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Dorset Teachers Speak at National Conference


7:14am 20th January 2014

Two Dorchester Headteachers will be educating a very different audience today at a National Education Conference in London.

Andrew Roberts Wray from Sunninghill Prep and Thomas Hardye's Mike Foley will be revealing how their schools' partnership has been so successful at The Independant State Schools Conference today (20th January).

 Mike Foley and Andrew Roberts-Wray will talk about how they feel Dorset Area Schools Partnership (which 19 educational establishments are part of in Dorset) works to break down social barriers and improve educational opportunities for pupils in the Dorchester area. Their speech will include students' opinions and experiences, which are represented through DASP Student Voice.

Andrew Roberts Wray said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase DASP to a very influential group of educationalists' and Mike Foley added: 'We are hoping to inspire the audience with our model for state/independent partnership.'

DASP recently gained national attention by winning an Independent Schools Award in the category of Best Independent-Maintained Schools Collaboration, which had over 30 entrants.

 Key speakers at the ISSP conference are Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Schools and Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the highly-respected Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility through raising education standards.
 The ISSP conference programme entitled 'Successful Cross Sector Partnerships' includes high profile speakers from Ofsted, Independent Schools Inspectorate, Wellcome Trust, Independent Schools Council and London Gifted and Talented.

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