Star of the BAFTA winning TV show, Educating Essex, and author of ‘The Best Job in the World’, Vic Goddard has been announced as guest speaker at this year’s professional learning conference held at The Marches School in Oswestry on the 26th February 2018.

Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy, is renowned for his straight-talking approach and refusing to let a student fail, in the BBC fly-on-the-wall style documentary. He will be accompanied by a plethora of speakers including: Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, Ross McGill, experienced teacher and school leader, Sir William Atkinson one of the UK’s most respected headteachers.

Over 300 professionals working in the education sector have registered to attend the one-day event packed with motivational talks and over 15 workshops focusing on Leading LearningGrowth Mindset and Effective Partnerships.

The professional learning conference in partnership with the Strategic School Improvement Fund is the third event hosted at the Marches School following the success of the Festival of Education last year with Child Psychologist Professor Robert Winston addressing the audience.

Sarah Longville, CEO of The Marches Academy Trust, said, “For the third consecutive year we are fortunate to be able to continue stimulating our school colleagues on a national level with speakers including Sir William Atkinson, the inspiration behind the BBC’s drama Hope and Glory. The principle aim of the event is to see schools working collaboratively towards a shared vision and enhancing our education system”.

The event is open to everyone working in primary, secondary and further education and promises to be a thought-provoking day. For further information or to purchase tickets please contact 01691 664407 or visit