St Paul’s head and HMC chair joins IE Live line-up

The event will also see leaders from Eton College, Shrewsbury School and Sheffield High School for Girls share their experiences

We are delighted to announce that Sally-Anne Huang, high master of St Paul’s School and chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), has been confirmed as a speaker at Independent Education Live (IE Live).

IE Live is our first digital event, taking place on Wednesday 4 November from 10am–3.30pm, for leaders in independent education. The event will feature a range of informative live panel discussions and one-to-one interviews. We aim to bring those working in independent education together to support each other, share best practice and plan for the future at an uncertain time.

Some of the topics we’ll be discussing include lockdown plans, exams, diversity in staff recruitment, nutrition education strategies to increase pupil wellbeing and cross-sector partnerships.

Huang is the latest sign-up for the event and will take part in a one-to-one interview. We’ll also be interviewing Nick Dennis of St. Francis’ College and Barnaby Lenon of the Independent Schools Council.

Huang joined London’s renowned St Paul’s School in September, having previously been the head of James Allen’s Girls’ School since 2015. Prior to that she was headmistress of Kent College and deputy head of Roedean School. She is a governor of Tonbridge School and Bolton School (where she was educated). Huang is the first female head in St Paul’s School’s 510-year history.

This year, Huang also serves as chair of the HMC, which represents the UK’s leading independent schools.

In October, Huang addressed heads at the HMC’s online autumn conference, where she spoke about how the UK needs its independent schools “more than ever before, to help it heal” after Covid-19. She said the partnership work carried out in the sector, especially for the arts, would be even more essential going forward, as the pandemic creates learning gaps particularly for disadvantaged students.

During the summer break, St Paul’s and St Paul’s Girls’ School sixth formers used an app to help pupils at local state schools who were disadvantaged by the pandemic. The EasyA app, developed by two St Paul’s alumni, matched mentees with St Paul’s sixth formers to get help with work.

Watch our interview with Huang from 12.30–1pm where we’ll be discussing her first term at St Paul’s, the challenges she’s faced, and the school’s ambitious development campaign for bursary support and partnership work.

As well as over five hours of discussions and interviews at IE Live, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask panellists questions, take part in polls, visit exhibitor booths and network with other educators.

See the full line-up and register to save your virtual seat:

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