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Conference for Co-curricular Deputy Heads

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at Hilton London Olympia

The role of the Co Curricular Deputy is a relatively recent one in UK independent schools.  It is a reflection of the prominence that extra curricular activities have in the life of these schools, and the challenges that they present to school managers.  As programmes grow, and become ever more complex and ambitious, maintaining a coherent overall picture becomes increasingly complex.  The inevitable clashes cause issues and challenges and demand sensitive negotiation.  Resourcing the programme can be difficult and controversial in balancing competence, fairness and enthusiasm in a changing workforce landscape.

This new Conference seeks to support Co Curricular Deputies in this difficult, and emerging role.  It will consider a combination of maximising benefit, programme management and ensuring compliance. It will consider the aims and foundations of the extra curricular programme, as well as the practical difficulties of ensuring provision which is both ambitious and high quality.

The Conference will also provide an opportunity to share experiences, consider case studies and network with pioneering like-minded professionals in an emerging field


9.30am Conference assembles. Tea and Coffee

10.00am – What’s the Point? Considering the benefits of extra curricular activity (Neil Rollings)

11.00am – ISI inspection of extra – curricular activities. John Cox

11.30am – Break

11.45am – The role of the Co Curricular Deputy Head.  Building a culture of participation with Rick Sellers

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 – 2.15pm Delegates may chose one of the following seminars per session

  • Timetable disruption and pupil load
  • Tours, trips and visits – ensuring compliance with Paul Bond
  • Preparing for ISI inspection – with John Cox

2.30pm – 3.15pm

  • Encouraging staff participation: narrowing the fairness gap with Rick Sellers
  • Disaster management  with Paul Bond
  • Management systems forum


1 place £179 2 places £299 4 places £499

Conference runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Paul Bond

Paul is chair of the south-east region of the Outdoor Education Advisory Panel (OEAP) and sits on the National Executive. He has 30 years of experience in the outdoor industry in both the voluntary and the statutory sector as a practitioner and adviser. He was involved in the formulation of the new British Standard for expeditions and adventurous activities (BS 8848) and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Rick Sellers

A graduate of Loughborough University Rick has been teaching for 39 years, the last 30 of which have been at Bristol Grammar School.

His role has changed over this period of time from being a Head of PE and Sport, to Director of Sport and, since 2000, has carried the added responsibility of Assistant Head Co –Curricular Provision and Parental Engagement.

Throughout his career he has been a passionate advocate of the educational value of co – curricular engagement and is proud of the attention and status afforded to this significant area of school provision at BGS

Neil Rollings

Neil was in charge of rugby at four independent schools over a 21 year career, including 10 years as Head Coach at Sedbergh.  He also coached North Schools and England Schools’ President’s XV.  He now advises independent schools on the development of sports coaching programmes, and is a member of the RFU Technical Advisory Group

John Cox

John Cox is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Malvern College, a 13-18 Co-educational Boarding School (HMC).

His main role at Malvern College is the teaching of academic PE (GCSE, A Level & IB) and Psychology (A Level).  He also holds the position of Professional Teaching & Learning Mentor and Inspection Coordinator. From 2001 until 2015 he was employed as Director of PE & Sport at the school.

In addition, John works as both a school-based and visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham on their PGCE + QTS course.  Since 2008 he has worked as an ISI Inspector and is extremely experienced in this area. He has completed both a Regulatory Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection under the new framework as well as successfully preparing Malvern for their recent Educational Quality Inspection.

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