(14) Conference for Heads of Sixth Form,(Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London, 16 January 2018)


This course aims to:

Focus on the key issues for those with responsibility for managing the Sixth Form.

This course is for:

Heads of Sixth Form in independent schools.

09:45 - 10:00

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction

Brenda McDonald, Director of Sixth Form, Kingston Grammar School

Melanie Horsburgh, Director of HMC Professional Development

10:05 – 11:20

Session 1: Current Issues in University Admissions: panel session

  • Professor Richard Harvey – Academic Director of Admissions and UEA International, The University of East Anglia
  • Joanne Tallentire, Head of Admissions, Queen Mary University of London
  • Roderick Smith, Director of Admissions, The University of Birmingham

Chair: Chris Ramsey, Headmaster Whitgift School and Co-Chair of the HMC/GSA Universities Sub-committee

Delegates are invited to submit questions in advance to allow panellists time to consider and prepare their answers.  Questions should be submitted to pd@hmc.org.uk


11:20 – 11:40


11:40 – 12:40

Session 2: How to help teachers, friends and families to spot the signs of eating disorders in pupils, and then respond appropriately


Dr Elizabeth McNaught, author of "Life Hurts: a doctor's personal journey through anorexia" (see www.LifeHurts.net)

Nick Pollard, the father of Dr McNaught and co-founder of Ethos Education.


12:40 – 13:20


13:20 – 14:00

Session 3: Apprenticeships and technical education

Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, The Institute of Apprenticeships

Charlotte Thurston, Head of Schools Engagement, Education and Employers


14:00 – 14:40

Session 4: International universities: Choosing the right university, and making successful applications

David Hawkins, Consultant, Syzygy Global Education



14:40 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:00

Session 5: ‘21st Century relationships: Relationships, sex, and the issues that arise in the modern world’

Kate Daniels, Director of PSHE Education