Thanks to everyone who attended our Online Conference!

Our theme for this year's Conference was:

Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools. 

Conference information

Where possible we have made the Conference presentations available below.


merlino 175We thank Education Minister James Merlino for opening the conference and answering questions.

Mr Merlino presented  the Joan Kirner Award and the 'Parent Champion During Covid' Award. 

Joan Kirner Award Winner

The Joan Kirner is an annual award given to a Member Parent Club, Parent, or Individual Member who has demonstrated, encouraged, or facilitated parent or family engagement in their school.

This year's winner is Catherine Kirby (Sandringham College)

Parent Champion During Covid Award Winner

The 'Parent Champion During Covid' is a new award for clubs and parents who have made a positive contribution to their school community during the 'learning From home' periods this year.

This year's winner is Nikky Edwards (Croydon Hills Primary School)

Re-setting the foundations for good mental health for families post COVID

Presenter: Dr Stephen Carbone, Executive Director, Prevention United.

Family Engagement Officers in schools

Presenter: Dori Ellington, Community Engagement Officer at Whittington Primary School. 


For a parent perspective on Dori's role at the school, see this recent article by parent Jade Millman. 

Connected Schools Communities: The Next School Improvement Frontier

Presenter: Adam Voigt, Director, Real Schools.