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19LPC - Education Leaders Conference - Be the best we can be

About this course

In direct response to requests from schools, the planning group of the recently formed Education Partnership Board with the Local Authority has planned a joint conference for Head teachers and Senior Leaders across all school phases.


This full day conference will be a combination of key note speeches, workshops and networking opportunities. There will also be information stands from our partner organisations.

Key Note Speakers:

Dr Pooky Knightsmith - Meeting the Mental Health needs of every learner- 9:40 am to 10:45 am

Pooky is an internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, working tirelessly to 'be the change she wants to see'. A prolific key note speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence - informed approaches to promoting mental health - arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service needs. Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of six books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition. She is also mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression.

Dr Manoj Krishna - Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing - 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Manoj Krishna trained as a doctor in Pune, India before coming to the UK to pursue a career as a spine surgeon. He left that career to write a book and launch the Human Enquiry Project.

He has had a deep interest in understanding how the human mind functions all through his life. He has facilitated dialogue groups where people would gather to enquire into the mind we all share. He believes passionately that we all need to be educated not only to understand the world around us but also our inner spaces and how our minds work.


Workshop 1 - Poverty Proofing the School Day

Luke Bramhall & Lorna Nicoll from Children North East explain the poverty proofing programme with its ethos and culture having been developed here in the North East. Last year the programme, evaluated by Newcastle University, showed the impact that poverty proofing work had, not only on the stigma and discrimination that students faced, but also the impact that 'poverty proofing' schools had on attendance and attainment levels, particularly for the most disadvantaged students. Learn about the culture change that this training can bring about.

Workshop 2 - Wellbeing and Resilience in Schools

Esther Jones who has a background of 17 years in education delivers a session on the benefits of the Thrive Programme. She came to Thrive with a love of teaching and in particular, pastoral work within a school setting. Her aim for this workshop is to equip people of all ages with the skills and resources to manage their thinking.

Workshop 3 - Closing the attainment gap

Victoria Richley, English Teacher, Assistant Head and Deputy Director of Shotton Hall Research School delivers:

  • The Pupil Premium Group and misconceptions (knowing and understanding potential barriers)

  • The importance of high expectations and positive perceptions (and what this looks like)

  • Identifying the 'What before the How' (supporting colleagues to consider what the root cause of the gap might be and where to look next for support)

Victoria has an interest in Literacy, teaching and learning, and maximising the progress of disadvantaged learners.

Booking Information

It is envisaged that up to three delegates from each setting may wish to attend. Applicants will benefit from the knowledge of both key note speakers and should choose two of the three workshops detailed above.

To secure a place/s contact:

Lynn Freer: Operations Manager

Tel: 0191 4268103





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  • School Workforce Development Team
  • Town Hall & Civic Offices
    Westoe Road
    South Shields
    United Kingdom
    NE33 2RL

  • 0191 4268105

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