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Day 1: Safeguarding and Wellbeing | 29th November 2022

Please note that all agenda timings are in Singapore Time (Greenwich Mean Time +8). All content will be available to delegates for on-demand viewing for 30 days after the conference has concluded.
9:00 am
Conference Registration and Guided Tour of the Conference Platform
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

An introduction to the conference and an overview of the two streams taking place on Day 1: Leadership and Workforce and Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Wellbeing Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed
9:45 am
Opening Keynote Presentation – The State of Play: Students’ Social, Emotional and Behavioural Wellbeing Post-Pandemic
  • As a result of the pandemic, there are cohorts of children who have had scant opportunity to socialise outside of the home, resulting in several social and behavioural issues: difficulty forging friendships, socialising with peers, and anxiety when outside of the home
  • How can schools improve interpersonal dynamics between students on campus?
  • What are the likely long-term emotional and mental health issues that students will likely experience because of the pandemic, and how can schools prepare to support children with these going forward.
  • How can educators teach and instil resilience within their students?
Professor Angela Duckworth
Professor Angela Duckworth
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Character Lab
Invited
10:30 am
Sponsored Presentation
10:50 am
Morning Facilitated Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform. There will be an opportunity for delegates to opt into a more structure networking opportunity, which will consist of a series of brief one-to-one meetings to informally introduce delegates to peers and thought leaders in attendance.

11:20 am
Keynote Panel Discussion – The Evolving Landscape of Asian International Schools
  • As the Asian international school sector trends towards catering to predominantly local, rather than expatriate, families, this inevitably impacts what international schools are, who they serve, and what their purpose is
  • What does internationalisation mean in an increasingly localised market?
  • How can schools articulate their identities and mission statements in terms that resonate with local families and future recruits?
  • How can international schools integrate themselves within their local education community whilst maintaining their international outlook?
  • How will the changing global economy continue to impact the Asian international school sector going forward?
Lesley Meyer
Lesley Meyer
Chief Education Officer
Dulwich College International
Confirmed
Joy Qioa
Joy Qioa
Founder and Chair of Governors
Wellington Colleges China
Invited
John Gwyn Jones MBE
John Gwyn Jones MBE
Chief Executive Officer
FOBISIA
Confirmed
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Chief Education Officer
Harrow International AISL
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1 – Safeguarding Those Who Safeguard
  • What are best practice initiatives that schools should institute to safeguard the emotional wellbeing and mental health of educators who oversee safeguarding initiatives? 
  • What CPD opportunities should your school be prioritising to upskill educators placed in charge of safeguarding initiatives who do not have the training or experience of a social worker? How can this improve both the safeguarding provision offered to vulnerable students, as well as educator wellbeing? 
  • Discover the importance of establishing formal support networks for safeguarding staff at international schools to share their experiences and best practice insights 
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
Wellbeing & Safeguarding Architect
International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Confirmed
Roundtable 2 – Prevention and Intervention: Best Practice Guidance for Safeguarding Students Online
  • How can international schools educate children and empower them to make informed decisions regarding their online safety?
  • How can international schools safeguard students against radicalisation and abuse even in blended or remote learning environments?
  • What intervention strategies can educators employ to support students who have experienced online grooming?
Egmond Boon
Egmond Boon
Head of Creativity and Innovation
The Canadian International School, Singapore
Invited
Roundtable 3 – Sponsored Roundtable: EdTech and SEND Provision
  • What innovations in EdTech can be used to benefit neurodiverse and SEND students within your school?
  • How can schools empower SEND students through technology?
  • What additional protections should SEND children be provided with to safeguard them from online radicalisation and abuse?
1:05 pm
Lunch Break
2:05 pm
Afternoon Keynote Presentation – Lessons from the Stoics: How to Thrive as a Leader in Times of Change and Crises
  • How can lessons from the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism help inform, guide, and enrich leadership strategies in the twenty-first century?
  • How can leaders maintain a Stoic equanimity when faced with periods of crisis and upheaval?
  • How can Stoic thought help senior leadership teams looking to establish a school ecosystem that promotes the wellbeing of local communities and the importance of living in accordance with nature?
Brenton Zola
Brenton Zola
Writer, Thinker, and Multi-disciplinary Artist
Invited
2:35 pm
Panel Discussion – Confronting Cultural Differences: Student Safeguarding and Wellbeing in Asia
  • How can educators tackle safeguarding and wellbeing cases when local laws are not consistently followed or implemented?
  • How can educators help families if safeguarding services are not available outside of the school?
  • How can educators keep children safe and how should they work with parents to achieve this end?
  • Recognising and addressing the signs of affluent neglect
  • Creating and implementing bespoke wellbeing programmes that respond to the needs of the school community
  • Challenging cultural perceptions around mental health conditions
Vanita Uppal OBE
Vanita Uppal OBE
Director
The British School New Delhi, India
Confirmed
Katie Tomlinson
Katie Tomlinson
Head of Primary
The British School Manila
Confirmed
Magnus Cowie
Magnus Cowie
Deputy Head - Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Marlborough College Malaysia
Confirmed
Jasmine Sabharwal
Jasmine Sabharwal
Deputy Head – Pastoral and Holistic Education
Sri KDU International, Malaysia
Invited
3:20 pm
Workshop – Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ People in Asian International Schools
  • In this interactive workshop, discover how to cultivate safety, equity, and belonging for LGBTQ+ students and staff in Asian international schools
  • The importance of educating key stakeholders, including parents, on the needs and mental health challenges often encountered by LGBTQ+ youth
Dr Emily Meadows
Dr Emily Meadows
LGBTQ+ Consultant for International Schools
Emily Meadows, PhD
Confirmed
3:50 pm
Afternoon Facilitated Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform. There will be an opportunity for delegates to opt into a more structure networking opportunity, which will consist of a series of brief one-to-one meetings to informally introduce delegates to peers and thought leaders in attendance.

4:20 pm
Panel Discussion – Are SEND and Neurodiverse Students at Risk of Being Left Behind?
  • How have SEND and neurodiverse children been impacted by the ongoing effects of the pandemic?
  • Are pupils’ wellbeing needs being adequately addressed now that there is greater demand for wellbeing support for their neurotypical peers?
  • What best practices should schools institute to ensure equity amongst students regardless of their learning needs?
  • How can schools create an inclusive community environment that meets the needs of all learners?
Tanya Farrol
Tanya Farrol
Founding Member
Special Education Network & Inclusion Association (SENIA)
Invited
Kelly Somerville
Kelly Somerville
Assistant Head of School - Diversity and Development
Australian International School, Singapore
Confirmed
Sam Garner
Sam Garner
Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant
Samantha Garner Services Ltd
Confirmed
Sheila O’Shea
Sheila O’Shea
Speech and Language Therapist
Aoba Japan International School
Confirmed
5:05 pm
Fireside Chat – Cultivating a Culture of Disclosure
  • Discover from a leading international school about how to create safe spaces, both online and in-person, to enable children to disclose abuse 
  • Hear how best to empower children to recognise abusive behaviour through education 
  • How can your school build trust between educators, staff, and students to ensure that vulnerable students feel safe enough to disclose sensitive information? 
  • What key behaviours should educators adopt when responding to a child’s disclosure of abuse? 
  • The importance of adopting a whole-school approach to safeguarding and ensuring that all staff – irrespective of their role within the school – are trained to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse
Michael Tower
Michael Tower
School-wide Safeguarding Lead and Clinical Specialist
International School Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy, Vietnam
Invited
5:35 pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks
Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Wellbeing Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed