The 2019 Programme

This year there are more talks than ever before, on three stages.

Starting out in London: from nursery to prep

An in-depth guide to the early years of education in the capital, tackling issues from nursery choice to selection at 7/8+.


10:30 Saturday

  • Huw May, Eaton House Belgravia
  • Sebastian Hepher, Eaton Square

11:15 Sunday

  • Magoo Giles, Knightsbridge School
  • Philippa Cawthorne, Bassett House


Junior Theatre

Hot off the press

An overview of  the current state of the sector in the UK, covering the latest political challenges and developments.


10:30 Saturday

  • Patrick Derham, Head Master, Westminster
  • Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times


Senior Theatre

Year 5-8 Conundrums

What's going on with Pre-tests and Common Entrance? Every parent needs to be up-to-date.


11:15 Saturday  
12:00 Sunday

  • William Petty, Bonas MacFarlane


Junior Theatre

What makes a great school?

Mike Buchanan, Executive Director of HMC, considers what makes a great school. How he tackles this question helps parents to understand that they are choosing a school not for themselves, but for their children.


11:15 Saturday

  • Mike Buchanan, Executive Director of HMC,


Senior Theatre

Education in the early years

Bring your own questions and hear from experts in education and parenting on making the best choices for your child.


12:00 Saturday & Sunday

  • Emily Turner, Editor, angels&urchins
  • introduced by Anne-Marie Giffts-Walker, Head of Early Years, Hendon Prep


Workshop

Surviving London's pressure cooker

Exams every year from the age of seven, hyper competitive entrance exams for boys and girls at 11+ and 13+, Common Entrance; many parents are asking is there another way?


12:15 Saturday

  • Helen Lowe, Bute House
  • Neil McLaughlan, Westminster Cathedral Choir School

13:00 Sunday

  • Sarah Segrave, Eaton House
  • Brendan Pavey, North Bridge House


Junior Theatre

Making ‘rounded’ students successful ones

A ‘rounded education’ could be the tagline of the independent system, but what does it actually involve? Our experts discuss the newest approaches that are making ‘rounded’ students successful ones.


12:15 Saturday

  • Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Stowe
  • Emma Hattersley, Godolphin


Senior Theatre

IB Diploma or A-Levels?

A summary of the respective strengths of the IB Diploma and A-levels, the types of students that they suit and how the two curricula are regarded by universities worldwide.


13:00 Saturday

  • Paul Wood, Southbank


Workshop

Moving out, not losing out

Many parents are considering taking their families out of London. How can you leave London, increase your family property assets and give your children a rural idyll or country town life?


13:15 Saturday

  • Lindsay Cuthill, Savills
  • Catherine Hutton, Hutton Bubear
  • Chaired by Henry Heaton, Head of Property, Bonas MacFarlane


Senior Theatre

Single sex or co-ed?

This is one of the most debated subjects in education. Does single-sex education really benefit girls more than boys?


14:00 Saturday

  • Cheryl Giovannoni, Girls' Day School Trust
  • Dr Dominic Luckett, Sherborne
  • Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Oundle


Senior Theatre

Thriving at school

Elaine Halligan explores the concept of growth mindset and looks at ways of motivating our children to do their best.


14:00 Saturday

  • Elaine Halligan, Director, The Parent Practice
  • Shona Colaço & Jemima Davidson, Knightsbridge School


Junior Theatre

Careers of the future

Building a curriculum for the 21st Century.


14:00 Saturday

  • Alison Melrose, Head Elect, Prince's Gardens Preparatory School
  • introduced by Jo Storey, Principal, Quinton House School


Workshop

Sleep and Stress… Solutions and Strategies

An exploration of the way sleep is connected to stress and anxiety levels.


15:00 Saturday

  • Alicia Drummond, Teen Tips
  • introduced by Beth Kerr, Director of Wellbeing at Cognita


Workshop

Country, city or best of both worlds?

Should parents in London who value rural childhoods be considering boarding, flexi-boarding, relocating or putting their child on a bus?

15:00 Saturday

  • Rory Johnston, Hanford
  • Colin Baty, Bedales Prep, Dunhurst

14:45 Sunday

  • Phillip Evitt, Highfield
  • Tom Bunbury, Papplewick


Junior Theatre

Moving at Sixth Form

Sixth form is a critical time in any young person’s education and many students move after GCSEs. Our experts will discuss the wide variety of options available.


15:00 Saturday

  • Gareth Collier, Cardiff Sixth Form College


Senior Theatre

Navigating the US college application process

More students are applying to the US for university. This talk will give an overview of how best to prepare for the process.


15:45 Saturday

  • James Higgins, Director of University Admissions, Bonas MacFarlane
  • Erica Sin, Director of Tutoring, ArborBridge 


Senior Theatre

Identifying SEN

What are the signs to look for, how do you get a diagnosis and what can you do to help your child thrive at school?


15:45 Saturday

  • Jonathan Hetherington, More House
  • Charlotte Phillips, Good Schools Guide
  • Jo Petty, Dyslexia Teaching Centre


Junior Theatre

Bursaries & Scholarships

Each year, fee assistance continues to increase. Since 2011, the value of bursaries has increased by more than £80 million. Susan Hamlyn will discuss what support is out there and how you can find it.


11:15 Sunday

  • Susan Hamlyn, Director, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants 


Senior Theatre

The international option

As well as British schools, there are multiple international options at the show, featuring London and easily accessed overseas schools. This panel will broaden your horizons. 


12:00 Sunday

  • Simon McNaught, Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle
  • Paul Wood, Southbank
  • Robyn Chapel, American School in London
  • Barnaby Sandow, ACS Cobham


Senior Theatre

Relocating out of London

What factors should you consider when relocating to give your family the best school and home life?


13:00 Sunday

  • Henry Heaton, Head of Property, Bonas MacFarlane
  • introduced by Mike Seaton, Head, Huddersfield Grammar


Workshop

Busting the myths of the independent schools admissions process

What independent schools are really looking for and what you should be too!


13:00 Sunday

  • Julian Thomas, JPT Consulting


Senior Theatre

How to pay for your children & grandchildren’s education?

Whether a grandparent, new parent, high earner or international parent, our experts will aim to help you consider all of your options. 


13:15 Saturday

  • John Solosy, Chartered Financial Planner, Solosy Wealth Management 
  • Paul Jones, Hawkins Thomas Wealth Management


Junior Theatre

Can entrepreneurship be taught?

Emotional intelligence, practical business skills, and the ability to present ideas persuasively are vital attributes that can be learned through the lens of entrepreneurship.


14:00 Sunday

  • Richard Girvan, St Paul’s School
  • Suzie Longstaff, Putney High School, GDST


Senior Theatre

State until 8?

Where is the value today? Comparing state and independent schools, and if combining how to manage changing lanes.


14:00 Sunday

  • Ralph Lucas, Editor-in-Chief, Good Schools Guide 


Junior Theatre

Educating children for a digital world

How do we educate children for a fast-paced digital future when the technology is constantly evolving?


14:00 Sunday

  • TBC
  • introduced by Andy Perryer, Digital Learning Adviser, Cognita


Workshop

Too good to miss? Boarding schools now

With 24/7 learning environments, astonishingly well-equiped  campus settings and phenomenal added value, no parent should rule out the boarding option.


14:45 Sunday

  • Douglas Robb, Gresham's
  • Anna Peak, Shrewsbury


Senior Theatre

Preparing for 11+ or 13+ admissions

How should you prepare your child for senior school admissions tests?


15:00 Sunday

  • Harry Cobb, Director of Tuition, Bonas MacFarlane
  • introduced by Daniel Cummings, Cumnor House Boys


Workshop

Stick or twist?

Our panel will help you to decide whether fifteen years in the same school will be right for your child.


15:30 Sunday

  • Vicky Bingham, South Hampstead High School GDST
  • Clive Smith Langridge, Northcote Lodge
  • Anya Waddington, angels&urchins


Junior Theatre

Managing teenage hopes and fears

Teenage anxiety is more prevalent than ever. So what are schools doing to identify, combat and remedy the worrying trend?


15:30 Sunday

  • Max Girardeau/Nikki Levitan, The Visionaries


Senior Theatre