Summer Briefing 2019

Summer Briefing

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

Monday 17 June 2019, 10.15am – 3.45pm

Book now for the 2019 GSA Summer Briefing.

Hear updates on topics such as school partnerships, education and the political landscape for independent schools, share ideas with colleagues, and discuss the areas which are most pressing for your schools.

The Briefing day is offered to GSA Full & Associate members and GSA Fellows at no charge, and members are welcome to bring colleagues from their governing bodies or senior leadership teams for a small additional cost.


  • 10.15am  President’s Welcome
    Sue Hincks, GSA President & Headmistress, Bolton School Girls’ Division
  • 10.30am Driver or passenger? Building Confidence, Assertiveness and Resilience in girls. The development of the CAR programme.
    Esther McVey, former Minister for Work and Pensions, MP for Tatton and founder, If Chloe Can Charity
    11.00am  Key Trends in education 2019
    Donna Stevens, Head of Research, ISC
  • 12.00pm  TPS – A panel discussion
    Chaired by Jane Prescott, featuring John Murphie, Chief Operating Officer, ISBA , Richard Backhouse, Principal, Berkhamsted School, Fiona Clapp, Bursar, Sherborne Girls
  • 12.45pm Lunch
  • 1.45pm  Initiatives & Updates
    Bite-sized updates on a range of projects and issues:
    Legal update –David Smellie, Farrers
    What happens when students need a different education plan outside the school framework? – Kate Shand, CEO, Enjoy Education
    Fund-raising for accessibility: if not now, when? – John Claughton, Former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham, Senior Counsel, Graham Pelton Consulting
    Charles Watson, Chief Operations Officer, Tomorrow’s Student
    Introduction to Girl Up – Phoebe Sennett, Regional Leader, Girl Up
  • 3.00pm A view from the regulator
    Sally Collier, Chief Regulator and Chief Executive, Ofqual
  • 3.45pm  Close

View the full programme here

Costs and eligibility

The Summer Briefing is open to GSA Full & Associate members and GSA Fellows at no charge.

We would encourage all schools to send a representative – if you, as Head, are unable to attend, do nominate an alternate from your senior leadership team, again at no charge.

GSA members also may choose to bring additional colleagues from their governing body or senior leadership team at a cost of £149 per person. Emeritus members are welcome to attend at a cost of £149 per person.  Attendees from non-GSA schools are welcome to attend at a cost of £199 per person.

Book now