Conference for Pastoral Leaders 2021

Online sessions 19, 25 and 26 January

In a year that has brought extraordinary challenges for everyone, the support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people continues to grow in complexity.

With a great deal of uncertainty about what the months ahead may hold, the number of students facing barriers which impact their learning and development will grow.

Suitable for leaders across all phases, our 2021 Conference for Pastoral Leaders will focus on a range of issues, including wellbeing, safeguarding, the disadvantage gap, RSHE, pastoral care, and remote provision.

Additional speakers to be announced soon.

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Geoff Barton

ASCL General Secretary

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James Toop

CEO, Bite Back 2030

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Margaret Mulholland

SEND and Inclusion Specialist

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Gavin Oattes

Managing Director and owner, Tree of Knowledge

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Emily Frith

Head of Policy and Advocacy, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

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Marc Rowland

Head of Research School, Rosendale Primary School and Children's Centre, London

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10.00 | A focus on disadvantaged pupils, boys and accountability
Led by Tiffnie Harris, ASCL Primary Specialist and Tom Middlehurst, ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist

This is a webinar for leaders in primary and secondary who want to know where to find and how to understand data on disadvantaged pupils and boys, and ways to use this for improved outcomes.

The session will unpick national data from early years up to GCSE, focusing on disadvantaged gaps and gender gaps. The webinar will look at how disadvantaged pupils and boys’ performance nationally differs from non-disadvantaged and girls and shows the measure of the progress gap over time.  It will also focus on practical solutions in the classroom and key curriculum considerations.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand how disadvantaged pupils and boys’ performance nationally differs from non-disadvantaged pupils and girls
  2. How to find the gap in progress over time
  3. Practical solutions that may be used in the classroom
  4. Key curriculum considerations
11.30 | Lessons from Remote Learning for Pastoral Leaders
Led by Phil Jones, Chair NAPCE and Maria O’Neill, Founder, UK Pastoral Chat

How can the experience of remote learning inspire improvements in pastoral care in the future?

The workshop will explore:
  • the need for pastoral care and support for learners during periods of remote learning
  • how the experience of remote learning can inform future planning
  • how pastoral leaders can provide a safe learning environment for remote learning
  • the need for a proactive approach to pastoral care after the pandemic
Benefits for participants include:
  • how to meet the pastoral needs of learners during remote learning
  • how to use the experience of remote learning to provide effective support for learners
  • raising awareness about the actions needed to ensure wellbeing

14.00 | Using Treehouse by Tree of Knowledge to improve the mental health of your students and staff 
Led by Alan Burton, Director, Tree of Knowledge

In the midst of the uncertainty currently within the education community, the team at Tree of Knowledge are looking forward to introducing you to Treehouse, a groundbreaking online learning platform which addresses the challenges of the pandemic and helps to develop positive mental health for pupils and teachers. 

Designed by Treehouse’s team of psychologists, teachers and motivation experts, and new for 2021, there are over 100 interactive, inspirational and confidence-boosting modules to support schools, their teachers and pupils to be the best version of themselves.
This 60-minute introduction will explore some of the modules and allow you to see the full value of this unique platform. 

15.15 | Improving Outcomes for SEND Learners : An example of developing collaborative practice
Led by Jon Foster, SEND Consultant

The session will highlight how a local authority has been working in partnership with stakeholders to improve outcomes for SEND learners. There will be an opportunity to share some of the areas of development that have taken place and how schools have been given the opportunity to create a culture that is supportive for SEND learners. The webinar will also identify some of the challenges that lie ahead and how these may be approached. 


10.00 | Children’s Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practices
Led by Charlotte Cooper, Assistant Head and Trauma Informed Practitioner, Vicki Jackson, Head of PSHE and Pepe Di’Iasio, Headteacher, Wales High School, Sheffield

Children's mental health was as the forefront of the government agenda in 2017 when the Green Paper was released in a bid to support schools. This was an attempt to manage a nationwide mental health crisis exacerbated by long waiting lists and a lack of training available for teachers.  This was prior to the impact of COVID-19 which has seen many children lose connectivity with their family and peers as well as forcing them to take a significant break from the comforting routine education provides.  It has never been more important to ensure teachers are aware of how to engage with children who struggle with their mental health and use trauma-informed practices in the classroom to promote a positive environment that allows learning to take place.  

This session will focus on:

  • An understanding of the causes of poor mental health including ACEs
  • The science behind student responses
  • Identifying the signs of poor mental health/trauma
  • Practical strategies to support children in our schools
11.30 | A Focus on ACEs and Connectedness
Led by Victoria Raynor, Senior Safeguarding Advisor and Carl Elder, Director of Education, Archway Learning Trust

This is a webinar for leaders in primary and secondary who want to further their understanding of ACEs and the impact on personal development and academic achievement.

The session will look at the process that our Trust has started to embark upon on to ensure that all students are supported in a way that that minimises the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), in particular, how connectedness can be threaded through a student’s experience at school to foster good relationships and reduce the impact of ACEs on academic outcomes and personal development.

Learning outcomes:
  1. Understand how ACEs can impact short term, medium term and long term outcomes
  2. How Connectedness can negate some effects of trauma
  3. Practical solutions that may be used by Staff
  4. Policy and Practice considerations
12.40 | Leadership insights by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 
Led by Colonel Russ Lewis MC, SO1 of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) Engagement Team

This session will explain the role of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) as a globally renowned centre of excellence - responsible for training all officers in the British Army.   The RMAS youth engagement team is not part of army recruitment - we strive only to help young people gain leadership skills, and understand the core values and standards that we believe will help them to develop lifelong transferable skills wherever their paths take them.

By explaining the Values and Standards of the British Army, Col Russ Lewis will show how the leadership skills taught at RMAS are beneficial to all; and can help young people to build resilience and confidence, whatever career path they decide upon. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

15.30 | LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Students
Led by Hannah Jepson, Co-Founder, LGBTEd

The workshop will focus on the direct applicability of pastoral leaders taking a core role in the design, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy/agenda within their school contexts, with a specific focus on LGBTQ students.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own contexts throughout, and will be given time to reflect on case study examples of where LGBTQ inclusion is being effectively led (using case studies from primary and secondary settings). 


£125 +VAT per delegate
£250 +VAT for a school licence - unlimited access for delegates within your school to attend both the keynotes and workshop sessions

Multi-academy trusts and other institutions with multiple sites should email for a quote.

This conference will be delivered completely online through keynotes and interactive workshops. All sessions will be available to watch live or later via recordings.

Keynotes will take place on Tuesday 19 January from 10am – 12noon

There will be five workshops delivered across Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January.

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure  you have access to a computer or device that meets the system requirements available here.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.