Speakers for Professionals – INSET, Training & CPD
Using computing experiences to inspire the minds of the future, Su Adams from ‘U Can Too’ loves nothing more than seeing children’s eyes light up with excitement when they achieve creative results in her computing workshops. Su is passionate about empowering students to believe that a future in STEM is achievable. Su enthusiastically delivers this by designing innovative physical computing projects with cross-curricular links, using lights, motors and sensors to create tangible interactions in the real world. Whether this is helping students to develop moving artwork, literacy-linked robots or simple solutions for real-world problems, she never tires of designing and delivering memorable and purposeful learning experiences. As a ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), Su enjoys empowering schools in developing their computing education offer through teacher CPD and advice.
Named as one of the ‘Top 10 teachers you won’t believe exist’ (The Richest), Christian’s career has clearly taken poetry to unexpected places. From PMQs at Westminster, to TED Talks and even the Premier League. Despite this, it is the classroom where Christian is truly at home. Christian is one of the only few poets in the world selected to complete a ‘Spoken Word Education Programme’ and Teaching MA at Goldsmiths University, an incentive which was created to transform professional poets into specialised facilitators. He has been the Poet-in-Residence in at St Elizabeth’s Primary School, Cardinal Pole Secondary School and The Complete Works School, all in East London, for the past seven years. Christian has been the editor of twelve poetry anthologies, written by his students since 2013.
Christian’s incorporation of Hip Hop Education and rap freestyles into lessons, has won him famous fans, from 50 Cent to Lin Manuel Miranda, amassed millions of views worldwide and made him a regular on British television and radio. When the cameras are off, Christian studies a PhD in ‘Poetry in Education’ at Goldsmiths University.
Jon is an award winning performer and artist who has travelled the world with his diverse repertoire of deadpan, funny and stylish, artistic oddities.
Toy elephant wrangler, varieties answer to Picasso, Zen master of the obstacle course, contraption creator, friend to bullet catching (puppet) Frank the dog
Renowned for his speed painting act Jon works across a variety of areas, often comedic, always with an anchor in visual awareness and the joy of making; skills developed through Fine Art training and as a scenic artist and prop maker.
He performs across theatre, cabaret, street theatre ,TV and corporate events. Solo, in collaborations and as a member of award winning variety troupe Slightly Fat Features.
He has appeared in sell out shows at The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall, made an Art Attack style video for The Kaiser Chiefs, performed at the Magic Circle, been on Blue Peter (twice), is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and been a guest act with Olivier Award winning La Soiree.
In recent years he has been sharing his knowledge with schools and can provide performances and workshops, both art and performance based, giving children an insight into the power and joys of lateral and creative thinking and an understanding, outside traditional academic structure, of the power in method, focus and practise.
Dr. Pooky Knightsmith
An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care.
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books, is the research and development director at Creative Education and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.
Former Children’s Laureate (2007-2009) Michael Rosen (PhD) is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. His CPD sessions explore a rich mixture of text-based classroom activities with the purpose of creating ‘Reading for Pleasure’ cultures in schools and the wider community. Michael bases much of his professional training on his widely available booklets for teachers. Michael is in constant high demand and therefore we do hold a waiting list of Michael’s invitations.
Zohab Zee Khan
Zohab Khan is an educator, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player and hip-hop artist. Zohab won the title ‘Australian Poetry Slam Champion’ in 2014. That same year he was also runner-up in the International Poetry Slam championship held in Madrid. Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 30 countries across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. As an educator, Zohab’s poetry and self-development workshops are in high demand. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and brain hacks. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self- expression but also one to inspire change, acceptance and increase creativity.
Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author of the Amazon best-selling books “Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children’ & ‘Raising Happy Children for Dummies’ one in the famous black and yellow series, as well as the ‘Can Do Kid’s Journal: Discover your Confidence Superpower’ & ‘The Divorce Journal for Kids’
Sue is the Parenting Expert for Disney Family and records monthly podcasts and Facebook Live Tea Parties around ‘Parenting Hacks,’ and regularly appears on the award-winning flagship ITV show ‘This Morning,’ Good Morning Britain and ‘Sky News.’ She is also the parenting expert for BBC Radio Stations around the UK.
Fiona Clark is an author, teacher, poet and workshop leader living and working in the UK. A teacher and school leader for over two decades, and now a member of the National Association of Writers in Education, Fiona regularly takes up the role of writer in residence in schools across the UK, running creative writing workshops. Evidence gathered through a Knowledge Exchange programme with UCL, shows that Fiona’s workshops improve children’s writing skills, improve well-being, boost self-esteem and increase confidence. All seven creative writing workshops are shared in full, with photocopiable resources, in the publication A Practical Guide to Creative Writing in Schools, available from Routledge along with her poetry anthology The Leaf and the Pea available from Amazon.
Fiona is also a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and has written for the TES. Her well-being book for youngsters Things Nobody Tells You When You’re Growing Up has received praise from children and grownups and after first publication quickly reached number one in the Amazon best sellers list of books for adolescents. Fiona can work with students and run training for staff.
Sophie has been a professional singer her entire adult life, touring internationally, recording 4 studio albums, writing music for films and becoming the very first artist to play the main stage at London’s O2 Arena, are just some of her achievements. She has been teaching singing and songwriting since 2005 and this led to undertaking an MA degree specialising in singing and wellbeing for which she finished in 2019 with a distinction. Her teaching career has always been dedicated to building confidence in those she works with, enabling them to express themselves and learn through the medium of singing and creative songwriting. She held the post of artist in residence for 2-and-a-half years at a primary school in Corby. This was a completely unique position; teaching music to every single child from preschool to year 6. She has taught in primary and secondary schools as well as running training courses for students at MA level. As a performer, she is a natural and engaging public speaker. She runs a number of choirs, provides therapeutic music sessions for brain injury and dementia groups and since graduating, she has written and published 2 books, both of which are underpinned by her research in the area of singing for wellbeing; The Creative Songwriting Journal and If You Can’t Say It, Sing It!
Nerys is one of the world’s leading sensory impairment Occupational Therapy specialists. Having worked in all areas of paediatric practice across the private and charity sectors and the NHS, she now runs a social enterprise clinic ‘Whole Child Therapy’ which she founded. Nerys is an experienced and advanced clinical consultant. She provides consultation to schools, local authorities, sensory impairment services and associated professionals across the world. Her training curriculum for health and education professionals, as well as parents, is widely valued and sought-after. Nerys believes strongly in a ‘strengths and connection’ intervention process. She develops tools that enable children. Nerys is an experienced, knowledgeable and inspirational speaker and trainer who can cover an enormous number of topics with skill and confidence.
A multiple award-winning fantasy author published in 26 languages, Cliff’s ghost novel Breathe was voted in May 2013 by The Schools Network of British Librarians as one of the top adult and children’s novels of all time. Cliff’s sparkling talks and workshops cover ALL key stages. He teaches humour, animal story and descriptive writing for youngsters, as well as the essential structural steps to great story writing, fantasy, ghost story and thriller writing for upper juniors and secondary students. Based in London, Cliff is happy to teach virtually as well as visit schools across the country. He also delivers highly effective INSET sessions for literacy leads.
Amanda Seyderhelm is a Certified Play Therapist, BACP and author of the books Isaac and the Red Jumper, and Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change: a guide for professionals and parents published by Routledge. She trains schools, organisations, therapists and parents how to help children talk about bereavement, loss and grief using a play and creative arts toolkit. She is a partner agency with Barnardos, and hosts a podcast Helping Children Smile Again after Loss and Change where she interviews authors, therapists, doctors and professionals about how they coped creatively with their grief. She is based in the Midlands, and offers talks and trainings both in-person, and on Zoom. All her clinical work is supervised. She has an enhanced DBS, and professional indemnity insurance.