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Almost the end of another academic year

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Almost the end of another academic year, am I getting older or is time passing more quickly?

This was literally the conversation I have had twice this week as the start of the final summer half term begins - once with a CEO of a large regional Trust and once with a Headteacher of a maintained school.  The passing of the 2022/23 academic year perplexed us all as we tried to fit in all sorts of things before the end of this term.  As ever when comments like this are passed, it encouraged me to reflect on the special partnership arrangement I have developed with the fabulous team at Rollits Solicitors this year.

We initially had a great idea that was born out of Rollits’ desire to support the sector, which they do and other worthwhile organisations in so many ways, and my desire to work with an ethical team to support leaders within the sector through some really challenging and complex times and to use my experience to help them avoid the plethora of mistakes I made – my reflection, we have done just that and continue to do so.

Our Breakfast Briefings have received really positive feedback from our delegates, the themes appeared to hit the right note for those working in the education sector in the widest possible sense. I enjoyed the session on Equality Diversity and Inclusion as I learned a lot.  The session actually brought me to tears as a parent and an educator when Ashish Kundi, Founder of Teacher Consciousness ( shared a video of children in Italy speaking about embedded societal bias (my words not theirs) that was limiting their expectation of themselves. At the event we shared our template Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to save leader workload.

At our Well-Being Briefing it was a pleasure to meet Hayley Buchan, Mindfulness Coach and Steve Hoey, Founder Inclusion Bridge, and to identify that we shared many of the same principles and beliefs regarding well-being in schools for both staff and learners.  Here we shared our strategic approach to designing an organisational approach to a Staff Well-Being Commitment that actually means something to staff, leaders and those responsible for Governance within the organisation. It was a joy to debate the challenges leaders face.

And finally Gerry Morrison, Rollits Governance expert, and I delivered a session on Effective Governance where we tried (and I think succeeded) in covering implications and pitfalls for all forms of Governance within our sector with some helpful Top Tips for effective governance shared. The session was targeted at a slightly different audience but feedback was equally positive.

Our Breakfast Briefings have been supplemented by regular blogs and training sessions prepared and delivered in response to suggestion from our delegates. Our school based hosts have been gracious and hospitable for these sessions and we thank them for their professional generosity.

So, with those reflections we are busy planning next academic year!


Thursday 16 November 2023, 08:30 - 10:00

The challenges and accountabilities of growing complex SEND needs.

Our target audience is Headteachers/Principals, CEO, SENDCO, Inclusion Leaders and SEN Governors.

Look out for our supplementary ’Complaints Training’ coming later in the year. Not that you’ll need it once you’ve attended this session!


Thursday 7 March 2024, 08:30 - 10:00

Balancing Acts: Exploring the Risks and Rewards of Sustaining a Positive Workplace Culture

This will follow on from some of our priorities in our EDI Briefing this year. Our target audience is Sector Leaders, HR Leads, Trustees and Governors.


Thursday 2 May 2024, 08:30 - 10:00

Managing the Top 5 Sector Reputational Risks.

Our target audience is sector leaders, CEO, CFO, Trustees and Governors.

The sessions have been informed by our sector based contacts who are on the frontline in terms of the challenges they are facing and the experience of our legal advocates for the sector at Rollits LLP . Our sessions can be booked either on Eventbrite or via direct email to Rollits at moc.s1713562821tillo1713562821r@ely1713562821oc.ta1713562821p1713562821.">moc.s1713562821tillo1713562821r@ely1713562821oc.ta1713562821p1713562821.

We look forward to seeing you at one (or all!) of these FREE sessions. In the meantime thanks for your continued support of our training.  We are delighted to be providing a sector service which has been so warmly received.

Sarah Young - Young +

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