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The Education People run a highly successful conference programme across the academic year, covering the latest key topics for educators in early years settings, schools and colleges.

National and internationally renowned speakers provide inspirational keynotes attracting delegates from across the region.  Delegates also have the opportunity to attend interactive and practical workshops, providing resources and strategies to implement back in the workplace.

In the last academic year, over 1,300 delegates attended our conferences which covered a range of topics including:

  • Courageous Leadership
  • A Force For Improvement: Putting The Child First
  • Courageous Clerking
  • Purposeful Practice in Mathematics
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Kent and Medway Enterprise Adviser Network Workshop Conference
  • Safeguarding Conference for Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - A Whole School Approach
  • Enjoying English: The Child's Entitlement

What do our delegates say?

Bespoke Conference Planning

Conference organising can be time consuming and overwhelming; our service has the specialised knowledge and experience required to take away the hassle and ensure that your event is a success.

We run a bespoke training service which can be tailored to your needs and requirements. This would include an initial planning meeting, booking speakers, delegate management and on the day event management.

Conference Speakers

Please see details below of all our past and present keynote speakers.

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Since 2009, Craig has been the Secondary Mathematics adviser for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), and is the creator of the popular website and blog which provides free resources to teachers and students all around the world, with the aim of making maths more fun and exciting for everyone.

Craig is the host of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, interviewing leading figures from the world of education, such as Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov, Daisy Christodoulou and Dan Meyer. He is the co-creator of Diagnostic Questions, a formative assessment website hosting the world's largest collection of high-quality maths diagnostic multiple choice questions, which aims to help students and teachers from all around the world to identify, understand and resolve key misconceptions, and currently has over 20 million answers and explanations.

In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing well-being 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 Well-being In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018) and co-author with Dr Emma Kell of A Little Guide to Teacher Well-being and Self-care (Sage, 2020) .

He speaks and trains internationally 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).

have worked with companies such as Warner Brothers, EY, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Twinings, the NHS, News UK, and Mondelez International. Their bespoke approach means they partner with organisations to help them strengthen their strategy, culture and performance.

The team works globally sharing reliably simple applications of neuroscience that lead to game changing insights and results. Having partnered with Bangor University’s Behaviour Change Centre the approaches used gained additional credibility from the input of diverse researchers.

When Amy speaks she passionately delivers the message that you and your organisation have a huge amount of potential that can be better accessed if you understand how to work with your brain optimally.

Leaving UCL medical school with a fascination around how to get people who are good to be even better Amy weaves all these insights into practical takeaways. Your brain may not be the whole answer…but it is the best place to start!

Amy is the author of three books: ‘Make Your Brain Work’, ‘Neuroscience for Coaches’ & ‘Engaged: The neuroscience behind creating productive people in successful organizations’.

She is also an associate at Cambridge University’s Moller Institute and visiting lecturer to Manchester Metropolitan University teaching the neuroscience of leadership on the Master of Sports Directorship programme.

Shirley began her career as a primary teacher, working for 10 years in the Inner London Education Authority. This was followed by 10 years as a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. During this time Shirley directed a number of national research projects focusing on curriculum and assessment issues. She is now an international freelance consultant, running courses, researching and writing.
Shirley has written a number of books for teachers about formative assessment. Her books are always best sellers, written in an accessible, example laden style and are considered a vital resource for those committed to the power of formative assessment.

Andrew is the co-founder of the Healthy Toolkit blog and Twitter account, the most followed teacher wellbeing initiative on Twitter. We promote changing attitudes and outlooks and offer practical ways to support teachers with their physical and mental health.

Blogging led to more extended writing, and Andrew is the author of The Wellbeing Toolkit, promoting strategic and values led staff wellbeing and of The Wellbeing Curriculum, which develops a holistic approach to wellbeing for primary schools.

Twitter: @andrew_cowley23 and @HealthyToolkit

Professor Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Previously she served as President of the UK Reading Association and the UKLA, a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and a Trustee of the Poetry Archive and SES.

talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Her current projects are the Mental Health Media Charter and Where’s Your Head At? which aims to change the law to protect the mental health of British workers.
Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

Natasha has a weekly radio show on LBC. She writes regularly for a number of publications and is a fellow of University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them, as well as Coventry University: London, on campus wellbeing.

Harry has worked in schools in Japan, India and London, teaching history, organising university applications and leading teacher development.

He now leads the Teacher Education Fellows programme at Ambition Institute, an organisation that supports educators at all stages to continue to develop, in order to improve educational outcomes.

Harry is the author of two books; 'Ticked Off', on using checklists in the classroom, and 'Responsive Teaching', about planning and formative assessment.

'Family Matters' empowerment programme.

Kelly has worked systematically with some of the most challenging communities by supporting families with the strategies to thrive from adversities. She advises in the development of Senior Mental Health Leads and drives school development processes forward, whilst creating outstanding outcomes and awards for many organisations. She is a trailblazer within the Wellbeing Lead Network for supporting pastoral teams. Her work is recognised by the DfE, NCB, The Anna Freud Centre and The Education Support Partnership as a lead influencer of mental health and wellbeing in education.

Kelly is currently leading on the DfE Wellbeing for Education Return Programme within Kent County Council.

Current Training Offer:

  • leading on the DfE funded Wellbeing for Education Return Programme for schools and colleges within Kent County Council
  • training for a whole school approach for designated mental health leads
  • senior mental health lead training
  • staff wellbeing training for wellbeing leads in education.

Barry’s background is as a primary and secondary school teacher and local authority and EAZ educational psychologist. More recently he has been a researcher, consultant and from 2012-2017, Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster. He is now Emeritus Professor at the same university.
Barry has authored or co-authored ten books and numerous papers and articles in the field of learning and teaching, and worked in a training and consultancy capacity with many thousands of teachers, students, parents, governors, teaching assistants and inspector-advisers.

He coaches many aspiring, new and experienced SLT, headteachers and CEOs, particularly those facing significant challenge both in the UK and internationally. His passion is for staff mental health & regards himself as a Wellbeing Supermodel!
Patrick is on the advisory board for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for School Mental Health Leaders.

An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of five books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.  She’s also a mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression.

As a Learning and Teaching Adviser since 2001, Lindsay has been successfully supporting hundreds of schools, federations and alliances, across much of the country since 2001. Lindsay provides inspiring and practical training and advice in all aspects of Primary English, ranging from grammar and spelling to drama and the all-important enjoyment of reading.

Russell regularly hosts live shows for colleagues and young people on his broadcasting platform LearnRadio.Net. He’s been a major part of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Events in Cardiff with his live broadcasts that accompany the show. Russell was a fundamental contributor to the National Lottery Funded Headstart programme in Wolverhampton in 2014.
He produced a series of live radio shows with young people to address anxiety and mental health. The research included teaching radio production skills to 8 to 14 year-olds to develop their resilience and coping strategies.
During lockdown and throughout the Pandemic Russell has been working with colleagues to produce regular live educational shows for children and young people at home and at school, including a series on Mental Health & Wellbeing. From the first day that Schools partially closed in March 2021, Russell had a live learning show with Pie Corbet and friends that generated a listening audience of over 600,000 young folks. His broadcasts this year have included working with Yoga Nidra coach Lesley Collinson who is a Primary Teacher who has introduced the art of Yoga breathing to young people as a way of controlling stress and anxiety.
Find out more about Russell’s research interests and broadcasting activities

Twitter @RussellPrue

Dr Tina Rae has more thirty years’ experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational service.  She currently works as a consultant educational and child psychologist in a range of SEMH and mainstream contexts and for Compass Fostering as a consultant psychologist supporting foster carers, social workers and looked-after children. From 2010 to 2016 she was an academic and professional tutor for the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London.  Tina is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and a full member of the British Psychological Society.  She is also a member of ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) and a former trustee of the Nurture Group Network (NGN) now NurtureUK.

Tina has published more than 100 titles on topics including wellbeing, attachment, emotional literacy, behavioural problems, anger and stress management, critical incidents, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, loss and bereavement in young people, youth offending and social skills development.

Among her most recent publications are: The Wellbeing Toolkiit for Mental Health Leads in Schools – A Comprehensive Training Resource to Support Emotional Wellbeing in Education & Social Care (2019), The Essential Guide to Using CBT with Children & Young People (2018), Identifying & Supporting Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties (2018), Understanding & Preventing Self-Harm in Schools (2017), The Essential Guide to Using Mindfulness with Children & Young People (2017), all from Hinton House Publishers.

Tina is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences and events and also provides training courses and supervision for school-based staff in both special and mainstream contexts and educational psychology services across the UK and internationally.

creative arts. She is a certified play therapist in private practice since 2016, and works closely with local authorities, SEN services and the ASF to provide play therapy support to children. She was the creative arts lead at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Charity for two years, and is now a partner agency with Barnardos on loss and bereavement.
The author of Isaac and the Red Jumper for bereaved children, and the professional guide Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change published by Routledge. She hosts the podcast Helping Children Smile Again after Loss and Change, and speaks widely advocating for a child-centred approach to loss and change.
She holds a BA degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology, a PG Diploma (distinction) in Play Therapy (Leeds Beckett University) and a PG Cert in Systemic Approaches to treating Individuals, Families and Organisations (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust).
She holds memberships with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

Nick Sharratt has illustrated more than 260 books. He’s worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Pippa Goodhart, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson. He’s also written around 40 of his own bestselling books including Shark in the Park and Ketchup on Your Cornflakes.

Rob Smith is the creator of The Literacy Shed. He was a primary school teacher for 12 years and for five years a Literacy leader. Rob has been developing Literacy Shed (over one million users worldwide) and sharing literacy ideas with users around the world for a number of years. He has delivered over 170 high-quality keynotes, professional development conferences and workshops for teachers and for children.

Founder of Contenter Charlie, Ben Walden is an international speaker and workshop leader in the realm of education. He has been a main keynote speaker at many conferences in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. He also works with many individual schools, looking at themes of leadership and inspiring communication with both staff and – especially – students.

In the 1990’s he played several leading roles in London’s West End theatre and as a member of the inaugural company at the Shakespeare’s Globe. He has also spoken on leadership and the arts at many business conferences, including at both Harvard and Columbia Business Schools.

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In 1984 he joined Chelsea College, University of London which later merged with King's College London, where he has held the position of Dean of the School of Education and Assistant Principal of the College. In 2003 he moved to the USA, as Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton.
Over the last 15 years, his academic work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning (sometimes called formative assessment). He now works with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.