Birmingham HR Services for Schools Conference and Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

Wednesday 9th October 2019



A traded service of   


‘Leading through Change’

We are delighted to again be hosting this event in conjunction with HR Services for Schools, a traded service of Birmingham City Council.

Open to all schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas, this one-day event promises to provide Headteachers, Business Managers and Senior Leaders with an interesting and informative day full of new updates and ideas to take back into their school settings.

The event this year will take place in the excellent, new facilities of the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, Birmingham and will include a Conference with Nick Saunders, “The Family Man”, as keynote speaker, a range of workshops, a Workforce Planning showcase with the HR Services for Schools ER Consultants and an exhibition where more than 30 education suppliers will be displaying their latest products and services.

The cost per delegate including lunch, refreshments throughout the day and onsite parking is £99.00 and delegates are requested to please register and select their two workshops below. Delegates will be invoiced directly by Birmingham City Council after registration on this site.

Companies wishing to take a stand at this event should kindly contact us as soon as possible to secure their place.


Edgbaston Park Hotel, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RS


The following workshops will be running and can be selected on the booking form.

1A. Leading a diverse workforce through continuous change

Fiona Anderson, Founder of valuingYOU and My Change Expert

In today’s fast paced and complex world, change is the only constant. Yet how much time do you have to reflect on change, learn from it and apply your learning?

Join this workshop to:

  • Reflect on your leadership and management of significant change
  • Share with and learn from each other’s successes
  • Identify reactions to change and the support that may be needed
  • Difficult or different? Explore and understand our differences to create an inclusive approach to change
  • Take your learning back to work and apply it immediately

Day: Wednesday
Time: 9:15 am
Duration: 1 hour

1B. To dismiss, or not to dismiss?

Birmingham City’s Council’s Legal Team

Join Birmingham City’s Council’s Legal team to discuss a few of the most common and yet challenging employee related issues that schools have to deal with. Attendees will have the benefit of input from experienced Solicitors as the team consider how to address the risks and challenges ‘to dismiss, or not to dismiss’ employees in various circumstances.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is dismissal?
  • What is a fair dismissal?
  • Reasonableness of the dismissal
  • Remedies going forwards

Day: Wednesday
Time: 9:15 am
Duration: 1 hour

2A. Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Mike Jeffries, Training Manager, Birmingham Mind

Mind is a the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. It also works to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.

This one hour session is both interactive and practical and includes:

  • Focus on managing stress.
  • Early warning signs/Risk factors.
  • How can we start the conversation about someone’s mental health?
  • How can we stay well?
  • What can help?

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10:45 am
Duration: 1 hour

2B. Talking Menopause in the workplace

Sarah Davies & Lynda Bailey, Founders, Talking Menopause

Talking Menopause have worked with a large number of organisations including private and public sector and understand the cultural challenge menopause brings to the workplace.  It’s not just about hot flushes.  This workshop will provide a safe place to talk about menopause and find a solution for whether you are a menopausal woman, partner, manager, boss or colleague.

The Talking Menopause Workshop includes:

  • Menopause – key facts
  • Who is affected
  • What are the symptoms and how they can be recognised
  • Impact in the workplace
  • Practical solutions to support all colleagues
  • Questions

You will leave the workshop feeling confident to talk about menopause

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10:45 am
Duration: 1 hour

Event Speakers

Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

Founder of valuingYOU and My Change Expert: Fiona’s passion, belief and expertise is in culture change – where people can be the best they can be - inspiring, energising and embedding personal and organisation wide transformation, for the benefit of all. Awarded: Engage for Success, Inspiring Employee Engagement levels in the UK, 2018 | Exemplar for Culture Change, The Manufacturer, 2015 | Appointed to Engage for Success Steering Group, 2018 | Invited to contribute to People Management/CIPD webinar, “HR from transactional to transformational” 2018 | Founder of Greater Birmingham Engage for Success network to Share+Learn+Inspire | Guest writer for professional publications | Accredited: DiSC Behaviours, Strengthscope, MBTI and Barretts values/culture assessment
Mike Jeffries

Mike Jeffries

Mike has worked for Birmingham Mind since 2003 and is currently the Training Manager with responsibility for Birmingham Minds offer to Workplaces/Colleges/Universities in terms of training relation to Mental Health and Wellbeing. He brings experience and expertise of service user involvement and has helped Birmingham Mind to embed service users in the co-design and co- delivering of its training modules. He has worked with, and delivered training in a wide variety of settings including Banking, Tech industries, Construction, Schools, Universities, Hotel industry, Local Authorities, Police, Fire & Ambulance services, HMRC and The Gambling Commission. Birmingham Mind were founded in 1962, and are a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee, affiliated to Mind. They work in active partnership with a range of local organisations to deliver services and challenge the stigma that surrounds mental distress.
Nick Saunders

Nick Saunders

Nick Saunders has a 25 year track record as an international keynote speaker and trainer. Nick is known as The Family Man because he demonstrates that schools are like families; you can choose your friends but work colleagues, governors, pupils and parents you’re stuck with. However, you can still get on with them and Nick shows you how… by turning relationships into results. He delivers his powerful message in a highly entertaining style that is unusual, unstuffy and unpretentious.
Sarah Davies & Lynda Bailey

Sarah Davies & Lynda Bailey

Talking Menopause was set up in 2017 by Sarah Davies, then Business Manager at Menopause Doctor and Lynda Bailey, a former West Midlands Police inspector and leader of an award-winning menopause programme within the police force. Since then Sarah and Lynda have worked with a large number of organisations including private and public sector and understand the cultural challenge menopause brings to the workplace. It’s not just about hot flushes. Our workshops provide a safe place to talk about menopause and find a solution for you whether you are a menopausal woman, partner, manager, boss or colleague
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Event Exhibitors

ABC Teachers
Albion Computers Plc
Aspire People
Birmingham City Council Cityserve
Birmingham City Council Schools Financial Services
Birmingham City Council The Procurement Service
Celsian Education
Education & IT Ltd
Education and Skills Training and Development
ESP Play
Foodservice Options
Fun & Active Playgrounds
Green Cross Training
IRIS Connect
KRCS Group
Lenovo Global Technology
National Education Group
Pentagon Play
Playtime by Fawns
Sam Learning
Schools' Buying Club
SICO Europe
Superfast Schools
Tempest Photography
TG Escapes
Twinkl Educational Publishing
University of Birmingham School of Education
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
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