Summer Insight Day

29 July 2021

BESA's annual Summer Insight Day returns after a long two-year wait at a beautiful new venue this July! 


8:30am - 3:30pm


Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
SE1 9DA View Map



BESA's annual Summer Insight Day returns after a long two-year wait at a beautiful new venue this July! 


We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting our Summer Insight Day in-person this year and at a beautiful new venue, Southwark Cathedral, in London Bridge.

As always, the day will offer BESA members an informative mix of discussions and talks from a range of inspiring and influential guest speakers, followed by some well-overdue catching up with fellow members over an al fresco lunch. We look forward to welcoming you all back to this fantastic event once again. 


"I really enjoyed the Summer Insight Day. The people I met and talked with were impressive and interesting!" 2019 attendee

"I thought the Summer Insight Day was a credit to BESA, well organised and efficiently run on the day in a superb venue. The garden area was stunning and a great place to network" 2019 attendee




8:30 – 9:00: Arrival and networking 

9:00 – 9:05: Welcome: Caroline Wright - Director General, BESA 

9:05 – 9:25: Opening keynote - Sir David Carter - Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute, Author of "Leading Academy Trusts-why some fail but most don't" & former National Schools Commissioner

9:30 – 10:10: UK education: A reflection on the past year and beyond with Monica Thompson - Policy Analyst, BESA, Jon Kay - Head of Policy, Education Endowment Foundation, Emma Allen - Head Teacher, Corbets Tey School, Richard Slade - Head Teacher, Plumcroft Primary School

10:15 – 10:40: Market opportunities in a post-COVID teaching and learning environment and how market data support can help insights - Richard Connor - Managing Partner & Head of Research, C3 Education

(10:40 – 11:10: Coffee break)

11:15 – 11:30: BESA’s response tfree learning resources with Julia Garvey - Deputy Director General - BESA and Christine Major - BESA Chair & CEO of Gluu

11:35 – 12:10: Refreshing your international strategy post-COVID with Yasmin Barnett - Head of Events, BESA, Sir Steve Smith - UK Government International Education Champion Department for Education & Department for International Trade, Ashley Kirk - Sales Director, ISC Research, Tom Poole - Director – Bett Asia and Global Key Accounts, Bett, Sarah Palmer - Marketing and Conference Director, GESS Portfolio – Tarsus Group

12:15 – 12:55: The future of the curriculum and assessment: how have the events of 2020/2021 made us re-evaluate the curriculum? with Dr Mary Richardson - Associate Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education, Colin Hughes - Head of AQA,  Madeleine Holt - Founder Member, More Than A Score, Ben Mearhart - Head of Delivery, The Black Curriculum 

1:00 – 1:25: Closing keynote: Damian Hinds MP 

1:25 – 1:30: Closing remarks: Caroline Wright - Director General, BESA 

1:30 – 3:30: Lunch and networking 

(Agenda and timings are subject to change)


Our keynote speakers

Rt Hon Damian Hinds - MP and previous Secretary of State for Education (2018-19)
Sir David Carter - Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute and former National Schools Commissioner
Sir David was appointed to the post of National Schools Commissioner (NSC) in February 2016 having had the majority of his previous leadership experience in the school system. He was the founding CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust based in Bristol. The trust was one of the first and largest MATS in the South West with 12 academies that educated 5000 children with a workforce of over 1200 people. The majority of the schools had failed for many years and Sir David takes his experience of leading rapid improvement in disadvantaged communities into his leadership work, thinking and writing.



Event sponsors


Event partner