Workload, retention and the importance of staff wellbeing have been frequent educational headlines in 2018. Headteachers and senior leaders increasingly find themselves under pressure to deal with the impact of teacher shortages, burnout and work-related stress on the effective running of their schools.

School leaders are communicating an urgent need for strategies, supportive approaches to tackling workload and useable resources to support staff morale in a challenging educational context. With so much change happening, school staff are widely reporting feelings of acute stress combined with an inability to manage the demands of their working lives.

In response to this prevalent national issue, we are pleased to offer this brand new conference for Autumn 2018, which brings together leading experts who will address key issues and implications of the recent focus on staff wellbeing, retention and workload in schools.

Key Focus Points for the day include:

  • Addressing the problem of school workload and generating whole school strategies solutions
  • Empowering teachers to take control of their workload
  • Creating a climate that supports staff mental health and wellbeing
  • Adaptable workload strategies: zero cost solutions that will have a direct impact
  • Ofsted key messages on workload and retention
  • Leadership strategies which improve the retention rates of talented teachers
  • Creating a school culture where all can flourish


  • Gain inspiration from experts on how you can build a robust, healthy and valued teaching profession
  • Benefit from leadership strategies which explore the leadership themes that will effectively lead to strategic, sustained culture change in workload management
  • Find out more about Ofsted’s perspective on workload management and teacher retention
  • Be inspired by powerful ‘workload specific’ coaching strategies for capacity building
  • Choose from a wide variety of sessions all focussed on providing real, tested and varied solutions to the challenges of workload management and culture change
  • Take away key factors on how to address and prevent teacher burnout
DATE London Friday 16 November 2018
  • Headteachers and principals
  • Senior leadership team members
  • Middle Leaders
  • Executive Headteachers
  • Educational policy makers
  • Agencies supporting teacher workload and mental health
  • School governors and trustees
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



9.50 – 10.00am: Introduction & Welcome

Jo McShane (Chair)


10.00 – 10.50am: Retention: Addressing the teacher crisis through professional development

David Weston CEO Teacher Development Trust

  • What kind of teacher development improves recruitment, retention and pupil outcomes?
  • How do school leaders encourage teachers to build their careers in the profession?
  • What can schools do to drive such change now?

10.50 – 11.10am: Morning Refreshments


11.10 – 11.50am: Empowering teachers to take control of their workload

Ross McGill Founder of ‘Teacher Toolkit’ bestselling author

  • How do we empower teachers to take control of their workload?
  • What changes will this require school leaders to make?
  • What are the risks of doing nothing?
  • How do we build a robust, healthy and valued teaching profession starting at school-level?

11.50 – 12.40pm: Embracing School Change Through Wellbeing and Appreciative Enquiry

Alison Kriel Headteacher, CEO, educational and leadership consultant

  • How and why I embraced culture change, what I did to get results, why this matters and what school leaders can take away

12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch


1.40 – 2.35pm: OPTION STRAND 1

Either Option 1A: Ensuring Staff feel Valued: principles and practices

  • Why bother with ‘valuing staff’ and how is this different from wellbeing?
  • How do ‘flourishing schools’ invest in valuing their staff?
  • 3 key steps school leaders can take to create a culture of value and productivity

Jo McShane Teacher Educator, educational researcher, director at Jo McShane Education

Or Option 1C: Implementing a coaching for stress strategy

  • Why is coaching a more effective way to tackle staff anxiety?
  • Mobilising middle leaders to become an essential ‘coaching for stress’ team

Claire Grosvenor Performance coach, Director of CG Associates


2.35 – 2.45pm: Afternoon refreshments


2.45 – 3.40pm:OPTION STRAND 2

Either Option 2A: Preventing & Addressing Teacher Burnout: six key factors

  • An outline of the DfE Workload Challenge, March 2018
  • Why this is only part of the picture, and how to address the other factors in addressing and preventing teacher burnout

Steve Waters Director and founder of TeachWell Alliance

Or Option 2D: ‘10 Quick Fixes’ to reduce workload for immediate change

  • Practical strategies for implementing immediate and effective changes
  • Ten ‘take away’ strategies for high-impact, sustained improvements in whole-school wellbeing culture
  • Chosen strategies from DfE workload

Jo McShane Teacher Educator, educational researcher, director at Jo McShane Education

Jo McShane

Jo is writer, speaker and director at, which delivers both national and global educational services, leadership support and research development in Education. In addition to 23 years’ service in the teaching profession, Jo has enjoyed 12 years of success in university and school senior leadership. Jo leads a national project to address teacher workload and recently compiled ‘The Little Book of Flourishing Schools’ which captures best practices of school leaders who enable staff to thrive via positive working practices.

Ross McGill

Ross also known as @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed educator on Twitter in the UK’ is founder of one of the most popular education websites in the world. He is an award-winning blogger, author and teacher with over 25 years teaching and school leadership experience in some the most challenging schools in London. Ross is the only classroom teacher to have been nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015‘ and is an active voice for teacher value and retention.

David Weston

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group. He is an author, school governor and a former secondary maths and physics teacher. David is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Through his work, David champions the need to value teachers and improve retention via carefully designed professional development.

Alison Kriel

Alison is an experienced Head Teacher with a demonstrated history of high attainment in education management. She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges. Alison turned around a failing school within a deprived area of London from the bottom 1% to the top 0.1% in 3 years, after which the school has consistently been listed within the top 100 schools nationwide.

Claire Grosvenor

Claire has been a teacher and Head of Drama for over fourteen years and went on to become Director of Arts in Nottingham City. She works as a facilitator and trainer within many spheres of education, from PGCE courses at a variety of universities, to primary and secondary school consultancy. She has worked successfully with a diverse range of audiences to great success. Claire develops school systems that are built on people, that put people first.

Steve Waters

Steve is the founder and director of the Teach Well Alliance (, which works in partnership with schools to prevent and tackle burnout and create a culture of wellbeing in the school community. Steve has 30 years’ teaching experience, including as a middle and senior leader, and 6 years as a school improvement consultant in a Local Authority. Steve also has a professional qualification in counselling, is a Mental Health First Aider and an associate trainer with the Shaw Mind Foundation.