Speakers confirmed so far, in alphabetical order, are:-

Luke Abbott
 – President of the National Association for the Teaching of Drama

Martin Burrett @ICTMagic

Primary School teacher and educational speaker from Essex. He is an advocate for using digital technology to improve teaching and learning in schools. He founded the ICTmagic educational resource sharing website and is co-administrator for UKedchat.

Professor Robert Coe – Professor of Education and Director of CEM, Durham University.

Tait Coles  

Tait Coles is a teacher and Vice Principal for Learning and Innovation at Dixons City Academy in Bradford.
Previously, Tait has been AHT at a comprehensive school in Leeds and was Head of Science in a challenging Bradford school. He is a SLE, an accredited facilitator and has been a Consultant for the local LEA. Tait is also an Author Associate with Independent Thinking Limited.
Tait is the creator of PuNk Learning; a manifesto that challenges the orthodoxy and complacency and allows students to be central to a critical educational culture where they learn how to become individuals and social agents rather than merely disengaged spectators who have their ‘part to play’ in the Neoliberal ideology of modern schooling.

Kevin Courtney – NUT Deputy General Secretary @cyclingkev

Dominic Cummings – Chief Adviser to Michael Gove 2007-2013

Dr. Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport is a Professional Development Leader at the National Science Learning Centre in York. She also mentors Physics teachers in their training year and their first two years of teaching for the Institute of Physics

Carol taught science at a large North East school for over seven years where she was part of a number of curriculum development projects: creating an online video physics course, writing a new KS3 curriculum and being the actor for a hologram.

Andy Day and Andy Knill – SOLO taxonomists @Andyphilipday @aknill

Sam Freedman – Director of Research at Teach First and Former Policy Adviser to Michael Gove @samfr

Richard Garner – Education Editor – The Independent

Daniel Harvey – Digital Leader and National Space Centre Lead Educator @danielharvey9

Jane Hewitt

Jane is a teacher withover 30 years experience at many levels in schools. She has been a head of department, an AST, a year head and a member of the senior management team with special responsibility for teaching and learning.
As a classroom practitioner she has covered Humanities, English, ICT, Cultural studies and Photography.
It is this last area that is a genuine passion for Jane and she is now freelance, combining her flair for photography with her deep understanding of how to get the best out of young people and their teachers.
It’s All About Photography; Learning Through a Lens is her first book and is a fascinating and practical exploration of how photography can be used to improve motivation, confidence, self-esteem, team work, problem solving, thinking and learning both in – and out – of the classroom with children of all ages.

Cathy Cross

Cathy trained in Theatre Design and has spent her career working in community theatre and education. Projects include work for Action Transport Theatre, The Youth Service, Creative Partnerships and Cheshire Drama Advisory Service.
Over the last few years Cathy has combined the breadth of her experience to inform her role as a change maker, creativity consultant and professional ‘den’ maker!
Cathy co-founded her own company in 2010. 4D creative design interactive immersive spaces that help teachers transform the way they engage young people in education.
As Creative Director, Cathy’s role is leading her team of designers in how they create immersive experiences and establishing 4D creative in new sectors.  Cathy has also contributed articles to The Guardian, Huffington Post and Head Teacher Update and was recently awarded an EVA business award.

Lisa Hinton and Richard Keiran, Top Teacher and Headteacher, Woodrow Primary School

Alex Kenny – secondary teacher and chair of NUT Education and Equalities Committee @elnut2606

Dorothy Lepkowska – Award winning educational journalist @DotLepkowska

Stephen Lockyer   @MrLockyer

Stephen Lockyer is a Deputy Head who lives and works in Kent. He completed his MEd in 2010, which looked at learning online versus offline learning, and is currently building initial research for his Doctorate. He has begun several successful hashtag-led events both online and offline, and launched SLTcamp – a residential unconference for Senior Leaders. Stephen is passionate about teaching, technology, startups and writing.

Laura McInerney – LKMCo and Guardian Education writer @miss_mcinerney

Ian Mearns MP –  Labour, Member of the Education Select Committee @IanMearnsMP

Fiona Millar – Journalist and campaigner for education @schooltruth

Mary Myatt – Lead Ofsted Inspector @MaryMyatt

Alison Peacock – Primary Headteacher and member of the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Review @AlisonMPeacock

Jose Picardo – 
Digital leader, MFL and Fellow of NAACE @josepicardo

José Picardo is Assistant Principal in charge of Digital Strategy at Surbiton High School. He has taught languages for over ten years and regularly speaks at learning technologies and foreign languages themed conferences and training events, both nationally and internationally. José is passionate about embracing new technologies’ potential to transform the way we teach and learn.

Alex Quigley – ‘Hunting English’ teacher blogger and AHT @huntingenglish

Hywel Roberts

Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist working with many  organisations across the UK and beyond. A true Northerner, Hywel Roberts deals in curriculum liberation, creative practice, engagement, teacher development and Imagineering in all settings. He also practices what he preaches. Hywel  was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm

Martin Robinson – author of ‘Trivium 21c’ @SurrealAnarchy

Tom Sherrington – Headteacher and core member of The Heads Roundtable. @headguruteacher

Jon Tait

Jon is assistant head teacher at a North East secondary academy with responsibility for teaching & learning. He is very interested in creative and innovative teaching practices which engage students and ultimately raise achievement. Jon regularly presents at TeachMeets and teaching conferences both in the UK and across the world via Skype. Jon also carried the Olympic Torch at the London 2012 Olympics.

John Taylor – editor of Labour Teachers @John_H_Taylor

Tim Taylor – AST and national Mantle of the Expert Trainer @imagineinquiry

Michael Tidd –

Michael Tidd is a teacher in a middle school in West Sussex. Having trained for KS2 & 3, he has recently moved to teaching in Year 5 after many years in Year 7, and so has plenty of views on matters on both sides of the primary-secondary ‘divide’.

John Tomsett, Headteacher, York and Heads Roundtable. @johntomsett

Mick Waters – Author of Thinking Allowed on Schooling and former Director of Curriculum, QCA


David Weston   @informed­_ed

David Weston MEng (Oxon) ALCM PGCE is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development of staff in education. He is a former maths, physics and ICT teacher with nine years of experience, a former consultant specialising in data and assessment, and an author of textbook materials and articles for the Guardian, TES and other newspapers. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education in London.

David Whitaker

It only takes a few minutes of a visit to the very special Springwell Community Special School where Dave is the Executive Principal to realise quite how special it is. And it doesn’t take very long talking to the staff, the pupils or to Dave himself to realise quite how special Dave’s approach is too – to special education, to leadership, to meeting the needs of all of some of the north of England’s most challenging and challenged young people, to what education is all about.

Dr. Phil Wood – University of Leicester.

We will post more as names come through…