After six months off school recuperating from meningitis at the age of 14, Andrew Hall was moved out of his comprehensive school’s top stream and into bottom sets. Shocked by the poor teaching and low expectations, Andrew was inspired by one remarkable teacher to improve the school experience for vulnerable students.
Andrew started his career as a primary school teacher, and soon started to develop the skills needed to engage pupils with significant barriers to their learning.
Particularly interested in supporting young people with mental ill-health, Andrew was appointed to the headship of a school for long-stay patients in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital.
One of the first teachers to be awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship, Andrew Hall went on to work with Cambridge Education Associates as a headteacher focussing on raising achievement and aspiration in schools for secondary-aged pupils with challenging behaviour.
After thirty years supporting vulnerable pupils across a wide-range of settings, Andrew now shares his expertise and experiences with schools across the country, helping them keep all children safe from harm. Andrew’s safeguarding work focusses on the needs of schools ensuring that he shares practical strategies that really make a difference.
Andrew Hall is the author of the Safeguarding Handbook, the definitive guide to safeguarding for headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads. He writes the free weekly Safeguarding Briefing for anyone interested in keeping children and young people safe.
Andrew Hall is the author of the Safeguarding Handbook for schools and colleges and writes the weekly Safeguarding Briefing.
Charity Founder, Consultant, Campaigner, Public Speaker
Nick has built a successful 30-year career within financial services alongside a spell at Cheltenham Town Football Club. Following the murder of his daughter Hollie by her former partner, in February 2014, he felt strongly that something positive should come out of Hollie’s death and created the Hollie Gazzard Trust. Nick is determined to try and prevent similar tragedies by increasing awareness of domestic abuse and stalking and the devastating effect it causes.
Nick’s dedication and tireless hard-work for the trust is expanding to further work across the country. Nick has been a Keynote Motivational Speaker, has spoken at a variety of conferences and training events nationwide. He has inspired many people with the story of how he gave a devastating experience a positive outcome, highlighting his passion for helping others. Recent projects have included helping launch the Black Country Stalking Support Service; delivering Working Without Fear a bespoke program designed to show employers the vital role they play regarding safeguarding their employees through training, education and raising awareness of the issues. He is also working with Exeter University on creating and delivering a program ’Football Onside’ talking violence and abuse in football and sport through bystander intervention.
Nick was a keynote speaker at a variety of events including ‘Beyond the Bruises’ conferences in London on the new domestic violence legislation and statutory guidance framework, Domestic Abuse Masterclass at Gloucestershire University; ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Domestic Abuse and Stalking Conference in Gloucester and Bristol. He was a keynote speaker alongside Professor Evan Stark at Safer Poole’s conference on tackling coercive control and domestic abuse; Fylde Women’s Aid ‘Tough Love’; NHS safeguarding; Greenwich Adult Safeguarding Board; Hampton Trust and the Isle of White Council’s inaugural conference on violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Nick has spoken at many conferences and training events for a variety of statutory agencies including; National Police Chiefs’ Council single point of contact (SPOC’s) training; College of Policing; South Wales Police VAWG conference; Avon & Somerset Police MARAC conference; West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit as well as Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire constabularies. He has also worked with the Crown Prosecution Service and delivered many stalking training sessions for the National Probation Service and for Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy service.
Nick has appeared in a vast number of Media outlets including ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme, and ‘This Morning’; Crime Investigation Channel’s ‘Britain’s Darkest Taboos’; Discovery ID Channel; Judge Rinder; BBC ‘Rip off Britain’ and BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’. He has also given countless interviews to national and local media.
Nicola S Morgan is an international education consultant, author and teacher and has over twenty years’ experience working in a variety of early years, primary and secondary settings, including mainstream and special needs schools. During this time, she has developed a reputation for successfully managing the most challenging classes and pupils as well as motivating and inspiring staff to help implement change and ensure sustainability. Consequently, she now runs training courses for schools/parents and is often invited to speak at key conferences on effective ways to help manage pupils within school and ways to create a positive learning environment. Nicola is also an International Values Education (IVET) approved trainer and an NLP Master Practitioner.
She is a strong advocate of growth mindset, having taught herself front crawl at age 37 before making my first English Channel solo attempt in August 2017. Unfortunately, after being caught in a relentless current, she was pulled out after 14 and 1/2 hours, only a few miles from the French coast.
Nicola is now re-training to swim the Channel again in July 2019 to support and promote the meaning of resilience and bouncing back from ‘failure’ in order to inspire children, young people and adults to achieve their goals.
Stuart has over 11 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of birth and adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and has seen the positive impact this can have on pupils, families, staff and outcomes for his school. He has appeared on the BBC One Show in January 2018 and the Victoria Derbyshire Show in June 2018 talking about supporting adopted children in schools. Stuart is also a blogger, speaker, trainer and lecturer for trauma informed approaches in schools.