Annual Conference

Blackpool Education Conference 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015

Blackpool Winter Gardens 

8.45am - 3.00pm

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This year we saw our 5th Annual conference jam packed with information and inspiration for Blackpool teachers, it also included outstanding national speakers.

The event was held at the Winter Gardens in November.



The conference was a great success and brought together school and academies under a common purpose. The theme was motivation and skills of local teachers to improve educational outcomes for Blackpool Children. Kate Goodger (Phd) was our main speaker


As the Director of Education, Kate leads a team of expert practitioners to develop the application of the Chimp Paradox Model in schools and other educational organisations. She also currently works with corporate clients and the British Equestrian Federation. Previously she has worked with summer and winter sports for Team GB at 5 Olympics and was formerly a Senior and Lead Practitioner with the English Institute of Sport before joining Chimp Management. 

Her background is originally in teaching where she taught PE and Geography in secondary schools. She then went on to complete a PhD in Athlete Burnout at Loughborough University in 2007. Kate is also a published researcher and has presented internationally as both an academic and applied practitioner. 

Kate has extensive expertise in the development of educational programmes, focusing in particular on emotional and psychological skills. She facilitates the teaching of these skills through coaching and mentoring programmes. 

An exemplar of her work was in her role as lead consultant for the British Olympic Association successful First Games Homes Games project supporting athletes competing on home soil in London 2012. 

She is fascinated by people and the impact of the mind on behaviour and emotional health, and passionate about nurturing potential. 

After Kate Professor Sonia Blandford talk about the emerging Blackpool Challenge and what it could do for local educational development.


The afternoon session was associated with workshops relates to Apple, Achievement for all, student recruitment.


A market place this year was well attended and a prize was on offer for those who could visit the most stands.

Evaluations were taken and considered by the executive board to improve the event for 2016