Education Conference: "At the heart of everything" – a focus on pupils

06 December 2018

How well are schools dealing with instances of bullying/peer on peer abuse?

Are lessons being learned and what more should schools be doing?

Our autumn term Education Conference, to be held on Thursday 6 December 2018 at Gate Street Barn in Bramley, will address these issues.

The event is aimed at the School’s SLT, the Governing Body and others (including boarding staff) involved in pastoral care.

We will consider the updated guidance to schools on peer on peer abuse (in KCSiE) and include some practical case studies.

We are delighted to be joined by Tessy Ojo, the Chief Executive of the Diana Award, the charity whose mission is to foster and develop positive change in young people. It launched the now world famous Anti-Bullying Programme in 2011 and their Mentoring Programme followed in 2012. It has trained 28,000 young people to tackle bullying in their schools and communities. Tessy is a member of the Executive board of the Royal Taskforce on cyberbullying and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The charity has been working closely with a number of independent schools.

We will also be joined by Durell Barnes, an educational consultant specialising in providing guidance and training about governance and safeguarding—and, inevitably, inspection, as he was until recently Deputy Director/Head of Communications at the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

A panel discussion will address some of the key issues raised and delegates will be invited to participate in the discussion.


  • 9:00am - Arrival & registration
  • 9:30pm - Welcome & Introduction, Joanna Lada-Walicki
  • 9:35am - ‘Safeguarding update – peer on peer focus’, Ben Collingwood
  • 10:10am - ‘How inspectors hear the “pupil voice” and how the inspectorate hears the voice of the sector’, Durell Barnes
  • 11:05am - Break
  • 11:25am - ‘A peer based approach to fostering positive change’, Tessy Ojo
  • 12:15pm - Panel discussion
  • 1:00pm - Lunch
Date: 6 December 2018
Time: 9:00am - 1.00pm, including lunch
Venue: Gate Street Barn, Gate Street, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 0LR
Directions: Google Maps
Tel: 01483 543210