09:00 – 09:45

Registration and refreshments

09:45 – 10:00

Introduction and welcome from the Chair
Mike Walton, Freelance Education Consultant and Writer

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote 1

Developing relationships with hard to reach communities
Mo Laycock, Headteacher, Firth Park Secondary School

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote 2

Inspirational address – the impact of engaging parents in the school community
Prof. Charles Desforges, emeritus professor of education, University of Exeter and former director of the ESRC Teaching & Learning Council, Co-author “The Impact of Parental Involvement on Pupil Achievement”

11.00 – 11.10


11:10 – 11:40

Morning refreshments

11:40 – 12:10

Keynote 3

Using technology to communicate with parents
Mike Briscoe, Director, Institutions, Becta

12:10 – 13:00

Streamed Sessions





Creating a family learning programme to welcome more parents into school
Margaret Booth
Regional Director North,
Prospects Learning Services

Increasing the participation of fathers in their children’s education
Gailyn Groves Development Manager Parental Support, ContinYou

Using technology to communicate with parents
Pat Chapman, Schools Director, Creativity, Culture and Education

Using parental involvement techniques to collect evidence for your school self evaluation form

Firth Park Secondary School

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:50

Streamed Sessions





Secondary only
Practical tips for improving home-school lieason across your school

Stephen Cook
Director of Community Development, Cecil Jones College

Making parents central to learning

Dr. Janet Goodall
Research Fellow, Institute of Education, University of Warwick

Working with parents of SEN students
Sue Miller Parent Partnership Coordinator, Staffordshire County Council

Setting up a parent council or forum to encourage parents to take an active interest in school life

Peter Marshallsay
Assistant Headteacher Tanbridge House School

14:50 – 15:10

Afternoon refreshments

15.10 – 15.40

Keynote 4

Enabling a 21st Century Partnership with Parents
Julia Gault, Improving Parental Engagement Team, DCSF

15:40 – 16:30

Streamed Sessions





Primary only Involving parents to make a real difference to pupil achievement

Roy Broadfield, primary national consultant, Impact in Learning

Achieving quality dialogue with parents

Angela Steadman
Team Leader, Cheshire Parent Partnership Service

Engaging parents who have a negative impression of their own school years

Mo Laycock, Headteacher and Sarah Catlow, Associate Deputy Headteacher, Firth Park Secondary School

Managing conflict – dealing with difficult parents

Chris Keen

Deputy Headteacher,Firth Park Secondary School


Conference Close