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Insight into challenges facing schools

30 October 2007

A leading education expert will share her insights into the challenges currently facing schools and discuss solutions to these current education issues, at Canterbury Christ Church University on Tuesday 6th November at 6pm.

Dame Pat Collarbone will present her views at a public lecture called ‘Creating tomorrow: school leadership and workforce modernisation.’ The lecture is free of charge and is part of the University’s autumn public lecture series.  It will take place at the University’s Old Sessions House Lecture Theatre, North Holmes Campus, Longport, Canterbury.

Speaking before her lecture, Dame Collarbone, who is an advisor to a number of public education bodies including the Department for Children, Schools and Families, said: “In my lecture I will discuss how schools today are facing change on a scale undreamt of in previous generations.  Whether it is extended services, personalised learning, the changing and developing nature of modern technologies, or the need for a more relevant curriculum – the challenges for schools are unprecedented.  I believe that the key to managing this change is workforce modernisation and I will make a case for this in my lecture.” 

Dame Collarbone will claim in her lecture that the cornerstone of successful workforce modernisation is open, inclusive leadership that provides clear direction and focus, and draws on the contributions of all staff and stakeholders. 

Dame Collarbone, who taught in inner city London for 28 years and was also headteacher of a secondary school in Hackney, explained: “School leaders need to be seen as effective role models for all school staff in supporting and encouraging positive change.  This in itself is a challenge to many and can be seen as a threat. However, workforce modernisation is changing the lives of children and young people.  This is a direct result of strong leadership; a holistic vision of the agenda; and a clear commitment to a better future for all leaders.”

The lecture is free of charge and no advance reservation is required.  However, if you are intending to bring a group, for example a class of school pupils, please contact Neil Thayne on 01227 782486. Those who wish to attend are advised to arrive at the campus 15 minutes before the lecture’s scheduled start time.  For further information on the University’s public lectures and profiles of the speakers please log on to  If you are a member of the press and would like to attend, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.


Notes to Editor

Dame Pat Collarbone

Dame Pat Collarbone is an advisor to a number of public bodies including the former Department for Education and Skills, now the Department for Children, Schools and Families; the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA); and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL).  She is an acknowledged expert on school leadership and workforce modernisation.  She was formerly a Director of NCSL, and the Executive Director of the National Remodelling Team.  For 28 years she taught in inner city London and was a very successful headteacher of a secondary school in Hackney.  In 1996, she became the founding Director of the London Leadership Centre at the Institute of Education.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is one of the largest and most successful providers of postgraduate initial teacher education in the country.  Its primary provision has consistently been awarded the highest possible grades in inspections by OFSTED and all other courses which have been inspected to date are graded ‘good’ or ‘very good.’

Education has been at the core of Canterbury Christ Church University’s provision since its inception in 1962.  The Faculty of Education has experienced an enormous growth of programmes from initial teacher training to higher degrees encompassing all phases of education.  Moreover, the University has been acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading provider of teacher training and development.  Its growth and reputation has been sustained through periods of national change.


Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

Laura Jones, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
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