ECS Group professional seminar

ECS Group professional seminar: 10 November

The Education and Children’s Services group's 2018 professional seminar will be held at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel on Saturday 10 November from 10.30am - 3.30pm.


  • 26 Sep 2018

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This event is being arranged by ECS group as part of the #TalkProspect union week activities and is free to attend for all members and non-members.  Why not use the opportunity to start a conversation with a colleague about the benefits of belonging to Prospect and bring them along to see what we do?


10.15 – 10.45:   Registration & Light Refreshments

10.45 – 11.00:   Welcome & Introduction – Jill De Paolis Education and Children’s Services Group President

11.00 – 12.00:   Professor Mick Waters - Applying leverage on the school system

In order to 'improve quality and raise standards' in schools, governments pull on various levers, some resource driven and some ideological.

This short session will examine the impact of some types of leverage of people in different places within the education system: civil servants, local government, commercial organsiations, head teachers, teachers...and pupils.

12.00 – 13.00:   Lunch and networking 

13.00 – 14.00:   Laurence Findlay, Director of Education, Aberdeenshire Council - ‘An inter-authority collaborative approach to school improvement in Scotland’

The Scottish Government has established regional improvement collaboratives to provide educational improvement support for headteachers, teachers and practitioners through dedicated teams of professionals.

These teams will draw on Education Scotland staff, local authority staff and  others to facilitate collaborative working across the region, including sharing best practice, supporting collaborative networks and pursuing partnership approaches.

14.15 – 15.15   Stewart Mott, Prospect Pension Officer - What’s going on with Public Sector Pensions

Public Sector Pensions live in a paradoxical world of falling costs for the ‘Cost Cap Mechanism’ and increasing costs for the setting of employer contributions. This session will aim to explain what’s going on and allow opportunity for a Q&A on both the Teachers and Local Government Schemes.

15.15 – 15.30:   Plenary

15.30:                 Close 

The event will provide opportunity to network with other professionals and practitioners in the field, and our team of full-time officers will also be in attendance and available throughout the day. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact us to reserve your place and encourage friends and colleagues to attend. For further information or to speak to us direct please email or telephone 01924 207890.

Please note that while attendance is free, places must be booked in advance as seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.