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Date: 15 May 2013
Venue: 2D67 (Glendinning Lecture Theatre), Frenchay Campus
Time: 18:00 Registration and Refreshments/18:30 Lecture/19:30 Networking and Supper
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“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”. —Henry Ford
The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) has been sponsored by the University of the West of England since 2009 and constitutes a collaboration of 10 secondary and primary academies in Bristol, Bath and Weston Super Mare. With a relentless focus on improving learning and leadership, the CLF team are rapidly improving the schools and by definition the life chances of the students who attend them.
Taking collective responsibility for nearly 6000 students aged 4 to 19 is a challenge and David Carter, the Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation, will share his experiences of leading the organisation and describe the challenges faced and those still to be met in his inaugural lecture as a new visiting professor at the University of the West of England. He will also place the position of school collaboration within the context of a system led school improvement model and describe the ways that school leaders need to reflect on the challenges we face to secure the improvement of the UK public education system for every child irrespective of their age, context and background.
David Carter is the Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation, a post he has held since September 2007. The federation consists of ten Academies in East Bristol, Bath and Weston super Mare, with six being secondary schools and four of them primary. The mission of the federation is “Collaboration for Outstanding Achievement”. The close geographical proximity of the Academies enables staff to move between the schools either for their own professional development or because the skill set they possess is needed more urgently in another setting.
In 1997, David became head-teacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire, where he remained until August 2003. In 2003 David joined the DFE to spearhead the National Remodelling Team, supporting primary, special and secondary schools to introduce the workforce remodelling programme. In 2004, David was appointed to the post of Principal at John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol. Following his success at John Cabot Academy, David became one of the first National Leaders in Education and many of the Academies who are now part of the CLF did so following a support partnership work built upon the NLE model. In the summer of 2011, the Cabot Learning Federation applied to become one of the first teaching schools in the country. This application was successful and the CLF will continue to focus its work on developing the quality of teaching and learning and leadership development across its partners in the South West. In November 2012 the UK Cabinet held its first ever cabinet meeting in a school when it visited John Cabot Academy in Bristol and the Prime Minister led a Q and A with 100 students from the Cabot Learning Federation Academies.
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