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#BrewEdFindYourVoice – Post 4

Do you know what is happening on Saturday August 29th from 9am – 5pm? I really hope you do by now – yes it is the first –


You don’t need a ticket – just find my pinned tweet (@toriaclaire) on the day and click on it! Alternatively, follow me on periscope where it will be streaming. I genuinely can’t wait and I just need your help now to put it out there and make sure that everyone knows about it. So, retweet it, put it on educational Facebook groups and tell your friends and colleagues. Let them know that this free day of inspirational CPD is just a click away.

This is post 4 introducing the remainder of our amazing speakers. Post 5 (coming very soon) will introduce our panel members and post 6 will give you the order of the day with the times, and presentation titles.

So, let me introduce our final six speakers….

Kyrstie Stubbs

Kyrstie is a Principal of a large 3 form entry Primary school in West Yorkshire. She only entered education in her thirties after previously working in retail leadership after finding her passion for education when she had a family. She is passionate about the wellbeing of her staff and pupils believing that ‘happy staff make happy children’. She has recently created a website with colleagues as a resource to support schools in their aim to be equitable after working for years on diversity and inclusion in her own setting.

Gary Coffey


Gary is the Headteacher of a special school for children and young people between the ages of 2-19. He is also part of a working group that is focusing on raising the profile and access to high quality LGBTQIA+ resources for all Early Years settings. He is going to be talking about the work of the group so far, which focuses on key aspects of Family, Community and Child Centred practice. He will be demonstrating the vital work and messages of representation within the early years and, more importantly, our role as educators in shaping our youngest minds for a diverse and inclusive society. They are going to be launching an LGBTQIA+ Early Years published magazine at the end of November 2020, so watch out for the launch of this. @LGBTQEarlyYears#LGBTQEarlyYearshttp://lgbtqearlyyears.org

Abby Bayford


Abby Bayford-Director of Institute, ATT @ATT_Institute

Abby Bayford is Director of Institute at the Academy Transformation Trust, a semi-large MAT made up of 22 academies-primary, secondary and FE. In her role as Director of Institute, Abby leads on all people development experiences across all directorates at ATT: Education, Finance and Operations. Abby has had a diverse range of roles: Head of Media Studies, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Lead Practitioner, Assistant Principal and Vice Principal. A unifying characteristic of all the roles she has undertaken is a relentless focus on securing teacher agency and she sees this as the key to unlocking the potential of students, transforming lives and communities. What drives Abby as a leader are the lack of educational opportunities she had as a young person; success and fulfilled potential was left to chance. Abby believes that this should never be acceptable. As such, Abby is passionate about equality of opportunity, unlocking potential and promoting diversity of thought in her role.

Tiffany Prescott


Tiffany is an Early Years lead in a faith school in Teesside. She is passionate about Early Years as well as staff and children’s mental health and wellbeing. Tiffany is originally from California where she completed Early Childhood Studies credits and was fortunate to be able to transfer those credits to go towards her Primary Science Specialist degree (QTS) at the University of Durham. She is currently working towards her MA Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing with Leeds Beckett and gathering evidence to complete their School Mental Health Award. Through completing the award and the MA, she is learning how her school can better promote mental health and wellbeing for all.

Andrew Rough



Andrew is a teacher and former head teacher working as a Y5/6 teacher in Suffolk. He has taught from Y1 to Y6 through his career and mentored a number of students and NQT’s. He is currently a maths lead and happily calls himself a maths nerd. He also considers himself a book nerd and is passionate about reading and developing reading for pleasure in schools. He runs a regular book chat on a Sunday on twitter called Sunday #bookblether which was started to promote reading and encourage discussion about children’s literature. Andrew has written about his experiences of leadership and is keen to promote ethical leadership where everyone treated with kindness and respect. He recently spoke about his experiences of headship and the lessons he learnt from it at the Supporting Aspiring Leaders event organised by Ben Brown (@EdRoundtables). Andrew is also a co-host of the #EduPubChat from @MenTeachPrimary and an advocate for men working in Primary Schools.

Eleanor Ridley


Eleanor has been teaching since 2013, having trained through the TeachFirst route she was based in Birmingham for her ITT placements. Eleanor’s first experience of education in any form was through the cultural sector as an Outreach Officer for a local museum. Eleanor’s degree in History & English lends itself to having this passion within her curriculum planning but her real passion lies in the teaching of reading, being able to challenge the most able and considering pedagogical skills required to support EAL students having taught in an EAL school with a high proportion of FSM and SEND children. Eleanor’s blog https://t.co/dYnmk49oty came about when she wanted to address the issue of teacher workload, especially having gone from being a full time UKS2 Phase Leader and Y6 teacher to working part time having recently returned to the classroom following maternity leave to ensure she could always remain on top of her workload.

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