Delivery Partner Conference 2024

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• Visit The Sofa Diary Room. Consider these questions before entering:

What anchors you and your organisation to the UCL Centre for Educaional Leadership?

What do you enjoy about facilitating professional learning (either directly, or indirectly through your leadership)?

How does our unique partnership help us to shape professional learning cultures in times of change?

• Boom Whacking!

• UCL Bingo

• That Unicycle Again

• "Talking Tins"

• 360⁰ Camera

• Profiles and Case Studies


Welcome to the UCL Annual Conference for Delivery Partners, 2024

This third annual conference has been designed to bring Delivery Partners from across our International Learning System together to consider our roles in shaping professional learning cultures in times of change.

This year, we aim to draw on, and learn from the authentic, lived experiences of stakeholders on our programmes and consider how we can strengthen professional learning cultures within our networks to maximise impact.

As in previous years, there will be keynote input from both UCL and Delivery Partner colleagues, many of whom have been involved in the design of the programme as part of the Conference Working Group.

The conference will support you to:

• Learn from the authentic, lived experiences of stakeholders on our programmes, using these to further anchor practice and develop professional learning cultures across your network.

• Celebrate your organisational distinctiveness and sharpen your shared vision.

• Navigate change effectively, refuelling your practice through engaging with thought-provoking research.

• Identify sustainable ways to build capacity.

VENUE: Leonardo Royal Hotel London, Tower Bridge. 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP London. 15 minutes’ walk from the Tower of London. View map.


Day 1 - Wednesday, 22 May 2024

17.30 Registration and drinks reception

17.45 Welcome

How can we shape professional learning cultures in times of change?

Professor Qing Gu, Professor of Leadership in Education and Director of UCL Centre for Educational Leadership. (CEL)

A welcome on behalf of IOE

Professor Susan O'Neill - Head, Department of Learning and Leadership, IOE

Getting involved

Hilary Adli, Director, Early Career Framework, UCL

18:45 ‘Creating harmony through sound’

19.30 Dinner (with between course table activities - below)

Secret Phrases


Uni/Cycle – Discovering your authentic voice.

Dr. Andy Hodgkinson, Associate Professor (Teaching), UCL

Main course

UCL Bingo

Katie Dallender and Louise Astbury – East Manchester TSH


The Power of The Programmes Walk

Nadia Dellagana-Campbell and Nancy KarmaliBelmonte, Programme Leaders, UCL

Coffee and petit fours

Secret phrases. The big reveal!

Rajia Sultana, Samrah Rizvi, Shamim Sobur, Lina Iordanaki, CEL Programme Managers

21.30 Brief closing remarks and arrangements for tomorrow

Jonathan Dale. Director of Professional Development, CEL

22.00 End of day 1

Don't forget to visit the 360⁰ camera


Day 2 - Thursday, 23 May 2023 06.30 Breakfast

Located in the main restaurant

09.00 Registration and refreshments In the Gallery 09.30 Welcome

Jonathan Dale, Director of Professional Development, CEL

09.40 The programme for the morning

Lizzie Hawkins and Charlie Kelsey, Sussex Coast Schools Alliance

09.45 Introduction to keynote speaker 1

Greg Ross, Associate Professor, (Teaching), UCL and Dr. Polly Glegg, Programme Leader, UCL

09.50 Keynote 1: Empowering teachers through research informed professional development

Professor Graham Handscomb, Honorary Professor, UCL

10.10 Reflection activity

Greg Ross, Associate Professor, (Teaching), UCL and Dr. Polly Glegg, Associate Professor, (Teaching), UCL

10.30 Introduction to keynote speaker 2

Louisa Horner, CATs Global

10.35 Keynote 2: Embracing change through organisational learning: Where teachers stay and how they thrive

Professor Qing Gu, Professor of Leadership in Education and Director of CEL

10.55 Reflection and discussion

Louisa Horner, CATS Global

11.15 Coffee break

11.40 ‘Talking Tins’ - What are the characteristics of effective professional learning cultures in schools that help teachers and teacher leaders to thrive?

Jen Fiddaman, Patrick Garton, Adam Arnell, Oxfordshire TSH

12.10 As Delivery Partners, how do we support schools to create these cultures in order to maximise the impact of our programmes

Stephen Calladine-Evans, Programme Leader, UCL and Joanne Calladine-Evans, Programme Leader, UCL

12.45 Lunch

Located in the main restaurant

13.30 The programme for the afternoon

Stephanie Bingham, Director of NETSP



Building professional learning cultures in schools: Case studies

Richard Harrison, Associate Professor (Teaching), UCL and Beth Billington, Programme Leader, UCL with

- Louise Dwyer, T&L Lead and Facilitator, Teach West London TSH

- Liam Anderson, Induction Tutor, Berkshire TSH

- Lesley Dale, ECF Lead, Milton Keynes Education Partnership

14.25 The Art of Facilitation – How can we engage facilitators in continual professional dialogue about their practice?

Elaine Long - Associate Professor (Teaching), UCL and Helen Bellinger, Exchange TSH and Associate Programme Leader, CEL

15.50 Reflection and takeaways in Delivery Partner groups

Mark Quinn, Associate Professor, (Teaching), UCL and Kate Barry, Programme Leader, UCL

16.10 UCL concluding remarks

Jonathan Dale, Director of Professional Development, CEL

16.20 A response from Delivery Partners

Rebecca Annand, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Infinite Learning UAE and Liz Cullis - Vice Chair of ECF Governance Board and Director of Balcarras TSH


Professor Qing Gu BA (Hons) MA PhD FRSA

Professor Qing Gu is Director of the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership and Professor of Leadership in Education. She is the Past Chair of the British Association of Comparative and International Education (BAICE),experience. CoEditor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, Associate Editor of International Journal of Educational

Development, a member of the Research Standing Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), and a member of the Research Evidence and Impact Panel for the Leadership College for UK Government.

She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC) and Honorary Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Professor Gu has directed and co-directed many government and research council funded projects in the areas of teacher professional development, school improvement, and systemic reform and change. She is currently leading a £1.9m UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-Related Quality of Life for Primary School Children in Rural Communities in South Africa. Some of her books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.


Professor Gu featured in Elsevier and Stanford University's 2023 list of the world's most-cited scholars in the field of social science, ranking her in the top 2% of scholars in that field.

End of conference


Professor Graham Handscomb

Graham is Honorary Professor with University College London (UCL) and Visiting Professor at University of Bolton and Durham University. Previously, Professor of Education and Dean of The College of Teachers and was Professor in Residence with Young Epilepsy. He has an extensive career of senior leadership of local authorities and schools and twenty years teaching

experience. Graham has made a considerable contribution to the development of school-based practitioner enquiry and pioneered the concept of the Research Engaged School. He wrote the criteria to establish the national Research Mark Award for the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Graham is a member of the DfE Faith Schools Providers Group. He was member of the National College for School Leadership Networked Learning Communities Assessment Panel, and member of the Government’s Policy Steering Group on Mentoring and Coaching.

Graham is an educational consultant working with schools, Teaching Schools Alliances and Trusts throughout the UK. He has also a range of international experience including developing teacher and leadership development programmes in the UAE and in Wuxi and Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. Fellow of numerous universities and organisations and was a senior member of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Graham's research projects include: carrying out NFER research into Highly Effective leadership in Children’s

Centres, analysing its findings and wrote the system leadership part of the published report. He co-authored a major literature review entitled: School-University Partnerships: Fulfilling the Potential.

He is Editor of Professional Development Today and on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Creative Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Contemporary English Teaching and Learning in Non-English-Speaking Countries. He recently became the Editor of a new international journal: Quality Education for All which is particularly focused on ensuring access to quality education worldwide.

Recent book chapters include: Evidence Use, Research Engaged Schools and the Concept of an Ecosystem (with David Godfrey); Professional Learning and Research and Between a Rock and a Hard Place which focused on social workers. Recent books include (co-edited): The ResearchInformed Teacher Revolution: A Handbook for the 21st Century Teacher; The Power of Professional Learning Networks – Traversing the Present; Transforming the Future; and The Ideas-Informed Society: Why We Need It and How To Make It Happen.

UCL Centre for Educational Leadership

IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

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Annual Conference for Delivery Partners 2024

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