Professor Mick Waters

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Speaker Topics

  • Wellbeing
  • User Voice
  • Testing
  • Teaching
  • Systems Leadership
  • System Change and Transformation
  • Sustainability
  • Student Engagement
  • Secondary
  • School Improvement
  • School Effectiveness
  • School Design
  • Raising Standards
  • Raising Aspirations of Young People and Adults
  • Professional Development
  • Primary
  • Policy into Practice
  • Personalisation
  • Pastoral
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Motivation
  • Media Education
  • Looked After Children/Carers
  • Learning
  • Leadership
  • Internationalism
  • Inspection
  • Innovation
  • I.C.T. in Education
  • Governors' Curriculum and Responsibilties
  • Futures Thinking
  • Finance Education
  • Education without failure
  • Education Policy
  • Early Years & Childrens Centres
  • Diversity
  • DHT's
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Contexts For Learning
  • Community Cohesion
  • Change
  • Challenging and Coaching School Leaders
  • Behaviour/Discipline
  • Assessment
  • Arts And Education
  • Adventure And The Outdoors
  • 21st Century Learning


Professor Mick Waters works with the schools in the West Midlands in raising standards. This work began as part of the Black Country Challenge and has continued through the University of Wolverhampton’s involvement with the development of Academies and Teaching Schools. He works with schools in other parts of the country on innovative approaches to learning and on several other initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better. .

Mick is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers and supports several educational causes. He is a patron of the Children’s University which offers a range of learning opportunities beyond the school environment and of SAPERE which promotes Philosophy for Children as a route to learning. Mick is also a patron of the Curriculum Foundation, which seeks to promote a voice for the power and potential of the whole curriculum. Mick supports the National Association for Environmental Education as a vice president and is also chair of CoEd which promotes compassionate education.

During his career, Mick has been a teacher and head teacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he was Director of Curriculum.

Mick believes that learning should be treasured and valued and that it needs to be shaped to fit with children’s lives. People in schools need to set understandings of their children alongside the learning they should meet to create learning that is irresistible.

Mick believes in being close to teachers, children and schools, and is often to be found in the classroom working with children. He has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Mick’s most recent book, ‘Thinking Allowed…on schooling’ was published in 2013. He is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for pupils. He enjoys asking adults to look at learning through the eyes of a pupil.

Additional Information

"The feedback was unanimously positive with delegates commenting on the impact your talk had had on them."

"You made so many important points, exactly pitched to the audience. The reaction to your input was overwhelmingly positive."

"Thank you for a great day. Mick was an amazing speaker; I was thrilled to be there"

"I can only reiterate that everyone present was totally "blown away" by Prof. Waters' talk."

"thought provoking"
"could have listened to Mick Waters all day"
" best bit of the day was Mick Waters"
"Mind Blowing"

"Simply the best conference I have been on"


"I would have paid three times as much to attend"

"Mr Waters was firstly truly inspirational. All staff questionnaires and staff themselves verbally praised his work with the College and INSET. He was humorous, poignant, and brilliant in terms of learning and teaching. We cannot thank you enough for organising this on our behalf. – In short thank you."

" he is a truly inspirational speaker and an affable enthusiastic visionary. Providing valuable, common sense, no-nonsense viewpoints on Primary education"
"‘I could have listened to Mick Waters all Day!’, ‘Mick Waters made me question things I do and how to make changes and improvements’, ‘Engaging and inspiring. Wow!’ and ‘Mick also showed many great ideas to apply to the classroom’. These are just a selection from many comments received. His entertaining style was very much appreciated"

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