3:00pm to 6:00pm

3:10pm to 3:50pm

Arv Kaushal - Networking: The Power of Bringing People Together in Education

About the Session

Having recently inspired the education community through free online lockdown CPD, #LDeduchat, with Chiltern Teaching Alliance, Arv talks about the huge potential that networking beyond your daily ‘bubble’ can have on your performance, motivation and job satisfaction.

About Arv

Arv Kaushal is a Specialist Leader of Education specialising in Mathematics. He currently works for the Challney High School for Girls as a Mathematics teacher and Chiltern Teaching School Alliance as a Project Manager for a DfE funded Equality & Diversity programme #BAMEintoLeadership and the lockdown CPD series #LDeduchat.

Since joining education in 2007, after 16 years in the business world, he has been passionate about engaging students in the learning process. More recently he has widened his ambitions to improve outcomes for colleagues in their career aspirations.

He is determined to improve the outcomes of our students by improving the diverse nature of staff in our schools, His highlight over the past year has been to bring a diverse range of stakeholders together to collaborate on possible solutions. This is now developing into wide network that is looking to implement positive strategies into our schools.

His philosophy is that solutions can not be sustained unless it is achieved through a positive inclusive approach.

Follow @Arv_Kaushal

Arv Kaushal

3:10pm to 3:50pm

Sharon Lynch - Moving in one direction: developing teams

About the Session

Aimed at new and aspiring subject leaders, this session outlines some key strategies for building strong, successful teams.

About Sharon

Sharon is an experienced senior leader, passionate about the development of middle leadership. As a previous Head of English, Sharon successfully led a large subject team through many periods of change. As Assistant Headteacher, she has delivered programmes of middle leader CPD that develop key skills in leadership and management. Sharon is a trained facilitator of the Outstanding Teaching Programme (Olevi) and a trained coach (Coaching in Schools). Before entering the teaching profession, Sharon worked in a leadership and management role for more than 10 years.

3:10pm to 3:50pm

Jo Slifi - Creating Impact by Finding Ways to Delight and Engage Our Most Vulnerable Students

About the Session

My first job as a school-leaver was in the hospitality industry, I trained as a Barista at Costa Coffee. It was actually quite scary. During the final training session I had to make a cappuccino in a glass cup for a stern Italian stakeholder with just the right ratio of froth-to-milk in order to pass. Staff at Costa Coffee were relentlessly encouraged to find ways to ‘delight’ their customers and this is an attitude I snuck back into education with me years later. Over the past decade or so I have made it my mission to find ways to ‘delight’ our students and I’ve been surprised at how successful this has been in supporting re-engagement and cultivating a culture of belonging.

About Jo

Jo Slifi has worked in secondary education and AP for the last 10 years and currently leads the Orchard House provision at Aspire AP. Orchard House is a short-term, specialist provision for secondary students unable to access their mainstream education due to mental health difficulties.  Jo was a ‘hard to reach’ student herself and an early school leaver. Jo sampled several career paths before following her heart back into further education and, eventually, school again. Luckily there were some lessons to be learned from industry that translated well into the classroom. Jo is passionate about re-engaging school refusers and those who have had a hard time experiencing success in the UK school system.

Follow @johannahslifi on Twitter.

Jo Slifi

3:30pm to 4:10pm

Thérèse Hoyle - Creating a Whole School Culture of Staff Wellbeing

About the Session

What does a wellbeing culture look like?

  • Be a radiator, not a drain
  • Create a culture of kindness
  • Communicate with care.
  • Ideas for taking care of yourself and your team.

About Thérèse

Thérèse Hoyle is an educational consultant, wellbeing adviser and executive coach with over 20 years’ experience. She advises schools, parents and teachers on whole school well-being, social, emotional and mental health needs of children, organisational development, coaching and leadership.

Thérèse has worked with teams all over the world, so far reaching over 495 schools and 15,400 individuals. Her current clients include Schools, Educational Leaders, Microsoft Leaders, Psychologists, Children, Teens and Parents.

Her books include 101 Playground Games and 101 Wet Playtime Games and Activities, she is a contributing author to How to be a Peaceful School and regularly write for Teachers Matter and Optimus Education.

Therese Hoyle

3:30pm to 3:50pm

Anjum Peerbacos - Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Curriculum

About the Session

How can we ensure that our curricula incorporate diversity?

About Anjum

Currently Pastoral Leader for Year 12, English teacher.  Previously Senior teacher and Head of English writer for TES, Daily Mirror, Open Democracy, Middle Eastern Eye, and Co-founder of AOW, Hijabi Half Hour Podcasts. Tweets as @mammaanji

Anjum Peerbacos

3:50pm to 4:30pm

Sally Bishop - Coaching Successful Teams

About the Session

‘If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far you need a team’ John Wooden

Covid 19 has been a huge catalyst for change and challenging, amazing, and brilliant efforts have been made by teachers many of whom have accomplished things they never thought they could. In doing so relationships and ways of working have changed fundamentally.

This session will look at how can we harness and grow these new team dynamics, capture the positivity and the ‘can do’ attitude retaining creativity, productivity and above all professional pride and growth? Developing real coaching in your school can maintain that momentum allowing everyone to shine, find out how by attending this session where we will explore simple practical steps to get you going with the ‘Ask not Tell’ approach.

About Sally

Sally is an experienced Education Consultant, Leadership Coach, and Facilitator. She is passionate about developing people. As a coach, over the last 9 years she has helped people to realise and build on their inner potential, becoming confident and successful in their particular role. In order to be effective, and happy, you need to be challenged and supported in your thinking and her skills both as a Coach and an Education Professional allow her to work very effectively with teachers in schools and their leaders.

Follow @sallycbishop2 on Twitter.

Sally Bishop

3:50pm to 4:30pm

Helen Ralston - Forming a Culture of Feedback

About the Session

Giving and receiving feedback is a bit like taking medicine, or eating brussel sprouts.   You know it’s good for you but…

This practical and positive session will focus on how to establish a genuine culture of feedback within your team or school:

  • how to frame feedback in general
  • how to create regular opportunities for feedback to flow in all directions
  • how to handle giving specific, difficult feedback to individuals
  • how to receive difficult feedback

I’ll share some of the top tips and templates that means this culture is very much alive and well in our school!

About Helen

Helen is the Head of The Rise School in Feltham: a small all-through school for pupils with ASD.  Before that, she spent the majority of her career in a large comprehensive academy in Croydon, with a brief international school diversion in El Salvador.  She has held a range of curriculum responsibilities such as Head of English, AHT L&T, DHT.    She is passionate about three things:  excellent classroom practice, CPD and looking after her staff.

Helen Ralston

3:50pm to 4:30pm

Kat Stern - The Science of Stress and School Behaviour Systems

About the Session

This talk will look at how the brain handles stress and its impact on both behaviour and learning.  We will take a pragmatic look at a typical secondary school behaviour system as a form of manipulative stress, and discover why there may be students who appear to struggle with common sanctions.  There will be links to the impact of trauma, the Regulate, Relate, Reason model, relational health, exclusions, and whilst the focus is on children, nearly all of the information is as relevant to working with the adults in a school environment.  You should expect clinical research translated into the reality of school life.  Useful for all!

About Kat

Kat Stern is currently a Therapeutic Education Consultant in a Young Offenders’ Institute and consults on all aspects of behaviour within secondary schools, with a specialism in trauma-informed education (see www.expectopatronumconsultancy.com).  She has a long history of leadership in pastoral care and behaviour, with previous roles as associate member of SLT, Director of Teaching and Learning for Behaviour and Lead Teacher for Behaviour, which included four years managing an alternative provision for students at risk of exclusion.  She has guested on the Trauma-informed Educators Network podcast series and recently completed the intervention stage of a randomised controlled trial of trauma-informed education within a prison setting.


Kat Stern

3:50pm to 4:10pm

Aditi Singh - Relationships for Learning - A Blueprint for Practice

About the Session

As an SEMH specialist setting, we recognised that our best practice was based on good relationships with our pupils – once they allowed it. If they aren’t healthily attached and if we cannot regulate ourselves around them, they cannot learn. We’re also a fan of systems, and keeping staff development in mind, built a ‘blueprint’ or a ‘map’ that would guide us on how to work with our pupils. It would also help diagnose our own training needs, signpost us to reading and troubleshoot issues around our practice.

How did we do and how lovely is this map? Do come find out!

About Aditi

Aditi Singh is a biologist, science teacher, school leader and lover of all things art.

Brought up in India, Aditi trained as a research scientist in Bristol between 2008-2011, nursing the growing realisation that she was actually meant for teaching. She moved to London to work as school support staff in 2012, beginning to worm her way into education-proper. An incidental move to special education and qualifying to teach in 2014 opened up a hidden door – where she taught secondary Science, developed her knowledge of SEMH, took on leadership roles and is starting as Head of an SEMH school in Surrey in September 2020.

When not immersed in SEND and school development, she can be found dipping in and out of academia, painting in bright colours and peering at trees and bugs – a throwback to her roots in all things nature.

Follow @SquidSingh on Twitter.

Aditi Singh

4:30pm to 5:10pm

Matt Pinkett - Boys Don't Try?

About the Session

This session looks at teachers’ expectations of boys, how to combat anti-learning attitudes, and finishes by offering practical solutions to dealing with some of the common behaviours ‘difficult’ boys can present. There might be a joke or two also.

About Matt

Matt Pinkett is an Assistant Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Feltham. He is also co-author of amazon top 100 bestseller, ‘Boys Don’t Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools.’

4:30pm to 4:50pm

Claire Lotriet - How to Fail at Lockdown Leadership

About the Session

As the How To Fail writer and podcast host, Elizabeth Day, says, “I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right.” The crisis of Covid19 has forced many of us to face failures, old and new, but by choosing to shine a light on them, rather than hide them away, we can learn a lot about ourselves as teachers and leaders. Join Claire to delve into key elements of leadership, including vulnerability, integrity, support, connection and values, and reflect on what you can learn from your own lockdown experiences and take forward with you.

About Claire

Claire Lotriet is an acting co-headteacher at a primary school in south London and SLE in computing, maths and KS2. She has authored and contributed to several books on computing and curriculum and has written about a range of topics for the TES from child poverty to leadership, as well as spending two years as their education technology columnist. In 2019, she gave a TEDx talk on The Power of Microconnections. This year, she has been shortlisted for an EduFuturist Award for Staff Wellbeing Champion. She is learning to fail better.

Claire Lotriet

4:50pm to 5:30pm

Dr Helen Ross - Inclusion and Technology: 21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Challenges

About the Session

This session explores the capacity of technology to transform learners’ self-esteem, confidence and achievement through the use of technology to support them to become independent learners, equipped for life in a modern world.

About Helen

Dr Helen Ross is a fully qualified special needs teacher and former SENCO, currently working in a mainstream school in Wiltshire. Helen’s research explores stakeholder experiences of SEND provision within the mainstream education sector, focussing on the empowerment of young people to take ownership of their own learning journeys. She is a qualitative researcher, using methods grounded within Bourdieu’s sociological project to explore barriers to participation in learning and engagement with institutions.

She also provides expert advice and research consultancy, as well as specialist assessments for dyslexia/specific learning difficulties and CPD, through her own enterprise ‘Helen’s Place’. Helen is an advisor to the British Dyslexia Association and is Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association. She has consulted for the British Dyslexia Association, The Committee for Science and Technology, and Wiltshire Local Authority.

Helen regularly speaks on dyslexia and special educational needs.

Follow @DrHelenRoss on Twitter.

Dr Helen Ross

4:50pm to 5:10pm

Sherish Osman - Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

About the Session

In this session, Sherish will be looking at what returning to work after maternity leave, (especially if it’s your first) may be like, issues you might encounter, and some practical ideas on how to make life a little easier for you and your family.

About Sherish

Sherish is a Lead Teacher of English, at a school in West London, having previously been head of department, but stepping down after her first child. She is currently on maternity with her second child, and is hoping to have a much more positive experience when she returns.

Sherish Osman

5:10pm to 5:40pm

Shuaib Khan and Emma Kell - Facing Difficult Truths: A Conversation about Race and Privilege

About the Session

How can white privileged people be better allies? How can we work together to strive for a more fair and just society? What does it mean to acknowledge privilege? How can change for the better be authentic and sustainable and not tokenistic or reactive? Shuaib and Emma will have an open and honest and unrehearsed conversation on this difficult but essential subject.

About Shuaib

Teacher of Humanities, Cambridgeshire. Activist and blogger.

Shuaib Khan

About Emma

Emma grew up in the home counties to white, university-educated parents. Emma wants to be a better ally and has work to do!

Emma Kell

5:50pm to 6:30pm

Panel Discussion - Reflections on the Day

About Raj

Raj has extensive experience of governance in a range of settings and structures including maintained, single academies and Multi Academy Trusts. She particularly enjoys the challenge of working with leaders in schools in difficult circumstances. Which is why she joined a new board during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was elected Chair at the first meeting. She is also a specialist advisor to the @HeadsRoundtable group of HTs and CEOs.

Her professional background in HR, change management and business is often appreciated by boards. A people person who believes that every child has a right to a good education. That we must look after our staff and build good relationships with parents and communities.

Raj Unsworth

About Valerie

Dr. Valerie Daniel received her doctorate for a thesis entitled ‘The Perceptions of a Leadership Crisis in the Early Years Sector’. Valerie is a Head Teacher who has a deep interest in the dynamics of the current Early Years Sector and more widely in how crisis situations develop and how to effect change in these circumstances. She proposes that the current Black Lives Matter protests have all the hallmarks of a crisis that has deep roots in deeply dysfunctional public systems that do not value people equally, and rely on a divided nation remaining divided.

Dr Valerie Daniel

About Trevor

Trevor works at a secondary alternative provision for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). Trevor is a qualified outreach teacher and specialist support worker, and provides intervention provision in mainstream schools for pupils at risk of permanent exclusion.

Trevor supports schools in promoting the positive behaviour of pupils. His aim is to reduce the need for permanent exclusions from mainstream schools and develop positive, honest relationships with our partner schools.

Trevor began noticing the rise in complex referrals, which were becoming increasingly mental health related, and decided to complete the MBCT training and widen his knowledge through MiSP’s Paws b, .b and .breathe programmes. He now delivers Paws b and .b regularly at the PRU and primary and secondary schools, in a bid to improve outcomes for young people with SEMH. He has also extends his knowledge and expertise to parents and teaching staff.

In 2020, Trevor completed his masters dissertation titled ‘What are the effects of practicing mindfulness on politicians and their approach to decision-making?’ As part of his thesis, he was able to interview the likes of Chris Ruane MP, Jamie Bristow, Chris Cullen, Adrian Bethune and meet with Lord Richard Layard.

Trevor Adams

About Catherine

Catherine is an Assistant Headteacher and Director of Teaching School at an 11-18 school in Buckinghamshire. She has worked at a range of schools and has experience of Senior Leadership. She has led on: Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, Appraisal, and Research; she has also been Professional Tutor in two schools. She is an SLE, and is actively involved in school-to-school support.

Catherine trained as a history teacher. She has spoken at a variety of history conferences, and regularly presents for Hodder Education, for whom she has co-authored and edited a textbook. She is a Team Leader and exam paper author for a leading awarding body. She mentored for the University of Cambridge history PGCE, and ran the history programme for a SCITT in Bedfordshire.

Catherine works on a flexible basis after recently returning to work from maternity leave. She spoke about supporting colleagues returning from parental leave at a #WomenEd Lead Meet.

About James

James Hodge is an English practitioner from West Sussex. After spending six years as an English teacher, a head of media studies and a lead practitioner, he now works in initial teacher training. He produces teaching and learning videos on Youtube in his spare time. He tweets @MrHodgeTeaches

James Hodge

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