Birmingham HR Services for Schools Conference and Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

Tuesday 10th October 2023

8.00am – 3.35pm



A traded service of   

Keys to wellbeing and safeguarding; A proactive approach

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

The event this year will take place in the excellent facilities of the Gallery at the NEC, Birmingham and will include a Conference with Lee Parkinson and Darren Edwards as keynote speakers, a range of workshops and an exhibition where more than 20 education suppliers will be displaying their latest products and services.

Open to all schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas, this one-day event promises to provide all delegates with an interesting and informative day focusing on the key topics of Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

All Headteachers and members of the SLT, School Business Support Managers and Governors are invited to attend and the conference has been developed with different workshop attendance streams to enable access to sessions aligned to these different areas of specialism in the school environment.

Delegate registration, with pre-selection of workshops, will be available on this site from early September and all bookings will be invoiced directly by Birmingham City Council after registration..

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

Delegate Registration

The Gallery, NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT

Event Speakers

1. Sue Harrison

1. Sue Harrison

Sue is Director of Children and Families at BCC and is keen to share the directorate’s vision for Birmingham’s children by working in partnership with teams right across the council and wider stakeholder groups. “I look forward to working in partnership with Birmingham’s school leaders and with all our key partners who work hard to support our children and their families. Working together delivers the best outcomes for children, which is what our job is all about. Together, we will make a tangible difference.” A child is part of a family, which is part of a community: and it takes a whole city working together to raise a child successfully.
2. Lee Parkinson

2. Lee Parkinson

Mr P has been a classroom teacher for over 14 years and still works part-time in school. He is also now an ADE and works internationally with schools looking to embed technology to transform learning. He puts pedagogy at the heart of everything he does and is on a mission to get more schools working ‘smarter, not harder.’
3. Darren Edwards

3. Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards is a former mountaineer and Army Reservist who sustained a life-changing injury in the summer of 2016. The near-fatal climbing accident would leave Darren permanently paralysed from the chest down. With determination, grit and positivity, Darren has overcome adversity to become a Disabled Adventurer, World First Expedition Leader and Motivational Speaker. Darren’s personal story of overcoming adversity and building a resilient mindset is guaranteed to motivate, encourage change and inspire. Instilled with humour, down-to-earth honesty and a genuine sense for adventure and pushing the limits of his disability, Darren cares deeply about connecting with his audience and getting them to think – and act – differently. Darren’s talks are an infectiously positive call to action that nothing is achieved without a resilient mindset.
4. Jessica Hannan

4. Jessica Hannan

Jessica is the Programme Manager for Wales at Education Support and has a passion for staff wellbeing. She has over 15 years of HR experience within education. Her background in education convinced her of the importance of the wellbeing for all education staff, leading her to change career and join Education Support, where she has helped schools develop strategies to improve the wellbeing of their staff and developed a programme of services to schools in Wales.
5. Chris Proctor

5. Chris Proctor

Chris is Nacro’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, having previously been the Head of Nacro’s Criminal Record Support Service. Chris has over 15 years’ criminal justice experience and is a non-practising solicitor with a criminal law background. Chris has delivered policy support, advice and training on safe and fair recruitment practices and criminal record disclosure, to a variety of organisations across all sectors. Chris will be delivering two workshop sessions during the conference covering Safe and fair recruitment in Education • Vetting and information gathering. • Risk assessing applicants with a criminal record.
6. Emma Slaven

6. Emma Slaven

Emma joined Acas in 2013, following periods of employment in the private and public sectors. Emma has worked in a diverse range of roles and at different levels within Acas. This has allowed her to build up a comprehensive knowledge of employment law, best practice and tribunals. She also has experience of resolving issues and disputes in the workplace, working with employers and employees and their representatives. Emma works alongside businesses and trade unions to help resolve any issues or disputes that they may be facing. She also specialises in mental health and has experience of helping organisations implemental mental health and wellbeing strategies. In addition, she has extensive experience of upskilling managers to develop their knowledge and confidence of effectively supporting mental health in the workplace. Emma holds a BA Honours degree in Sociology and is an associate member of the CIPD. She is the designated Adviser for organisations in West Midlands.
7. Kevin Hartley

7. Kevin Hartley

Kevin is a Senior Education Consultant at NSPCC. He has worked in Secondary Education for over 25 years and has been involved in safeguarding for most of that time. He was a DSL for over 12 years and contributed to the development of policy and practice across a large Multi-Academy Trust. He has devised and delivered training at school and Trust level and with the NSPCC has trained both new and experienced DSLs. He is part of the ongoing review team to ensure its training is up to date and meets the needs of busy safeguarding professionals. He has many interests including buying too many records, theatre, photography and playing with his dog, Heidi.
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Event Exhibitors

Aspire People
Balfor Recruitment
Citysave Credit Union
Eco Printers
Education & IT Ltd
Education Support
Learn Play Nexus
Playtime by Fawns
School ICT
Schools Advisory Service
The Education Space
The Playground Company
Wall Art (by Promote Your School)
Wesleyan Financial Services
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
Zen Educate
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