Festival Debates Strand
A series of hot topic debates and discussions across both days of the Festival

The Great Resignation: How to solve retention post-Covid

Chair: Georgina Newton, Associate Professor, University of Warwick, Iain Ford, Senior data and reporting analyst, Teacher Tapp, James Zuccollo, Director for school workforce, Education Policy Institute, Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Provost and Professor of Education, Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall, Diana Ohene-Darko, Assistant Headteacher and Author, You are not alone,

How can we flip the deficit narrative around SEND?

Chair: Karen Wespieser, Editor of the ResearchED Guide to Special Educational Needs, Tom Rees, Executive Director of Programmes, Ambition Institute, Barney Angliss, SEND Consultant, Laura McInerney, Co-Founder, TeacherTapp

AP’s place in the school system

Chair: Caroline Doherty, Head of Public Affairs, Ark, Sarah Johnson, President, PRUsAP, Neil Miller, Deputy CEO, London South East Academies Trust, Naomi Hulston, CEO, Catch22, Angela Ransby, CEO, Raedwald Trust

Does being trauma-informed give children a pass for their behaviour?

Chair: Cath Murray, Chief Development Officer, Right to Succeed, Anna Cain, Principal, The Boxing Academy, Anne Heavey, Assistant Director - Governance and Commissioning in Schools, The National Autistic Society, Debra Rutley, Executive Headteacher, Aspire Schools

Sustainability: Beyond the DfE’s climate change policy

Chair: Anita Kerwin-Nye, Executive Director, YHA and Lead, Every Child Should, Mick Waters, vice president, National Association for Environmental Education, Emma Knights, Chief executive, National Governance Association, Dawn Haywood, CEO, Windsor Academies Trust, Nicola Walshe, Executive Director, UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education

Why don’t girls choose physics and what can schools do about it?

Chair: Kay Rimmington-Singh, Senior Tutor, Ambition Institute, Sam Freedman, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government, Emma Lark, Associate Dean, Ambition Institute, Dawn Casserly, Headteacher, St Paul's School for Girls, Naveen Rizvi, National Lead of Mathematics, Astrea Academy Trust

Are police in schools a good way to tackle youth violence?

Chair: Ndidi Okezie, CEO of UK Youth, Jon Yates, Executive Director, Youth Endowment Fund, Ben Lindsay, Founder and CEO, Power the Fight, Jahnine Davis, Founder and Director, Listen Up, Coshia Belvet, Head of literacy, Orchardside School

Should schools be doing more to reduce peer-on-peer sexual abuse?

Chair: Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England, Anna Trethewey, Head of Change Management, Academies Enterprise Trust, Jo Morgan, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, The Portsmouth Grammar School, Jessica Ringrose, Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

The future is now: What next for edtech?

Chair: Mark Martin MBE, Founder, UK Black Tech and Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Education Practice, New College of the Humanities, Priya Lakhani, Founder and CEO, Century Tech, Intelligent Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Education, Graham Macaulay, Director of Innovation and Growth, LEO Academy Trust, Lauren Thorpe, Director of strategy, Ark, David Jaffa, Founder, SAM Learning and the National Talent Academy

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