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10th of November 2021

9:30 am
Chair's Opening Address
Annabel Heseltine
Annabel Heseltine
Journalist and Editor
The School Matters
Confirmed
9:40 am
Onwards and Upwards: Next Steps for Independent Schools 
  • Having dealt with the biggest challenge in a generation, what have independent schools learnt and what can be gained from the ‘new normal’?
  • How can we continue to build a strong school culture which promotes diversity, inclusion and acceptance and celebration of difference?
  • Valuing the partnerships which make us stronger and joining with the wider sector to champion work with communities.
Julie Robinson
Julie Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Council
Confirmed
10:05 am
Inspecting School Culture
  • The importance of creating a culture of safety, equality and inclusivity.
  • The inspection of school culture against the Independent School Standards
  • The role of pupil voice within self-evaluation.
Vanessa Ward
Vanessa Ward
Chief Executive-Chief Inspector
Independent Schools Inspectorate
Confirmed
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
Caroline Nixon
Caroline Nixon
International Director and Director of BAISIS
BSA Group
Confirmed
David Woodgate
David Woodgate
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Bursars Association
Confirmed
John Floyd
John Floyd
Headmaster
Bruern Abbey School
Confirmed
Julie Robinson
Julie Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Council
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
Nicola Miller
Nicola Miller
Chief Operating Officer
Taunton School
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Main Plenary Close
12:15 pm
Seminar A: Abbey Room
Seminar B: Rutherford Room
Seminar C: Moore Room
Meeting the Safeguarding Challenge: Implementing Efficient and Effective Practice in Schools and Colleges

This session will be exploring how schools and colleges can be developing effective safeguarding strategies and make the best use of technology to manage increasingly demanding and complex challenges.

Safeguarding leaders and practitioners are experiencing significant change and more responsibilities in their role as the risks to children and young people increase and ever-more legislation and guidance is introduced. Given the current context it’s essential that schools and colleges are well-equipped to meet these demands and in a position to access high-quality safeguarding resources and support.

The session will be discussing the extent to which schools and colleges are able to meet these challenges and improve their safeguarding capability when resources and school budgets are likely to remain static for the foreseeable future.

Session sponsored by The Safeguarding Company

Mike Glanville
Mike Glanville
Chief Safeguarding Officer
The Safeguarding Company
Confirmed
Is Wireless the Primary Access Layer into the Network?

Some of the UK’s top Independent Schools rely on Extreme Networks’ solutions on campus.

This case study session will look at how:

  • Innovations in education technology are empowering institutions to deliver a more enriched, personalised, and engaging learning experience for students.
  • Personalised learning establishes an environment customised to the students’ learning style, achievement, and personality, taking advance of technology
  • Extreme Networks can provide cloud-driven networking solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of education, keeping connections secure, reliable and consistent for students at the Network Edge!

Session sponsored by Extreme Networks

Gemma James
Gemma James
Account Manager
Extreme Networks
Confirmed
Providing Clean, Safe and Hygienic Environments for your Pupils to Thrive

Let’s return to closed windows and warm classrooms this winter whilst ensuring we keep pupils safely in school learning and teaching and support staff safe and in post. Using scientifically proved methods that will assist far beyond the pandemic.

We understand how to make your school visibly and hygienically clean. We also understand how schools are used, and about patterns of occupancy and behaviour. Most of all, we understand how these behaviours have changed in recent years due to the pandemic. This is why Samsic UK are on the leading edge of surface protection that is effective, affordable and sustainable in today’s world.

Samsic UK have introduced solutions such as Nordic Chem which has changed the way surfaces are cleaned and maintained. This solution and service by Samsic UK will protect the asset, enhance the aesthetic appeal and ensure 24/7 hygiene. All resulting in an improved building environment, peace of mind and wellbeing for its occupants.

  • Directly impacting on school performance by keeping pupils in school, reducing the spread of viruses, continuously protecting your school buildings against 99% of bacteria
  • A once per term sanitisation service that provides an ongoing economical, cost-effective, and non-labour reliant touch point cleaning solution
  • Allow schools to return to pre-pandemic classroom environments reducing lost days learning, wasted energy costs, substitute teacher charges plus more
  • Return to normal routine cleaning regimes and mitigates the need for daily touchpoint cleaning costs

Protecting the very fabric of your building ensuring longevity in your high investment costs thus protecting your capital investment.

Find out how Samsic and Nordic Chem are already supporting schools through these tailored case studies:

Case Study 1 

Case Study 2

Session sponsored by Samsic

Robert Richman
Robert Richman
Head of Education Services
Samsic UK
Confirmed
Ben Hayson
Ben Hayson
CEO
Nordic Chem
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
1:45 pm
Seminar A: Rutherford Room
Seminar B: Moore Room
Setting the ‘Right' Tone with your Admissions Process

An admissions process says a lot about a school. It is a vital step in the parent’s decision making and buying process to join a school. How do you ensure you set the right tone for prospective parents and agents and create an efficient admissions process that is consistent with your messaging?

Therefore, in this practical session, join Open Apply as we discuss:

  • Establishing best practices for an admissions process that is transparent for staff, pupils and parents
  • Gain insight into key parent challenges and how to use the admissions process to overcome those challenges
  • Create a competition for places at your school by clearly defining your admissions policy
  • Make your admissions process work for your school by finding ‘best-fit’ pupils
  • How to make family admissions journey streamlined and more efficient

Session sponsored by OpenApply

Matt Craig
Matt Craig
Sales Manager
OpenApply
Confirmed
WE ARE ALL FOR ZERO

Join Chris in learning why and how our UK schools are wasting £150million every year in unnecessary energy spend and why eEnergy is committed to Unleashing Net Zero within the Education sector.

Chris will share how a school’s carbon handprint can reduce energy consumption by 40% without the need for capital grants, making a positive impact on the school’s carbon footprint, transforming the learning environment and the behaviour of its pupils and staff.

We’re Unleashing Net Zero – with no upfront cost; we’re disrupting how organisations Procure, Manage, and Consume their Energy. With over £30million already invested, we’ve reduced the carbon footprint and saved energy for over a thousand organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.

Session sponsored by eEnergy

Chris Styles
Chris Styles
Corporate Development Director
eLight Group
Confirmed
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
Johan Jensen
Johan Jensen
Director
All-in Education
Confirmed
Melanie Lewis
Melanie Lewis
Head of Maths & Head of Teaching and Learning
Prince's Gardens Preparatory School
Confirmed
The Transformative Power of Independent Schools: 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
Safety in Numbers: Unpicking the M&A Trend
  • How schools are responding to political and economic insecurity post-brexit and mid-pandemic by preserving the individual character of schools whilst building group cohesion and synergy
  • 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- meeting the individual needs of schools/communities and the children
Anita Gleave
Anita Gleave
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chatsworth Schools
Confirmed
Clemmie Stewart
Clemmie Stewart
Director of Learning and Teaching
Chatsworth Schools
Confirmed
Andrew Hammond
Andrew Hammond
Head of Professional Development
Chatsworth Schools
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Integrity
Identity
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
David Woodgate
David Woodgate
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Schools Bursars Association
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
  • Developing an international brand beyond bricks and mortar
  • Identifying the maxims which unite both missions to build deeper and broader connections
Richard Nicholson
Richard Nicholson
Foundation Principal
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Confirmed
4:00 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
Nicola Smith
Nicola Smith
Joint Principal and DDSL
Chetham’s School of Music
Confirmed
Luke Ramsden
Luke Ramsden
Senior Deputy Head
St Benedict's School
Confirmed
Peter Goodyer
Peter Goodyer
Headmaster and Chief Executive Officer
Bede's School
Confirmed
Delyth Lynch
Delyth Lynch
Deputy Head (Safeguarding)
Wellington College
Confirmed
“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?
Ralph Lucas
Ralph Lucas
Editor in Chief
The Good Schools Guide
Confirmed
Alun Ebenezer
Alun Ebenezer
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Headmaster
The Fulham Boys School
Confirmed
Siobhan McGrath
Siobhan McGrath
Executive Principal
Southbank International School
Confirmed
Donna Stevens
Donna Stevens
Chief-Executive
Girls’ School Association
Confirmed
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?
Adam Webster
Adam Webster
Deputy Head (Innovation)
Caterham School
Confirmed
Heather Rhodes
Heather Rhodes
Principal
Harrow School Online
Confirmed
Ian Phillips
Ian Phillips
Chair
ISC Digital Strategy Group
Confirmed
Dr Tim Filtness
Dr Tim Filtness
Deputy Head
Sherborne School
Confirmed
4:40 pm
End of Conference and Drinks Reception