Our 2017 Conference Programme


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We are pleased to announce the full programme for our upcoming conference in January. Our exciting line-up features expert speakers from government, the education sector and several NGOs. If you are a Secondary Head teacher, a Curriculum Lead in History, Citizenship, RE or your school’s Safeguarding Lead, this is your chance to network with fellow school leaders around the country! Engage in conversations regarding your school’s role in promoting tolerance and respect and handling sensitive or difficult conversations. 

There are less than two months to go until the SINCE 9/11 National Education Conference on Friday 27 January. Secure your place by registering now; the fee is £199 (concessions available - please contact us).

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Below is our full programme, alternatively click on the link just above, where you can also see short bios of our speakers.

What unites us is far greater than what divides us


09:15 – 9.40     Introduction and welcome to the SINCE 9/11 National Education Conference


Admiral Lord West – Former Under Secretary of State for Security and now Chancellor of Southampton Solent University 




9.40 – 10.10     Rebuilding from Ground Zero      


Clifford Chanin – Vice President of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 was the largest terrorist attack in history and has changed the world we live in today. Clifford Chanin, Senior Vice President for Education and Public Programs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, will discuss the stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to understanding the impact of the attacks and their aftermath.

10.10 – 10.40     Under Threat: Standing together for our Shared Values


Sara Khan – Co-Director of Inspire               

We are facing critical times. With the rise of both Islamist and far Right extremism, our society is increasingly becoming polarised. The middle ground of shared values and compassionate co-existence is under threat.  Fear of the “other” is causing us to burn bridges rather than build bridges.  Now more than ever, we need to be actively vocal in defending our common humanity in this climate of fear and hostility.  

10.40 – 11.00     Hate Crimes and Extremism: The challenges ahead


Fiyaz Mughal OBE – Founder of Tell Mama and Faith Matters 

Director of two organisations that counter hate crime and promote social cohesion, Fiyaz will present the current and future challenges facing communities that are dealing with the increase in xenophobia.


11.00 – 11.20     Break

11.20 – 11.35     Developing Resilience to Extremism


Hanif Qadir – Active Change Foundation

Hear from an expert with first-hand experience on the pathways to radicalisation and how those affected can be helped to turn their lives around. Hanif will cover the underlying factors that create the environment and appetite that leads to extremist ideologies. He will offer advice to educationalists seeking to build resilience to messages of intolerance and division.


11.35 – 12.15     Panel Discussion


Your chance to ask questions to our panel of experts.

12.15 – 13.00     Networking Lunch

13:00 – 13:15     Follow Me...


Round Midnight – Drama and arts to promote education since 1992 

Dramatic performance addressing extreme behaviour in society for young people today



13:15 – 14:00     The SINCE 9/11 Education Programme


Kamal Hanif OBE – Waverley Education Foundation & Trustee of SINCE 9/11 

An overview and introduction to the free, highly acclaimed SINCE 9/11 Education programme, including new content for RE, Citizenship and History as well as a speech by our 2015 National Schools Competition Winner, Arya Tandon


Jeremy Hayward – UCL Institute of Education   

How we can enable teachers to create confident classroom debate.




Samita Singh – Director of Learning Humanities

Hear direct from an experienced curriculum lead about their approach to using SINCE 9/11 in their school.



14:00 – 14.45     Choose from the following workshops…

A. Making fundamental British values a whole school issue.

Val McGregor – DfE Education Advisor


B. Equality and Extremism: A three step model

Chestnut Grove (winners of the 2016 Accord Inclusivity Award)

14:45 – 15:00     Break

15:00 – 15.25     View from the DfE


Lord Nash – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Hardip Begol, Director for Counter Extremism.  

Lord Nash and Hardip Begol, DfE’s Director with responsibility for counter extremism, will talk about the priorities and latest policy direction from government. 


15:25 – 15.50     Closing Thoughts


Simon Schama CBE – University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times

Founding supporter of SINCE 9/11, Simon will offer his unique perspective on the history of conflict and the importance of tolerance and respect for all faiths and religions.