What's in store for our attendees?

Registration, Tea/Coffee & light breakfast

Welcome from our Chair, Adam Lubbock

Key Note Speaker: Jeffrey Boakye, Author, Broadcaster & Educator 
Treating Racism as a Safeguarding Concern  

Networking Break with Tea/Coffee

Jacqui Jenkins, Global Programme Lead – International Student Mobility, British Council
International Student Welfare & Working Together


Sarah Smith, Head of Education and Partnerships, Breck Foundation 
Online Safety, including Breck’s Story 

Break with Tea/Coffee

Panel 22 – National Minimum Standard 22 Educational Guardians

15.30 Close of Conference

Jeffrey Boakye - Keynote Speaker
Author, Broadcaster, Educator

Treating Racism as a Safeguarding Concern

Jeffrey has a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. Jeffrey taught English to 11 to 18 year olds for 15 years and now provides training for schools, universities and businesses.

Racism is something that needs to be seen and acknowledged before it is understood. And once understood, it can be tackled.

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Sarah Smith
Head of Education, Breck Foundation

Online Safety

Sarah leads the development of the Foundation’s educational output, expanding the range of online safety talks to include current threats such as radicalisation, fake news and sextortion.

Breck Foundation was founded in 2014 in response to the tragic loss of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old boy who was groomed and murdered by an online predator.


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Jacqui Jenkins
Global Programme Lead - International Student Mobility, British Council

International Student Update

Jacqui is the global lead for how the British Council works with international students and those who influence them. Jacqui has held a long career at the British Council, in 2016 she became the lead international student adviser to the international student recruitment strand of the UK’s Government GREAT Britain Campaign, Study UK. Most recently she has launched the UK’s agent and counsellor training and engagement hub.

Department for Education Representative
Independent Education Unit Territorial and Policy Team

A representative from the DfE department which has oversight of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools will give a background to the standards and rationale behind Standard 22.

Val Barnes MEd, MBA, FRSA
Founder, QEG

Val founded QEG in 2016, an independent body which specialises in providing authoritative advice and guidance on all aspects of international student provision.

Through QEG, Val is committed to ensuring that international students receive the highest standards of care, support and guidance from schools, colleges and universities, working collaboratively with educational guardians.

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Martin Ayres HMI
Consultant and Adviser, QEG

Martin Ayres has substantial experience in child protection and safeguarding, including as the Head of Local Authority Children’s Services, Senior Consultant to the Department of Health, as HMI and Head of Inspection for ISI.

He has been working with Val as part of QEG with a clear focus on strengthening Child Protection arrangements in Boarding Provision.

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Non-Member: £300 plus VAT

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