The aim of the inaugural Diamond Model Conference is to bring together Diamond Model schools – and those looking to make the transition to the model – and create a network of support and guidance in the difficult climate faced by both independent and maintained schools.
The conference will offer talks, workshops and networking opportunities for all who attend.
Ms Oona Carlin, Head at Ipswich High School, said: “We’re really excited to be organising the first Diamond Model Conference and hope it will become an annual event with different schools hosting. It will be a great opportunity for schools at different phases of their Diamond Model story to come together and share their experiences.”
Guest speakers and sessions will include:
Jeff Kayne, Deputy Head Pastoral, Forest School, London Delivery of High Impact Pastoral Care in a Diamond Model School
Jeff has been a teacher for 20 years and worked in both independent and maintained schools
James Wilding, Academic Principal, Claires Court, Maidenhead Independent Schools Regulatory standards, seen through the ‘Diamond’ lens
James is the Academic Principal of Claires Court School and is also a highly experienced ISI Inspector
Deborah McKenzie, Head of Marketing and Business Development and James Leggett, MMRS Research Director, both from MTM Consulting
Their workshops and talks will cover:
1) What do parents want? This sessions will look at research from over 180,000 independent school parents.
2) How do schools attract pupils during the transition phase? This breakout session will cover some of the issues schools now opening their doors to the opposite gender might receive, and how to manage the transition period.
3) How do schools retain pupils through each phase of the Diamond Model? In this session the focus will be on how best to manage and ‘sell’ each transition point to pupils and parents.
4) Are Diamond Model Schools better working as separate entities or collaborating and working together? The schools offer the best of both worlds, but how can we evidence it and make that message even stronger?
The first Diamond Model Conference will take place on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018. Find out more at: www.ihseducation.co.uk.