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Date: April 24th 2024
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

HCR and ISBL Spring Education Conference

Join us and the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) at our spring education conference.

We’re hosting a joint conference with ISBL on the 24 April 2024, where we will discuss a wide range of issues that will affect maintained schools and academies both now and into the future.

We have put together an exciting agenda for your senior leadership team and trustees, with industry leading experts to provide you with the latest advice and guidance including:

Time Topic
8.30 – 9.00 Registration and networking with coffee
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome introduction from Kristine Scott, Head of Education team and ISBL.
9.10 – 9.45 Emma Swann, Head of Academies, Martin Hughes, CEO of SAND Academies Trust

Embracing SEND and inclusivity whilst knowing how your school can challenge unsuitable EHCP placements.

9.45 – 10.20 Stephen Morales, Chief Executive of ISBL, and Stephen Lester, Chair of Trustees of ISBL

An overview of what’s on the political horizon post-election, and ensuring robust governance, with a keen eye on assurance and an update on the Academies Trust Handbook.

10.20 – 10.55 Coral Peutrill, Solicitor, and Paul Watkins, Senior Associate

Keep calm and carry on – managing vexatious parental complaints and SARs.

10.55 – 11.25 Tea break and networking
11.25 – 12.00 David Butler, Partner, Bishop Fleming Accountants

Finance update, including looking at the latest Academies Benchmarking Report.

12.00 – 12.35 Rachel Parkin, Partner, and Oliver Daniels, Partner

What’s new in Employment: a look at flexible working and other hot topics.

12.35 – 13.35 Lunch and networking
13.35 – 14.10 Jonathan Edwards, Partner and Head of Insurance

Crisis resistance: preparing for and responding to a crisis to protect your school’s reputation.

14.10 – 14.45 Morgan West, Partner, and Colin Jones, Head of Construction Legal Services

Effective estates management: top tips for converting and transferring schools joining MATs, and where are we with RAAC and asbestos.

14.45 – 15.00 Closing and Q&A


A full-day ticket for this conference costs £50 + VAT, and will be useful for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Business Managers and Trustees. Therefore additional tickets can be purchased for colleagues within the same organisation for £25 + VAT.

In addition members of ISBL will receive a 10% discount on the price of a ticket.

After registering your ticket(s) you will be contacted closer to the time with more information on the event, including parking options and directions to the venue.

To book your space please fill in the form below.

The details

Date: April 24th 2024
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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The venue

HCR Cheltenham, Ellenborough House, Wellington Street
Cheltenham, GL50 1YD

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Key contacts

Emma Swann

Partner, Head of Academies

M: +44 7773 937 401

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