Chepstow School proudly presents...

Seminar v3

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Running Order:


  • Matt Sims, Headteacher, Chepstow School

  • Jamie Goddard, Assistant Headteacher, Chepstow School

1. Professor Mick Waters

Professor Mick Waters is an associate with the Centre for Developmental and Applied Research with Wolverhampton University. Prior to this, Mick worked as Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England and had a leading role in helping schools to rethink their approach to curriculum design and influencing national policy on aspects of the national curriculum. Mick also worked for the City of Manchester as their Chief Education Officer. He has also worked in Birmingham Local Education Authority driving forward a school improvement agenda. Mick has experience of headship in two schools and of working in teacher education and is an author of several educational books. He also led the task and finish group that took forward the review of teachers’ pay and conditions in Wales.

2. Abdul Chohan

Mr. Chohan is the director of ThinkSimple Ltd, founder of a free school in the UK, Former CEO of a Multi-Academy Trust in the UK, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Showbie Champion.

Mr. Chohan has been a visionary of mobile learning, and its application for better feedback and assessment, since 2008. He has spoken to thousands of educators and decision-makers around the world since 2012, helping organizations, globally to design their digital strategy and assist teachers in adding value to their pedagogical approaches using technology.

3. Catherine Kucia

Catherine Kucia is Headteacher of Jubilee Park Primary School in Newport. Jubilee Park is a new school which opened in 2017. Since opening, Cat has led the development of the national reform within Jubilee Park, placing great emphasis on professional learning and the use of Hwb. Their ‘Thrive Curriculum’ is based upon Curriculum for Wales and provides children with the skills, knowledge and experiences to thrive in a transforming world. Cat believes in the importance of 'igniting a passion for learning' not only in the children but also within the staff and across the wider community at Jubilee Park. 

4. Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is Director of Education Policy at Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Centre for Education. He specialises in the design, development and implementation of education policy, particularly in the Welsh context, and has written extensively on Wales’ education system since devolution. He is a member of the International Educational Assessment Network (IEAN) and leads the university’s involvement in the National Professional Enquiry Project (NPEP).

5. John Jones

John Jones is Director of Innovations at Royal Grammar School (RGS), Worcester

John is responsible for driving school improvement through innovative use of technology. He has successfully created cultures of outstanding technology integration in the UK and also in international education and understands how meaningful use of technology can improve the teaching and learning experience.

6. Dr Neil Ingram

Dr Neil Ingram is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education (Biology) at the University of Bristol. He is the Lead co-ordinator of e-Scapes, Hewlett Packard Catalyst initiative for Pedagogy 3.0.

I am a biologist, interested in what children really need to know about genetics to be citizens of a genomic world. I am a teacher educator, interested in the delights and pitfalls of learning to teach, especially on PGCE courses. I am interested in the use of ICT in schools, sociology and recipes on how to make a perfect veggie curry.

7. Bronwen Rashad

Bronwen Rashad is Head of Training and Enterprise at OTR Bristol, a youth mental health service across the South West. As a resilience expert, she supports educationalists to promote mental health in schools and is particularly interested in prevention and early intervention. She used to run Resilience Lab in Bristol and worked with over 4000 young people. She is Chair of Governors at Thornwell Primary School

8. Mathew Pullen

Mat Pullen is a Senior Lecturer in ITE at the University of South Wales (USW), Company Director of Think Creative Consultancy, Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Professional Learning Specialist.

An educator of nearly 20 years Mat has seen the ways technology can enhance and support learning across all phases of education. He passionately supports educators in developing new approaches to learning.

9. Jordan Ingles

Jordan Ingles is a final year ITE student studying at the University of South Wales (USW) and brings an all important student teacher perspective to the conversation: What will the educational landscape look like post COVID?

10. James Wise

James Wise is an Assistant Headteacher at Cardiff High School and organiser of ResearchED Cymru. James has been teacher for over 10 years and has held the roles of Curriculum Leader for both History and Sociology at Cardiff High School. James’ current role has a particular focus on ‘closing the attainment gap’.

Closing Remarks: 

  • Matt Sims, Headteacher, Chepstow School

  • Jamie Goddard, Assistant Headteacher, Chepstow School