#theeducationwewant Supper Conversation at ffresh on Monday June 15th

Welsh Government published an independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales (click here to see the summary of “Successful Futures”) and DfES (Department for Education and Skills) are encouraging contributions to the debate about “Successful Futures”.

At the Supper Conversation on June 15th we will discuss specifically the 4 purposes of the new curriculum (and the potential barriers to achieving them) as outlined in the report and also what this means in terms of educational leadership and does that too need to change?

We welcome Mike Clinch (Head of St Illtyd’s) and Terry Mackie (educational consultant) as our lead contributors on the night (see their bios below).

The importance of performance & creative arts in engaging young people and developing confidence and skills will be highlighted by starting the evening with a short performance by Cardiff Quaynotes, our Bay Choir (www.cardiffquaynotes.com).  Huge thank you to Quaynotes!


18:30 – Arrival in ffresh bar, informal introductions (wine and soft drinks included)

18:40 – Cardiff Quaynotes

19:00 – Move into the restaurant to take our places

To kick start our conversation I am delighted to say that we have not one, but two lead contributors:

  1. Mike Clinch has been a teacher for 34 years, the last 18 of which has been spent as a Headteacher. He began his career in Brighton, East Sussex at a large 11-18 comprehensive. He moved back to Wales in 1984 and taught Geography at Cardinal Newman, Pontypridd for 10 years, finally leaving the school as Head of 6th In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Head at St Richard Gwyn, Barry and in 1997 was appointed as Headteacher. In June 2013 he was approached by the Archdiocese of Cardiff and asked to ‘help out’ at St Illtyd’s who were going through a difficult time. He acted as Executive Head of both schools up until Easter this year. He has since committed his long term future to St Illtyd’s and received good news in March 2015 when, following an ESTYN revisit, St Illtyd’s was removed from Special Measures.
  2. Terry Mackie, educational writer and consultant, describes himself as having been born into a very large, poor but happy Cardiff family. Terry holds an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Birkbeck College, University of London. In 1990, after 12 years teaching in The ILEA, he moved into senior LEA leadership in Greenwich, Bristol, Torfaen and latterly Newport (including a period there as Acting Chief Education Officer). He has also worked for Cambridge Education. He enjoys writing and consultancy. In 1996 he wrote a three act comedy drama, ‘Sinister Dexter’, about a London secondary school on the point of amalgamation. He has written some 40 articles for the Western Mail, TES, Public Finance and The IWA since 2010 when he and Gareth Buckland founded EmpathiCymru Ltd, a consultancy that has worked in Wales, England, Germany, Pakistan and Turkey (the latter for The Government of Yemen). His controversial book ‘The Slow Learning Country’ will be published in 2016, prior to The Welsh Assembly elections.  Married to Irene, who was formerly Headteacher of Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School in Barry, they have two children and seven grandchildren.

As usual, the menu choice from ffresh is superb and includes wine / soft drinks on arrival as well as through the supper itself:


Crab cakes with a tomato salsa or

Braised pork shoulder with spiced mayonnaise



Breast of chicken with laverbread sauce or

Quails egg and spinach tart



Bara brith parfait or

Chocolate and hazelnut shortbread, chocolate ice cream


Coffee and after dinner mints


  • The number of bookings is limited in order that we can facilitate really well a good conversation – this means that it is essential that if you are interested that you book and confirm your place by emailing me as soon as possible
  • The cost is £35.00, which includes wine / soft drinks on arrival and during the meal, a superb 3 course meal with menu choices and great attention to any individual dietary needs, coffee and mints to conclude.
  • On booking, I shall supply an invoice and it is essential that payment is made in advance please to confirm your booking
  • Timing: arrival is for 18:30 and we sit down at 19:00 and will conclude at approximately 21.00/ 21.15
  • Dress code: smart casual
  • Menu choices are given above and when you book, please let me know of your menu choices and any dietary or access requirements.
  • Outline details of #supperconversations@ffresh: http://www.learningpathways.info/supperconversations.html includes details of future dates
  • Terms and Conditions: http://www.learningpathways.info/supperconversationsatffresh%20terms%20and%20conditions.pdf

I look forward to hearing from you, if you would like to join the conversation!


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