Life After Levels Conference – North


28th November 2016


Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4XB

Join us for an open & honest discussion on the future of assessment

Following a successful series of Life After Levels conferences last year, we are running another series of free events this year.

Come along for an open and honest discussion about what we have learned in the past 12 months. Hear directly from assessment thought-leaders and senior leaders who will share how they have implemented assessment without levels, the challenges, the impact and what's next.

Now is our time to define the future of assessment.


12:00pm Registration with lunch & networking

Join us for a free buffet lunch and a chance to network with like-minded professionals.

1:00pm – Welcome

Gareth Davies, Life After Levels

An update on the Life After Levels collaboration including the recent launch of the exemplar performance standards.

1:15pm - Life After Levels - the next chapter

Mick Walker, former director of QCA & DfE adviser

Mick will examine what we have learned since the removal of national attainment levels and the opportunities and challenges still facing schools.

2:15pm – Refreshments

2:35pm – Primary Focus

Simon Smith, Headteacher, East Whitby Primary School

Simon will share his journey on implementing the NAHT assessment principles and how this has improved the quality of teaching and learning. He will highlight the importance of professional dialogue to get teachers and parents to embrace the changes.

3:15pm – Secondary Focus

Nick House, Headteacher, Greenshaw High School & Multi-academy Trust

Hear how assessment without levels has been rolled out across a large secondary academy group. Nick will provide an open and honest account of the challenges faced but also share the impact this has had on students and teachers. Find out how Greenshaw support transitions from primary school and the academy's vision for the future of assessment.

4:00pm - Q&A with speakers

Put your questions to our speakers.

4:20pm - Drinks & networking

Join us for a drink or two as we discuss the future assessment and what's next.

5:00pm – Close


Mick Walker, Former Director of the QCA & DfE Advisor

Mick's teaching career has extended over 18 years.

Throughout his career he has been closely associated with assessment system holding posts of chief examiner and moderator.

Simon Smith, Head Teacher, East Whitby Primary School

Simon's leadership led East Whitby from requires improvement to good.

At their last inspection Ofsted praised how East Whitby tracked and monitored pupil progress.

Nick House, Headteacher, Greenshaw High School & ,Multi-academy Trust

Greenshaw High School in Sutton is part of the multi-academy Greenshaw Learning Trust.

Nick is leading the academy through its assessment journey.