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Excellence in Education Lectures

Excellence in Education Lectures - Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick

This series of free lectures at the University of Warwick gives you the opportunity to hear about current issues in the field of education from a variety of experts and guest speakers. It is essential to register for a place, please do so using the appropriate form. You can find details of the locations of the lecture theatres on the University's map pages.

You can see examples of previous lectures here.

You can register for future lectures using this form.

8th February 2017 - Georgina Newton

'Teacher retention – exploring the issues'

17.00-18.00 - WT0.01 (Westwood Teaching Block)


In the light of national and international concerns about rates of retention, this talk will address such key questions as “which teachers are most likely to quit?”, “what can be done to retain them?” and “what is the scale of the problem?” with opportunities for school partners to contribute to the debate and help formulate an action plan to address the local need.

Georgina is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Secondary Teacher Training Team and holds specialisms in Modern Foreign Languages, ICT and whole school e-learning. Her responsibilities include Partnership building through the regional clusters of schools in the Warwick and Schools Partnership, leading Mentoring quality, Assessment and Subject and Professional Studies.

Georgina has 21 years experience teaching in a variety of educational settings in the UK and Europe. She has led outstanding teams providing training, support and leadership to a range of colleagues across different school and university settings and sits on committees at national level on the teaching profession. She is a guest speaker at Ofsted best practice event in Assessment in ITE and speaks in the media on issues in education. She has held multiple roles in School Governance and has acted as Chair of Governors. Georgina has been an active contributor to a range of CPD provision across a number of disciplines and has worked on School Improvement Panels looking at Assessment, Community Liaison, Student Support and Deep Learning. She has published research papers in the areas of Mentoring and Coaching and Assessment and Learning, with academic papers presented at International Educational conference Edulearn14 in spring 2014. Her MA dissertation is on the reasons why teachers quit and what can be done to retain them.

16th May 2017 - Deb Outhwaite

'Educational Leadership in the International Baccalaureate: critical reflections on modern elite formation and social differentiation'

17.00-18.00 - WT0.01 (Westwood Teaching Block)

Deborah Outhwaite

In this talk, Deb Outhwaite will highlight her research into Educational Leadership in the International Baccalaureate in England. The IB rapidly grew in state schools in the 2000s, but has now virtually disappeared inside the state sector, and this talk charts the issues related to this rise and decline, and how this has been perceived as a missed opportunity by senior leaders in schools.

Deb has been teaching for more than twenty years: a secondary specialist teacher in Social Sciences, and a former A-Level examiner for Government & Politics, having published a set of workbooks, and given national Student A-Level Revision Conferences. Deb has taught in Higher Education since 2008, teaching on a range of Education undergraduate and postgraduate courses including focussing on school-based research and improvements relating to SIPs and SDPs. Her Doctor in Education thesis is titled 'Educational Leadership in the International Baccalaureate: critical reflections on modern elite formation and social differentiation' (submitted Summer 2016). Deb is also a Secondary Parent Governor, Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the RSA, an International Committee member of IPDA and a Council member of BELMAS. Deb convenes a Research Interest Group (RIG) for BELMAS on Leadership Preparation and Development.