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Conference 2024 Invitation

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Key points before you arrive...


Conference starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.45pm. Please don't arrive before 8.15am. On arrival, find your Headteacher to sign-in.


Ensure you have booked your workshops well in advance on 'bookwhen'.


Bring your school ID badge to sign-in, and your own pen and notepad. Charge your phone as you will be asked to contribute to some interactive Lumio segments on your mobile!


Car share - Manor MAT school car parks are open to help with this.


Lunch and refreshments are available. Allergies and specific diets have been catered for. If you would prefer to bring your own lunch, you are welcome to do so.


Conference Venue

Arrival from 8.15am

MAT School car parks will be open to enable car sharing as there is limited parking at the venue


Ormiston NEW Academy

Marsh Lane


WV10 6SE

Conference Crowd

Keynote Speakers

Here is who will be sharing with us throughout the day...


Hayley Guest

Our CEO, Hayley Guest, will be kicking off our conference with our theme 'honour the legacy, champion the future'. She will be sharing the findings from the recent MAT review which will then link into the 'Manor Mindset' and how we can adopt that across the trust in all areas and settings.


Mark 'Billy' Billingham

Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham is TV’s most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and SAS instructor. He has been responsible for planning and executing strategic operations and training at the highest level in numerous locations (Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and Africa). 


Mark Russell

Mark Russell is Chief Executive of The Children’s Society and leads a team of 850 staff and 10,000 volunteers working to support some of the most vulnerable children in the country. He is committed to disrupting the disadvantage that many of our children and young people face today and has a passion and determination to protect, support and speak up for children and young people.
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Workshops included:

Professional Curiosity Training

This session is designed to explore the importance of our professional curiosity and understand what this means.  This is from the education professional angle and will enhance your depth and confidence in this area.  We will look at examples of what to look for and ask about and be clear on expectations. Come and join Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant to talk all things safeguarding! 

Embedding Online Safety Early Training

This session is led by Beth Davies, Safeguarding Consultant and will look at that ‘early intervention’ in this increasingly important area.  We will be exploring the following: Why do we need to talk about Online Safety early?​ How each of us, in all our roles can make an impact​, easy tweaks to make​, modelling online safety​ and practical tips for engaging families.


Tri-golf is a fun official alternative version of golf, designed specifically for primary school children. As a more energetic version of golf, tri-golf enables children to take their first golf shots safely under adult supervision, and build a good golf foundation.

Get into teaching

This session is designed for colleagues who do not yet have QTS, who aspire to gain QTS in the future. We will explore the requirements, opportunities and experiences of training to be a teacher with Manor MAT through Barr Beacon SCITT.

Early Identification

The importance of identifying potential SEN in children and how undiagnosed needs impact in adulthood.


This workshop will aim to support understanding of characteristics of ADHD and strategies to support.


This workshop will aim to support understanding of characteristics of ASC and strategies to support.

Difficult conversations

Quick tips to help you have successful difficult conversations with colleagues and parents.

How to win a Formula 1 Grand-Prix

This fast-paced workshop considers how we can work better together to create winning teams.  We’ll explore how to survive an overwhelming workload, communicate more effectively, and celebrate how critical each of our roles is. Although mainly for SBM's and support staff, everyone is welcome!

Teach your grandchildren to tell lies

Perhaps counter intuitive but a necessary skill to survive the demands of human relationships and not just for personal aggrandizement or gain.


A lighthhearted consideration of a universal phenomenon that has far reaching consequences on our physiology and state of mind. It is true that a laugh each day is likely to keep the doctor away!

Vivup benefits

In this session for all staff, we are hoping to give staff an overview of the Viv Up platform and how it can support us personally and professionally.  The platform offers salary sacrifice for cycles, and home equipment, as well as a comprehensive package to support our wellbeing.

Chimp management

The Chimp Model helps people to understand and access their mind; developing insights and skills to manage emotions, adapt thinking, and introduce the most helpful of behaviours. Our mentors will help you explore how to get the best out of yourself and others, in a sector we consider to be the most important for helping future generations be healthy, happy, humans.

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School improvement

This session will share our MAT wide approach to school improvement for 2024 - 2025. The opportunities will include identifying Specialist Practitioners from both our teachers and support staff from across the trust that feel that they would like the experience of supporting and developing others beyond their school. The session will share what would be expected of the role and the impact that it could have upon their own development.   

Inspire education

Inspire Education, an engaging online curriculum platform, empowers children to master foundational subjects through multimedia tools and interactive scenes. With a wealth of knowledge-rich content, logical sequencing, and the inclusion of 3D models featuring animations and narrations, it offers a unique and dynamic learning experience. For curriculum subject leads: history, science, geography (and literacy too). 

Creating Inclusive Schools Workshop

How do we ensure everyone in our schools feel included, safe, and able to thrive and progress? This workshop explores how we create inclusive and safer spaces for our students and staff through an understanding of the challenges for some identities, the use of inclusive language, and other strategies.


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