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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
  • Chairs' Conference 2019 - Chairing for the future.

What do our delegates say?

"A truly inspirational day - thank you."

Headteacher, Maidstone school

"Great ideas to take back to school.  Very inspiring - left feeling excited to implement."

Subject leader, Canterbury school

"Well organised, great opportunities to discuss with delegates from a variety of backgrounds."

Teacher, Ashford school

"Breadth of workshops on offer was excellent!  High quality speakers."

Teacher, Dartford school

"Excellent keynote speakers."

Deputy headteacher, Thanet school

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.

Some of our 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 mrbartonmaths.com 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kelly is the Wellbeing Leader at Lessness Heath for the Primary First Trust. Kelly has spent her professional career passionately focussing on enhancing the opportunities and life chances of pupils, staff and families in education. Through the power of her mental health training and therapeutic relationship skills, she has successfully led on the Wellbeing Award for Schools process, resulting in the school being the first nationally to achieve this.

Kelly is a regular blogger and active writer of wellbeing in education and is passionate about creating the conditions under which teachers and pupils flourish.  Her approach in leading school development processes has created outstanding outcomes for all stakeholders 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.

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.

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.

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.