Key Note Speaker Mick Waters – Day 4 of our Heads Development Programme; Sustaining and driving change through extraordinary leadership
Mick has been a teacher and headteacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he was Director of Curriculum.
Mick believes that learning should be treasured and valued and that it needs to be shaped to fit with children’s lives. People in schools need to set understandings of their children alongside the learning they should meet to create learning that is irresistible.
Mick believes in being close to teachers, children and schools, and is often to be found in the classroom working with children. He has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Mick’s most recent book, ‘Thinking Allowed…on schooling’ was published in 2013. He is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for pupils. He also enjoys asking adults to look at learning through the eyes of a pupil.