We are pleased to announce that 2021 marks the 5th National Tutors' Conference. The conference will be held virtually this year, on Friday the 29th October and promises to provide an engaging programme line up, with something for everyone. Our aim is to ensure that you leave feeling inspired, motivated and encouraged about what we have achieved to date, and where the tutoring industry is heading in the future.
Theme: 2022: The Changing Face of Tutoring
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Full Programme for the day
Morning sessions (from 09h30)
o Bill Mills - CEO of Explore Learning - Being agile in a changing tuition landscape through
making tuition affordable and accessible
o Joe Humphries - Senior Tutor, Ivy Education - Latest trends in Pedagogy theories for younger
o Leona Potter - Founder of Myelin Academia -Tutor training and tutoring standards
o Dave Caddies - Founder of Tutor Aim - Assessing to gain a competitive advantage in tutoring
Afternoon sessions (from 13h30)
Close of Conference (16h00)
Secretary of State for Education -The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP
Nadhim Zahawi was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 15 September 2021.
He was previously appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 26 July 2019 and as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister of COVID Vaccine Deployment) at the Department of Health and Social Care on 28 November 2020.
Prior to this, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.
Mr Zahawi will be addressing the Conference on the future role of Tuition within the Education Sector.
After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon Singh worked as a TV producer and presented several radio and TV programmes. He is best known as a science writer. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem (the first maths book to become a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and The Code Book (a history of cryptography).
Simon will give us an in depth look at the programmes he has initiated aimed at increasing the number and diversity of excellent STEM students.
Johnny Manning is a passionate educator with over 13 years’ experience delivering in-school tuition schemes, providing 1-to-1 and small group tuition for disadvantaged pupils.
Launched in 2008, Manning’s Tutors set out to narrow the education gap by providing high quality, affordable tuition, purchased by schools and provided to those who need and deserve the support, rather than simply those who can afford it.
Johnny has grown this agency to 300+ tutors working with approximately 100 secondary schools nationwide, and was selected as one of the 32 providers to deliver the government’s Covid catch-up National Tutoring Programme.
Beyond Manning’s regular tuition activities, Johnny looks for opportunities to support more widely. Moved by the events of the 2017 Grenfell Fire, Manning’s provided a programme of free tuition to the pupils affected. In 2018 Manning’s Horizons launched, offering disadvantaged pupils a combined ski-and-tutoring trip to Pila, Italy.
Johnny is also a freeman of the Company of Entrepreneurs, a member of The Tutors' Association and a NED for Reach 2 Academy Trust.
Johnny is part of the NTP panel discussion.
Stephen Emsley is Group Director for The Classroom Partnership and Connex Education Partnership.
Stephen led on the successful bid for the first National Tutoring Programme, cementing Connex Education Partnership as one of the largest Tuition Partners for the NTP initiative.
Its aim was to support catch up tuition for disadvantaged pupils following the recent Covid-19 pandemic at scale.
Connex Education Partnership delivered over 95,000 tuition sessions,
to over 21,000 pupils throughout England in the last academic year. Stephen is recognised for his innovation, drive and commitment to assist pupils and schools to continue to support catch up of lost-learning.
Stephen is part of the NTP panel discussion.
Entrepreneur and father of three, Bill Mills was named Top CEO by Glassdoor in 2019. As Chairman of two schools, Explore Learning founder Bill knew that sometimes children needed a little extra support to thrive and prosper academically.
Explore Learning was born out of a desire to help all parents and children gain access to the benefits of a great education. Parents have a deep-seated need to contribute to their children’s education and to give them the best chance in life. The concept of Explore was born in 2001 with a vision of being the best possible complement to a child’s school education and to be accessible to all young learners regardless of their means, background, or ability.
Explore Learning now employs nearly 4,000 people, supporting the learning and development of hundreds of thousands of children over the years both in dedicated centres and online.
Bill will be part of the Power Hour session presenting on being agile in a changing tuition landscape through making tutoring affordable and accessible.
Joe Humphries currently works as a Senior Tutor for Ivy Education within Central London. Although qualifying as a secondary teacher, most of his teaching and tutoring experience has been with younger children within primary and preparatory schools.
Through post-graduate study and a variety of roles teaching subjects within schools, he developed a keen interest in pedagogical theory. Joe is passionate about the pedagogical freedom which tutoring offers and this prompted his move from teaching full-time and tutoring at weekends to becoming a full-time tutor.
He holds a Master of Education (with distinction), King’s College London and PGCE (Masters) in Secondary Spanish with French, Keele University.
Joe will be part of the Power Hour session, presenting on the Latest trends in Pedagogy theories for Younger Learners.
Leona Potter is the founder of tutor training provider Myelin Academia. Independent of this she has worked as a tutor, as well as being a qualified teacher, head of department and an A-Level examiner.
Since launching Myelin Academia in 2019, their courses have provided quality assurance for clients, agencies and skills training for tutors. On a mission to reform tutoring standards, their level 3 tutor training ‘PRESET’ and pathway towards achieving Certified Tutor Status (CTS) targets fundamental theory and practical skills that underpin effective tuition.
Leona has been invited to speak and deliver training as part of the PGCE at Christ Church Canterbury University, hosts workshops for the alumni at Norland College, as well as First Tutors opting to use the L3 PRESET training as part of their in-house metric to identify self-motivated tutors out of their 60,000 strong tutor network.
Leona is part of the Power Hour session and will be presenting on Tutor Training - Reforming Tutoring Standards.
As an MBA graduate, having worked strategically in the corporate world and using strategy to underpin his tutoring business, Tutor Aim, Dave Caddies is passionate about the use of strategic thinking to improve individual and organisational performance.
With 18 years’ corporate learning and development consultancy experience enhanced by ten years’ experience as an independent tutor, Dave explores the role of strategy and strategic tools in helping you select / identify / build on your competitive advantage in this changing tutoring landscape.
Dave has also served as a governor for Wakefield College and is a Board Director of the TTA, looking at how to further professionalise tutoring. He has been tutoring full time since 2017 as an A-level and GCSE global economics and business tutor.
Dave is part of the Power Hour session and will be presenting on Assessing to gain a competitive advantage in tutoring.
Having spent ten years in large corporates and ten years in small to medium agencies, working with brands such as Philips, Virgin Atlantic and Mizuno and partnering with retailers including John Lewis, Amazon, Boots and Argos, Carina has gained a unique and insightful perspective into marketing!
With expert knowledge and insight from years in the business, her aim is to bring big company methodologies to small businesses. Delivering valuable marketing methods and tactics that get ambitious business owners to better understand and be inspired by their customers, attract more of them, manage their marketing more effectively - ultimately growing their business.
Having the right marketing & social media expertise is challenging, especially for small businesses, but it's critical to bring your brand to life. Your marketing and social media can create sustainable and profitable relationships with your customers. So, let's get your Marketing House in order!
Carina will be presenting top marketing tips to enhance your tutoring business, grow your brand and your business.
Lucy Spencer is a tutor who specialises in world schooling and online teaching. She has personal testimonials from global business leaders, celebrities and international royal families. Currently the Vice President of the Tutors' Association, she is focussing her tenure on driving collaboration within the education sector. Lucy is also the 2021 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the Thames Valley.
Lucy is the Founder and Director of Education Boutique, powered by eTeach. It is a bespoke tutoring solution which helps busy parents, households and schools by providing all levels of tutoring support, from one hour a week to full-time placements and newly qualified teachers to industry leading experts. The core term-time offering at EB is enhanced by holiday courses and booster packages. Lucy is passionate about the development and adaptation of a blended model of education.
“One to watch.” Good Schools Guide, 2020
Lucy will sharing her tips on how to go from being a good tutor to a great one, and hosting a discussion around the topic.
Vanessa is a self-employed writer and tutor with a background and passion for English Literature running deep! She primarily works with those studying for English Literature and English Language at GCSE and A-level, but has plenty of experience working with younger students and adult learners. She also provides Maths tuition up to GCSE level.
Vanessa also offers online tutoring, both domestically and internationally. In addition to tutoring, she also works as a writer and occasional speaker (topics include horror for children, dystopian cityscapes and videogames). She is currently editing her first novel, an urban fantasy, and has a particular love for the Gothic, psychogeography and sci-fi stories.
Vanessa will be joining Lucy Spencer in a discussion around growing from good to great as a tutor, and the journey in between.
Kate Jones- Teacher. Leader. Author. Blogger. Keynote speaker. Podcaster. Explorer.
In August 2019 Kate relocated to Abu Dhabi to become Head of History at the not-for-profit, leading co-educational and non-selective school The British School Al Khubairat. A passionate educator, she has authored 2 books with John Catt Education Ltd, Love To Teach: Research and Resources for every classroom; and Retrieval Practice: Research and Resources for every classroom.
Kate will be presenting on Incorporating retrieval practice into Tutoring.
Georgie recently joined The Classroom Partnership as Director of Learning and Development following a variety of international education learning development roles with both Cambridge Assessment and ECIS.
Since joining The Classroom Partnership, one of Georgie’s key priorities has been to embed robust quality assurance processes to ensure that pupils and schools receive the highest quality of tuition from Connex Education Partnership’s 900+ tutors.
With a significant focus on development and pedagogy, Georgie has been able to inform and build a holistic and comprehensive onboarding and development programme for Connex Education Partnership’s tutors, providing a portfolio of qualifications and a range of continued professional development.
Georgie will be presenting on the Tutoring Communication Triangle.
John Nichols is a former teacher, experienced tutor and edtech entrepreneur (co-founder of Get My Grades). He has an extensive interest in educational theory, research and cognitive science as well as a broad range of practical experience working on complex education programmes and delivering teacher/tutor training.
He is the current President of The Tutors' Association.
John will be the Master of Ceremonies. He will be hosting a panel dealing with questions and issues around the National Tutoring Programme, phases 1 and 2, as well as co-presenting the launch of the CPD platform.
Chris Lenton is the Chief Executive of The Tutors’ Association and one of its Founders. He was formally the Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Trustee. Prior to this Chris held the executive positions of Finance Director and Secretary, Commercial Director, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.
Upon leaving Chris took up a series of non-executive directorships before taking up an executive role as the Chief Operating Officer of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has qualified as a Chartered Marketer, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Certified Accountant.
Chris will be introducing the initial elements of the all-new TTA CPD programme on offer to Members.
We appreciate your support and couldn't have done it without you! We want to thank our main sponsor, The Classroom Partnership and Connex Education Partnership for their support and contribution towards this National Conference.