Confirmed speakers

At the fifth edition of our conference, once again world-renowned speakers will offer inspirational keynote lectures and practical training through workshops. You can find out more about some of the excellent speakers we will be welcoming in March below.

Phil Badham

Phil Badham is an experienced teacher, trainer and consultant dedicated to providing teachers, schools and colleges with the means and methods to deliver modern, engaging and creative learning experiences to students. He is a consultant for the internationally acclaimed Visible LearningPlus programme, and also serves as an Adobe Education Leader dedicated to pursuing creativity in all areas of educational practice and providing high quality professional development offline and online. Phil presents in the UK and internationally on topics such as Digital Engagement and Creativity, Independent Learning, Outstanding Teaching, Challenge for All, and How to Lead Teaching and Learning with Technology.  He also runs digital engagement projects for primary and secondary students to give them creative problem-solving experiences using industry standard digital applications and equipment.

Anni McTavish

Anni began working with young children in a parent-run pre-school in 1989. She went on to become the deputy and Headteacher, and since then has worked across the UK and Europe as a trainer, presenter, consultant and writer. With a background in the arts, early education and humanistic psychotherapy, her approach is to inspire, inform and help settings identify strengths as well as areas to develop. Specialising in the arts and creativity, she works on a variety of projects and is an Associate of Early Education. She has written numerous articles and books and is particularly interested in engaging with practitioners to support young children’s emotional health, resilience and well-being. Her recent publication, Expressive Arts and Design in the Early Years (2019), is published by Routledge.

David Weston

David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of England's Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He is the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development.David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in the South East of England. David speaks and writes frequently for education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances.

Sue McGonigle

Sue McGonigle has over twenty years’ experience as a primary teacher, English subject leader and Deputy Head. She lectured in Primary Education at UCL Institute of Education for five years, specialising in English and children’s literature. Before joining IoE she was Senior Adviser at The Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) where she worked for nine years. Sue was closely involved in developing and researching the Power of Reading project and was project director for five years. She has worked with schools nationally and internationally to develop creative approaches to the use of literature in the primary curriculumShe has written a mini-book on creative planning for teachers and teacher educators, published by The United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). She has also written materials for the DfE and the English Association to support planning around a textIn addition, Sue is co-creator of, a website for parents, schools and settings aimed at promoting reading for pleasure through sharing carefully chosen books and story play activities.   

Mark Steed

Mark S. Steed has been the Principal and CEO of Kellett School, Hong Kong, since August 2019.  Hspent his career working in top UK independent schools  prior to his three senior leadership roles as Headmaster of Kelly College in Devon (2001-08); as Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group (2008-15); and as the Director of JESS, Dubai (2015-19).  Mark has degrees from Cambridge and Nottingham Universities and has a particular interest in how new technologies can be used in education. He chaired the UK Independent Schools Council IT Strategy Group from 2007 to 2015 Mark writes extensively on a range of educational issues on his blog, and for Tes.  He is active on twitter @independenthead. 

Cat Scutt

A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence. She has worked in education in both the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher development and certification, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Impact. In addition, Cat is studying part-time for her doctorate at the UCL Institute of Education, looking at school leadership development.