Conference Presentation

Click here to view Tim Oates' 'Assessment Without Levels' conference presentation.

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2013 AGM Minutes

Minutes of the Association of Maintained Girls' Schools 2013 AGM Committee Meeting can be viewed here.

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President's Report 2012

To download the President's Welcome and Annual Report 2011-2012, please click here.

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2008 Conference

This year’s AMGS conference focused on the factors underpinning girls’ achievement. In the Year of Gender, we are pleased that we have had opportunities to explore and publicise these. The most important emerging theme is that girls’ issues with self esteem, reluctance to openly compete, and tendencies to underrate themselves often hold them back academically.

The opening speech from Professor Kate Myers highlighted the fact that the gender divide in schools is very much alive, and being exacerbated by the trend towards gender stereotypical curriculum choices. These are re-emerging, linked to the new 14 – 19 curriculum, particularly diplomas.

Kate’s speech was followed by presentations from 6 schools which have worked alongside the DCSF Innovations Unit, supported by Dr. Caroline Whalley, in a research project involving students and teachers investigating what we need to do to raise girls’ achievement. Once again there was an important emerging message about how essential positive relationships with teachers are for enabling girls to succeed.

Later on the Friday afternoon Camila Batmangheldhji held us all spellbound whilst she unravelled what goes on in the brains of young people who have experienced trauma. She gave us important insights into how to support youngsters who exhibit extremely challenging behaviour. Here, too, the focus was on the value of regular positive, affirming contact with adults.

Friday night’s guest speaker, Kavita Oberoi, former Secret Millionaire, was absolutely inspirational. She spoke about her work to promote young women’s self belief, in the context of her own success against the odds in overcoming stereotypical expectations. For more information, visit her website, www.oberoi-consulting.com

On Saturday morning Professor Ron Best challenged our understanding of the concept of deliberate self harm (DSH). He invited us to empathise with those who do self-harm by seeing ourselves at a point along a spectrum in which we all engage in behaviour that harms us in some way. His talk provided an opportunity to explore the best ways to respond to self-harm.

Our spirits were all lifted when Pinky Lilani OBE gave a charming and optimistic talk about her own experiences of positively interacting with life’s opportunities and the amazing work she has done to raise aspirations for young women.

More detailed accounts are available within the full report.