Three hundred teachers and school leaders across the North West will gather to debate controversial topics in education at the second annual School Leaders Conference at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford this week.
It is the second year the venue has won the conference business and it came via an agency booking.
The conference agenda sets out to delve deeper into pressing issues within the sector, including extremism and the Prevent agenda, health and obesity, coasting and childcare provision.
Lemn Sissay MBE, the Chancellor of The University of Manchester, is the keynote speaker among an itinerary packed full with education A-listers in the North West.
Andy Crane, the Manchester based broadcaster, will interview Sissay in the morning, and chair a panel discussion of key speakers in the afternoon, including the National Schools Commissioner, Frank Green CBE.
The afternoon will also feature a mini keynote from the new chair of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, Roger Pope.
A new addition for this year gives delegates the opportunity to shape conversation with a live poll on the day.
Michael Tonge, head teacher of Prestolee Primary School and founder of the conference, said: “The second annual conference comes at a fascinating time in that for the first time in almost 20 years, we have a majority Conservative government.
“This alone will result in many more academies and free schools being created as the government looks to put an end to ‘coasting’ schools.
“The location and state-of-the-art facilities at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford are ideally suited for this conference and I look forward to seeing some strong debate among passionate professionals and even stronger willingness for this region to continue in leading the school led agenda.”