Speakers 2017

Hear from the sector’s brightest thinkers, discussing the trends and choices that will affect your child’s future.

The Sunday Times Education Theatre

Where the big education themes and issues are discussed.
220 seat capacity, sessions are 40 minutes including questions.

How the senior school admissions process works

Alison Fleming, Headmistress, Newton Prep School

10:15am Saturday

Is fee assistance really making independent education accessible?

John Claughton, (Retired) Chief Master of King Edward's School Birmingham & David Goodhew, Head, Latymer Upper School

11:15am Saturday

Improve your US university strategy

Billy Wheelan, Founder and CEO, Sentia Education & Dr Jon Tabbert, Managing Director, Dukes US Applications

12:15pm Saturday

The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

Tamara Ecclestone, Founder Fifi & Friends, Lisa Oxenham, Beauty Director of Marie Claire & Grace Timothy, Journalist and Blogger

13:15pm Saturday

Where's the value in league tables?

Dr Niall Hamilton, Senior Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College & Alastair McCall, Editor, Sunday Times Schools Guide - Parent Power

14:00pm Saturday

Do independent schools foster sporting greatness?

Danny Grewcock, Director of Sport, Oundle School and David Faulkner, Head of Women's Performance, The Football Association

15:00pm Saturday

Is a well-rounded education still useful?

Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College & Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford

15:45pm Saturday

Nursery, pre-prep & prep explained

Kay King, Principal, Young England Kindergarten & Susan Hanage, Founder, NappyValley.net

11:10am Sunday

How does school choice reflect on parents?

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham

12:05pm Sunday

Can fee assistance make independent education affordable?

Professor Mark Bailey, High Master, St Paul's School & Susan Hamlyn, Director, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants (GSGEC)

1:00pm Sunday

The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

Jessica Diner - Fifi & Friends Editorial Director/Beauty Director of Vogue & Lisa Oxenham - Beauty Director at Marie Claire

13:55pm Sunday

Independent and state curricula: are they really that different?

Patrick Derham, Headmaster, Westminster School & Dr Katy Ricks, Headmistress, Sevenoaks School. Chair: Ralph Lucas, Editor of the Good Schools Guide

14:40pm Sunday

Does independent education make you more employable?

Mike Curran, Director, PwC & Adam Pettitt, Head, Highgate School

15:30pm Sunday

London Parents' Forum

Get to grips with the topics uppermost on your mind.
75 seat capacity, session are 40 minutes including questions.

School Fees: Planning your finances

John Solosy, Chartered Financial Planner, Solosy Wealth Management & Paul Jones, Associate Partner, St James's Place Wealth Management

10:15am Saturday

Special Educational Needs (SEN): getting your child assessed, and getting the right school​

Bernadette John, SEND Director, The Good Schools Guide and Dr. Josephine Storek, Chartered Psychologist

11:15am Saturday

Ban homework to help children do their best?

Adam Muckle, President of The Tutors' Association and Alice Phillips, Headmistress, St Catherine's Bramley

12:15pm Saturday

How hard is too hard to push your child?

Julia Harrington, Headmistress, Queen Anne's School Caversham & Eve Jardine-Young, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College

13:15pm Saturday

The right school for who? A guide to planning wisely

Lucy Williams, Director, Tatler Schools Live & Charles Bonas, Director, Bonas MacFarlane Education

14:00pm Saturday

Is single-sex schooling still relevant?

Marina Gardiner Legge, Head of Heathfield School, Ascot & Sian Griffiths, Education Editor, The Sunday Times

15:00pm Saturday

When is the right time to board?

Emily Turner, parent of boarders and co-editor, angels & urchins & Tom Rogerson, Headmaster, Cottesmore School

15:45pm Saturday

Is modern technology a help or a hindrance to education?

Sarah Thomas, Head, Bryanston School & Dr Preetpal Bachra, Head of Pastoral at Bryanston School

11:10am Sunday

Helping summer born children reach their potential

Simon O'Malley, Headmaster, Thomas' School Battersea and Annabel Heseltine, Editor, School House Magazine

12:05pm Sunday

Choosing a prep school

Mark Hartley, Headmaster, Forres Sandle Manor & Emma Goldsmith, Head, Winchester House School

1:00pm Sunday

Does failure help children succeed?

Theodore Dalrymple, Author of 'The Knife Went In'

13:55pm Sunday

What really matters when applying to a UK university

Alicia Luba, Consultancy Director, Dukes Education & James Higgins, Director of University Admissions, Bonas MacFarlane

2:40pm Sunday

The future of education

Professor Hugo de Burgh & Christine Cunniffe, Principal, LVS Ascot

15:30pm Sunday

  Saturday 10 November 10:00-17:00 Sunday 11 November 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,  London, SW8 4NW

Hear from the sector's brightest thinkers, discussing the trends and topics that will affect your child's future.
New for this year there will be two theatres running concurrently, The Sunday Times Education Theatre and the London Parents Forum.