Winter Business Insight Day & AGM 2023

12 October 2023

We are delighted to announce that our Winter Business Insight Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on 12 October 2023 at the outstanding Church House, in the heart of Westminster.   


11am - 6:30pm


Church House
Great Smith St
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From £110 + VAT and fees

We are delighted to announce that our Winter Business Insight Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on 12 October 2023 at the outstanding Church House, in the heart of Westminster. 


This year’s exclusive member event offers a mix of engaging sessions covering the latest topics in education from a range of influential and inspiring guest speakers, and of course the opportunity to join our drinks reception to expand your professional circle with fellow members. 


  • 11.00-11.30 Arrival and refreshments. 
  • 11.30-11.35 Welcome - Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA.
  • 11.35-12.05 BESA AGM - Christine Major, Chair, Executive Council, BESA.
  • 12.05-13.00 Opening keynote: Bringing Out The Best - How to transform the potential of every child. Findings from The Times Education Commission - Sir Anthony Seldon, Deputy Chairman, Times Education Commission.
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch.
  • 14.00-14.40 Export Focus: Using skills as a growth engine - Jonathan Ledger, Department of Business and Trade, Jane Rexworthy, Chair of the UK Skills Partnership, Jason Holt CBE, CEO and Co-Founder of Metaverse Learning, and Steve Morris, Commercial Director, The Learning Curve.
  • 14.40-15.05 Generative AI: Ethical considerations for education sector - Morgan Dee, Director of AI and Data Science, Educate Ventures Research, Dan Fitzpatrick, Founder, The AI Educator, and Sir Anthony Seldon, Deputy Chairman, Times Education Commission.
  • 15.05-15.35 Learning from the past, looking to the future... The Good Friday Agreement and Its Impact on Education in Northern Ireland - Carrie-Ann Gibson, International Education Manager, Texthelp, and Patrick McGrath, Head of Education Strategy, Texthelp. Danielle McKernan, SLT, Strategic Leader of Digital Learning, St Patrick’s Academy., Hilary Woods, Principal, Belfast Royal Academy, Dawn Farquhar, Vice Principal, Belfast Boys Model School.
  • 15.35-16.00 Refreshments.
  • 16.00-16.30 Political Predictions for Education: What is the position of the UK's main political parties going into the next General Election? - Sam Freedman, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government, in conversation with Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA.
  • 16.30-17.00 BESA's Research Focus Group: Future gazing - What would school leaders like to see going forward? - Jason Gould, Managing Director, The Education Company. 
  • 17.00-17.15 Closing words - Julia Garvey, Deputy Director General, BESA.
  • 17.30 Drinks' reception: expanding your professional circle


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Feedback from the 2022 Winter Business Insight Day & AGM… 
  • 'The BESA Insight Days are always a great event with a variety of interesting speakers across a range of interests and subject areas. It is also a really good opportunity to meet likeminded business people - in a post-Covid world, there are less opportunities to discuss educational issues and challenges face-to-face and these events provide the perfect opportunity for this.' Steph Reddington, RNA Manager, Juniper Education.
  • 'The BESA AGM provided an opportunity to hear from a wide range of experienced speakers on topics that represented key themes in education right now. The panellist shared their extensive in-school experience and the chairs kept their insights relevant to suppliers meaning we could take practical ideas away. The day offered plenty of opportunity to network with others in the industry too. Overall a fantastically energising day!' Katie Blainey, Director, Assessment Product, Hodder Education.



To register your interest, or to ask any questions, please email eventsteam@besa.org.uk. 

Please note that each company is limited to purchasing only three tickets for this event.

BESA will not be offering refunds for this event. It is possible to transfer your ticket to a colleague at any point from the time of booking to 7 working days before the event.

We look forward to having you join us for an enlightening and enriching experience!

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