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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Heads of MATs and Trust Alliances
- Headteachers, Vice Principals, Deputy Principals
- Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
- Teachers responsible for Mentors
- Leaders of Further Education
- Leaders of Higher Education
- Secondary School Leaders
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
- 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