From Coping to Thriving - The Resilience Conference


Monday 3rd December 2018, Central London

A Joint Independent Thinking and Teachology Conference

A must-see event of powerful keynotes and live one-to-one interviews for those working with children in challenging circumstances.

If you think of life like a see-saw – being happy and healthy on one side and the challenges life throws at you bearing down on the other – then resilience is what is needed to keep everything level. With an increasing number of children facing a whole raft of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and more, the role that a caring adult can play in helping children learn how to keep everything in balance is becoming increasingly important.

And with teachers and school leaders being the caring adults that children see every day, the more we can learn how best to help our vulnerable children and young people, the better we are at supporting them in making the most of their time at school. In this way we can help them break the cycle and set them up for a life that will be more balanced for them and their own children than their childhood has been.

To help, Independent Thinking and Teachology have created a unique one-off conference in an exciting new format combining powerful keynotes with live one-to-one interviews from very special Associates who are the living definition of resilience – to have survived despite the challenges and adversities life threw at them.

Full of powerful insights and practical ideas to inspire you to do the very best for all your children, we guarantee you won’t have experienced a day like this and we know that your children will benefit in so many ways from the time you invest with us.

 Independent Thinking SpeakersJaz Ampaw-Farr, Jackie Beere OBE, Claire Birkenshaw, Chris Kilkenny and Dave Smith.

Click here for the full programme

How To Register:



Phone: 020 7732 2650

The cost of the conference is £289 + VAT per delegate, £389 + VAT (bring a friend/colleague for £100).




09:00   Registration 

09:30  21st Century Fear - Fight or Flight: Fade or Flourish  Jackie Beere OBE

• What is resilience? And why is everyone talking about it?
• Why are anxiety levels so high?
• What are the tangible effects and consequences of anxiety on staff and students?

10:00  My Story plus Ask Anything Q & A – Chris Kilkenny

”I, Daniel Blake is not a film, it’s a documentary about my life”

• Gain an authentic and gritty insight into what it is like to travel through the education system whilst living in poverty.
• How to dig deep. Expand your empathy and understanding of disadvantage and the part you play as a teacher that can and should go well beyond simply teaching.
• Pick up effective strategies to keep your pupils moving forward (sometimes against the strong pull of family, peers and community).
• Build the barricades and barriers against cycles of disruptive behaviours.
• Discover your duty and your power to help young people see alternative futures – one very different from their pasts.

10:45   Break


11:00   Hostile Environments A Resilience Safari – Claire Birkenshaw

Issues around gender, sexuality and identity can be hard to grasp for adults at times, let alone children. To help, Claire has created a unique ‘resilience safari’ that helps everyone understand the challenges faced by children and adults as they deal with conformity, identity, sexuality and gender and demonstrates how best we can support those around us going through such battles. From the zebra (life is not black and white polarities – it’s more complex than that) to the lion (find your pride – double meaning intended), Claire will offer you invaluable insights from a world that is simply a jungle to so many of us.

12:45    What Have We Learnt? GROW Managing Mindsets for Maximum Resilience – Jackie Beere OBE

• Understanding where resilience comes from.
• How to build the vital capacities to enable students to respond adaptively to adversity.
• Why metacognition is a powerful tool for developing resilience.
• An insight into thinking and the way it works.

13:15     Lunch

14:00     My Story plus Ask Anything Q & A  Jaz Ampaw-Farr

How do children survive when the system fails? Who do these kids call? They call on YOU.


14:45     The Resilient School  Dave Smith

Resilient leadership involves a focus on five different cultures - a Praise Culture, a Connecting Culture, a Confidence Culture, a Character Culture and, importantly, a Courageous Culture. Delve into the key ingredients of each and learn how to create your own dynamic culture for a truly resilient school.

15:30     What Next? What Now?  Jackie Beere OBE

• Making the MINDSHIFT.
• Make a difference even when you think you can’t.
• The top takeaways from today – what to embed in your school tomorrow.


 16:15     Conference Close




Terms and Conditions

Payment includes attendance, refreshments, lunch and documentation. Full payment must be made within 28 days of registering. If payment is not made prior to the event start date, Teachology Ltd and Independent Thinking Ltd reserve the right to refuse entry to the delegate. Once payment has been received a receipt will be sent. Should the invoice be paid late, a £19 administration fee will be applicable.

The programme is correct at time of publication but Teachology Ltd and Independent Thinking Ltd reserve the right to alter the venue or programme without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. If these necessitate cancellation, we will offer you a place on an alternative event of your choice or make a
full refund. This will be the extent of our liability and we will be unable to reimburse any expenses you may have incurred e.g. travel, accommodation.

It is the responsibility of delegates to book accommodation if required.

A substitute delegate attending in your place will be accepted at no extra charge. A refund of fees will be made for cancellations received in writing three weeks before the event and are subject to a £10+VAT cancellation fee to cover administration costs. Written cancellations made two weeks before the
conference date will be subject to a 75% +VAT refund per ticket. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the conference date cannot be refunded.

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