What’s On » Great Places to Work


Our key challenge: how do we ensure that schools are great places to work so we can recruit and retain the best teachers?

Our great range of contributors will be leading a variety of sessions celebrating and sharing the diverse ways in which this challenge is being met in our region and beyond, key questions include:

  • staff wellbeing – is this being given the priority it deserves?
  • how can education ensure diversity, representation and equality are realities for staff?

We’ve listed just some of our great contributors below with more to come, we’re also delighted that the Chartered College of Teaching, the Teacher Development Trust, #WomenEd, LGBTed and BAMEed are working with us by curating sessions for this theme.

Our Contributors

Friday Sessions

Emma Hollis, Executive Director, NASBTT

Paul Haigh, Principal, King Ecgberts School

Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First

Stephen Munday, President, Chartered College of Teaching

Panel – The Importance of Nurturing Early Career Teachers

At a time of teacher shortages, shrinking budgets and rising levels of stress and mental health difficulties among teachers, there has never been more of an imperative to nurture those teachers joining the profession through the early stages of their careers. The panel will highlight and  discuss the key issues with the festivalgoer audience

David Storrie, Specialist Advisor – ITT, OfSTED

David Weston, Founder and Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust

Professor Sam Twiselton, Director, Sheffield Institute of Education

Panel – Attracting, Growing and Retaining Great Teachers

Drawing on the latest research and policy, the panel will outline how school and system leaders can develop reputations as the very best places for teachers to work and grow, harnessing cutting edge approaches to professional development.

Dr Emily Perry, Deputy Head, CDARE, Sheffield Institute of Education

Joelle Halliday, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education

Nan Davies, Programme Manager, The Wellcome Trust

Sai Patel, Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner, Learn Sheffield

Panel – The Wellcome CPD Challenge:
schools’ responses to improving the quality and quantity of teacher CPD
Jamie Portman Senior Leader XPEast School Effective mentoring in schools
Mark Turner Director Tangible Wellbeing Your team – what motivates them?
JL Dutaut and Lucy Rycroft-Smith Co-editor – Flip the System UK: A Teachers’ Manifesto Flip the System UK Seven paradoxes of education
Saturday Sessions
Hannah Jepson Director LGBTed LGBTQ+ Inclusion in education: Letting go of the past and hopes for the future
Sameena Choudry Co-founder (WomenEd) and Founder (Equitable Education) #WomenEd  & Equitable Education Concrete ceilings and kinked hose pipes
Sarah Stones Motivation Specialist Plain Sailing Motivation Understanding motivation and improving engagement and wellbeing throughout your school
Amanda Costello and  Claire Tasker Headteacher and Headteacher Milton School & #WomenEd  and High Storrs School & #WomenEd Women’s leadership stories – Is there a genuine place for values led leadership in English secondary schools today?
Jackie Hill FCCT Tes Institute Ambassador: Programmes & Partnerships Tes Institution Celebrating and making the most of our talented TAs
Sarah Harrison Head of Learning Design and Accreditation The Chartered College of Teaching Developing teacher expertise
Amjad Ali AHT and Consultant Try This Teaching How can we learn to teach our students anywhere?
Craig Parkinson Trainer, Coach, Consultant Developing aspirations, attitudes, and autonomy through iterative enquiry cycles
Raj Unsworth Chair of Trustees #WomenEd How to work together to ensure effective and strong governance in your school(s)
Neil Gilbride Lecturer in Education University of Gloucestershire What can adult development teach us about leading and working in a school?
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Professor Sam Twiselton and Bob Sawyer Chief Executive and Vice President
Director of Schools
Chartered College of Teaching Diocese of Hallam Introducing the Chartered College Regional Network for South Yorkshire
Vivienne Porritt Chair, Co-founder and National leader WomenEd Genitalia and the gender pay gap
Shaun Dellenty Director Celebrating Difference Celebrating Difference – an award winning approach to compassionate LGBT+ Inclusion
Suzanne Brown Senior Lecturer and Doctoral Student Sheffield Hallam University Sharing good practice of flexible working in schools
Katie Furnival Director of Primary Learning Delta Academies Trust Feedforward