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 Inaugural Diamond Model Conference
Ipswich High School, Suffolk, are hosting the inaugural Diamond Model Conference on Wednesday 23rd May, at their Woolverstone Hall campus.
The conference aim is to bring together Diamond Model schools, and those looking to make the transition to Diamond Model, from across the UK to 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.
As Ipswich High School moves to become a Diamond Model School it is an opportunity to offer the school campus and resources to other Diamond Model Schools to see the
development of a Diamond Model Schools’ support network. Attendees at the one-day conference will be able to listen to informative talks, build their networks and attend workshop sessions.
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 at the Diamond Model Conference include:
Jeff Kayne, Deputy Head Pastoral, Forest School, London
- Delivery of High Impact Pastoral Care in a Diamond Model School.
James Wilding, Academic Principal, Claires Court, Maidenhead - Independent Schools Regulatory standards, seen through the ‘Diamond’ lens.
Deborah McKenzie, Head
of Marketing and Business Development and James Leggett, MMRS Research Director, both from MTM Consulting will be hosting talks and workshops. The workshops and talks offered will cover:
1) What do parents want? This session 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 both your pupils and your parents, ensuring that you successfully retain your families’ right through the school.
4) Are Diamond Model Schools better working as separate entities or are they better collaborating and working together? Diamond Model schools offer the best of
both worlds, but how can we evidence it and make that message even stronger?
Employability conference
 Eluned Jones, Director of Employability at the University
of Birmingham; James Uffindell, entrepreneur and founder of Bright Network; Daniel Farrar from student recruitment at PwC and Gus Grieve, Area Manager from Aldi.
There was also an opportunity to meet with and talk to representatives from JLR,
Pinsent Masons, Savills and Apex Recruitment.
Key messages included the importance of doing what you love at university, making the most out of available opportunities and gaining as much work experience as possible.
Pictured: Front row (left to right): Mrs Oates, Head of Careers at Warwick School; James Uffindall; Jack Bennett, Sixth Former; David Stephens, Chairman of Governors; Eluned Jones and Martin Birchal
Warwick School hosted its second ‘Employability Conference’ for pupils and parents from Year 10 upwards with over 400 attending. They were very lucky to have some exceptionally talented speakers focusing on an analysis of the current landscape for graduates, how to get ahead of the game, what universities are doing to promote employability and what Times Top 100 recruiters look for, as well as interview tips and an insight into the recruitment process.
Guest speakers included Martin Birchall, founder of High Fliers Research and editor of “The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers”;
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