Following lunch, delegates will have the opportunity to join three expert panel / expert led breakout sessions offering focused CPD. Delegates can choose one topic from each session.

Session One

Terrific Twos, excellent provision in early years

  • Maureen Hunt, Achievement for All
  • Ruth Swales, National Leadership Consultant
  • Theresa Johnson, PACEY

Young offenders, alternative provision and exclusion

  • Kiran Gill, The Difference

Engaging children in reading and the importance of libraries

  • Annie Everall, Authors Aloud UK

  • Sue Ball, Chair, National Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians

  • Gill Harris, Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services

Developing study skills in preparation for the post-16 world

  • Deborah Cuffee, Brockenhurst Sixth Form

Session Two

Understanding Children Looked After: the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on academic achievement

  • Anne Cameron, Achievement for All

  • Tony Clifford, Attachment Research Community

  • Alex Chard, Systemic Practice

Unlocking progress and academic achievement through wellbeing and building core strength

  • Paul Main

  • Tom Ravenscroft, Enabling Enterprise

  • Dr Robert Kempson, Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Authority

  • Derek Peaple, Park House School

  • Paul Green, Lyng Hall

Seven tips for building data, evidence and insight

  • Marc Radley, CACI

  • Marius Frank, Achievement for All

Behavioural policies and vulnerable children

  • Dr Janet Rose

  • Gemma Wilks, Welsh Government

Session Three  

Managing transitions in early years

  • Maureen Hunt, Achievement for All
  • Ben Clay, LEYF Nurseries
  • Sue Newman, Boogie Mites

Supporting speech, language and communication

  • Mary Hartshorne, I CAN

  • Sarah Caden, Clear Cut Communications

Embedding positive mindsets in teaching staff and learners


  • Deborah Cuffe, Brockenhurst Sixth Form

Improving teacher retention

  • Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Plymouth Marjon University
  • Niall Alcock, CPDBee

  • Jen Barker, Teach First

  • Cornelia Lucey, The People Project


The conference will kick-start with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers. Find out more here.

If you would like to attend our national conference you can find more information and book your tickets here!