Keynote Speakers


Keynote Topic: Creative Leadership or Preparing Our Students for a World that Doesn't Exist
Description: The good news and the bad news is schools make the difference.

Biography: Sir John is one of a small, select band of educational professionals who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours List (2003), but have been able to help and inspire others with their knowledge and passion. One of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-­‐after speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-­‐talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited on to a number of panels and think-­‐ tanks.

When Headteacher of three secondary schools over a period of 17 years, he was asked to join the Government’s Policy Action Team for Neighbourhood Renewal at the Social Exclusion Unit. He was also a member of the Headteachers’ National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities Project at the DfES. Sir John was part of the National Remodelling Team and the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership.

Working part-­‐time at the Centre for Educational Leadership at Manchester University, he presented on a range of programmes as well as designing and delivering a Master’s Course at Liverpool University focused on the leadership of change. A Non-­‐Executive Director on the board of Aintree Hospitals Trust, he was also a Governor of two schools on Merseyside.

Sir John has written two books; ‘Truancy and exclusion: a teacher’s guide’ and the best-­‐selling ‘The Magic-­‐Weaving Business’ and has co-­‐ authored ‘Winning the H Factor: the secrets of happy schools’. He enjoys travelling, keeping fit, the theatre, golf, walking in the mountains and good food and wine. In his past he has played football semi-­‐ professionally and earned his living as a singer/guitarist in a rock duo! He is a season ticket holder for his beloved Everton and feels privileged to be Chair of the Board of ‘Everton in the Community’ and a Governor at The Everton Free School. He is a governor at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, a 3 – 19 all through school in Bolton and is also proud to be the Chancellor of Sefton’s Children’s University.




Keynote Topic: A Framework for Understanding Socio-Economic Classes and Thinking
Keynote Title: A Framework for Understanding Social Economic Classes and Thinking
This session will look at the difference in environments and thinking in poverty, middle class, and wealth.  Poverty and wealth is defined as the extent to which you have nine resources. Those resources can stabilize and/or de-stabilize a person's life.  Topics that will be discussed are hidden rules, language, resources, tools and strategies that will increase student success and parental support.  Private schools have students who have fewer resources and students who have many resources.  This session will provide tools for addressing both groups.

There is a marriage between the relationships/knowledge, resources and the demands of the environment to survive; these impact thinking and understandings of how the world works. Parents and students bring demands into your institution. Institutions require stability and planning from students to be successful . In wealth, there is both new money and old money (income versus connections). Private schools require the support of both groups as well as those who are less resourced. This session will provide understandings and strategies in order to increase success.

Biography: Ruby K. Payne, PhD, is founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. She is a leading expert on the mindsets of economic class and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education and work. Recognized internationally for her foundational book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, now in its 5th revised edition (1996, 2013) which has sold more than 1,500,000 copies, and won the REVERE Golden Lamp Award for Professional Development in 2014. Dr. Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.

Dr. Payne’s expertise stems from more than 30 years of experience in public schools. Dr. Payne has traveled extensively and has presented her work throughout North America, and in Europe, Australia, China, and India. Dr. Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books. Her 2015 and 2014 publications, How Much of Yourself Do You Own? (co-authored with Emilia O’Neill-Baker) and Bridges to Health and Healthcare, co-authored with three medical colleagues, entered the healthcare field. Another very popular publication is Bridges Out of Poverty (1999, revised 2009), co-authored with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith, which offers strategies for building sustainable communities. Her career-long goal for raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers has become a cornerstone for efforts toward school improvement. In 2013, “Achievement for All: Keys to Educating Middle Grades Students in Poverty” was published by AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education).

Payne received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College, Goshen, IN; master’s degree in English Literature from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; and her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Loyola University, Chicago, IL.




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