Connecting Teachers Conference, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, July 6 – 7 2017

One of Birmingham’s leading Colleges – Joseph Chamberlain 6th Form College, shortlisted as the Sixth Form College of the Year 2017 by the Times Educational Supplement, opens its doors this week for the city’s first international education conference, Connecting Teachers.

The College has pulled together a dynamic line up of guest speakers including Sir Tim Brighouse, former Schools’ Commissioner and Professor Mick Waters, author of Thinking Allowed… on schooling. They will be sharing the stage with new thinkers, Ross McGill, author of the best-selling series, Teachers’ Toolkit, and philosopher, Roman Krznaric, named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers.

Other presenters include Andrew Moffat who was recently awarded the OBE for his work No Outsiders in our School: Teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools, which promotes equality and diversity in schools, Pam Mundy, Director of International Early Years, Manjit Shellis, who specialises in student leadership and peer mentoring in secondary schools, plus an array of well-known educationalists from all phases of education working nationally and internationally.

Principal, Elly Tobin explains the thinking behind Connecting Teachers:

“Education is changing rapidly. There’s a whole world out there and so much going on. We hear a lot about what’s happening in Finland – and with good reason – but British international education is a dynamic sector that is growing rapidly and is in huge demand in the Middle East, South East Asia, Europe, and the Americas and particularly in China.”

There is an increasing number of British educators sharing their expertise in Britain and overseas as demand for the highest quality teaching surges.

Elly thinks that there are other connections to be made:

“There’s already plenty of scope for teachers doing the same kind of teaching job to connect. We think that Early Years, Primary, Secondary and further education teachers have a lot to learn from each other. They don’t often get a chance to talk properly, and we want to give them that opportunity at the Conference”.

“We are delighted with the line-up” enthuses Elly. “The speakers will have different things to say, but knowing them as I do, I think they will also have a lot in common.”

Andy Homden, from Conference partners, Consilium Education, publishers of International Teacher Magazine agrees: “The likes of Sir Tim and Mick Waters are well known overseas and so it’s great to have them involved. It will be exciting to find out more about the work of Ross, Andrew and others who are such high-profile personalities here.”

Connecting Teachers takes place at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, 1 Belgrave Road, Highgate, Birmingham B12 9FF on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July.

A limited number of one day and two day passes to the Conference are still available. For more information, email Amie Williams at the College at or call 0121 446 2794.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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