Course Presenters

Jenny Mosley

“Building Resilience, Emotional Health and Creativity of Young Children and The Adults Who Work With Them”

Jenny Mosley is renowned nationally and internationally as a key UK trainer, educational consultant and prolific author. Her unique ‘Golden Model’, interweaves key ideas and is underpinned by theory and experience. This model promotes staff and pupil wellbeing, listening systems, positive values and social times. These outcomes help early years settings and schools create safe, supportive and inclusive learning communities where children and adults feel safe, respected and listened to. Jenny’s Five Wells for Wellbeing has been used by many organisations including the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) in the UK.

For 45 years, Jenny has been in demand for inspiring and unique talks, conferences and workshops, covering areas of expertise within staffrooms, early years settings, classrooms, dining halls and playgrounds. Her books have received worldwide acclaim, and include ‘Here We Go Round for 3-5 Year Olds’, ‘Quality Circle Time in the Primary Classroom’, ‘Quality Circle Time in the Secondary School’, ‘Personal Power’, ‘Boost Your Energy’, ‘Positive Playtimes’, ‘How to Create Calm Dining Halls’ and ‘They’re Driving Me Mad’. Jenny’s first book ‘Turn Your School Round’ focused on the wellbeing of all the adults in the school.

Jenny wrote the Primary National Strategy ‘Happier Playtimes and Lunchtimes’ guidance document, circulated to all UK primary schools and taught on the Bristol University and London University’s M.Ed programmes. Being on the UK Government’s Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) team, and writing SEAL Circle Time Guidance for early years, Primary and secondary education, Jenny Mosley is passionate about expressing and demonstrating ways of promoting emotional health and wellbeing for everyone in schools, starting with yourself.

Internationally, Jenny Mosley’s Whole School Approach to Wellbeing and Positive Relationships has proved time and again to embed and flourish successfully within many different cultures. Jenny’s systems have been introduced into schools in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, Qatar, Vietnam, Brazil, UAE, Chile, Cayman Islands, India, Kuwait, Japan and many European countries. www.circle-time.co.uk

Karine George

“Leadership: Living Life on the Edge”

Karine George is an award-winning educationalist, with a passion for re-imagining the future. She was a head-teacher for more than 20 years in a large junior school rated as outstanding by Ofsted, England’s school inspection and regulatory body. She is an active research practitioner, and an ardent advocate of the use of technology to support 21st century learning, and was selected to work on the Government task force for Home Access and has reported to the department on the use of technology. Karine is a frequent keynote speaker, and has written articles on a range of educational issues. She is a contributing author to ‘Sustainable School Transformation: An Inside-Out School Led Approach’ (edited by David Crossley, Bloomsbury, 2013), which looks at how the rigour of traditional top-down accountability models can be combined with the engagement and buy-in of school-led “inside-out” approaches.

Alan Jervis

“Spoon Feed No More”

Alan Jervis is one of Dragonfly’s senior trainers and has delivered over 1,600 courses to more than 11,000 teachers. With over 30 years of teaching experience – including seven as an assistant Headteacher responsible for teaching, learning and assessment – Alan has extensive experience of employing new teaching and learning strategies. During his time as Assistant Head, Alan was also tasked with targeting student under-achievement which he did so successfully that this resulted in an impressive 36% upturn in GCSE and A level exam results.   Since then, Alan has become not only an expert teacher trainer, but also a qualified NLP consultant and author. Alan’s publications include co-writing the critically-acclaimed ‘Improving Classroom Performance: Spoon Feed No More’ among others. With this incredibly vast experience and expertise, it is no surprise Alan’s Dragonfly courses receive our top 97% 5-star feedback from all past delegates. Alan has delivered courses for Dragonfly Training in the UK, Europe and Asia and is a regular CPD workshop provider at Dragonfly’s Independent School and Subject Leader conferences, ISHRAQ conferences, The GESS Show, COBIS conferences and the BSME conference in the Middle East.

Pamela Fisher

“Effective English Teaching in the Secondary School”

Pamela Fisher taught as a full-time English teacher for twenty years, most recently as Head of English at a comprehensive school in Wales. In order to further her professional development, she also studied part-time for a Master of Arts degree in Education which afforded her opportunity to research, amongst other areas of interest, ways of improving boys’ achievement levels in English.

Working now as a Dragonfly trainer and consultant, Pamela has run many courses throughout the various regions of the UK. Her courses have covered a variety of aspects of English teaching including those dealing with more able students, differentiation, improving marking, feedback and assessment, less able students, Assessment for Learning, and improving exam success.

On an international level, Pamela has run workshops in Prague for British International School teachers throughout Europe covering elements of both KS3 and KS4 English teaching. Having had many years’ experience as a GCSE English Language and also Literature Examiner, Pamela now works as a GCSE Oracy Moderator. In addition to this, she tutors groups of KS3 and GCSE students. Pamela runs workshops for students who are following a post-graduate teaching course, and works with overseas undergraduates at a University Summer School equipping them with the confidence and speaking skills they need to participate fully in their degree courses.

Pamela is an enthusiastic practitioner who is always keen to share her passion for English teaching in a non-threatening, inclusive and humorous way!

Alan O’Donohoe

“Highly Practical Ways to Ensure Success for Everyone in Computing (and Computer Science)”

Through his work in the classroom, Alan has earned an excellent reputation within computer science education and has a wealth of experience in delivering courses which have been consistently graded by teachers and inspectors as “outstanding”. Despite having no previous computer science background, Alan first introduced the subject into his school in 2007 and GCSE computing in 2010. Alan was one of the first DfE Computing At School master teachers, and is the founder of both Raspberry Jam (the global community for people to discover the potential of the Raspberry Pi) and Hack To The Future. Thousands of teachers have used Alan’s resources for teaching computing and his work has featured in The Guardian, TES, The Sunday Times and on the BBC.

Andrew Farbridge

“The Ultimate SEN Day”

Andrew is a SENDco with over twenty years of experience teaching in a range of different Secondary Schools (starting his career as an English and Drama teacher, before progressing onto Head of Department and Pastoral Head in large secondary schools). He is now identified as a Specialist Leader in Education for the Borough of Poole, with a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing, SEND, Supporting NQTs and Challenging the Most Able (with the majority of his time spent providing Mental Health focussed training to teachers).

His degree is in English Literature, with a Master’s degree in Effective School Leadership, Managing Whole School Behaviour and Whole School Inclusion. Andrew also holds accredited status for Mental Health First Aid and is in the process of publishing a whole School audit – designed to evaluate mental health and wellbeing provision in schools and colleges.

Andrew is passionate about improving the quality of education for all students by creating and sustaining the most effective learning environment in the classroom. He strongly believes in the need to set high levels of challenge, and equally provide high levels of support in order to promote staff growth and development in an educational environment. Throughout his career he has supported staff in order to develop confidence and capability in the classroom.

Steve Garnett

“Cutting-Edge Marking and Feedback Strategies”

Steve Garnett has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Teachers who have attended Steve’s courses have regularly described them as ‘inspirational’. Steve is an award-nominated author whose book ‘The Subject Leader’ was shortlisted for Best Secondary Resource in the prestigious BESA awards. He has also written ‘Using Brain Power in the Classroom’ which a TES Review described as ‘strong in its resume of the latest research into what constitutes effective learning’. Steve is also co-author of ‘Spoon Feed No More – Improving Classroom Performance’ – which is a definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Dragonfly Training.

Dave Taylor

“New 9-1 GCSEs: Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Memory, Retention and Recall for Knowledge Exams “

Dave Taylor is one of the most experienced and gifted trainer and school leaders in his field. Throughout his years in school leadership, Dave has remained focused on the magic of the classroom and is often cited as an inspiration to his students and his colleagues alike.

As Head of English, Dave transformed an underperforming team into one which produced the best GCSE results of all similar schools in the country. As Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and, most recently, Vice Principal of a Multi-Academy Trust, Dave has transformed the teaching in a number of schools, delivered training to thousands of teachers and mentored a generation of new teachers.

Dave has organised and presented teach meets, conferences and multi-platform festivals. He has presented at the SSAT Achievement Show and sat on the steering group on ‘World Class School Status’ in the SSAT’s Leading Edge group of academies.

Peter Dawes

“Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom”

Peter Dawes is one of Dragonfly’s longest serving trainers. Peter is an engaging and enthusiastic trainer with a broad repertoire of practical ideas. Peter has acquired a broad CV, following 17 years’ experience of teaching MFL in a variety of schools, including teaching English abroad. In addition, Peter has extensive experience of running pupil residential courses; developing educational web content and blogs; speaking at numerous conferences such as ALL, ECIS and various TeachMeets, as well as keeping his hand in through supply, private tuition and helping at his local primary and secondary schools, which his own children attend.

There is a common strand running through all of Peter’s Dragonfly courses, which include Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom, MFL, Effective Differentiation, Improving Literacy & Numeracy, Raising Boys’ Achievement and Using IT Effectively in the Classroom. Whether delivered at home or abroad in Europe, Africa, The Middle East and The Far East – Peter’s courses offer inspiration and practicality and promise minimal teacher preparation time.

Keynote Speakers

Jenny Mosley

Jenny Mosley is renowned nationally and internationally as a key UK trainer, educational consultant and prolific author. Her unique ‘Golden Model’, interweaves key ideas and is underpinned by theory and experience. This model promotes staff and pupil wellbeing, listening systems, positive values and social times. These outcomes help early years settings and schools create safe, supportive and inclusive learning communities where children and adults feel safe, respected and listened to. Jenny’s Five Wells for Wellbeing has been used by many organisations including the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) in the UK.

For 45 years, Jenny has been in demand for inspiring and unique talks, conferences and workshops, covering areas of expertise within staffrooms, early years settings, classrooms, dining halls and playgrounds. Her books have received worldwide acclaim, and include ‘Here We Go Round for 3-5 Year Olds’, ‘Quality Circle Time in the Primary Classroom’, ‘Quality Circle Time in the Secondary School’, ‘Personal Power’, ‘Boost Your Energy’, ‘Positive Playtimes’, ‘How to Create Calm Dining Halls’ and ‘They’re Driving Me Mad’. Jenny’s first book ‘Turn Your School Round’ focused on the wellbeing of all the adults in the school.

Jenny wrote the Primary National Strategy ‘Happier Playtimes and Lunchtimes’ guidance document, circulated to all UK primary schools and taught on the Bristol University and London University’s M.Ed programmes. Being on the UK Government’s Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) team, and writing SEAL Circle Time Guidance for early years, Primary and secondary education, Jenny Mosley is passionate about expressing and demonstrating ways of promoting emotional health and wellbeing for everyone in schools, starting with yourself.

Internationally, Jenny Mosley’s Whole School Approach to Wellbeing and Positive Relationships has proved time and again to embed and flourish successfully within many different cultures. Jenny’s systems have been introduced into schools in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, Qatar, Vietnam, Brazil, UAE, Chile, Cayman Islands, India, Kuwait, Japan and many European countries. www.circle-time.co.uk

Brenda Taggart

Brenda Taggart’s background is in primary education having been a teacher, advisory teacher, deputy/acting Headteacher and an in-service and initial teacher trainer.  She has worked in the field of educational research for over 20 years. She has conducted research for Governmental and non-governmental bodies exploring the impact of educational initiatives. During this time she has developed, published and administered research instruments. She has worked on both quantitative and qualitative data to code, analyse and interpret findings. She has advised the Government (Cabinet Office, DfE, Treasury, No 10 etc.) on early years policy. She also works with practitioners on issue of quality and effective pedagogy.  She was one of the Principal Investigators and the Research Co-ordinator for the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project, a longitudinal study funded by the UK’s Department for Education (1997-2014) and is currently an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Education. Brenda has presented research findings across the world and is a much sought after speaker for her ability to communicate complex research findings in an accessible way to a range of audiences.   

Stella James

Stella James is a mother of two young children and Head Gooseberry of Gooseberry Planet – an award-winning educational software platform developed to educate children, teachers and parents how to be safe online. As one of the Government’s top 3 priorities, online safeguarding is hugely important and a ‘hot’ topic in education. With children now spending increasingly more time online and with more than half of them using social media before the age of the 10, it is vital that the younger generation are taught how to use the internet responsibly and are aware of the dangers found online. In response to this, Stella developed Gooseberry Planet to enable schools to effectively teach pupils about staying safe online. She says, “If Gooseberry Planet can save one child from being groomed or sexually exploited, then it has achieved my goal.” Stella is passionate about broadening conversations around online safety and protecting young children online. She regularly delivers presentations and workshops to schools and school associations and runs CPD training courses to organisations in the education sector. Stella’s sessions offer an informed and thought-provoking insight into the issues surrounding online safety and safeguarding, discussing how schools can meet statutory requirements and deliver engaging and regular discourses around online safety for pupils.