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Thursday 5 December 2019

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

The Browne Jacobson annual HR for Education Conference returns to Birmingham on the 5 December 2019.

Attracting c. 180 delegates from across the country, the theme for 2019 is ‘organisational resilience’ - with keynotes and workshops  designed to provide you with innovative ideas and practical solutions that can be implement in your schools and across academy trusts.

With keynotes from Mandy Coalter – rated as one of one of HR’s ‘Most Influential’ and founder of ‘Breaking the Silence’ - David Beeney, don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us at this fantastic event.


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Agenda



9.15 - 9.45am Registration


9.45 - 9.55am Chair's Welcome

Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services


9.55 - 10.35am Employment Update

In the first keynote of the day Senior Associate, Heather Mitchell will discuss the latest legal updates impacting Employment law and HR including how your organisation will be impacted by the changing law around settlement agreements, holiday pay as well as ensuring that you understand the implications of Brexit for your staff.

Heather Mitchell, Senior Associate


10.35 - 11.20am Keynote 1: Breaking the Silence

GUEST SPEAKER: David Beeney

How can we create a kinder culture of trust where everyone feels confident to open up a conversation about mental health without fear or making someone else feel awkward? In this keynote, David will explore what it’s like to suffer in silence with a mental health issue in the workplace and enhance understanding of how employees learn to disguise their suffering. He will also share how we can be kinder and learn to say ‘it’s okay to not be okay’ before discussing the importance of language and how you can improve your own levels of personal resilience.


11.20 - 11.35am Refreshment break and networking


11.35 - 12.30pm Keynote 2: Choose your own Whistleblowing Adventure

Whistleblowing is a huge issue in the Education sector. It is important that employees feel empowered to highlight wrongdoing and also, that Schools and Academies have the tools to address these issues when they arise. In this session we will walk you through the legal risks and how to tackle them. In addition, we’ll place you in the shoes of ‘Adrian’, an HR Business Partner, and give you the chance to decide how to tackle a Whistleblowing complaint.

Ian Deakin, Senior Associate


12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch and networking


1.15 – 1.55pm Workshops

Conflicting priorities - Handling a serious data breach

Reportable data breaches often result from an act which constitutes misconduct by a staff member.

In this HR Live! workshop, Browne Jacobson Partner Dai Durbridge is joined by Senior Associate Heather Mitchell to set out the reality of discharging your duty to report data breaches to the ICO and the need to deal with the staff disciplinary matter at the same time. Based on real cases, Dai and Heather will show you how to avoid the common pitfalls and explain how to manage both aspects quickly and effectively. This workshop is designed for operational HR staff, DPOs, Business Managers, Senior Leaders and COOs in schools and single/multi-academy trusts.

Dai Durbridge & Heather Mitchell

Speaking Up!

In light of the “me too” campaign and the increased encouragement for employees to speak up about their concerns in the workplace, this workshop will give you practical tips that you could make to encourage a more open culture in your workplace. Two of our employment partners, Jacqui Atkinson and Helen Badger will share with you learning from their experiences of working with NHS clients. The NHS has taken great strides in its aims to encourage ‘Speaking Up’ as a minimum standard to help to normalise the raising of concerns for the benefit of all patients. We believe that there is much to be learnt from these endeavours in the education sector, in order to normalise the raising of concerns for the benefit of all students and staff.

Helen Badger and Jacqui Atkinson

Handling a serious safeguarding allegation against a member of staff

Senior Associate Katie Michelon and HR Consultant Sarah Ashley discuss how to handle serious safeguarding allegations made against members of staff. The session will offer practical guidance on navigating and balancing the employment, safeguarding and information sharing issues which arise in these cases. This workshop is suitable for Operational HR officers, DPOs, Business Managers, Senior Leaders, Designated Safeguarding Leads, COOs and Governors in maintained schools, single academy trusts and multi-academy trusts.

Katie Michelon & Sarah Ashley


2.00 – 2.40pm Workshops

MAT growth and workforce planning

In this workshop, designed for Senior Leaders and Executives, Governors and Company Secretaries from single and multi-academy trusts, Legal Specialist and Partner, Adrian Shardlow and Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale will provide an overview of the current MAT landscape and look in particular at the drive for Trusts to merge and grow. They will consider the challenges these developments have for senior leaders, trustees and governors in integrating and developing their workforce. The workshop will look in particular at the changing roles within trusts and consider real-life scenarios and possible solutions to commonly faced situations in this rapidly changing environment.

Adrian Shardlow & Gill Martindale

Handling difficult conversations

In this HR Live! Workshop, HR Consultants Paul Miner and Eleanor Drabble demonstrate how to handle difficult conversations with your employees. Designed for those in operational HR roles, DPOs, Business Managers, Senior Leaders, COOs and Governors in maintained, single and multi-academy trusts, we demonstrate how to avoid common pitfalls and best practice.

Paul Miner & Eleanor Drabble

Dealing with employment matters at Board level

In this workshop our Head of HR Services, Emma Hughes joins up with Partner Nick MacKenzie to look at how to handle employment matters at Board level. Through sharing examples where organisations frequently make mistakes as well as best practice the workshop will help you feel confident in the steps you need to take for any situations that might come your way. This workshop is suitable for Senior Leaders and Executives, Governors and Company Secretaries in maintained, single and multi-academy trusts.

Emma Hughes & Nick MacKenzie


2.40 – 2.55pm Refreshment break and networking


2.55pm – 3.35pm Workshops

Making an impact with absence management

In this workshop suitable for those in operational HR or Business Management roles, HR Consultant Daniella Glynn is joined by Tara Henderson from the Learning Academy Partnership to review approaches to short and long-term absence management.

Daniella Glynn

Getting it right with executive pay

There’s no doubt that executive pay is a controversial issue. Get it wrong and you could undermine the experience and value of your senior leaders and attract a lot of unwanted negative media attention. In this workshop, designed for Academy Trust Senior Leaders and Executives, Governors and Company Secretaries, Senior HR Consultant Tom Wallace shares his advice and top tips on how to pitch senior pay at the right level.

Tom Wallace & Emma Hughes

People Power: Six Ways to Develop and Retain Educators in School Trusts

The team at Ambition believe that England’s education system has the potential to be the best in the world. But to get there, it’s also got to be the best place in the world to be a teacher or school leader.

Although some work is needed to achieve this. The Department for Education’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy have posed some solutions, which have been widely – and warmly – welcomed by the sector.

In this workshop Viv reflects on her most recent research, Power People and explores the question of how MAT's can manage and develop their workforce.

Vivien Niblett, Ambition Institute


3.40 – 4.25pm Keynote 3: Talent Architects

GUEST SPEAKER: Mandy Coalter


4.25 – 4.30pm Chairs Closing Remarks

Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services


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Speakers


Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Head of HR Services

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Adrian Shardlow

Adrian Shardlow

Partner

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Dai-Durbridge

Dai Durbridge

Partner

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Daniella Glynn

Daniella Glynn

HR Consultant

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Gill Martindale

Gill Martindale

Senior HR Consultant

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Heather Mitchell

Heather Mitchell

Senior Associate

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Helen Badger

Helen Badger

Partner

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Ian Deakin

Ian Deakin

Senior Associate

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Katie Michelon

Katie Michelon

Senior Associate

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Jacqui Atkinson

Jacqui Atkinson

Head of employment healthcare

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Nick MacKenzie

Nick MacKenzie

Partner

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Paul Miner

Paul Miner

HR Consultant

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Sarah Ashley

Sarah Ashley

HR Consultant

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Tom Wallace

Tom Wallace

Senior HR Consultant

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Eleanor Drabble

Eleanor Drabble

HR Consultant

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Mandy Coalter

Mandy Coalter

Founder of Talent Architects

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David-Beeney

David Beeney

Founder of Breaking the Silence

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Vivien Niblett

Vivien Niblett

Associate Director for Research & Evaluation at Ambition Institute

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Venue

Following an extensive refurbishment, we will be returning to the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in central Birmingham for this year’s event. Located just outside Birmingham’s New Street Station, the grand hotel provides easy access for those travelling from across the country for a day of informative updates, championing best practice and exceptional networking.

Macdonald Burlington Hotel

Burlington Arcade
126 New St
Birmingham
B2 4JQ

+44 (0)344 879 9019

 


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Ticket prices £199 + VAT 

Clients with existing HR Core or HR Options services are advised to contact the Sector Development or Event Managers prior to registration.

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Exhibitors

We have a small number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available at this event. For further information please contact the Sector Development Manager.


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Contact us


If you have any questions about this year’s event or would like to speak to us about HR Services at Browne Jacobson please contact Helen Chauhan using the details below:


Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Head of HR Services

+44 (0)330 045 2338

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helen-chauhan

Helen Chauhan

Sector Development Manager - Education

+44 (0)330 045 2830

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Lauren Bradley-Greer

Lauren Bradley-Greer

Events Manager

+44 (0)330 045 2848

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Ticket prices £199 + VAT

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