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10th of November 2021

9:20 am
Chair's Opening Address
Annabel Heseltine
Annabel Heseltine
Editor
School House
Confirmed
9:30 am
Back to the Future: The Next Steps for Independent Schools
  • Having overcome the biggest challenge in a generation, what have independent schools learnt and what can be gained from the ‘new normal’?
  • How to build a strong school culture which promotes diversity, inclusion and acceptance
  • Building partnerships and working with the wider sector to build your schools reputation within the community
Julie Robinson
Julie Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Council
Confirmed
9:50 am
Headline Sponsor Address
10:10 am
Inspection Ready: A Playbook for 2021-2022
  • What a national review of school safeguarding policies might reflect in improvements to inspection regimes?
  • What core post-pandemic focuses can we expect from the inspectorate and how do school leaders adapt to emerging requirements?
  • What to expect in the future from the ISI inspections framework and what will the evolving relationship with Ofsted mean for the Independent schools sector?
Vanessa Ward
Vanessa Ward
Chief Inspector
Independent Schools Inspectorate
Invited
10:30 am
Exhibition Break
11:00 am
Navigating the Post-Pandemic Shifts: Markets, Demographics and Public Perception
  • Is the 1.3% annual drop in students a sign of the future or a signal to for an imminent bounce back?
  • Will sustained economic and political insecurity considering Covid and Brexit implications dampen growth prospects for the sector?
  • Are schools tackling financial efficiency and how can schools get the most milage out of estates, assets and hardship funds?
  • How are parent demographics changing and what does this mean for school strategies from facilities to curriculum?
  • Tackling public perception and relationships with the Charity Commission in the light of safeguarding scandals and accusations of scholarship data inflation
Robin Fletcher
Robin Fletcher
CEO
Boarding Schools Association
Invited
Fionnuala Kennedy
Fionnuala Kennedy
Head
Wimbledon High School
Invited
David Woodgate
David Woodgate
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Bursars Association
Confirmed
11:40 am
Overcoming the Talent Squeeze: Shifting Focus on Competitiveness
  • Favouring early consultation with staff on hybrid and parallels strategies to overcome the financial pressures of new TPS commitments
  • Becoming storytellers and hardworking communicators as well as nurturing Alumni networks to ensure that reputation is an ally in the hunt for talent
  • Keeping up with developing literature and practices around staff wellbeing to turn maintain staff as ambassadors for competitiveness
  • Innovating competitive approaches to staff discounts on fees to ensure that you are being smart with your resources
Simon Hyde
Simon Hyde
General Secretary
HMC
Invited
Nicola Miller
Nicola Miller
Chief Operating Officer
Taunton School
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Main Plenary Close
12:15 pm
Breakout Seminars
12:45 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
1:45 pm
Breakout Seminars
2:30 pm
Exhibition Break
3:00 pm
Integrity
Identity
Ingenuity
The Reality of Representation: How to Embed Diversity into the Fabric of School Culture
  • The ISC Census 2021 revealed that 35.1% of students are from a Minority Ethnic Background, so why do many schools fail to make tangible commitments to tackling representation
  • What needs to change and how do schools incorporate diversity and inclusion at every level?
  • Recognising the significance of an anti-racist culture in independent schools where students often become change-makers
Allana Gay
Allana Gay
Headmistress & Co-Founder
Vita et Pax Preparatory School & BAMEed Network
Confirmed
Johan Jensen
Johan Jensen
Director
All-in Education
Confirmed
The Transformative Power of the Bursary: What More Can be Done?
  • According to the ISC in 2021 over £1bn was devoted to fee assistance- yet reports continue to emerge that Scholarships and Bursaries are still too scarce to tackle inequality
  • What is the future of bursary programmes? And how can schools ensure these provisions go to the families that need it most?
  • What other partnership projects are being developed by schools to provide complementary forms of public benefit?
  • What targeted support is the sector providing to these students in the fallout of the pandemic, and how are schools making their environments inclusive to students of all backgrounds?
Tom Arbuthnott
Tom Arbuthnott
Deputy Head (Partnerships) & Co-Founder
Eton College & Schools Together Group
Confirmed
The Facilities Arms Race: Achieving Impact with your Estates Investments
  • Planning your investments to avoid avant-garde projects from becoming a poison chalice for operational management
  • Mapping the impact of demographic changes and career expectations to evaluate the longevity of drama, music and sport as viable investment areas
  • Uniting your investment and community engagement plans to ensure that facilities can deliver impact beyond attainment and recruitment
  • Working smart with other charitable bodies and national funding initiatives to offset the costs of your investment plans
Ian Buss
Ian Buss
Chief Executive Officer
Education Banking Consultancy
Invited
Stuart Block
Stuart Block
Director of Partnerships and Public Service
St Paul’s School
Invited
3:30 pm
Integrity
Identity
Ingenuity
Stream Sponsor
Stream Sponsor
Stream Sponsor
3:50 pm
Integrity
Identity
Ingenuity
Amber Alert: How Schools Outstrip Luxury Goods and Fine Art in Becoming Unwitting Recipients of Dirty Money
  • Looking beyond Fees to identify other areas of laundering activity from pocket money, school money raising donations to even independent school ownership
  • Improving procedures to better understand market irregularities and to catch and report suspicious activities such as unexpected payments from different jurisdictions to cash deposits
  • Understanding wider considerations and ensuring you perform due diligence to consider adverse media and the use of shell companies.
  • Understanding the legal and reputational risks of unwittingly washing funds and family names
John Murphie
John Murphie
Chief Operating Officer
ISBA
Confirmed
Growth Strategies: Balancing the Global and the Local
  • The place of schools within the local and regional community and how reinvesting in local networks, partnerships and presence pays dividends in a post pandemic Britain
  • Practical steps to building a global family of schools and what steps schools can be taking to ensure that oversees members feel both part of and help feed the cultural heritage of your family
  • Identifying the maxims which unite both missions to build deeper and broader connections
Richard Nicholson
Richard Nicholson
Foundation Principal
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Confirmed
Safety in Numbers: Unpicking the M&A Trend
  • How schools are responding to political and economic insecurity post-brexit and mid-pandemic by ramping up the mergers arms race
  • Recognising when the hunt for economies of scale can result in overextension and what are the signs that your growth plans are inviting too much risk
  • Obtaining the fundamental troika of parent, staff and governance support before embarking on merger strategies
4:10 pm
Integrity
Identity
Ingenuity
Sex, Drugs and Out-of-Control: Recognising and Dealing with the Safeguarding Epidemic in Independent Schools
  • Preventing peer-on-peer abuse from becoming endemic by first understanding the ubiquity of extreme behavior such as revenge pornography and rape cultures
  • Understanding the changing substance use trends of Generation-Z and how to tackle the increasing access to Class-As
  • The paramount importance of recruiting parents as ambassadors and highlighting the long-term consequences of abuse
Fiona Angel
Fiona Angel
Deputy Master Pastoral
Dulwich College
Invited
Sally-Anne Huang
Sally-Anne Huang
High Master and Chair
Headmistress & Headmasters Conference
Invited
“Collaboration, Cooperation and Comradeship”: Is Co-Education Inevitable?
  • The number of single sex independent schools has halved since the 1990s with more and more schools biting the bullet, is this shift irreversible?
  • Why are schools of all shapes and sizes concluding that co-education is the way forward and what organisational and financial benefits are schools already reaping
  • With reports of sexual harassment, eating disorders and the toxic culture of classrooms dominating the headlines, does co-education narrow or widen the gender divide?
Siobhan McGrath
Siobhan McGrath
Executive Principal
Southbank International School
Confirmed
Cressida Henderson
Cressida Henderson
Deputy Headteacher
Wellington College
Confirmed
Lara Péchard
Lara Péchard
Head
St Margaret’s School
Confirmed
Neil Roskilly
Neil Roskilly
Neil Roskilly
Vice President, Independent Schools Association
Invited
EdTech: From Merely Having the Latest Gear to a Gear Shift in Education
  • How the twinned pressures of remote learning and international expansion is changing EdTech from a mere collection of tools to a new philosophy of learning
  • What does the rapid development on online schools and increased digital learning mean for pastoral care and SEND inclusion?
  • Highlighting the work pioneering schools for whom the adoption of EdTech has positively influence strategies from curriculum to staffing and finance
  • Is the Jury Still out on the issue of screen time or are sector-wide common-sense concerns pre-empting a new mental health epidemic?
Dr Tim Filtness
Dr Tim Filtness
Deputy Head
Sherborne School
Invited
Heather Rhodes
Heather Rhodes
Principal
Harrow School Online
Confirmed
4:50 pm
End of Conference for 2020