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; Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Wellbeing Science
Project Thrive Australia; The University of Melbourne
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?
Dr Jodi Richardson
Dr Jodi Richardson
Anxiety Speaker, Educator, Author and Award-Winning Podcaster
Confirmed
10:30 am
Morning Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform.

11:00 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 & Group Executive Board Member
Education in Motion (EiM)
Confirmed
John Gwyn Jones MBE
John Gwyn Jones MBE
Chief Executive Officer
FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia)
Confirmed
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Dr Ahmed Hussain
Chief Education Officer
Harrow International AISL
Confirmed
11:45 pm
Roundtable Discussion Series

Delegates are invited to attend one of the below interactive roundtable discussions in the Safeguarding and Wellbeing stream. Please note that these roundtable sessions will take place concurrently and at the same time as the roundtable sessions in the Leadership and Workforce stream.  

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 – Delivering Outstanding SEND Provision in International Schools
Sam Garner
Sam Garner
Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant
Samantha Garner Services Ltd
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:45 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
Magnus Cowie
Magnus Cowie
Deputy Head - Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Marlborough College Malaysia
Confirmed
Roisin Pearson
Roisin Pearson
Assistant Head of Primary: Learning Support & Wellbeing Coordinator - Designated Safeguarding Lead
The British School Manila
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Afternoon Networking Break

Attendees are encouraged to network with fellow delegates and speakers via the chat function on the conference platform.

3:00 pm
Workshop – Embedding LGBTQ+ Non-Discrimination in School Policy
This practical session invites participants to consider policy measures to protect non-discrimination and safeguarding for LGBTQ+ students. Leadership and governance, safeguarding leads, school counselors and mental health practitioners, and others interested in policy and practical interventions for LGBTQ+ equity and safety are welcome.
  • Establishes a rationale for LGBTQ+ Non-Discrimination policy within schools
  • Touches on areas such as bathrooms and facilities use, name and pronouns, athletics, and curriculum
  • Provides sample language templates for schools to use within their own context
Dr Emily Meadows
Dr Emily Meadows
LGBTQ+ Consultant for International Schools
Emily Meadows, PhD
Confirmed
3:30 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; Middle School Learning Support Teacher
Special Education Network & Inclusion Association (SENIA); Nanjing International School (NIS)
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
4:15 pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks
Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Wellbeing Designer; Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Wellbeing Science
Project Thrive Australia; The University of Melbourne
Confirmed