CORE Education Trust hosts inaugural Delivering A CORE Education Conference

On Monday 29th April, CORE Education Trust hosted the inaugural Delivering A CORE Education Conference at Arena Academy, one of the six schools they sponsor across Birmingham. The conference was the first-time staff from all six schools within the Trust have come together, placing an emphasis on promoting CORE Pride.

Opening the conference, CORE Education Trust CEO Adrian Packer CBE delivered a keynote speech built around celebrating the Trust’s four CORE values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence. Introducing the conference’s focus on developing excellence through expertise and promoting the concept of mastery. Celebrating collaboration, Trust-wide choir CORE-Us performed an arrangement of Stand By Me led by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Learning and Participation Team’s Daniel Galbreath midway through the keynote.

Teaching staff from across the Trust’s six schools took part in Osiris Educational’s intensive one-day Outstanding Teaching course delivered by Teaching Backwards co-writer and teaching consultant Mark Burns. The course included discussions around the creation and implementation of an outstanding learning environment through the use of Feedback, Autonomy, Challenge and Engagement as well as interactive plate spinning activities to demonstrate modelling success in the classroom and closing the gap between student’s achievement.

Health experts Westfield Health delivered tailored Mental Health Awareness workshops throughout the day to Education, Pastoral, Safeguarding, Administrative and ICT support staff. The workshops included detailed discussions around how to recognise and highlight the symptoms and warning signs of mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder as well as highlighting the importance of maintaining wellbeing in the workplace.

Access To Education’s Pupil and School Support delivered their ‘Precision Teaching’ sessions to our Education Staff, providing specialist training and support for staff to meet the specific needs of, and tailor their practice for, children and young people.

Multi-award-winning high-energy training specialists PET-Xi delivered interactive workshops throughout the conference covering a range of topics including Motivation and Inspiration, Teaching and Techniques and Resilience. These workshops were tailored for our Education, Pastoral and Safeguarding Support staff to inspire them to create engaging and positive learning experiences designed to help their students achieve their targets.


Arena Academy’s Jo Chance delivered a session on developing Mindfulness within practice to our Pastoral and Safeguarding Support staff. Annabelle Starling encouraged our Administrative support staff to embrace creativity and design during a session on High Quality Publishing. Administrative and ICT support staff also took part in hands-on interactive sessions designed to highlight how they can use online resources such as SharePoint and Mail Merge to streamline their daily practices both individually and collaboratively.

Staff found the Conference inspiring and motivating, as well as informative and interactive. CORE Education Trust are already looking forward to 2020’s conference.