9:00am to 11:00am

9:00am to 9:40am

Ginny Bootman - Follow the Empathy Road

About the Session

The pivotal role which empathy plays on a daily basis through the eyes of a SENCO. This talk will discuss how empathy is so important when working with children and parents alike in order to help everyone feel safe, secure and valued.

About Ginny

Ginny Bootman is a Y4,5,6 teacher, Senior Manager and  SENCO of 2 schools in a village school in Northamptonshire. Her passion lies in everything concerned with kindness, empathy and trust. She writes about these topics for TES and Teach Primary and loves giving talks on these subjects to a variety of audiences. Her talk will be about her role as SENCO and how the fundamentals of kindness, empathy and trust are fundamental in this role. She tweets @sencogirl. Visit her website at ginnybootman.com

Ginny Bootman

09:00am to 09:40am

Amy Ferguson - Diversity, Inclusion and Leading with Authenticity

About the Session

How can you create an all inclusive school culture that celebrates and embraces our differences? Practical steps to promote diversity and inclusion and lead with authenticity.

About Amy

I am Deputy Headteacher of an alternative provision school. I have worked with DiversityEd, Collaborative Support for Women Network and LGBTEd on how to be an inclusive ally, intersectionality and bringing your whole self to work. Follow @afergusonteach1 on Twitter.

Amy Ferguson

09:00am to 09:40am

Zena Zenonos-Walker - Educating Me: Relationships

About the Session

How teachers can draw on their own experiences of school to become the best teacher they can possibly be.  This session will draw on the ‘why?’ and develop your understanding of the importance of relationships between you and your students.

About Zena

I have been in education since 2004 and a senior leader for the last 8 years. After a brief bout out of school, I soon realised that my passion to teach and lead in schools where our most vulnerable need it the most, was not something I could walk away from easily. I am now back in the saddle and aspiring to headship.

09:00am to 09:20am

Christine Cartwright and Julie McDonnell - Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

To make the most of the live session, please watch the pre-recorded video.

About the Session

What is anxiety?

  • How does it feel?
  • Why do we get it?
  • What is adrenaline and how does it change our body responses?
  • How might anxiety be increased by a diagnosis of ASD or another learning difficulty?
  • How might we recognise a pupil with anxiety?
  • What can we do to help them manage their anxiety

This session will also include the sharing of PDF resources for use with students.

About Christine

Chris Cartwright is the school counsellor for Stony Dean.  She has over 20 years experience working in Sp Ed and has been qualified as a counsellor for over 10 of those years, counselling privately and in schools.  Her modality is integrative, incorporating person centred, CBT and psychodynamic.  More recently Chris has trained as a supervisor and offers supervision to counsellors in one to one settings and groups.  She also has involvement in safeguarding training.

Christine Cartwright

About Julie

Julie McDonnell has had over 17 years’ experience working in Primary, Secondary and SEN settings.  During her 11 years at Stony Dean she has been heavily involved in the ASD curriculum, as a teacher, form tutor and well- being mentor. Julie has taught Life Skills to numerous groups, comprising aspects such as PSCHE, Functional Skills and off- site community visits. Julie is also part of a team creating and delivering support related to pupil anxiety, along with training staff involved.  Julie has a son in his mid twenties who has ASD/MLD and is in full time employment.

Julie McDonnell

09:00am to 09:20am

Neil Rickus - What the Research Tells Us About Remote Learning and How We all Need Some JOMO (the Joys of Missing Out) To Manage Our Digital Wellbeing

About the Session

Many schools are delivering remote teaching and online learning for the first time. During this session, we’ll examine the research around improved learning outcomes through mixed instruction and this applies to school settings. We’ll also discuss how the use of technology for teaching and learning, which often takes place in the home and / or on personal devices, can impact on our wellbeing and how disconnecting from our digital devices can be beneficial.

About Neil

Neil – @ComputingChamps – is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Hertfordshire and a member of the Centre for STEM Education. In addition to this, he is the Computing tutor on the Primary PGCE course at Brunel University, London and an external examiner for Roehampton University, London. Neil also undertakes work independently, including running computing workshops for children, as a primary education specialist for the BCS and as a National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) resource / CPD developer. He is an assessor for the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, an NCCE Facilitator, a Raspberry Pi, Microsoft and Google Certified Educator, a CEOP Ambassador and a tutor for a number of online CPD courses. Neil regularly contributes to a range of publications, including “Hello World” and “TES”, and academic text books, such as “Unlocking Speaking and Listening: Developing Spoken Language in the Primary Classroom”.

Neil Rickus

09:20am to 10:00am

Georgeanne Lamont and Sally Burns - Equipping Young People for Uncertain Times

About the Session

8 practical tools for  enabling young people to develop the confidence and clarity they need to navigate change

  • Developing an ethos of safety
  • Building their inner strength
  • Uncovering their sense of meaning and purpose
  • Sustaining their hope
  • Relating the work to the whole curriculum.

The workshop is based on 3 decades of work helping organisations safely get through volatile, disorientating change.

About Georgeanne

Georgeanne Lamont committed to transformation and to creating compassionate, peaceful working environments and classrooms. Co- author of Values and Visions: Hodder and Stoughton 1995; author of The Spirited Business ( Hodder and Stoughton, 2002 );  Co-author of Values and Visions; Engaging Students, Refreshing Teachers (Values and Visions Foundation, 2019), Teacher of Mindfulness and Values and Visions.

Georgeanne Lamont

About Sally

Sally Burns is an educator, trainer, author and researcher. She has been working in education for almost forty years, teaching, managing, designing curriculum, consulting and facilitating training in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, in private, state and international establishments in Oman, UK and Sudan. Her top three values are openness, integrity and kindness. Sally is co-author of Values and Visions: Engaging students, refreshing teachers (2019) and a certified V&V trainer. Sally lived and worked in Oman for over twenty-one years. She is now based in France writing and working on Values and Visions.

Sally Burns

09:20am to 10:00am

Daniel Langley - An Introduction to Educational Research: Getting to Grips with the Basics

About the Session

What on earth is retrieval practice? Who exactly is Dylan Wiliam? Where do teachers find the time to read all of those educational books posted on Twitter? Sound familiar?

Join me for a whistle-stop tour of the big ideas in educational research as I tell the tale of my (somewhat bumpy) journey from a ‘neuromyth’ packed PGCE, through to ‘evidence-informed’ expertise. This session is for anyone who wants to get to grips with research but has no idea where to start or what it all means for their day to day life in the classroom. With simple and understandable ‘takeaways’, the aim of this session is to give you the confidence to talk about and use educational research in your own classroom.

About Daniel

I am the Subject Leader for Drama and Staff Governor at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and work as an examiner for GCSE Drama. At the start of the year, I was delighted to be appointed as an SLE via the ASTRA Alliance focusing on Drama and Assessment Practice. My own research has been published in ‘Impact’, the journal of The Chartered College of Teaching.

Before becoming a teacher, I was an actor, working in venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Bath Theatre Royal and The Bush Theatre. You can find me on Twitter @Daniel_Langley1.

09:40am to 10:20am

Aini Butt - Emotional Intelligence Matters

About the Session

How can developing emotional intelligence support creating safe spaces within the classroom for students to discuss difficult truths?

About Aini

I have been working in education for over 10 years. I have recently qualified and I am currently working as an NQT in a 3 form entry inner-London primary school.

Aini Butt

09:40am to 10:20am

Sanum Khan - Underachievement of Pakistani Boys: How Do We Prevent This?

About the Session

Pakistani boys underachieve in relation to their peers yet they are often left out of mainstream research in education. When we consider wider evidence on deprivation, Muslims in the media, physical and mental health, parenting behaviors and institutional racism and teacher bias, the story for Pakistani boys looks bleak. In this session, she explores the trends evidenced by Pakistani boys in relation to underachievement and offers some strategies for countering these.

About Sanum

Sanum has been a teacher for almost 10 years and a head of department for 5 of those. She is an SLE for RS/PSHE, a Teacher Leader for Facing History and Ourselves UK, a Gold Ambassador for Parliament Education and has been invited to be a writer for Bucks SACRE on the new RS syllabus. Her recent research interests have been around the underachievement of Pakistani boys in relation to their peers of other ethnic groups.

09:40am to 10:00am

Lee Hill - Taking the Leap and Treading Water: From Talking the Talk, to Walking the Walk in Headship

About the Session

Reflections and advice on:

  • Application and Interview Process 
  • Empowering others to lead
  • Importance of relationship and community
  • Leading through a crisis (seems important at the moment).

About Lee

Since switching from a career in forensic psychology to primary education in 2011, Lee has held numerous teaching and leadership roles: KS2 class teacher, Phase Leader, Literacy Coordinator, Assistant Headteacher and Vice Principal. Additionally, he has held trust-wide leadership responsibilities including NQT/RQT Programme Coordinator, ITT Coordinator, Writing Moderator and SLE. in 2019 Lee took the leap into headship and now leads a fantastic school community at Howden Junior School in the heart of East Yorkshire.

Lee is passionate about the impact relationships and culture have in changing lives within and outside of school, especially how leaders need to empower staff to drive school culture. Lee has completed his NPQSL, MSc Restorative Practices, NPQH and is guest blogger www.toriaclaire.wordpress.com

Lee Hill

09:40am to 10:00am

Nicola Masters - The Rights of the Child: Participatory Pedagogy & Professional Practice (Birth-8 years). Are Your Daily Practices and Behaviours Authentic or Tokenistic?

About the Session

In this session we will consider the following:

  • Societal views on early childhood and how these affect professional and parental behaviours.
  • The practice of participation in schools and settings: tokenistic or authentic?

Building competence in young children through promoting a rights-based approach.

About Nicola

Nicola Masters has twenty years teaching experience working across the Early Years and Primary sector and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.  She has spent twelve years working in various senior leadership roles, including Head of Early Years, Deputy Head and Teaching & Learning Lead.  Nicola started her teaching career in an inner-city state school before moving into the private sector.  Nicola currently works as an ITE Lecturer (Primary & Early Years) at the University of Northampton and University of Buckingham, training PGCE and Early Years Teachers (EYTS). As well as completing her MA in Early Education, Nicola has worked as a School Governor, Educational Consultant and has completed Ofsted Inspector training.

Follow @NicMasters2 on Twitter.

Nicola Masters

10:00am to 12:00pm

Hannah Wilson and Team - Flexible Working Virtual Meet Up

About the Session

Join the conversation about flexible working in schools:

  • We need more diverse role models for flexible working in schools.
  • We need more men to join the conversation and lean in to flexible working.
  • We need more Headteachers to join the conversation and understand the benefits.
  • We need more Governors to join the conversation and help to remove the barriers.
  • We need more HR Directors to join the conversation and challenge the system.
  • We need more timetablers to join the conversation and remove the structures.

About Hannah

Hannah Wilson is an independent educational consultant who specialises in leadership development and training. She is a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative and an advocate for flexible working (the focus for her MA in Education).

She specialises in:

  •   Diversity, Inclusion and Equality
  •   Professional Learning
  •   Early Career Teachers
  •   Mentoring and Coaching
  •   Mental Health and Wellbeing

Her former roles have included:

  •   Head of Secondary Teacher Training, University of Buckingham
  •   Founding Executive Headteacher of Aureus School & Aureus Primary School, GLF Schools
  •   Strategic Lead for the GLF Teaching School Alliance
  •   Sub-Regional Strategic Lead for the SE Women Leading in Education Network for Oxon, Berks and Bucks (NCTL)
  •   Professional Learning Lead for the Harris Federation

As a collaborator and a networker, Hannah is involved in a number of networks which she has founded, co-leads and delivers bespoke training through:

  •   Founder #DiverseEd
  •   Founder #LeanInGirlsUK
  •   Founder Oxon MH and WB network
  •   Co-Founder #OxWomenLeaders
  •   Co-Founder #WomenEd

Hannah is an Associate or an Ambassador for the following organisations:

  •   HeadsUp – Associate
  •   Hopscotch – Consultant and Facilitator
  •   InspirEDucate – Associate
  •   Leadership Matters – Ambassador
  •   Mental Health Schools Award – Coach
  •   Spirals Partnership – Consultant
  •   Values-based Education – Consultant

Hannah is a Trustee at the Odyssey Trust and she is an elected Council Member for the Chartered College of Teaching.

Email: hello@hannah-wilson.co.uk

Website: www.hannah-wilson.co.uk

Twitter:  @Ethical_Leader

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-wilson-60951456/?trk=public-profile-join-page

Blog: https://ethical-leader.blog/

Hannah Wilson

10:20am to 11:00am

Adrian Bethune and Emma Kell - Stress Management and Self-Care During Exceptional Times

About the Session

This session will offer practical tips from research and the experiences of other educators on ‘doing up your own seatbelt’ and caring for your most precious resource: yourself based on our upcoming book: A Little Guide For Teachers. Teacher Wellbeing and Self-care.

About Adrian

Adrian Bethune is a teacher, Healthy Body & Mind Leader at a primary school in Aylesbury and the Education Policy co-lead at the Mindfulness Initiative. He also delivers wellbeing-focused training in schools across Europe through his organisation www.teachappy.co.uk. In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the Action For Happiness event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama. Adrian is author of the award-winning Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018). He writes regularly for the TES and has contributed to several other books including Global Perspectives in Positive Education (John Catt, 2018), Children and Young People’s Mental Health Today (Pavilion, 2019), and Just Great Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Adrian Bethune

About Emma

Dr Emma Kell has over 20-years experience as a teacher and senior leader. Emma works as Teaching School Lead for Aspire AP and as a senior teaching fellow for the Institute of Education. Emma is a Specialist Leader in Education and works as an associate for the National Foundation for Educational Research and Education Support Partnership to support teacher recruitment and retention. She has written several articles and blog posts on school leadership and the pressures of teaching, and has recently completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and work-life balance at Middlesex University. Emma is author of How To Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018), writes regularly for the TES and set up her company www.thosethatcan.net to support teachers.

Emma Kell

10:20am to 11:00am

Sarah Stones - Increasing Engagement, Wellbeing and Achievement Through Motivation

About the Session

Do you have children who you know are disengaged or just not achieving what you know they are capable of?

Motivation is so crucial – if we are motivated we learn better, we are more creative, we are engaged and we achieve more. Understanding motivation enables everyone to use that knowledge to improve both individual and group engagement and wellbeing.

In this session you will learn about intrinsic motivation, what impact it has on our language, our attitude to change, risk and decision making as well as the language we use and how we can use that knowledge to support ourselves and our students.

About Sarah

Sarah Stones is a Motivation Specialist who is passionate about helping people to shine. She combines her knowledge of intrinsic motivation and positive psychology with a practical, solutions focussed approach.

Sarah works with young people, parents/guardians, teachers and senior leadership teams. Sarah delivers coaching; fun & informative workshops for students and parents; and CPD sessions that support SLT’s, teachers and their students.

Sarah has a special interest in supporting disadvantaged young people, students with high ability who are failing to achieve and those with special educational needs.




Sarah Stones

10:20am to 10:40am

Alis Rocca - If Children Have Interest, Then You Have Education

About the Session

‘Children will learn to do what it is they want to learn to do’ and so says Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Mitra created a process that empowered children to learn independently and to develop the skills to self-regulate so that they improved their resilience and pushed their learning to unexpected levels.

Alis has developed S.O.L.T (self-organised learning time) in the schools in which she has worked. This process is inspired by Mitra’s work and encourages greater independence and interdependence in pupils through student-centred and student-led learning. It teaches self-efficacy and self-regulation as children become responsible for their own learning and follow their own interests. This talk covers the theory and how to implement it, the desired outcomes, and the positive impact.

About Alis

Alis is Co-Headteacher at a Primary School in Hertfordshire and runs her own consultancy and wellbeing business. She is a certified coach and qualified yoga and meditation teacher.

Alis is passionate about teaching children and young people the skills to become effective, life-long learners. The research Alis undertook during her MEd continues to inform her vision and her leadership everyday. She believes that children should continue to love the process of learning with curiosity and excitement in the way they did when very young. As a result she works hard to ensure that all adults working in schools keep children at the heart of every decision, strategy, plan, learning activity and policy written. She believes that a school’s curriculum should illustrate diversity and represent the children it serves.

Alis has a clear focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing and establishes a coaching culture in the schools in which she works, or consults, to this end. The coaching approach is carefully designed to develop colleagues, parents and the children or young people of the school community. She firmly believes in the transformational power of coaching for improving personal performance, developing confidence and creating a sense of self-worth and agency.

Follow @AlisRocca on Twitter.

Alis Rocca

10:40am to 11:00am

Alice Codner - Outdoor Learning

About the Session

Outdoor Learning:

  • why it’s beneficial
  • outdoor routines & things to remember outside
  • lesson ideas
  • developing outdoor learning at your school in the future

About Alice

Alice Codner is the outdoor learning leader at an inner-city primary school in an area of high deprivation.  She has led a team to start a school farm including growing vegetables and keeping a range of animals, winning the ‘School Farm Leader 2019’ award from the School Farms Network as well as the ‘Best Garden for Wildlife’ award from the London Children’s Flower Society.  She is working towards a whole school approach to outdoor learning that instills in her students both love for and a sense of responsibility towards the natural world, leading to the improved health and well-being of the whole community.

10:40am to 11:20am

James Hodge - Proud and Present?: Raising LGBT+ Visibility in Schools

About the Session

James Hodge reflects on his experiences as both an LGBT+ student and an LGBT+ teacher, and shares how he created a school culture that raised awareness , inclusivity and engagement of diversity.

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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