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Join us either digitally online, or face to face in London to hear from these world-class speakers.

25th November 2020

9:00 am
Chair's Opening Remarks
Andrew Jack
Andrew Jack
Global Education Editor
Financial Times
Confirmed
9:10 am
Ministerial Keynote
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Department for Education (invited)
Invited
9:30 am
Panel: Managing Uncertainty & Navigating the Biggest Challenge of the Century
  • Analysing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on operations, and fees and what schools will need to do to adapt to this new world in the short, medium and long term  
  • Reviewing the spatial and behavioural challenges of a phased return. What can be done to protect the school day and boarding community  
  • Prioritising staff and pupil wellbeing, self-care and continuing pastoral support, while maintaining blended teaching provision. How are schools, staff, parents, and pupils adapting to the new model?  
  • The New ISI Framework: Assessing progress and the next steps  
Julie Robinson
Julie Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Council (Invited)
Invited
Christopher King
Christopher King
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Association of Prep Schools (confirmed)
Confirmed
Colin Bell
Colin Bell
Chief Executive Officer
Council of British International Schools (confirmed)
Confirmed
Kate Richards
Kate Richards
Chief Inspector
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (confirmed)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Restructuring and Recovery for the Future: Protecting the Independent School Sector
  • Assessing the impact of Covid-19 and the financial threats on Independent Schools including: 
  1. the loss of mandatory business rate relief 
  2. continued affordability of the teacher pension scheme  
  3. rising salary costs  
  4. and the financial position of both UK and international parents affected as a result of the  immediate downturn 
  • Discussing the evolution of the bursar role and how senior management teams should be pivoting to ensure that they are in the best position to recover and thrive  
  • Supporting cash flow hit by a shortfall in domestic and international enrolments through alternative funding sources, government schemes and loans and consolidation  
  • Exploring cash generative opportunities that could exist, so the any committed schemes, programmes, infrastructure investments and operational elements remain unaffected  
David Woodgate
David Woodgate
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Bursars Association
Confirmed
10:30 am
Questions and Answers
10:40 am
Morning Break, Networking and Exhibition
11:25 am
Pivoting and Maintaining the Value of Independent Schools
  • Considering what independent schools will need to do to maintain parental loyalty and carve out a premium offering which sets them apart from the rest of the sector 
  • Adapting your fee structure, curriculum, and messaging to remain attractive in a squeezed market  
  • Moving to a parent led management structure, which offers an inclusive and nurturing learning environment to remain viable in the long term 
Tania Botting
Tania Botting
Headmistress
Greenfield Prep School
Confirmed
David Brown
David Brown
Deputy Headteacher
Greenfield Prep School
Confirmed
11:50 am
Reinventing Boarding and Recovering from the Impact of Covid-19
  • Will overseas students return? Driving domestic intake and reviewing the future of boarding provision and international uptake post lockdown  
  • Detailing the protective measures and social distancing framework which will need to be implemented to run a boarding house, which will enhance student outcomes  
  • Meeting the demands of the modern-day boarder: prioritising holistic development through carefully curated academic, pastoral and support initiatives 
  • Maintaining a multicultural mix of students which reflects the modern world outside  
Robin Fletcher
Robin Fletcher
Chief Executive Officer
British Association of Independent Schools
Confirmed
James Dahl
James Dahl
Headmaster
Wellington College
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Seminar Sessions
1:05 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
2:05 pm
Seminar Sessions
2:30 pm
Key Supporter Session
2:50 pm
Afternoon Break, Networking & Exhibition
3:15 pm
Panel: Opportunities of Going Digital- Anywhere, Anytime Learning
  • Reviewing the direction of digital learning will take in independent schools, sharing best practice and lessons learned 
  • Reflecting on the best options to engage students virtually, which are personal and also improve learning outcomes 
  • Learning how extensive digital learning and teaching will become integral to the overall curriculum development and strategy   
Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans
Director of Digital Learning & Innovation
Wimbledon High School (GDST)
Confirmed
Ian Yorston
Ian Yorston
Director of Digital Strategy
Radley College
Confirmed
3:50 pm
The Future of Independent Schools: Debating the Next Steps
  1. This session will be led by the audience 
  2. Top 5/10 issues will be selected from the audience and brought to the table for debate among the experts 
Fiona Boulton
Fiona Boulton
Chair and Headmistress
The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference 2019/20 / Guildford High
Confirmed
Cheryl Giovannoni
Cheryl Giovannoni
Chief Executive Officer
Girls' Day School Trust
Confirmed
Rudi Eliott Lockhart
Rudi Eliott Lockhart
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Association
Confirmed