Past Conference and Masterclass Testimonials

Past Conference and Masterclass Testimonials

Over the past year we have hosted a varied number of events. Find out what you have missed or learn more about the range of events that we offer for educational professionals.

Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

Friday 17th May 2019 | Dorking, Surrey

"It helped me to feel confident that as a school we are moving in the right direction but I took away many actions that will improve what we do."

"Great eye opener to Mental Health and it's place within an education environment."

"Excellent conference - useful, informative and brilliant speakers."

GDPR Masterclass: Be Compliant, Not Complacent!

Friday 29th March 2019 | Leatherhead, Surrey

"Good to have confirmation of systems put into place since the conference in 2018 and new actions that are required to meet our Data Protection obligations in school."

"Valuable information conveyed in a comfortable setting with a chance to network with other delegates."

"Useful to re-focus on GDPR/DP after almost a year of the new legislation. Networking opportunities always valued."

Annual SEND Conference

Friday 15th March 2019 | Epsom Downs Racecourse

"This was my first time at the SEND Conference and I will definitely be coming again. I was truly inspired by the speakers and I have taken away so many ideas which I would like to implement in school."

"Interesting speakers that enabled me to reflect and make decisions. Great networking opportunity."

"A valuable opportunity to get current updates from leading professionals and reflect on current practice."

Academy Financial Leadership Conference: Doing More with Less

Wednesday 27th February 2019 | Leatherhead, Surrey

"Very informative with good keynote speakers presenting latest financial updates.  Insight into good ESFA data and information."

"Informative and engaging."

"Very interesting and useful topics. Good opportunity to speak to other SBMs."


Excellence into Practice Conference: A Rich Reading Curriculum and Culture

Friday 30th November 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

“An excellent conference with some brilliant speakers. Lots of useful and helpful information to promote reading in schools. Thank you all!”

“I thought the Reading Conference was fantastic. I left feeling very inspired and with lots of new, fresh ideas to share with my school. I thought Theresa's presentation was excellent and thought provoking.”

“Lovely ideas to take away to share with staff as to what we can do further to push reading for pleasure in our school and also the messages we give around valuing reading for pleasure!”

Annual Education HR Conference

Thursday 22nd November 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

“Informative and thought-provoking. I left feeling motivated to make some real change.”

“Very interesting conference.  I learnt a lot from the key speakers and had some very good ideas from colleagues.”

“A useful and timely event, especially the Employment Law update and an opportunity to reflect on professional ethics and organisational motivation.”

“Great conference, covering a range of relevant issues for HR professionals in schools.”

EYFS Maths Conference: Great Learning, Great Teaching

Monday 12th November 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

"This was definitely one of the best courses I have attended in a very long time! It was great to have so many fabulous practical ideas. Well done!”

“Knowledgeable speakers who are actively involved with current mathematical teaching and learning practices made this so worthwhile even for experienced EYFS practitioners.”

“An extremely useful and very enjoyable day.  All the presentations were very interesting, relevant, and full of practical ideas to take back to school.”

“A great conference full of practical ideas to take straight back to the school. I have already ordered several books and tweaked provision in my planning session today!”

Diminishing the Difference Masterclass: Improving the Performance of Disadvantaged Pupils

Friday 9th November 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

"Excellent summary of key issues around improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Good discussion points to take back to school and a lot of useful reading material.”

“This was a really good masterclass with well-informed speakers, who both inspired and informed.  There were really useful, practical strategies that could be brought back and implemented into school very easily.  Thank you.”

“Really useful reminders regarding the focus on Pupil Premium and spending.  More importantly the need to engage parents and the three-way partnership to break the cycle.”

Teaching and Learning Conference: Engaging Children in a Language Rich Curriculum

Tuesday 9th October 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

“Very valuable with good information given and some very engaging speakers.”

“Excellent keynote speakers covering both maths and English. Lots of practical ideas to take away.”

“The day was packed full of relevant, useful and practical ideas and activities. There were various opportunities for discussion and the resources shared were inspiring but also easy to replicate and use across key stages. All speakers were highly passionate and knowledgeable about their subject area and offered a refreshing look at how to close the vocabulary gap across the curriculum.”

South East Assessment Conference: Pathways to Progress

Thursday 13th September 2018 | Leatherhead, Surrey

"Probably the most effective assessment conference to date that I've attended."

"Excellent keynote speakers who both spoke about relevant issues schools face using practical examples which we could take back and apply in our schools."

"Excellent, very informative and lots to take away to share with colleagues, Thank you."

Annual Early Years Foundation Stage Conference: Growing Great Learners in EYFS 2018

Tuesday 26th June 2018 | Sandown, Esher

"I felt incredibly inspired after leaving the conference. The organisers were clearly experts in EYFS, meaning that the speakers they had selected were relevant, inspiring, engaging and helpful too."

"Great to listen to inspiring key speakers. Lots of ideas to take back to the classroom and share with colleagues."

"A really valuable day, which addressed very pertinent issues.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference

Friday 15th June 2018 | Leatherhead

"An outstanding day. Really so useful to have longstanding practice systematised and mainstreamed"

"I gained a great deal from this conference. The speakers presented us all with real life experiences and reflective opportunities"

"Really useful, with some inspiring speakers. Just what is needed to reinvigorate and to provide food for thought at this time of the academic year. Who would have thought that Contextual Safeguarding would have been so interesting!"

"Fantastic, entertaining and informative."

Academy Financial Leadership Conference: Improving School Business Performance

Wednesday 6th June 2018 | Leatherhead

"Good to get a wider perspective other then just finance i.e. Marketing and Income Generation"

"Some interesting topics and great networking opportunity"

"Speakers were all very interesting and inspiring. Lunch and refreshments were lovely"

Annual Employee Health and Wellbeing Conference

Thursday 10th May 2018 | High Ashurst, Dorking

"The conference was incredibly inspiring and it improved MY wellbeing, just to be there!"

"Jonathan was fantastic. His content and delivery was inspiring, not only was it useful for my staff well-being role but also my teaching. His videos were perfect for the start of the conference, I came away feeling positive and inspired"

"As a first for me, it more than delivered against my expectations. The networking opportunities were very valuable by themselves"

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Conference: From the School's Perspective

Monday 23rd April and Thursday 3rd May2018 | Leatherhead

"The conference was very informative and very helpful in providing practical tips that will enable schools to comply with the new regulation"

"Excellent, I left with a clear view of what we needed to do to be GDPR ready - thank you!"

"Amber Badley's knowledge of GDPR from a school's perspective and presenting skills were first class. Delegates were fully engaged throughout the day. Conference totally delivered what had been promised"


Annual SEND Conference

Thursday 15th March 2018 | Epsom

"Inspiring. Feel even more fired up to go and be the best champion ever for those children with additional needs"

"An excellant day, as always. Great talks and plenty of time for catching up with colleagues"

"An inspiring day full of brilliant information for both new and experienced SENCOs"

Leadership Masterclass with Andy Buck:
Making the Biggest Impact on Pupil Outcomes

Wednesday 7th March 2018 | Leatherhead

"Very inspiring and thought provoking; practical ideas that can be used immediately"

"The course was exactly what I needed. I found it inspirational and felt the activities truly enhanced the experience."

"Excellent key note speaker.  Strategies for difficult conversations was excellent - I used this immediately on return to school!"

Annual Primary Science Conference

Tuesday 6th February 2018 | Leatherhead

"Exciting, inspiring, useful - really keen to crack on with all these brilliant ideas"

"I really enjoyed the day and I left with a new lease of energy. I gained lots of ideas and was ready to go back to school and make some changes"

"The conference was informative and provided excellent opportunities for teachers attending good quality workshops and to network with colleagues"

Annual Primary NQT Conference: Fast forward to outstanding

Thursday 11th January 2018 | Leatherhead

"An inspiring day that gave me an opportunity to reflect on why I became a teacher and to review my vision for my classroom. It also gave me many strategies and resources that I can use to improve my classroom practice immediately." 

"It was highly informative, thought-provoking and engaging. The speakers were fantastic, experienced professionals who were able to relay their advice to all of us so well"

"The whole day was truly inspirational, especially the main speaker, Mr Lear. He has given me the drive and aspirations to ensure I become an outstanding teacher, not just for myself but mainly for inspiring the children I teach."

ICT Masterclass with Mr P: Raising Standards across the Curriculum

Wednesday 29th November 2017 | Leatherhead

"Left me buzzing to try everything shown, inspired me to be more creative and determined to implement ICT in classrooms across the school" 

"It was one of the most informative and inspiring courses that I have been to. Lots of demonstrations and activities which can be easily taken back into the classroom"

"A fantastic opportunity to network, be inspired and find out about amazing, free resources available online"

Educating HR Conference: Sustaining HR excellence in challenging times

Thursday 23rd November 2017 | Leatherhead

"It was an excellent, well thought through conference, with excellent speakers" 

"A very worthwhile event, particularly from a networking aspect"

"Gave me some new ideas and information, whilst re-enforcing my existing knowledge. Relevant and interesting topic/presentations"

No Nonsense Grammar Conference

Friday 10th November 2017 | Reading

"Superb and informative day that addressed the main areas/barriers to grammar teaching. Full of practical examples and text links" 

"A really inspiring day run by lovely people. Came away with some great ideas for the classroom. It was so lovely to go onto a course and come away with practical ideas and not just an endless amount of theory! Thank You!"

"Informative, creative, engaging and eye-opening"

South East Maths Conference: Maths in Action: Ready to Reason

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | Leatherhead

"The new venue was brilliant - very comfortable. The speakers were very inspirational and gave me real food for thought, in terms of why reasoning is important and how to include more within the curriculum" 

"Fantastic, relevant speakers who gave tangible advice which can be applied immediately into the classroom"

"Time to be inspired, time to reflect, time to immerse myself in a whole day of maths - a joy!!"

Mind the Gap Conference: Making best use of the Pupil Premium Grant

Tuesday 26th September 2017 | Leatherhead

"Very valuable information and brilliant speakers, who were able to provide great ideas about how to support disadvantaged children using evidence based research" 

"I was really impressed with the quality of the workshops and speakers. A good balance of inspirational and practical advice/ ideas"

"What a valuable day. I took away so many strategies and ideas. It really was very effective"

South East Assessment Conference

Friday 8th September 2017 | Epsom

"A valuable day which gave time to focus, thinking back on on-going assessment for learning strategies and principles" 

"An excellent conference with inspiring speakers. It really helped me to decide on what we need to work on in terms of formative assessment and classroom practice"

"Thought provoking insights into assessment from both a theoretical and practical point of view"

Annual Early Years Conference

Thursday 29th June 2017 | Esher

"It was enlightening, refreshing and has helped us to refocus our attention on the wellbeing and emotional support that our children will need in September as they transition. Its gotten us all fired up and ready to go!"

"Fantastic, thought provoking and inspirational day"

"Excellent day, really inspired by all the speakers, lots of practical ideas to take back to school and to use in the classroom. Thank you for an inspiring day" 

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference

Friday 16th June 2017 | Guildford

"A very worthwhile day. The speakers were inspiring and I left feeling so positive about the job that I already do and with ideas to pass onto colleagues"

"The conference was outstanding! The organisation was impeccable and all the stalls highly relevant and speakers inspiring"

"Very inspiring and engaging speakers. One of the best conferences that I have attended - full of practical ideas to take back to the classroom to share with colleagues" 

Academy Financial Leadership Conference

Wednesday 7th June 2017 | Guildford

"A good opportunity to network across schools exploring ideas in challenging times"

"A very valuable conference that targeted a number of relevant areas for Business Managers"

"The conference was informative and relevant. The length of each presentation was exactly right" 

Leadership Forum with Dominic Herrington

Friday 24th March 2017 | London

"Conference provided great food for thought and reflection opportunities. Good to consider leadership in a wider context."

"Useful range of speakers and the opportunitiy for questions."

"I found this informative and motivational."

"Informative and interesting."

Annual SEND Conference

Thursday 16th March 2017 | Epsom

"A great opportunity to meet with colleagues and to listen to informative, inspiring lectures. A great opportunity to speak to traders who offer useful products"

"The SEND conference always provides some thought-provoking sessions as well as excellent opportunities for networking with other schools"

"A really useful day. I have taken away a lot of new ideas to strengthen send provision in my school" 

Annual Primary English Conference: Red Hot Reading

Tuesday 14th March 2017 | Esher

"A great opportunity to look a bit deeper at how we can make reading more meaningful and exciting for the children. Excellant addition of research at the start"

"Very interesting & informative research presentation. Lots of practical classroom strategies for effective teaching of reading"

"Excellent presenters providing excellent support and information"

Annual Employee Health and Wellbeing Conference

Tuesday 7th March 2017 | Dorking

"Content incredibly useful for a setting embarking on a journey to improve work and the experience of work"

"Excellent event with good content and guest speakers"

"Very relevant and full of information that I can use to take back to school staff" 

Going for Greater Depth Conference

Thursday 26th January 2017 | Guildford

"So much excellant and useful information to take back to school. Can't wait to plan our pathway"

"Really though provoking and now I want to hit the ground running"

"A chance to challenge ideas of working in Greater Depth. Good opportunities to discuss and unpick what working in Greater Depth means" 

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