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.

Thursday 8th March


Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harrell, OX11 6FF

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, Aureus School are hosting an afternoon tea, discussion panel and networking event on flexible working and how schools can use this as a way to recruit and retain quality members of staff from all walks of life (not just mothers!)

This is also a great opportunity to meet the new MTPT Project baby, who will be arriving in early January and probably still be in baby koala mode.  If she’s anything like her brother, though, she will have her own networking and cuddling agenda whilst Emma Sheppard enjoys some tea, cake and panelling with representatives from Flexible Teaching and Ginibee.

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Tuesday 21st November


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:

Sign up on Eventbrite to attend.

Thursday 19th October


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


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


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

(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


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


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


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


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


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


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.