NAMSS Annual Conference 2021 » Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Monday, 15 March, 2021

  • Exhibition Marketplace
    Opportunity to view online and engage with our wide range of exhibitors, all providing services and support to enhance the student services offer in colleges. (Open all day until 4.00pm)
9.30 – 9.45 Polly Harrow

Welcome to the NAMSS Annual Conference

Polly Harrow, Chair of NAMSS, will open the Conference and welcome delegates

Polly Harrow
Chair, NAMSS
9.45 – 10.40 Paul Joyce

Key Note #1

Paul Joyce, HMI - Paul will present findings from interim inspections over the Covid period and Ofsted’s plans going forward.

Paul Joyce, HMI
Deputy Director, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted
10.40 – 11.00
  • Annual General Meeting
    Chaired by Polly Harrow, with inputs from Joe Baldwin, Deputy Chair and Wayne Dewick, Treasurer. Open to all registered members of NAMSS.
11.00 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.15

Workshop 1 – choice of 5:

  • This workshop will cover some of the challenges in creating an inclusive sector and will explore examples of practice observed by Jeff.
    Jeff Greenidge, AoC & ETF Director of Diversity
  • Review of changes in light of COVID and Industry 4.0, and helping students choose and prepare for careers in an increasingly uncertain world of work.
    Carolyn Parry, CDI
  • This session will aim to give a better understanding of self-harm behaviours and why people turn towards them.
    Satveer Nijjar, Attention Seekers
  • Workshop details to follow.
  • Workshop details to follow.
12.15 – 12.45

Lunch - Take a break from your computer screens, try virtual networking, or visit the Exhibition Booths

12.45 – 13.30 Olly Newton

Key Note #2

The important role of Student Services in this holistic future approach to FE

Olly Newton
Creative Director, The Edge Foundation
13.30 – 14.30

Workshop 2 – choice of 5:

  • This workshop will explore some key principles and examples of trauma informed systems and how they can support care experienced learners and young carers.
    Mike Armiger, Trauma Informed Colleges
  • Factors driving the drugs market and potential impact on colleges and strategies that can be employed to minimise the impact of drugs on campus.
    Dave Parvin, Drug Sense UK
  • Insight into the enrichment programmes that have been created and how these are underpinning of behaviours and attitudes and the culture of the organisation.
    Lisa Humphries, Group Director, Chichester College Group
  • This session will debate and discuss key issues as well as introduce the first ever mental fitness app for FE, created by expert performance psychologists.
    NCFE, Building mental fitness
  • Workshop details to follow.
    One Team Logic (MyConcern),
14.30 – 15.00 Mark Donkersley

Key Note #3

The big challenges for college safeguarding teams now the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the digital habits of young people.

Mark Donkersley
Managing Director of eSafe Global Ltd
15.00 – 15.45

Round table – choice of 3:

  • Round-table - approaches to moving admissions, enrolment and induction online, enabling learners to self-serve with improved access, efficiency and experience.
    Joe Baldwin, Bridgend College and Mandy Davis and Jon Priest, Halesowen College
  • This round-table discussion introduces the new National Safeguarding Forum, including staff development and support for DSLs, future events and future planning.
    Isabelle King, ETF – National Safeguarding Forum and Polly Harrow
  • A round-table discussion on how Learner Voice can be effectively achieved in a Covid world.
    Lisa Humphries, Chichester College Group and Wayne Dewick, DN Colleges Group
15.45 - 16.00
  • eSafe Hardship Fund Prize Draw Winners and Awards
    Polly Harrow, NAMSS Chair and Mark Donkersley, CEO eSafe
16.00 - 16.15
  • Conference Plenary
    Polly Harrow, NAMSS Chair, formally closes NAMSS first ever virtual conference.

This schedule may be subject to change.

Content shared during the conference will be posted onto the NAMSS website for members to view or download, please take time to visit this page after the event, members can also access previous annual conference documents and presentations.