Westminster Education Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Next steps for teacher recruitment, retention, professional development, and wellbeing

Morning, Thursday, 10th February 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine key priorities for:  

  • improving the recruitment and retention of teachers
  • the provision and quality of professional development opportunities
  • maintaining high standards in teaching quality and provider accountability

It will be a timely opportunity to consider the recent announcement of the ‘levelling up premium’, and the introduction of the Early Career Framework and the new suite of national professional qualifications (NPQs). Those attending will look at the likely effectiveness of these measures in promoting the profession and encouraging newly qualified and experienced staff to stay in teaching.

The conference will also consider priorities for Ofsted, with full inspections now taking place following the full return to in-person teaching, the options for longer inspections and how the regulator is implementing the measures set out in the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from: Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; and President, Chartered College of Teaching.

Sessions in the agenda look at priorities for policy and sector practice in:

  • Staff wellbeing and mental health - tackling fatigue and burnout, managing workloads, developing supportive organisational cultures, and options for flexible working
  • Recruitment and retention - pay, progression, diversity, supporting early career teachers, professional autonomy, talent for schools in need of improvement, and developing subject specialists
  • Professional development - quality and availability, the new NPQs, improving the impact of CPD, designing whole school strategies, and learning from other professions
  • Quality and accountability - the new inspection framework, teacher wellbeing, assessing schools over longer periods, and effectiveness of catch-up schemes and teacher development within schools


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from education stakeholders including school and college leaders, teachers, school mental health services and other staff, mental health specialists, teacher training providers, think tanks, teachers’ unions, local government, researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Munday

Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; and President, Chartered College of Teaching


Sinéad McBrearty

Chief Executive Officer, Education Support

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Emma Turner

CPD and Research Lead, Discovery Trust

James Coleman

Head of Operations and Training, National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers

Sir Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, South Farnham Educational Trust

Matt Davis

UK Regional Director, Education Development Trust