School effectiveness

EMPAC conference

The final EMPAC conference was held on the 5 March 2015 and was attended by 80 people from a range of organisations including primary schools, children’s centres, high schools, and universities, policy and research bodies, voluntary organisations, Italian and Czech public bodies and Ealing Council.

EMPAC conference programme (pdf)

Every delegate received a copy of the resources pack which included copies of the key tools produced during the project, e.g. family engagement evaluation, Theory of change guidance, teacher survey, training programme and the cultural profiles.

The morning session consisted of presentations from key speakers including members of the Academic and Policy Group and representatives from the project teams in each partner country. In the afternoon session, delegates had the opportunity to attend two workshops of their choice.

The aim of the workshops was to provide practical illustrations of how the resources had been developed and used and to allow a more detailed sharing of experience by schools and centres.

Key presentations

Welcome and opening speech – Judith Finlay (pdf)

Keynote speech – Professor Constant Leung (pdf)

EMPAC rationale – Tracy Cowan (pdf)

EMPAC journey in Bologna overview - Dr Stefania Vellani and Dr Nicoletta Ratini (pdf)
EMPAC journey in Bologna research part 1 - Dr Ivana Bolognesi and Dr Anna Pileri (pdf)
EMPAC journey in Bologna research part 2 - Dr Ivana Bolognesi and Dr Anna Pileri (pdf)

EMPAC journey in Usti – Ivana Polakova (pdf)

Research findings – Thomas Speilhofer


Family engagement evaluation

Theory of change

Developing teacher training

Case studies - EMPAC journey in Bologna, Usti and Ealing schools/centres


The feedback from the conference was excellent with 99% of attendees stating that the conference was either ‘good’ or ‘very good’. 60% of people said that they would be able to apply what they had learnt to their own work and 40% said that they might ‘possibly’ be able to apply it. 86% either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that they had gained relevant knowledge by attending the conference and 100% were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the overall content of the conference

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Last updated: 14 Mar 2017