Dates & Venues
One of the impacts of the Covid pandemic on schools was to severely disrupt the rich provision of co-curricular activity. This exposed just how important these activities are to pupils, parents and the culture of schools. As the education sector restores itself, there is an opportunity to review the purpose and operation of these activities, and to ensure that they remain fit for purpose in the twenty first century.
This year’s Conference returns to its usual Central London location, and features contributions from experts in various fields, as well as a Keynote Address by Professor Peter Clough. Peter led the HMC-commissioned research which sought to measure the impact of participation in activities beyond the classroom on the development of various qualities within children. This work, soon to be extended into a wider range of schools, including the maintained sector, provided robust evidence of the long assumed benefits of a broader education.
Managing a complex programme of activities within schools has never been more challenging. This Conference aims to support those who seek to do so.
Conference Assembles. Refreshments
The Benefits of Co-Curricular Activities
with Professor Peter Clough
Staffing the Co-Curricular Programme
with Neil Rollings
Making Music in Schools
with Alun Jones
Seminar Programme One:
either Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the post-Covid Era
with Paul Bond
or Supporting Outstanding Musicians in Schools
with Alun Jones
or What does an outstanding school drama programme look like?
with Phil Macken
Seminar Programme Two:
either Getting the Most from SOCS Co-Curricular
with James Kershaw-Naylor
or Managing your Director of Sport
with Neil Rollings
or Managing a Contemporary CCF
with Anthony Lamb MBE
One delegate £229
Two delegates (from the same school) £399
Conference runs 10am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and course materials. Excludes VAT.
Professor Peter Clough is Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Huddersfield. He led research commissioned by HMC into measuring the impact of participation in co-curricular activities on various aspects of development, including personal qualities and academic performance. He is the author of ‘Developing Mental Toughness’.
Alun Jones is the retired Head of Chetham’s School of Music, one of the world’s foremost specialist music schools. He was previously head of St Gabriel’s School for 15 years, following positions as music teacher, choirmaster and Director of Music. A former choral scholar, he is a leader of music education in the UK.
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.
Phil Macken is the Director of Drama at Headington School, Oxford. Phil gained his Drama degree from the University of Essex, and his PGCE from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has experience as Head of Performing Arts, Head of Year and Head of House, giving him a well rounded understanding of the co-curricular demands in schools.
James Kershaw-Naylor is the Sales Director of SOCS. This provides software for managing all aspects of school sport, including logistics and parental communications. He will demonstrate how users can get more from the system and use it to better address parental requirements.
Anthony Lamb MBE is Deputy Head (Co-Curricular) at Eastbourne College, an appointment he has held since 2008. He is also Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC), a low level hockey coach and DoE Verifier for the College. He is Contingent Commander of Eastbourne College Combined Cadet Force and has over 30 years experience in Army Reserves in both Australia and the UK.
Neil Rollings was Director of Sport in four HMC schools, over a 21 year career. He was an ISI Inspector and he now works with schools to develop and audit modern sports programmes and with Heads to appoint Directors of Sport. He is a regular conference speaker, influential blogger on school sport issues, and Chairman of PADSIS.