With student behaviour issues, attendance concerns, social media incidents and mental health issues all on the rise, the role of the Head of Year and developing those who are in post and aspiring to take on the role has never been more important.
This forward-looking, innovatory conference is aimed at ambitious Heads of Year who are looking to become outstanding in the role, staff preparing to take the next steps in their career, as well as senior leaders who are responsible for spotting potential and strengthening their pastoral teams.
This vibrant and exciting conference will address and explore the key challenges and opportunities the Head of Year faces, providing strategies and approaches to ensure buy in from staff and students, with focuses on what makes an outstanding head of year, investigating student underperformance and developing excellent tutor teams.
Tim Hudson is a leadership and development expert with particular interest in the education sector. Backed by a degree in management, he has worked with a wide variety of people, from aspiring student leaders to senior managers. In the past two years he has run in-house programmes developing leadership in teachers and pupils in HMC schools, including a pioneering year-long leadership course accredited by the ILM.
Katharine Radice is an education consultant with 20 years’ experience of working in schools. A former Deputy Head, she has taught within the full range of school environments (boarding, day, co-educational, single sex, independent and maintained sector) and in a range of pastoral and academic leadership roles. Her consultancy work focuses on the dispositions that feed or hinder success in a school environment and the importance of understanding the adolescent journey from a 3D perspective, navigating the differences between teacher, student and parent viewpoints. She has a national reputation as a Classics teacher, combining everyday realism with innovative approaches to curriculum delivery.
Collette Clifford is an experienced educational leader, school improvement adviser and leadership coach. With experience of working across secondary, primary and most recently as an Assistant Principal in a special provision school. As part of her role, she supported the personal development and wellbeing of both staff and students. She is passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full potential by investing in the adults that shape and support their development. Consistency, care and collaboration are key features of creating the right culture. She works closely with educators, students and their families to create a pillar of support that encourages everyone to thrive.
Karen Hackett is the Head of Education Standards, responsible for safeguarding, school improvement, governance, SEND specialist teachers and the EMTAS service in North Lincolnshire. She has been a DSL in a large secondary school, which included the role of Designated teacher for Children in care. The role encompassed the support for children in early help, child in need plans and child protection plans which required multi-agency working to ensure the needs of children and families were met.
Marcus Sharrad is the Director of Coaching & Mentoring and Head of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he has worked since 2015. He is a degree-level qualified professional coach via the Institute of Leadership & Management and applies this expertise through his leadership of the staff Professional Development Programme, and through mentoring pupils on the Support+ Programme at Marlborough College.