26th May 2022 16:00 - 17:00 Conferences Regional Workshops

South West Launch...Raising Attachment Awareness within the South West



Panel discussion raising attachment awareness within the South West schools, alongside developments, implementations and support available in collaboration with ARC.


Kate Brooks - Bath Spa University (Chair)

Kate is an Associate Lecturer in Education History and a Doctoral researcher at Bath Spa University, researching late nineteenth century education in a Victorian orphanage (where her great grandfather was ‘orphan no. 458’). She lectures on education history, and works with NAVSH, on the Bath Spa Postgraduate course for carers and professionals working with care experienced children.
In addition to her PhD research, Kate has also written articles on aspects of the student experience, including carrying out a city-wide project on secondary school students’ attitudes to attendance, which informed Bristol City Council’s Attendance and Inclusion strategies. She has also published on students’ experiences of teaching and learning in Higher Education, on the Prevent Duty programme, and on widening participation in Higher Education.

Claire Hill - Raysfield Primary School

Stuart HeronHeadteacher, Mayfield Special School, Torbay

Stuart qualified in 1996 with a BEd (Hons) degree in Science and Outdoor Education and has worked throughout the UK teaching Science, Sport and Citizenship in a number of different educational settings. Stuart relocated to Devon in 2008 to take up a position as Head of Science at Newton Abbot College. In 2013 was appointed as Deputy Principal at Devon Studio School where he assumed responsibility for SEND, Inclusion and Vulnerable Students. Stuart started as Principal of South West Devon Academy in September 2017.

  • Sam Toohey - Assistant Head and Designated Teacher, St Cuthbert Manning Secondary School, Torbay

  • Jez Piper - CEO, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

Committed to ensuring the best learning opportunities for all, Jez has been developing pedagogical innovation for over 20 years. As a SENCo, senior school leader, Headteacher, Inspector and School Improvement Officer, Jez has led on the development of curriculum and assessment change, inclusion and the creative curriculum at local and regional levels. He's passionate about ensuring the system meets the needs of all learners – and will always look for approaches outside of the ‘norm’ that will inspire school communities and learners in a lifelong love of learning. 

He is a husband, the father of two amazing daughters, a committed Christian, a worship leader, and a musician who loves nothing more than to sing and learn new instruments.He sees being the CEO of DBAT as both an honour and greatly humbling – the opportunity to enable an amazing community of highly professional educators and staff to lead and develop the very best environment and opportunities for learning, in an organisation committed to values and the development of the individual is an incredible privilege.

Richard Parker South West Region

Richard Parker has been a youth worker, a researcher, and a secondary school teacher in Inner London. He worked for many years in local government within education and children’s services, in a number of different authorities.

 In 2010 he joined Bath Spa University as Director of the Centre for Education Policy in Practice (EPIP), which aimed use the research strengths of the university to promote improvement in education support for vulnerable groups. Richard has a particular interest in the education of children in care and has been involved in a range of activities to promote emotion coaching and attachment awareness in schools and initial teacher education, at both local and national level. Since retiring from teaching at Bath Spa he has concentrated on his research into the effectiveness of attachment aware school approaches, and on supporting ARC. He was a founder trustee of the charity, and coordinates the ARC HE and ITE network.
Richard is also working with NAVSH in delivering a new Postgraduate Certificate for carers and professionals working with care experienced children, as part of the Bath Spa University MA Programme in Professional Practice.


4pm Welcome & Introduction

4.10pm Questions to panel

4.45pm Developing ARC in the South West Region - Richard Parker (ARC Trustee)

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If you wish to submit a question to the panel, please email it to admin@the-arc.org.uk. Deadline Friday 20th May 2022.