Keynote Speakers 2011

Michael Apple

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professor Michael Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is highly regarded as an important voice in "contemporary progressive education" and has written extensively, deconstructing and analysing the educational system in the United States. He has also taight at both elementary and secondary levels and provided guidance for teachers and adminstrators as they strive to improve educational outcomes for all children. He has made central contributions to critical scholarship in curriculum sudies and teaching as well as in educational theory and policy.

Tony Bush

Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Warwick, and Vice President of BELMAS

Professor Tony Bush has experience as a teacher and as a professional officer with a local authority. He has wide international experience, having been a visiting professor, external examiner, consultant or invited keynote speaker in Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, the Seychelles, Singapore and South Africa. He has published extensively, including his best-selling trilogy of books on Theories of Educational Leadership and Management. He has directed many and evaluation projects on aspects of leadership and leadership development. He is also the editor of the leading international journal, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership. Tony's work is highly influential in the field of leadership, management and administration, encompassing as it does the study of diversity, Prioncipals' qualifications in South Africa and worldwide and headship development and succession planning.

Maggie Farrar

Strategic Director for Policy Research and Development

Maggie's love of teaching and working with young people started in West Africa where she taught in a large secondary school in Northern Ghana. She then moved to London to work first in Newham, Greenwich and then in Hackney. Her last teaching post in London was as Deputy Head of Haggerston School in Hackney. She then moved to Birmingham to work with Tim Brighouse where she set up the University of the First Age, a national charity which develops extended learning experiences for young people in school. Since May 2003, Maggie has been working at the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services where she was initially the Operational Director responsible for the 'Every Child Matters' and Standards. Since July 2008, Maggie has been Strategic Director for Policy and Research and Development. This involves providing the strategic leadership of succession planning, a range of research programmes, evaluation and impact and policy development.

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