the Order of British Empire in 1996 and Commander of the British Empire in 2013. Les continues to radically influence the education system. He has a track record of education innovation. His work reflects his unwavering commitment to improving some of the country’s most challenging schools.

His new book Education: The Rock and Roll Years Is now available for preorder.