National Tutors Conference 2017

National Conference 2017

National Conference 2017

The Association will be holding its second annual conference on Monday 23rd October 2017
at the Barbican Centre in London from 09.30 to 17.00 including lunch and refreshments. Booking is now closed. We can take a limited number of bookings on the day.

The programme is now ready and the speakers and their profiles are published below.
Topics such as Neuroscience; Who are the Generation Z; Developing a greater understanding of SEND;
Tips for your tutoring journey are just some of the many interesting subjects that will be addressed during the day.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration
Tea / Coffee
Garden Room and Conservatory
10.00 – 10.15 President’s Address
Adam Muckle
Frobisher Auditorium
10.15 – 10.40 KEYNOTE: What part should tutoring play in educating young people in the UK?
Mary Curnock Cook OBE
Frobisher Auditorium
10.40 – 11.00 KEYNOTE: Freedom of Choice in Education
Tom Maher
Frobisher Auditorium
11.00 – 11.30 BREAK Garden Room and Conservatory
11.30 – 12.10 Presentation 1: Generation Z – Who are they? What do they need?
Olivia Raw
Frobisher Auditorium
Presentation 2: Developing a greater understanding of SEND
Natalie Verbo
Frobisher 1 and 2
Q&A Panel: Tips for your tutoring journey, building a business and career progression
Joan Opie, Nathaniel McCullagh, Ariane Mercurius-Taylor, Richard Evans and Dr. Stathis Stefandis
Frobisher 3
12.10 – 12.50 Presentation 1: An E-ducation
Rajay Naik
Frobisher Auditorium
Presentation 2: Marketing your Tutoring business
Christopher Lenton and Emma Butterworth
Frobisher 1 and 2
Workshop: What does Neuroscience tell us about teaching and learning?
John Nichols
Frobisher 3
12.50 – 13.50 LUNCH Garden Room and Conservatory
13.50 – 14.30 Presentation 1: Whose Exam System is it anyway?
Andrew Harland
Frobisher Auditorium
Presentation 1: Research on the Private Tuition industry
Sarah Holloway and Philip Kirby
Frobisher 1 and 2
Workshop: Practical advice for Effective Lessons
Ed Richardson
Frobisher 3
14.30 – 14.55 KEYNOTE: Opportunities and partnerships in social enterprise
Mursal Hedayat
Frobisher Auditorium
14.55 – 15.20 KEYNOTE: How to unleash your students’ inner superhero
Natasha Tiwari
Frobisher Auditorium
15.20 – 15.30 Close
Adam Muckle
Frobisher Auditorium
15.30 – 16.00 Final Networking Garden Room and Conservatory

The Conference speakers and their profiles below

Adam Muckle Adam Muckle

Adam is originally from Belfast and studied Classics at Durham University. He then pursued a legal career. After training as a Barrister, a chance conversation led Adam unexpectedly to tutoring. Over the past eight years Adam has tutored here in the UK, throughout Europe and Asia, as well as online. He has been President of the Association since March 2016.
Andrew Harland Andrew Harland

Chief Executive and Founder Member of the EOA, Andrew is an experienced teacher for over 25 years, having moderated key skills and other qualifications for various awarding organisations.
Andrew has also recently been championing the need to review the whole Access Arrangements process attached to the present public exams environment, and the growing impact of Assistive Technology on teaching and Learning and how it feeds through into exams delivery. In recent year’s through his work with various Education Select committees he has developed an External Candidate Service to help bridge the gap between established mainstream exam centres and the growing external market provision.
Christopher Lenton Christopher Lenton

Chris is the Chief Executive of the Tutors’ Association. He was formally the Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (2008-12) and a Trustee (2007-13). Prior to this Chris held the executive positions of Finance Director and Secretary, Commercial Director, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer (1989-2003). Upon leaving Chris took up a series of non-executive directorships and was invited to become the Chairman of three companies one of which was in the international healthcare sector and was also engaged in an executive role as the Chief Operating Officer of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (2003-09). He has qualified as a Chartered Marketer, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Certified Accountant.
Ed Richardson Ed Richardson

Ed read Zoology at St. Andrews University in Scotland before completing a Secondary Science PGCE at Oxford University. He then taught at a state comprehensive academy in Oxfordshire for all three sciences to GCSE as well as A-Level Biology at a state comprehensive academy in Oxfordshire. Director of Education at Keystone Tutors, he is primarily responsible for ensuring the quality of its professional, employed tutors. He leads the tutor recruitment process, provides training and generally oversees tutors' professional development. 
Emma Butterworth Emma Butterworth

Emma is a director of The Tutor Pages, an online education hub and directory of private tutors. Her work with the Tutor Pages has given her a deep understanding of how tutors can promote themselves online in an increasingly competitive marketplace. A music tutor herself, Emma is keen to talk about the importance for tutors of going niche when marketing in the online space.
John Nichols John Nichols

John is a former Teach First teacher and full time private tutor with a PGCE, where he specialised in the neurological basis of learning. He has carried out a great deal of research into both neuroscience and character education and run training events. This workshop will include an insight into how we learn, how our memory and motivation works and what we can do to improve it for both ourselves and our students. It is relevant not only within education but should also give you an insight into the role of neuroscience in everyday life. 
Mary Curnock Cook OBE Mary Curnock Cook OBE

Mary is an independent educationalist, with expertise in participation and progression in the different stages of education, and with a particular focus on those who are disadvantaged in education.
From 2010 to 2017, Mary was Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS, overseeing a transformation of the organisation’s operations, communications and data services. Prior to 2010, she was Director of Qualifications and Skills and the QCDA.
She is Chair of Governors at Kensington and Chelsea College, a Trustee of the Access Project and the National Star College, and Vice-Chair of Governors at Swindon Academy.
She held a number of senior executive and non-executive posts in private, public and not-for-profit organisations.
Mursal Hedayat Mursal Hedayat

Mursal is the chief executive and founder of Chatterbox, a digital language tutoring platform that trains refugees to teach their native languages and connects them with students and professionals across the UK. She is a graduate in Economics from the University of Leeds and Year Here social change fellow with experience advising startups and corporates on social entrepreneurship and enhancing their positive social impact.
A former refugee herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways to professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent and potential residing in the refugee community.
Natalie Verbo Natalie Verbo

Natalie is an American-trained special and primary education teacher with a variety of experience teaching both mainstream and special needs children ranging in age from 12 months to 19 years. Her experience spans nursery, primary and secondary schools in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Natalie founded Firefly Education London after thinking about how parents, schools and teachers in the SEN sector were not being well-served by the established agencies and systems, and she now uses her experience to put families and schools in touch with the right SEN professionals for their unique needs.
Nathaniel McCullagh Nathaniel McCullagh

Nathaniel is the Director of Simply Learning Tuition and has worked in the private tuition field for 20 years. He graduated from Durham University with a degree in Archaeology and completed an MFA at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
He has worked with children of a wide range of ages and abilities, from Eton scholars to children facing challenges such as dyspraxia and Aspergers syndrome. He believes passionately in the effectiveness of carefully managed one-to-one tuition. Nathaniel spends his time consulting with clients, visiting schools, and working with head teachers and other educationalists in the UK and overseas.
Natasha Tiwari Natasha Tiwari

Natasha is the Founder and Managing Director at Elevare London. Her career in education began following studying Psychology at UCL, when she was accepted onto the prestigious Teach First programme, which places the country’s highest calibre graduates into the country’s worst performing inner city to raise the standard of education. At age 20, she was the youngest ever “Teach Firster”: her experiences here paved the way for her understanding for what makes children “tick”, and how accelerated learning can be achieved. Today, Natasha takes pride in developing methods which revolutionise how children learn so that they can be the most high achieving, happy, and fulfilled versions of themselves.
Olivia Raw Olivia Raw

Olivia is an accredited Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and has worked for the last two years as a school counsellor in a boarding school in Sussex and has a private practice in central London.    
Olivia trained at Birkbeck University of London and then worked in the state sector for nine years.  In that time Olivia was a school project manager for the 'Place 2 Be' and then ran counselling services in primary and secondary schools, in London.  Last year Olivia spoke at a conference for deputy-heads at Ratcliffe College. Olivia is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese and has lived in America, Chile and various European countries.
Rajay Naik Rajay Naik

Rajay is Chief Executive Officer (Europe) of Keypath Education, the world’s largest provider of marketing and technology services for universities.
From 2010-2015, Rajay was a Director at The Open University where he was a leading architect of the FutureLearn MOOC platform. Prior to that he was one of five members on the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance chaired by Lord Browne.
Rajay continues to serve on the UK-ASEAN Business Council, British Council Education Board and the Yes campaign for the EU referendum. He was formerly UK Chairman at the Big Lottery Fund, Associate Director at Coventry City Football Club and a Council Member of the Learning and Skills Council.
Sarah Holloway

Phil Kirby
Sarah Holloway and Phil Kirby

Sarah is a Professor at Loughborough University where she undertakes research into children, parenting and education. 

Philip Kirby is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford; prior to this appointment, he worked in education policy at the Sutton Trust. 

Their presentation examines the contours of the private tuition market, highlighting spatial variations in provision and its uptake by different social groups.  The over-representation of both middle-class and Black and minority ethnic children amongst users of this service raises interesting questions about the role private tuition can play in the social mobility of different groups.

Dr. Stathis Stefanidis Dr. Stathis Stefanidis

Dr. Stefanidis is the founder and director of Phi Tuition and brings more than 20 years of teaching experience in the public and private sector to Phi Tuition. He holds a First-class degree in Physics, an MSc and a PhD in Nuclear and Particle Physics. He joined the ATLAS team at CERN, where he worked for 10 years until the completion of his doctorate thesis. Having a strong background in computational physics and statistical modelling, his educational interests and research have focused on using simulation tools to teach physics. Dr. Stefanidis holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and is an active member of the Institute of Physics (IoP), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and The Tutors’ Association (TTA).
Tom Maher Tom Maher

Tom attended school in Ireland after which he went on to read economics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin.  After university, he worked as an economist and then became a teacher and founded a tutoring business in central London.  Tom served for two years as the first president of The Tutors’ Association.
Extending educational opportunities as widely as possible has been a motivating force in his life and has led him to also getting involved in educational initiatives in Gabon and Colombia. 

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