Keynote Educational


Vision of Mentoring Excellence Conference

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Recent findings show that teacher recruitment and retention challenges continue with substantial risk that a large range of secondary subjects will not meet recruitment targets. Current research also shows that teacher exit rates are creeping up, with a growing number of senior leaders reporting of increased teacher turnover. The significance of the impact of these challenges has led to the development of DfE ECF, rolled out in September 2021, to provide high quality support to teachers throughout their careers, and particularly those in the first years of teaching when the learning curve is steepest. One year on, the changed and changing landscape of new teacher development is bringing about a whole new set of questions, challenges and opportunities regarding new teacher development, new approaches to mentoring, an exciting time for taking on the opportunities, and relooking at ECT development from new perspectives, innovations and ambitions. The conference is aimed for all senior leaders who are involved in new teacher development, mentoring new teachers, recruiting and retaining teachers. It brings together renowned, leading experts in the field, including Katharine Birbalsingh (Headteacher Michaela Community School, Social Mobility Commissioner), Mike Buchannan (Headteacher, Founder Positively Leading), Patrick Ottley- O’Connor (Executive Principal, Leadership Development Coach), and other high-calibre ECT professionals.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Katharine Birbalsingh CBE Headteacher Michaela Community School, Social Mobility Commissioner.

Professor Rachel Lofthous Professor of Teacher Education, Leeds Beckett University

Mike Buchannan Headteacher, Founder Positively Leading (coaching/mentoring and strategy consultancy).

Maria O’Neill Leader, Researcher, Author, Advanced Skills Teacher, Mentor and Supervisor.

Haili Hughes Head of Education, Senior Lecturer and Teacher Development Mentor Lead.

Mark Pritchard Executive Principal, Leadership Develipment Coach, Researcher.

Adrian McLean Leader at Seven Academies Educational Trust, Trustee Governors for Schools

Fe Brewer Lead Teacher Educator, Mentor, Author

Sharon Ealing Advisor, Teacher Development Trust, Form Senior Leader

Andrew Cowley Speaker and Author, Coach for Designated Mental Health Leads, Leeds Beckett University


  • Gain insights into the challenges faced by mentors in the changed mentoring landscape.
  • Create a vision of excellence underpinned by new perspectives in mentorship.
  • Gain strategies on measuring the impact of mentoring excellence in your school.
  • Take away strategies to develop, challenge and stretch new teachers learning to develop their vision for effective teaching in their phase/specialism.
  • Hear from leading experts who are driving improvements in the field of mentoring and early career teacher development.
  • Find out more about how to achieve a thriving mentoring culture of high expectations, high challenge and high reward.
  • Discover how to address recruitment and retention crisis through effective mentorship.
  • Take away practical approaches to establish your school as the best school for ECTs.
  • Consider how to measure the impact of mentoring excellence in your school

Introduction & Welcome:

9.45 – 9.50am The latest in the changed Mentoring landscape in the new ECT Framework Maria O’Neill, Leader, Researcher, Author, Advanced Skills Teacher, Mentor and Supervisor.

A Vision of Excellence: New Perspectives in Mentorship

9.50 – 10.40am
  • How to be a better mentor to new teachers so that they excel in the profession
  • How to recruit and retain teachers
  • How to ensure the whole school supports new teachers
  • How to develop systems to get the most out of the newest staff
  • How to make good practice contagious
  • How in the end, this increases social mobility for all
Katharine Birbalsingh CBE, Headteacher Michaela Community School, Social Mobility Commissioner

Q & A & Discussion on Revolutionising Mentoring in 2022

10.40 – 11.00am Katharine Birbalsingh, Headteacher Michaela Community School, Social Mobility Commissioner.

Morning Break

11.00 – 11.20am

Leading a Culture of High Quality Mentoring Expertise.

11.20 – 12.00pm
  • The role of senior leaders in ensuring whole-school mentoring excellence
  • Excellent mentoring – what does it look like in practice?  What do outstanding mentors do that makes the difference?
  • Ensuring a highly supportive but challenging  learning environment for ECTs across phase/curriculum specialisms
  • Measuring the quality and effectiveness of mentorship; measuring the impact of mentoring excellence in your school
Mike Buchannan, Headteacher, Founder Positively Leading (coaching/mentoring and strategy consultancy).

Keynote 3A Developing Professional Learning in the New Teacher

12.40 – 12.40pm
  • Encouraging ECTs to critically consider the complexity of teaching and learning
  • Developing critical thinking and reflection, pedagogical practices and impact
  • Supporting ECTs in understanding and developing context specific knowledge, professional collaboration and collective efficacy
  • Creating opportunities for teachers to experience career achievement and success
Professor Rachel Lofhouse, Leeds Becket University, Leeds

Keynote 3B The Practicalities of Working on the ECF with new teachers and mentors.

12.00 – 12.40pm Sharon EalingAdvisor, Teacher Development Trust, Former Senior Leader.


12.20 – 1.40pm


1.40 – 2.20pm

1A. Developing Emotional Mastery in ECTs

  • Avoiding the ‘Imposter Syndrome’, developing confidence in new teachers
  • Shifting the mind-set from student to new  teacher profile
  • Using emotional intelligence to establish relationships with all staff
  • Using EI when dealing with safeguarding issues with students, including RSE, LGBT issues
Maria O’Neill, Researcher, Author, Advanced Skills Teacher, Mentor and Supervisor.

1B Maximising the Potential of the ECF for your Setting and Your ECTs

  • Strategies to implement the ECF to align with and develop the vision for expert teaching and teacher development in your setting
  • Assessing what needs to be learnt by your ECTs beyond what is listed in the framework in your setting
  • Contextualising the ECF
  • Monitoring and improving the ECF implementation in your school
Haili Hughes, Head of Education, Teacher Development Mentor Lead, Univeristy of Sunderland

1C Using Instructional Coaching to Provide Effective Targeted Feedback

  • Methods and strategies to understand and develop effective targeted feedback in ECTs
  • Developing a repertoire of coaching techniques providing targeted feedback
  • Gain an insight into the benefits and drawbacks of instructional coaching strategies
  • Explore the coaching cycle of instructional coaching models
Patrick Ottley-O’Connor, Executive Principal, Leadership Development Coach.

Afternoon Tea

2.20 – 2.30pm


2.30 – 2.40pm 2A. Behaviour Management & Classroom Presence Learning for ECTs
  • 5 key challenge points on behaviour management for new teachers
  • Ways to support ECTs in getting the balance right between being ‘over chummy’ and too confrontational
  • Practical approaches to train new teachers in the intangible areas of classroom presence, authority in the classroom
  • Supporting ECTs in managing challenging situations with students
Adrian McLean, Leader of Seven Academies Educational Trust, Trust, Governors for Schools

2B. Different Approaches to Mentorship: ‘Mentoring a Teacher, Mentoring a Novice, Mentoring a Human.’

  • Looking at mentorship from a different perspective
  • Exploring how mentoring might change when we focus on mentoring a human.
Fe Brewer, Lead Teacher Educator, Mentor, Author.

2C. Supporting the Well-being of ECTs

  • Developing the capacity of ECTs to manage their workload and maintain a work-life balance
  • Practical strategies to support new teachers in key stress areas
  • Embedding strategies to promote wellbeing within a team.
Andrew Cowley, Speaker and Author, Coach, Mental Health Lead, Leeds Beckett University.


London | Thursday 24 November 2022

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Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress and co-founder of Michaela Community School in Wembley, London. Michaela is known for its tough-love behaviour systems, knowledge curriculum and teaching of kindness and gratitude. In 2017, OFSTED graded the school as “Outstanding” in every category. In 2019, GCSE results showed 54% of graded papers getting a grade 7 or above with 90% 4to9 in Maths and 90% 4to9 in English. Katharine read Philosophy & Modern Languages at The University of Oxford and has always taught in inner London. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio and has written for several UK publications. Katharine has written two books and edited a third…. and a fourth called The Power of Culture which has just been published. Whether you agree with Katharine or not, she will make you think. Ms Birbalsingh was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours by The Queen. Most recently, Ms Birbalsingh was appointed as Chair of the Social Mobility Commission to begin in November 2021. She is now reporting directly to the government on strategies to ensure that the circumstances of a child’s birth do not determine the child’s outcomes in life. Follow Katharine on Twitter: @Miss_Snuffy

Mike Buchanan is the Founder of Positively Leading, a bespoke coaching/mentoring and strategy consultancy focused on understanding, improving and enjoying. His approach is to help you to discover your strengths and to amplify them so that you feel more alive and perform even more highly. He has been coaching and mentoring school leaders for more than a decade as well as acting as a school reviewer, improvement partner and leadership development specialist. He was most recently the Executive Director of HMC, the English-speaking world’s oldest association of Head Teachers. As a Head, he oversaw the transformation of a small girls’ school to a thriving all-age, co-educational day/boarding, independent school of over 1,000 children and young people.

Maria O’Neill has spent the last two decades in education, teaching and leading in both primary and secondary schools, state and the independent sector. She held various academic and pastoral responsibilities at middle and senior levels and shortly before leaving the classroom in 2021 she worked as a Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding lead. She is now published author, having written the highly regarded ‘Proactive Pastoral Care: Nurturing Happy, Healthy and Successful Learners’ with Bloomsbury, and is continuing her research as a PhD student focusing on leadership and well-being. Maria is hugely passionate about helping school staff to support and safeguard students and is an advocate for early intervention and proactive approaches. She enjoys working with staff in the field of leadership and pastoral care and offers mentoring, coaching and supervision (including MA supervision) to leaders in Education.

Haili Hughes is Head of Education at IRIS Connect and Senior Lecturer and Teacher Development Mentor Lead at the University of Sunderland. She is also a former English teacher, Head of Department and Senior Leader. She has completed three Master’s degrees and is now doing a Doctorate in Education. She is passionate about mentoring and attracting English teachers into the profession, while also encouraging students to study English in FE and HE. In addition to delivering mentor CPD across the world, she also delivers workshops in schools across the UK, with the most able learners, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to raise aspirations and train staff to ensure that they are challenging pupils and developing their pedagogy to meet their needs. Alongside this, Haili delivers the Early Career Framework and NPQLTD and works with universities, schools and colleges on staff development.

Patrick Ottley-O’Connor has been a teacher for 34 years, a senior leader for 28 years, including 18 years as a Principal/Executive Principal in secondary, primary and special schools. He is a leadership development coach for many aspiring, new and experienced Headteachers and CEOs, particularly those facing significant challenge both in the UK and internationally. Patrick leads and facilitates a variety leadership programmes, including the NPQ programmes ranging from Middle to Executive Leadership courses. He is a regular keynote speaker at educational leadership conferences and guest lectures on a range of Masters Programmes.

Adrian McLean A former Head Teacher, Adrian has worked in a rangeof Secondary Schools across the West Midlands forover two decades. He is also a governor and Trusteefor Governors for Schools. He works with organisations, in all sectors, to improve their understanding of DEI, Character Education and Behaviour Management demonstrating how they can apply this new knowledge in their setting as well as their everyday lives. A University of Birmingham graduate in MA Character Education, Adrian uses this knowledge and expertise, alongside his school leadership and governance experience to support organisations and individuals on their transformation journey. His work has led to him being awarded as an ‘Ambassador of Character’ by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in recognition of his success in this field.

Andrew Cowley is a speaker and writer on wellbeing for staff and children in addition to being a coach for the Senior Designated Mental Health Leaders course and the School Mental Health Award with Leeds Beckett University. As a former Deputy Headteacher with nearly thirty years in primary classrooms, Andrew’s writing is informed through his experience as a school leader and classroom teacher.

Fe Brewer is a Lead Teacher Educator and middle leader in Leicester with a keen interest in teacher development and professional learning. She is also an ELE, co-author of ‘Succeeding as an English Teacher’, and a Regional Advocate for Litdrive.


  • Heads of MATs and Trust Alliances
  • Headteachers, Vice Principals, Deputy Principals
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Mentors
  • Teachers responsible for Mentors
  • Leaders of Further Education
  • Leaders of Higher Education
  • Secondary School Leaders


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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