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Manchester Central chosen to host world class schooling conference

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SSAT (The Schools Network) has chosen Manchester Central to host its 2013 national UK conference.
More than 800 school professionals will come together with some of education’s leading thinkers for the two-day conference on December 5-6. The conference will address some of education’s most pressing questions, including how to make our education system world class by recruiting, retaining and continually developing outstanding teachers, through all stages of their careers

The conference will also present ideas, practice and evidence from SSAT’s Redesigning Schooling campaign for a schools-led vision of education. It will be led by Accrington-born Professor Andy Hargreaves and Professor Michael Fullan, alongside a range of expert speakers and aims to shape the future of schooling in the UK.

The conference will make use of two of Manchester Central’s main areas, including its Exchange Hall, auditorium, a number of breakout rooms and two of its main foyer areas. Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of Manchester Central, said: “We are thrilled to host SSAT for its UK national conference. Manchester is a pioneer in so many educational fields, including the sciences and the arts, as well as being a hub for research and development. So what better place to help shape, inspire and encourage education improvement in our schools.”

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, said: “We have been so impressed with Manchester Central’s commitment to developing its people and the local area. Our conference is all about helping teachers design and realise the ‘new professionalism’ they need to deliver a world-class education. Manchester Central’s approach is in absolute alignment with this vision – we believe they are setting the standard for the ‘new professionalism’ in UK conferencing.

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