Events

The MTPT Project run their own regional meet ups and appear at other big conferences and events.  We make it a point to ensure that all of these events are welcoming of babies, breastfeeding and big kids, and we will do our best to accommodate practicalities such as comfortable areas to play, buggy access and changing facilities so that you can bring your baby if you so choose.

Wherever possible, we will video or live stream the sessions so that you can attend in your living room!

Details of our upcoming events are listed and archived below.

Upcoming Events

WomenEd Gloucestershire Pop Up

Friday 8th June, 16:30-19:00

Marling School, Cainscross Road, Stroud, GL5 4HE

South West Representative, Claire Nicholls, will be presenting at this inaugral WomenEd event in Gloucestershire, sharing the work of The MTPT Project and her personal journey as a parent, teacher and leader.

WomenEd are committed to being as inclusive as possible and will happily welcome babies and children at this event.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

WomenEd East and West Midlands Festival of Leadership

Saturday 9th June, 09:0-16:00

Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8EE

West Midlands Representative, Charlotte Bell, will be presenting at this WomenEd regional unconference, sharing her involvement with The MTPT Project, its influence on her leadership journey and how this fits in with the national statistics around female teachers.

WomenEd are committed to being as inclusive as possible and will happily welcome babies and children at this event.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

East of England Summer Coffee Mornings 

Thanks to some funding from the DfE, we are excited to be able to offer five fully sponsored coffee mornings in the East of England, hosted by our Regional Representatives and Advocates.  Sign up on Eventbrite for a slice of cake, hot drink and CPD chat near you; learn more about the coaching that underpins The MTPT Project’s Accreditation process, and build community in your East of England location.

Brentwood:

Quite Contrary, 8-10 Saint Thomas Road, Brentwood, CM14 4DB

Tuesday 12th June 10:30-13:00

Hosted by Grainne Hallahan, Essex Advocate

Ipswich

Christchurch Mansion Tea Rooms, 13 Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Wednesday 13th June 10:30-12:30

Hosted by Emma Sheppard, Founder and London Representative

Peterborough:

Calmababy, 8 Botolph Bridge Estate, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9QP

Wednesday 20th June 11:30-13:30

Hosted by Libby Merritt, East of England Representative

Cambridge

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Wednesday 27th June 11:30-13:30

Hosted by Libby Merritt, East of England Representative

Norwich:

Date, times and venue to be confirmed.

Hosted by Nikki Kaiser, East of England Advocate

London Summer Coffee Morning 

Wednesday 20th June 10:00-12:00

William Morris Gallery Tea Rooms, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP

The DfE and Walthamstow School for Girls are kindly sponsoring the next MTPT Project London coffee morning.  Come and enjoy a hot drink and slice of cake on them and chat to Founder and London Representative, Emma Sheppard about CPD, parental leave, teaching and The MTPT Project’s Accreditation process.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

 

Diverse Educators II 

Saturday 12th January 09:30-15:30

Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 6FF

Lead by South West Representative, Claire Nicholls, The MTPT Project team will be facilitating sessions and presenting on teaching and diverse parenting.

Babies and children are welcome at this event, and there is the possibility of creche provision if there is sufficient expression of interest.  Contact @theHopefulHT to register your interest in childcare.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Previous Events

West Midlands Easter Coffee Morning

Friday 6th April, 11:00-13:00

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

Join fellow parent teachers at our West Midlands Spring MTPT Project coffee morning, hosted by our West Midlands Representative, Charlotte Bell and son Jack. Learn about what the MTPT Project and Community could offer you, network and share your CPD and leadership stories.

Babies, toddlers, children, partners: all welcome!

Sign up on Eventbrite so we can keep an eye out for you!

London Spring Coffee Morning

Friday 23rd March, 10:00-14:00

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

Come and explore this monument of brutalist architecture and arts centre and meet The MTPT Project’s founder, Emma Sheppard, new daughter Lucie and other members of The MTPT Project community in London.

Why not make a day of it and explore all the free exhibitions at the neighbouring London Museum as well?

Drop in any time between 10:00-14:00, have a coffee, maybe a cake and say hello.

Women in Timetabling

Saturday 10th March, 9:30-16:30

Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harrell, OX11 6FF

March is the month of Aureus School, with a jam packed series of events celebrating International Women’s Day.

Founder, Emma Sheppard will be attending this event – hosted by Aureus School and WomenEd Oxfordshire, with sessions delivered by timetabling experts, Edval – as part of her own CPD whilst on her second maternity leave.

This free event is specifically aimed at women, and has received sponsorship from TES Global for an all day creche!

Explore Eventbrite for more details and sign up to attend.

Return to Teaching Coffee Morning

Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harrell, OX11 6FF

As part of their International Women’s Day series, Aureus School are hosting a coffee morning for qualified teachers who have taken a break from the classroom, but now might be interested in returning.

MTPT Project Blogger, Lucy Starbuck Braidley will be representing us at this event, to explore this career or caring break from a parent-teacher’s perspective.  Come along to find out what has changed in the education system, and how to get involved again.

Aureus School live their family friendly values, so babies and children are more than welcome at this event.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Cambridge Spring Coffee Morning

Monday 5th March, 10:30-14:30

Stir, 253 Chesterton Road, Cambridge,CB4 1BG

We are delighted that we now have a Regional Representative in the East of England.  Join Libby and her son Ben at Stir coffee house in Cambridge to chat about CPD opportunities in your local area, share stories and tips and learn more about The MTPT Project.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

International Women’s Day 2018

Saturday 3rd March

South West Representative, Claire Nicholls will be appearing at this International Women’s Day celebration in Bristol, hosted by Bristol Women’s Voice to mark the women’s suffrage centenery.  She will be set up on a stall promoting the work of The MTPT Project and WomenEd South West.  Pop along and see her, learn more about the project and future meet ups and events, and connect with likeminded people who also find themselves drawn towards her!

WomenEd London International Women’s Day Unconference

Saturday 3rd March, 9:30-15:00

Regent High School, Chalton Street, Camden, London, NW1 1RX

With a keynote from The Chartered College’s Dame Alison Peacock, this promises to be a fantastic CPD opportunity for members of The MTPT Project community in and around London.  Workshops range from small coaching sessions to leadership to diversity and equality.

The MTPT Project will be represented at three different slots during the day: founder, Emma Sheppard will be sharing the story of The MTPT Project in the morning LeadMeet; Flexible Working Advocate, Lindsay East will be running a session on securing flexible working arrangements, and Emma will be hosting a workshop in the afternoon about creating ‘Life-Friendly’ schools.

There is no creche provision for this event, but WomenEd are fully family-friendly, and Emma will be attending and delivering sessions with her new daughter (but probably not her bonkers toddler as he will have far more fun with his father/ aunt/ godmother). 

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

South West Half Term Coffee Morning

Wednesday 14th February, 11:00-13:00

Society Cafe, Farrs Lane, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4BB

Join Claire Nicholls, our South West Representative, baby Cooper and some other teachers and babies for the next South West Meet up at Society Cafe, Bristol.

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The Chartered College of Teaching Annual Conference

Saturday 17th February, 9:30-16:30

etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, England, EC2M 3YD

Our Flexible Working Advocate, Lucy Rose will be presenting the research and work collated, making the case for Flexible Working in education.  She has been collaborating with fellow Teach First ambassador and MTPT Flexible Working advocate, Lindsay East as part of the Teach First Innovations Programme.  As part of her presentation, Lucy will be referencing the work of The MTPT Project.

The Chartered College cannot offer creche facilities, but are committed to inclusivity at their events.  Let them know if you will be bringing your baby, or talk to them about your childcare needs.  The Teacher Voice presentations, of which Lucy’s is one, will also be live streamed.

Ticket prices range from £75.00 for early bird members to £125.00 for non-members.  Find out more information about the event and speakers here.

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Saturday 3rd February

Christopher Whitehead Language College, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4AF

#TLCWorcs gathered teachers from across the Worcester area to discuss Teaching, Leading and Confidence. There were a range of workshops about being confident in the classroom, in leadership and for wellbeing. Claire, our South West Regional Representative shared the project with attendees and there were some great discussions about the research in this area, the pilot accreditation scheme and the importance of flexible working and family-friendly schools for all. There was consensus from the attendees that The MTPT Project is raising issues and proposing solutions that will have an impact on school employees more widely, as well as the essential support we provide for teachers on parental leave.
Wednesday 31st January

Department for Eduation (Diversity and Equality), The Sanctuary Buildings, Westminster

Founder Emma Sheppard and Blogger Lucy Starbuck Braidley represented The MTPT Project at a roundtable event exploring diversity and equality in education.  Emma delivered a short presentation on the work of The MTPT Project and supporting research with new baby Lucie helping out, and both team members contributed to networking and follow up discussions.

Read Emma’s blog about taking a baby to the DfE here.

Thursday 14th December

17:00-19:00

Reading College, King’s Road, Reading, RG1 4HJ

Our Blogger, Lucy Starbuck Braidley presented her experience of being a member of The MTPT Project team at this WomenEd South East LeadMeet on the 14th December, exploring family friendly schools, phased returns, workload and wellbeing.

West Midlands MTPT Coffee Morning

Thursday 7th December 2017 (11:00 – 14:00)

200 Degrees Coffee Shop & Barista School

21 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BH

Come and meet The MTPT Project community in the West Midlands at 200 Degrees for a spot of coffee and a good old chat. Bring babies, toddlers, big kids and share your parental leave CPD experiences. Learn more about the project, share tips, collaborate with other teachers and feel inspired and empowered through this likeminded community.

West Midlands Representative, Charlotte Bell, will be hosting, joined by son Jack, and will set up camp at 11 am. Drop by whenever suits!

This is the first regional meet up in the West Midlands region and will be a very relaxed affair. A simple opportunity to say ‘hello’ and grab a bite to eat in a baby-friendly environment. Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Sign up on the Eventbrite Page.

Tuesday 21st November

17:00-19:30

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Avon, BS23 4NP

Kate Fiddian is hosting a combined WomenEd and Women Leading in Education Lead Meet for the South West region.  Margaret Davies, Director of leadership development organisation The Glass Lift, will appear as the keynote speaker introducing a line up of exciting speakers and interactive workshops.

Kate, WomenEd and WLiE are all very welcoming of babies and children, so just get into contact with them so that they can welcome you and your little one if you choose to bring them along: katefiddian@hotmail.com

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

South West Autumn Lunch

Come and meet The MTPT Project community in the South East at the M Shed for a spot of lunch and a good old chat. Bring babies, toddlers, big kids and share your parental leave CPD experiences. Learn more about the project, share tips, collaborate with other teachers and feel inspired and empowered through this likeminded community.

South East Representative, Kate Fiddian, will be hosting, joined by son Ted, Founder Emma Sheppard and her son Hugo and will set up camp in the M Cafe on the ground floor at midday. Drop by whenever suits!

This is the first regional meet up in the South West region and will be a very relaxed affair. A simple opportunity to say ‘hello’ and grab a bite to eat in a baby-friendly environment.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Thursday 19th October

16:45-18:00

Coombe Girls’ School, Clarence Avenue, New Malden, KT3 3TU

Emma Sheppard will be sharing the work of The MTPT Project at this free WomenEd London Lead Meet and networking event.  Other speakers include Vivienne Porritt, National Leader of WomenEd; Rebecca Taylor, Assistant Head at Hampton High; Andy Platt, Head Teacher at Coombe Girls’ School; Gemma Dixon, Head Teacher of TBAP 16-19 Academy and Janine Pavlis, Literacy Co-ordinator at Knollmead Primary School.

WomenEd are an inclusive community so babies are welcome at this event before bedtime, and big kids are more than welcome to join in the networking after school.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Saturday 7th October

9:30-16:00

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

Emma Sheppard will be running a workshop on creating Family Friendly Schools at this year’s Teaching and Learning Takeover (#TLT17) in Southampton.

This teacher-organised conference is celebrating its fifth birthday and will include an exciting range of teaching and learning workshops.

Emma Sheppard will be presenting at WomenEd’s third national ‘Unconference’ in the first round of Lead Meets, sharing the story of The MTPT Project so far.

WomenEd strive to be fully inclusive and have secured funding for a creche operated through The Mobile Creche Company, the same organisation that provide creche services for ResearchEd.  Nursing babies are welcome in sessions and WomenEd are working hard to promote their #HeForShe values – this event is not just for women!

Sign up on Eventbrite to book your ticket and your creche place.

Thursday 13th July

18:00-20:00

6 Mitre Passage, North Greenwich, SE10 0ER

Emma Sheppard will be talking at Teach First’s English Network TeachMeet about the new GCSE English Literature curriculum with a panel of other English specialists including “Mr. Pink” (@Positvteacha), Hannah Gillott and Benjamin Rackstraw.

The discussions and resource sharing will be English Literature-focused, but there should be the opportunity to mention the CPD opportunities available to English teachers whilst on parental leave and highlight some of the recommended trips, reading and exam marking opportunities recommended by The MTPT Project community.

Although this is a later event, the Teach Meet will be held in an open space with sofas and room to move around and exit with very small babies that may care more about being fed and bounced than a reasonable bed time, so do feel comfortable coming along with baby if the timings are appropriate for your (lack of?!) routine.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information and to indicate your attendance.

We will be running a workshop entitled ‘Leading the Culture Shift: Creating Family Friendly Schools’ at the WomenEd regional event in Oxford on Saturday 1st July.  This workshop will be specifically aimed at senior and middle leaders, sharing the voices of our community and empowering school leaders to make small changes that will increase teacher retention and staff wellbeing by creating family-friendly cultures in their schools.

There are still some tickets remaining for this event, which – as well as The MTPT Project workshop – has a whole range of sessions celebrating the #BeBoldforChange theme and the WomenEd core values.  WomenEd are hugely welcoming of children and babies, but if you would like to inform them that you will be bringing your little one, just contact them.

If you miss us at the workshop, we will also be exhibiting at lunch and break times, so pop by to say ‘hello’ to find out more about The MTPT Project.  We will be (wo)manning our stall with lots of information, discussion points, encouragement and babies!

Wednesday 5th July

17:30-19:00
(16:15 for light refreshments)

Chancellor’s School, Pine Grove, Hatfield, AL9 7BN

Madeleine Fresko-Brown will be representing The MTPT Project at this Hatfield Teach Meet organised by Liz McKinney, who herself is currently on maternity leave and an active member of The MTPT Project community.  There are some big names at this free event, including Dame Alison Peacock and Ross “Teacher Toolkit” Morrision McGill.

Small babies are more than welcome at this event, but unfortunately not ‘walkers and talkers’.

Sign up via Eventbrite to attend.

Thursday 6th April

11:00-13:00

The Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo, London

Come and meet The MTPT Project community in London on the sixth floor of the Royal Festival Hall. Bring babies, toddlers, big kids and share your parental leave CPD experiences. Learn more about the project, share tips, collaborate with other teachers and feel inspired and empowered through this likeminded community.

This is the first regional meet up and will be a very relaxed affair. A simple coffee morning to say ‘hello’ in a very baby-friendly environment.

Sign up via Eventbrite to join us.

Saturday 21st January

17:00-18:00

Wyboston Lakes, St. Neots

Emma Sheppard will be representing The MTPT Project at a weekend for Ambition School Leadership participants, facilitating a workshop exploring how the project and its community can support aspiring head teachers to balance both their career and family ambitions.

We will also be discussing how ASL participants can be part of the important shift towards more family friendly schools, creating cultures for their staff that support wellbeing, retain experienced and loyal teachers, reduce budgets spent on recruiting new staff members and create a more sustainable environment for all staff.

Saturday 28th January

12:45-14:15

Swanlea School, London, E1 5DJ

If you are a Teach First participant, ambassador or working in a Teach First school, not only can you take advantage of a whole day of CPD at this London conference, you can also come and visit us at the lunch time Wellbeing Space.  This is a perfect introduction to the project for anyone interested in balancing a period of parental leave with continued development and training; for MA students interested in understanding more about teacher retention and wellbeing; for aspiring senior leaders interested in creating family friendly environments in their schools, or for anyone working with colleagues who either have, or are expecting children in the future.

Visual representation of the presentation by the amazing @MendoncaPen who is available to record your meetings and events.

Tuesday 29th November

17:30-19:00

Harris Academy Crystal Palace, London

WomenEd run a series of regional Lead Meets where supporters of the movement come together to share leadership stories and news from their local community.  The primary purpose of these events is to network, and be inspired and empowered by the experiences that are shared.

As London is @maternityCPD’s local community, she attended (with baby!) to deliver a short presentation sharing the story of The MTPT Project so far.  Following on from this particular #LeadMeet, @maternityCPD wrote for Schools Week about the work of the project.

WomenEd, as always, were very welcoming of the @maternityCPD baby, who was furious at being taken out in the cold, delighted to be cuddled by numerous WomenEd community members and very happy to fall asleep in the sling on the way home.  If you want to attend any of their events with your child, just give them a head’s up so that they can give you an equally warm welcome.

Saturday 12th November

13:45-15:45

Regent High School, London

An edited version of this event’s live stream can be found on our YouTube channel.

This will be the second MTPT Project-specific forum and will develop on from the responses and feedback of the previous session.  This will be an interesting event for all stakeholders (future, present or former MaternityTeacher or PaternityTeacher, a member of SLT, a CPD provider, researchers), especially those interested in seeing how the project is developing.

At this session, we also hope to begin sharing and showcasing stories from the MTPT community, as well as inspiring current and future MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers.

The forum is generously hosted by Teach First, and as such you will need to sign up in advance.  If you are a Teach First ambassador, you can do this on the Community Website (search: Events, London NW Conference, Ambassador Sessions, Teaching, Parenting and CPD).

Teach First ambassadors and teachers working in Teach First schools can also attend any of the other sessions running, completely free of charge.

If you are not a Teach First ambassador, please contact us so that I can put your name on the guest list.

There will be a small space at the forum to play, roll around and generally feel comfortable with small babies, as well as some books and colouring activities for older children.  Buggies are welcome, with lots of friendly staff and Teach First participants to help out with any lifting or carrying.  Unfortunately, as the event is held at a school, there are no dedicated changing facilities, but we welcome poopy bottoms and changing bags in the forum room!

Monday 24th October

3:00-4:30pm

Lilian Baylis School, Vauxhall, London

This is the first MTPT Project-specific forum, aiming to introduce the project to a variety of stakeholders.  If you are a future, present or former MaternityTeacher or PaternityTeacher, a member of SLT, a CPD provider, interested in supporting the project through research, or simply curious to learn more, then this is the session for you!

The forum is generously hosted by Teach First, and as such you will need to sign up in advance.  If you are a Teach First ambassador, you can do this on the Community Website (search: Events, London SE Conference, Ambassador Sessions, Teaching, Parenting and CPD).

Teach First ambassadors and teachers working in Teach First schools can also attend any of the other sessions running, completely free of charge.

If you are not a Teach First ambassador, please contact me through Twitter or by contacting us so that I can put your name on the guest list.

The original MaternityTeacher will also be delivering part of the opening speeches, focusing on lifelong learning and the importance of CPD.  This is aimed at first and second year Teach First participants, but ambassadors and guests are also more than welcome to attend at 10:00am.