TV FOOTBALL pundit Ian Wright is set to share how he was inspired to be a success.

The former Arsenal, Crystal Palace and England striker will be speaking at the Professional Learning Conference at the Telford International Centre on Monday, February 25.

The Alliance of Leading Learning – part of the Marches Academy Trust, which oversees Sir John Talbot’s School – will host the event, which has been organised with the Severn, Salop and North Shropshire teaching alliances.

The inspiration for the conference came cutting edge neuroscience research covered in the Chartered College of Teaching’s neuroscience journal, IMPACT.

Paul Howard Jones, the main lead in the UK for neuroscience and education, will also speak at the conference, which is aimed at teachers, senior leaders and teaching assistants.

The conference will look at how to ensure every student can access quality learning and cope with the curriculum.

Ian Wright is known in the educational world from a video where he sees his former teacher for the first time in years and is overcome with emotion at reconnecting with a man who the Match of the Day pundit credits with directing him towards a successful football career.

Writer, broadcaster and former barrister Afua Hirsch will speak about her experiences of being the social affairs and educational editor for Sky News from 2014 to 2017, and a journalist for The Guardian.

Afternoon workshop facilitators will include , a personalised learning specialist who was knighted for his work at George Salter High School in West Bromwich and his work in ICT, as well as Matthew Burton, headteacher of Thornhill Academy and star of ITV’s Educating Yorkshire.

Sarah Longville, CEO of the Marches Academy Trust, said: “We could not be more excited for this academic year’s Professional Learning Conference.

“The Marches Academy Trust are leading the way with professional development in Shropshire.”

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“We look forward to welcoming educators from all educational facilities for the biggest and best conference yet”.