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Day 1, 28th February 2023: Wellbeing and Inclusion Stream

Please note that all agenda timings are in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
9:00 am
Conference Registration
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address

The Chair will welcome delegates to the first day of the conference, which will focus on two interrelated themes: Leadership and Workforce and Wellbeing and Inclusion. 

Anita Gleave
Anita Gleave
Founder and CEO
Chatsworth Schools
9:55 am
Keynote Presentation: Positive Psychology in Practice: A Model of Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
  • The science and key tenets underpinning positive psychology, and how school leaders can embed them within their leadership style.  
  • How can positive psychology provide a catalyst for organisational change. 
  • Leading by example: how positive educational leadership and a focus upon inspiration can build connections and loyalty.  
  • Developing resilience within your faculty and ensuring that your senior leadership team can support your staff and colleagues’ mental health.  
  • Meaningful ways to make staff feel valued that is structured and counterbalanced with academic excellence.   
Meik Wiking
Meik Wiking
The Happiness Research Institute
10:40 am
Sponsored Presentation
11:00 am
Keynote Presentation: The Future of Leadership in the International Schools Sector
  • What is the future of the international education sector in Europe? 
  • How can international school leaders and senior leadership teams adapt to respond to and meet the needs of a rapidly evolving market? 
  • Instituting change and inspiring innovation within your school. 
Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Director General
The International Baccalaureate
11:45 am
Morning Networking Break
12:15 pm
Wellbeing and Inclusion Roundtable Sessions

Delegates are invited to attend one of the below interactive roundtable discussions in the Wellbeing and Inclusion 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 stream.  

Roundtable 1: Beyond Pedagogy – Harnessing Progressive Technology for Wellbeing
  • Thinking beyond its pedagogical potential, how can educators harness technology to enhance wellness and tackle mental ill health within their school? 
  • Challenging misconceptions and fears regarding technology and students’ mindfulness and wellbeing. 
  • How can schools support SEND and neurodiverse students through technology? 
Roundtable 2: Proactive, Whole School Community Safeguarding Initiatives
  • Are there lessons to be learned from the Covid years with regards to safeguarding? What best practices should schools be instituting going forward?  
  • Establishing safeguarding awareness throughout the entire school community so that everyone – including students, staff and caregivers – are aware of initiatives within your school. 
  • Digital safeguarding: empowering students so that they are aware of how best to protect themselves online. 
  • Establishing effective home-school partnerships to improve the effectiveness of whole-school safeguarding initiatives. 
1:15 pm
Lunch Break
2:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Maintaining Momentum: How Can European International Schools Create, Sustain and Measure Whole School Approaches to Inclusion?
  • Transitioning from awareness to actions: how can international schools create concrete actions that support their long-term DEIJ vision?  
  • The interconnectedness of DEIJ initiatives and how to create an inclusive strategy that safeguards the wellbeing of the entire school community.  
  • Establishing buy-in from leaders and governors to ensure the long-term success of inclusion and wellbeing initiatives.   
  • Beyond short-term ROI and KPIs: strategies for successful and sustainable approaches to DEIJ and developing key performance indicators to determine the success of DEIJ initiatives. 
Sherri Spelic
Sherri Spelic
Founder and Author; Physical Education Specialist
Bending the Arc: A Social Justice Newsletter; The American International School Vienna
Nunana Nyomi
Nunana Nyomi
University Advisor and DEIJ Coordinator
Leysin American School, Switzerland
Katrina Daniels-Samasa
Katrina Daniels-Samasa
Education/DEI Consultant; Founder
Involution Solutions; Black Americans Living Abroad
3:00 pm
Case Study Presentation: How European International Schools Can Better Support and Affirm LGBTQ+ Students
  • How to create safe spaces to educate both teachers and contingent staff so that they can better support LGBTQ+ members of the school community. 
  • Establishing visible, institution-wide affirmations and commitments to equity, rights and protections for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. 
  • How can international schools best support their transgender and non-binary students? 
  • How can leaders be empowered and supported to ensure that they do work responsibly? 
Dr Emily Meadows
Dr Emily Meadows
LGBTQ+ Consultant for International Schools
Emily Meadows, PhD
3:30 pm
Presentation: Tackling the Wellbeing Crisis – Championing Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing Post-Pandemic
  • Building resilience and instilling emotional, social, and psychological wellness within students. 
  • Engaging with children’s behavioural challenges through empathetic and trauma-informed practices. 
Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco
Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco
Leader of Wellbeing and Positive Education (3-18); Year 6 Class Teacher
Southlands British International School, Rome
4:00 pm
Afternoon Networking Break
4:30 pm
Keynote Lightning Talks: Maintaining International Mindedness and Leading with Magnanimity in Periods of Geo-Political Crisis

This session will consist of two 15-minute presentations followed by a 30-minute summary panel discussion, and moderated live delegate Q&A. 


Hear insights from two international school leaders with direct experience of working in the context of complex, irresolute conflicts about the role that international schools can play in responding to geopolitical crises in and beyond Europe. 

Efrat Meyer
Efrat Meyer
High School Principal
Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School
5:15 pm
Conference Closing Remarks
Anita Gleave
Anita Gleave
Founder and CEO
Chatsworth Schools