One month to go until Independent Education Live

On Wednesday 4 November, Independent Education Today will host its first digital event

On Wednesday 4 November, from 10am to 3.30pm, Independent Education Today is hosting its first digital event – Independent Education Live (IE Live).

The free event aims to help leaders of independent schools plan for the future – whether you’re a head, deputy head, head of department, bursar, governor or anyone else in senior leadership.

There will be over five hours of live panel discussions and interviews with influential leaders in the independent education sector. Take a look at what will be on offer on the day:

Headteachers’ Question Time

This live panel discussion will see headteachers from independent schools take part in a lively debate. They will dissect the most pressing issues in education and take questions from our online audience.

What has the new term been like? What happens if there’s another lockdown? We’ll be covering everything you’ve been wanting to ask your fellow heads.

We are delighted to confirm Nina Gunson, head, Sheffield High School for Girls, and Millan Sachania, headmaster, Streatham & Clapham High School, as speakers so far.

Nutrition and Wellbeing: New Solutions for Schools

If you want to know how your school can maintain proper food education throughout the ever-changing pandemic, don’t miss this live discussion. Sponsored by CH&CO Independent, this session will see nutrition experts and school leaders discuss the intrinsic link between nutrition and wellbeing.

We’ll be discussing how to deliver nutritional messages in situations like lockdown and socially distanced schools, as well as catering teams’ priorities in light of the pandemic.

Independent and State Schools: Working Together

Cross-sector working has always been important but now, when inequalities between the sectors have been highlighted by the pandemic, it is crucial that schools think about what they can do in their communities.

In this live panel discussion, representatives from independent schools and their partner state schools will come together to share advice about how they set up their own meaningful partnerships.

We are delighted to announce that the following people will be speaking on the day about their partnerships: Tom Arbuthnott, deputy head (partnerships) of Eton College and Ben McCarey, head of Holyport College; and Leo Winkley, headmaster of Shrewsbury School, and Nicki Mattin, principal of Spires Academy.

Plus, all attendees will receive a digital copy of our research report: The Future of Independent Education


We’ll also be bringing you one-to-one interviews with experts in the sector.

We are pleased to announce that we have so far confirmed interviews with Nick Dennis, director of studies at St. Francis’ College and fellow of the Schools History Project; and Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council and former head of Harrow School.

For more information, the latest line-up and to register for your place, please visit

Main photo: The King’s Hospital School

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