2017 HMC Spring Conference – Putting ourselves in parents’ shoes: new ways of working between schools and families

The British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Wednesday 26th April 2017

10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

'Putting ourselves in parents’ shoes:
new ways of working between schools and families'


10:00am Registration and refreshments
served in the Foyer and Chaucer meeting room
10:30am Welcome and introductions
Mike Buchanan
(Chair of HMC and Head of Ashford School)
10:35am Dr. Rosemary Taylor
(Northern Editor of The Good Schools Guide, former Head, behavioural psychologist and schools consultant)
Going Loco in Parentis? Changing times for parents and schools
held in the Auditorium
10:55am Emma Williams
(Executive Director, PTA UK)
New research into why working more with parents matters to outcomes, what parents really want help with, and how PTA UK is developing its relationships with schools
held in the Auditorium
11:15am Q&A with Dr. Rosemary Taylor and Emma Williams
11:30am Short anti-digital addiction video produced as part of Digital Awareness UK / HMC resources for schools and parents
11:35am Julie Drummond
(CEO of leading marketing agency Drummond Central and parent-governor of RGS Newcastle)
Perception is everything - how to ensure your communications genuinely reflect the nature of your school
held in the Auditorium
11:55am Tony Little
(Chief Academic Officer, GEMS Education and former Head of Eton College)
Lessons learned from recent visits to schools around the world
held in the Auditorium
12:15pm Q&A with Julie Drummond and Tony Little
12:30pm Buffet lunch and refreshments
served in the Foyer and Chaucer meeting room
1:35pm Panel Discussion
Chaired by Chris King
(HMC Vice-Chair, and Head of Leicester Grammar School)
Best practice in communicating effectively with parents and other stakeholders in the event of a child abuse allegation - legal, PR and Head’s advice
Mary Breen
(Head, St. Mary's School Ascot)
Andrew Hunter
(Head, Merchiston Castle School)
Kate Miller
(Senior Practitioner, Bell Pottinger)
David Smellie
(Partner, Farrer & Co.)
held in the Auditorium
2:30pm Workshop Sessions
Dr. Raj Chande (Behavioural Insights Team)
Communicating with hard-to-reach parents
Noushin Rahman-Blake (Supporting Links) and Jeanette Hennigan (Director of Pupil Wellbeing, Berkhamsted School)
Should schools run parenting workshops? "What Dads Can Do" and other successful examples
Clare Thomas (Coaching consultant) and Mark Waldron (Head, Ryde School)
Helping your staff to engage positively with parents
Emma Robertson (Digital Awareness UK) and Dr. Neelam Parmar (author of Digital Parenting and Director of E-Learning at Ashford School)
Developing safe and responsible use of technology at school and home  
3:30pm Summary of workshops and panel discussion
Feedback on top three takeaways from each session

held in the Auditorium
4:00pm Refreshments and depart
served in the Foyer and Chaucer meeting room

HMC Members please click here to register.

Journalists are welcome to the morning - please contact Sue Bishop on [email protected]