David Cameron to open first SES conference

SES is proud to announce that Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd David Cameron will give the keynote address at the first Scotland's Enterprising Schools conference.

Joan Mackay – Education Scotland Assistant Director with responsibility for the Developing Employability and Skills programme – will also be speaking on the day.

And Carol Langston — Head of CREATE, the Highlands and Islands Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at Inverness College UHI — will be presenting the brand new SES Enterprising Practitioner Programme, three professional learning modules that will soon be available for FREE on our resources page!

Scotland's Enterprising Schools, with the support of Education Scotland, will host this national event for strategic leaders in education to inspire enterprising attitudes, entrepreneurship and the development of skills for learning, life and work in learners.

This all-day event will be held on 26th October 2016 at Princes Trust Wolfson Centre, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker David Cameron and Joan Mackay from Education Scotland, as well as meeting business organisations who can help schools embed an enterprising culture. There will also be interactive workshops.

You can sign up for the event here.

More on keynote speaker David Cameron:

David Cameron – known as "the REAL David Cameron" – has a unique view of the educational landscape. His experience stretches from leadership of children's services at authority level to the classroom, from the development of national educational policy to its implementation in schools and takes in work at national and regional level in both Scotland and England.

The lead on Scotland's Outdoors Education strategy, he was also involved in the devolved management of schools initiative and was a central player in Scotland's challenging Curriculum for Excellence project. A highly entertaining and engaging speaker, he has worked across the UK with teachers, school leaders and governors and is currently chair of the York Education Partnership.

He is behind Creative Conversations in Edinburgh, bringing together artists and educators, is a leading player in Scotland's regular Festival of Dangerous Ideas and helped draft Creative Scotland's recent manifesto on learning and creativity.

More on CREATE's Carol Langston:

Carol Langston is Head of CREATE, the Highlands and Islands Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at Inverness College UHI, one of the largest partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her principal role is working directly with academic and support staff to support enterprise and entrepreneurship curriculum and non-curriculum developments. Carol has been developing and delivering entrepreneurship and enterprise education for over 10 years, informed by participation in both MIT and Babson's entrepreneurship development programmes. Carol is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, became a fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme in 2009 and of the first 3EP in 2010.

Carol established the Scottish Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Educators' programme (SEE) in 2010 that was independently evaluated as providing educators with the skills, understanding and confidence to enable enterprising change within their teaching. In 2016, together with a newly formed UK partnership, Carol completed the development of a new China Entrepreneurship Educators programme and also led Scotland's only successful bid for national funding to develop and deliver innovative entrepreneurial training for small businesses, now known as the Catalyst programme.

Carol has published in the area of entrepreneurship and small business and her current area of research is the impact of entrepreneurship education on educators working in the higher education sector. She works closely with regional and national partners to embed enterprise and support the growth of entrepreneurship in both the education sector and the business community. Carol has served as a director of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and of the Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ).

More on Education Scotland's Joan Mackay:

Joan is an Assistant Director in Education Scotland with responsibility for the Developing Employability and Skills programme. The programme captures the work Education Scotland leads on in relation to Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce programme.

Joan returned full time to Education Scotland in April 2016 following an 18 month period as DYW Implementation Lead (Schools) shared across Scottish Government and Education Scotland. In the role Joan brought together collaborative partnerships working across relevant directorates within Scottish Government, Education Scotland , Skills Development Scotland and other partners.

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