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National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

Leading into the Future

National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools – 2–3 March 2023 at Oxford
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    The most important thing a school can achieve in sport is a culture of enthusiastic participation. Intrinsic motivation to be involved in activity, whether in team games or health-promoting exercise is at the heart of this. The greatest achievement for Directors of Sport in any school is to establish an environment in which all children want to participate and in which normal behaviour it to be committed to being regularly active. These are the themes of PADSIS 2024: leading a culture in which sport and exercise are valued within schools, by students, staff and parents.

    We are pleased to welcome James Kerr, author of the seminal culture book, “Legacy”, and also Dr Daniel Leiberman, who makes the trip from Harvard University exclusively for this event. His recent book, ”Exercised: the Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health” provides a unique perspective on the value and promotion of physical activity in a sedentary society.

    There is a very wide range of additional material, with a bigger selection of optional seminars than ever before. The aim is to enable delegates from all types of schools to find contemporary content relevant to their current challenges, and to enable them to stay abreast in developments in both sector trends and resourcing. The Thursday programme has been extended to enable this, whilst maintaining the Forum as an important Conference focus. The Forum continues to enjoy the support of the Sports Committees of both HMC and GSA. As last year, we will conduct sector research before the event, and present the results in the forum to enable delegates to understand what is happening across the sector. 

    The venue will once again be the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury’s Inn) in Oxford, which has been the home of the Conference for over ten years. We believe that the advantages of familiarity continue to outweigh the restriction to an attendance of 250. What this means, however, is that demand is likely to exceed the limit on delegate numbers, dinner guests and accommodation, as it did last year. Early booking is therefore encouraged, particularly for those delegates wishing to attend the full event on a residential basis. 

    The PADSIS Conference is the biggest gathering of Directors of Sport in Independent Schools anywhere in the world. In addition to the formal content, it continues to provide opportunity to connect, network and socialise with like-minded professionals in a convivial environment. Once again, we look forward to seeing you there.

    Programme

    Thursday 7 March

    12.30pm

    Arrivals/Refreshments

    Please note that check in to rooms is not available until 3pm

    1pm

    Discussion Forum:
    Issues in Contemporary School Sport 

    2pm

    Specialist Forums
    Choose one of the following:
    1. Girls’ Schools
    2. Small Schools (approx. 500 pupils or fewer)
    3. Boarding Schools
    4. Co-educational day schools
    5. High Performing Sports schools

    2.45pm

    Refreshment break

    3.15pm

    Leading a Culture of Success
    James Kerr

    4.25pm

    Sector Information Updates – Session One
    Leading suppliers provide an understanding of contemporary developments and trends in their field. Choose one of the following:
    1. Getting More out of SOCS
      James Kershaw-Naylor, SOCS
    2. The New Sports Touring Landscape
      Travelopia
    3. Contemporary Concussion Management
      Return2Play
    4. The Modern School Fitness Gym
      Perform Better
    5. Leadership in Sport
      Sam Warburton OBE

    5.00pm

    Sector Information Updates – Session Two
    Leading suppliers provide an understanding of contemporary developments and trends in their field. Choose one of the following:
    1. The Video Analysis Revolution
      VEO Technology
    2. Understanding the kit Industry
      Limitless
    3. New Possibilities in Developing Outdoor Sports Facilities
      S & C Slatter
    4. Revolutionary Instrumented Mouth Guards
      OPRO
    5. A Framework & Approach for Optimising Athletic Development in Young Athletes using Load Monitoring & Performance Profiling
      with Graham Williams, Millfield School

    7.00pm

    Pre-Dinner Drinks

    8.00pm

    Conference Dinner

    Friday 8 March

    9.30am

    Conference assembles, refreshments

    10.00am

    Introduction: The Landscape of School Sport
    Neil Rollings, PADSIS Chairman

    10.30am

    Building a Performance Culture in a School
    Crista Cullen MBE

    11.15am 

    Refreshment break

    11.45am

    Exercised: A Fresh Perspective on Physical Activity and Health
    Dr Daniel Leiberman

    12.45pm

    Lunch

    1.45pm

    Seminar Programme One
    Choose one of the following sessions:
    1. Establishing Sports Culture: A Case Study from Millfield
      Tony McCallum
    2. The RFU Review on the Future of School Rugby
      Tony Jackson
    3. Winning Parental Engagement in School Sport
      Gordon Maclelland
    4. Challenging the Status Quo
      Dr Emma Ross, The Well HQ
    5. Modernising PE: New Approaches to Health and Exercise 
      Asha Riley
    6. A Supportive Team Culture in Female Sport 
      Tamsin Greenway

    2.45pm

    Seminar Programme Two
    Choose one of the following sessions:
    1. Staffing the Programme and Managing Heads of Sport
      Neil Rollings
    2. Preparing for ISI Inspection of Sport
      John Cox
    3. Building a Positive Parent Culture
      Gordon Maclelland
    4. Practical Strategies for Developing Injury Resilience in Girls Sport
      Dr Emma Ross
    5. Engaging Reluctant Exercisers 
      Asha Riley
    6. Supporting High Performance Female Athletes 
      Tamsin Greenway

    3.30pm

    Conference closes

    Prices

    Friday Conference Only

    PADSIS Members £279
    Non Members £319
    Two Delegates from the same school £499

    Thursday and Friday Full Conference

    Includes Conference, Conference Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in single rooms

    PADSIS Members £429
    Non Members £479
    Two Delegates from the same school (to include one PADSIS Member) £729

    PADSIS Members (no accommodation) £359
    Non Members (no accommodation) £399
    Two Delegates from the same school (no accommodation, to include one PADSIS Member) £629

    PADSIS Membership £99 (Join PADSIS when booking to enjoy member’s discount)

    Call to discuss rates not listed, or additional requirements. All prices include resources, refreshments, lunch on Friday and merchandise.

    All prices exclude VAT.

    Speakers
    James Kerr

    James Kerr

    James is a leadership expert who helps create high performance cultures for elite teams and organisations. He is the author of the global best-seller ‘Legacy’, which provides a unique insight into the culture of the All Blacks. He has worked with leading organisations, including Special Forces units, Premiership Football Teams, Formula One, America’s Cup, Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Co.

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    Dr Daniel Leiberman

    Dr Daniel Leiberman

    Daniel is Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University. He is the author of “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding.” The book explains precisely how exercise can promote physical and mental health; debunks myths about sitting, speed, strength and endurance; and promotes physically active living in the modern world. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, and is a serial marathon runner.

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    Crista Cullen MBE

    Crista Cullen MBE

    Crista won a Gold medal in the 2016 Olympics as part of the unbeaten GB women’s Hockey squad. She had previously won bronze at London 2012 as well as medals in European Championships, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games. In 2006 she was Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year. She now works with organisations of all types to build high performance environments and inspiring cultures.

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    Neil Rollings

    Neil Rollings

    Neil is Chairman of Padsis. A former Director of Sport, he now works with schools and organisations to improve the provision of school sport.  He is a contributor to the Government Review of PE, member of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, member of HMC Sport Committee and RFU Schools Committee and Course Director of the University of Buckingham MA in Leading School Sport.

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    Dr Scott Drawer

    Dr Scott Drawer

    Scott is the Director of Sport at Millfield. He previously worked extensively in elite sport, most recently as Head of the Team Sky Performance Hub. He started his career as Head of Research and Innovation within the Team GB Olympic systems and later led the player development pathway at RFU.

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    Tony Jackson

    Tony Jackson

    Tony is Headmaster of Barnard Castle School, and was previously 1st XV coach at Radley College. He is the Rugby Lead on the HMC Sport Committee, leading discussions on the game in the sector. He has also been a member of the RFU Review on the Future of Schools Rugby, and is a former National League player.

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    Gordon Maclelland

    Gordon Maclelland

    Gordon is the CEO of Working with Parents in Sport. This is an initiative to educate parents in supporting their children’s sporting journey. He works extensively with National Governing Bodies and schools, with parents and performers, to improve environments and communications. A former Director of Sport, he is the author of several books and other resources.

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    Dr Emma Ross

    Dr Emma Ross

    Dr Emma Ross is co-founder of The Well.  She has 10 years of experience leading the physiology team at the English Institute of Sport, where she did pioneering work in female health with the Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Emma is now the winner of the Sunday Times Sports Women of the Year – Change Maker award for all of the pioneering work she has done in this field. Former GB rower and women’s health coach Baz Moffat will contribute insight from her wide experience of working with teenage girls and those that support them.

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    Asha Riley

    Asha Riley

    Asha is a teacher, lecturer, coach and advocate for girls’ sport and exercise cultures in schools. She is the author of MOVE60, an innovative curriculum for Active Wellbeing, and teacher educator. A former England Lacrosse international, she played in the 2013 World Cup, and has worked in a range of schools in the UK and Asia.

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    Tamsin Greenway

    Tamsin Greenway

    Tamsin is the current head coach of the Scotland national Netball team. She was a member of the England teams that won bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and at the 2011 and 2015 Netball World Cups. Between 2006 and 2018 she played in eight Netball Superleague grand finals for three different teams – Team Bath, Surrey Storm and Wasps. During this time she won five Netball Superleague titles as a player and/or coach and a sixth as a Director of Netball. Tamsin works as a Netball pundit for Sky Sports.

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    John Cox

    John Cox

    John is currently Senior Master and teacher of Psychology (A Level & IB) at Malvern College having previously been Director of Physical Education & Sport from 2000-2015. In addition, he is a Visiting Tutor for the University of Buckingham and has been an ISI Team Inspector since 2006.

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