edrt & gec

Education Roundtables & The Global Equality Collective


JULY 8TH 2023

Better TOgether: The Power of Belonging in Schools


Join us for an exciting conference focused on the power of belonging in schools! As educators, we know that creating a sense of community and belonging is crucial for students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. This conference will explore the latest research, strategies, and best practices for promoting a culture of belonging in schools.

Our keynote speakers are experts in the field of education and will inspire and motivate attendees to make positive changes in their schools. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced educators, as well as network with colleagues from across the country.

At this conference, you will:

  • Discover practical strategies for building positive relationships with students and creating a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Explore ways to foster a sense of belonging for all students, including those from diverse backgrounds and with different learning needs.
  • Learn about the latest research on belonging and student well-being, and how it can inform your practice as an educator.
  • Network with colleagues and share best practices for promoting a culture of belonging in schools.

This conference is perfect for headteachers, MAT CEOs and anyone interested in promoting student well-being and success in school. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts in the field and connect with colleagues from across the country. Join us for an unforgettable event focused on the power of belonging in schools!

“Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard.”

Liz Fosslein

Education Roundtables

Education Roundtables is a community of headteachers and schools, connected via regular online discussions, professional development opportunities and shared expertise. Members regularly collaborate to create positive change for all of their community’s members.

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Global Equality Collective

We are the Global Equality Collective (GEC).
A collective of diversity and inclusion experts and the creators of the GEC Platform.
The GEC Platform is a cloud based analytical tool for schools and educational organisations
allowing them to tackle diversity and inclusion before it’s too late.

Find out more about us…


Ben Brown


Connector and collaborator in the EDRT network

Nic Ponsford

Global Equality Collective

Founder of the GEC and  EdTech thought leader

Ann Palmer

Fig Tree International

CEO, Leadership Coach and creator of the RACE Charter Mark.

Cathal Lynch

Autor of Building Belonging

Wellbeing Quality Mark creator to support recruitment and retention of staff and drive school improvement.

Michaela Lawson

Building Anti Racist Education

Founder of BARE (formerly The Prosperity Project)

Dave McPartlin

Dave McPartlin

Headteacher, Flakefleet Primary

Headteacher who Dares to Dream

Matt Pinkett

Teacher & Author

Author of Boys Don’t Try and Boys Do Cry

Abdi Omar

Abdi Omar

Motivational Speaker

Founder of Limitless Minds Academy

A book called Building Belonging on a table with a laptop and a cup of coffee

Additional material from our speakers available in the free event book!

Only available to attendees this book explores what it means to belong and looks at ways you can build belonging in your school.




9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Ibis Birmingham New Street

21 Ladywell Walk,

Arcadian Centre,


B5 4ST

London Grid for Learning

LGfL is a Charitable Trust whose mission is the advancement of education.

We don’t profit from schools. We reinvest back into education.

  • Saving Schools Money
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Tackling Inequality
  • Energising Teaching & Learning
  • Promoting Wellbeing



The EDRT and GEC “Building Belonging” Conference 2023 will bring together a diverse range of speakers to create a space where you can come to explore new ideas, to learn and discuss and to find a tribe to belong to.

The agenda is still being developed, and could change, so stay tuned for new announcements.


Running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, this ticket gives access to the main event with tea, coffee and lunch provided.


per ticket

We also offer the option for schools to be invoiced for tickets. Email b.brown@edrt.co.uk


Access to the recordings of last year’s event.
(2 conferences for the price of one!)

Our Sponsors

Countdown to the event



ThE Speakers loved it too!

“Connecting with others, it’s fun and a great chance to get to know others in different school communities.”

“It’s a family, it’s a great community.”

“Like-minded leaders in education who want to support each other.”

“The exchange of ideas is a big point and allows heads to learn from each other.”

This is what they said about Last Year's event

“Inspirational speakers.”

“Amazing educators.”

“So much to take away.”


“It doesn’t feel like work, it feels like a pleasure!”