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Theme: Inspiring Generations

This event occurred on
March 18, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Norwich, Norfolk
United Kingdom

The overarching ‘theme’ for our 2017 event is INSPIRING GENERATIONS.

Given the ever changing society, many would agree it is time for us to consider how we ensure we inspire everyone- from children to pensioners – about learning, education and even life in general! It is through having inspiring people from all generations that we, as a human race, can continue to develop and thrive.

Together, we will explore ways in which we can inspire- about learning, about skills and about life. Our theme is broad, the conversations will be exciting and engaging and the impact will be far-reaching​.

Will you be ​ part of our inspiring journey?

The Space
Roundtree Way
Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 8SQ
United Kingdom
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Jeni Smith, Emily Rowe and Georgia

Jeni Smith , Emily Rowe who is an NQT teaching a Year 5&6 class and Georgia, a year 6 student (aged 11), present 'three generations'. Jeni has been a teacher pretty much all of my life. Not a dispenser of knowledge but one who sits alongside and enters the conversation. She have taught people of all ages, from preschool to adults. For the last 16 years she worked with UEA PGCE students preparing to teach in primary schools specialising in English and drama. She is a director of the National Writing Project(NWP UK) I work with Writing Teachers groups. I am committed to an education for possibility, freedom and autonomy for both teachers and learners.

Matt Bagley, Mille Honour, Fred Bate

Matt is the creative director of Camaglauged learning, an inspirational education company based in East Anglia. He is joined by our TEDxNorwichED Junior Competition Winners- Millie and Fred. Millie is a 14 year old student at Thetford Academy in Norfolk, UK. Fred is a 15 year old student at Wayland Academy in Norfolk, UK

Amjad Ali

Amjad is senior leader who has trained educators both nationally and internationally. He is ambitious, committed and aiming to make a difference to the education system by inspiring changes. Most recently he has been involved in co-organising BAMEed, a new national network for inspiring BAME educators. He teaches, tweets and tweaks his practice to help others improve theirs, which in turn helps him and his students too. For Amjad, education is about ensuring wherever you come from, whatever your parents do or not do, does not impact on one's potential of success. Whatever success means to that young person it should be found and celebrated.

Barry Allard

Barry supports leaders and organisations on how to position their brand, love their people, and build profitable and effective ideas that benefit business growth and have an impact on society. Barry founded social enterprises LEAP & The Feed. He has developed a business where it's a great place to work, with a culture of high performance, which impacts vulnerable adults to live a fulfilling life of their choice. His passion for travel and people were evident from an early age. Barry never set out to be a businessman so needed a few good reasons to be one. After travelling the world, he returned wanting to do things differently, creating innovative and inclusive ways of working in which you make purpose and human potential central to everything. Barry believes that people can grow and thrive given the chance, and that business and people can do extraordinary things together.

Callum Brazzo

Callum is a 25 year old autistic adult living in Spalding, Lincolnshire. He is extremely passionate about autistic and otherwise disabled people. His own journey has been very difficult but he has had poetry as my saviour. He is now able to think outside of myself and give back to the autistic and neurotypical community. He gives back by sharing my life through my performance poetry as much of my content has often reflected my authentic experience as an undiagnosed therefore unrecognised and severely unhappy individual.

Claire Ashman

Claire Ashman is a cult survivor, independence enthusiast and is always looking to learn something new. Passionate about educating women and young girls, she aims to encourage self-preservation, promote education and encourage the next generation of women to value themselves in a world that can be determined to hold them down. Her story is one of survival, strength and perseverance against the odds. Brave, hardworking and down to earth, Claire Ashman is a woman who was raised in an environment of ingrained subjugation and renewed a life for herself and her children, based on faith, love and courage.

Colin Tapscott

Born the son of a farmhand, ‘do your best' was the family mantra. So I did. A gap year experience led me to a career in education and by the age of 30, my first headship was amalgamating two Stevenage primary schools. 18 years later, I'm running a 650 place primary school in Ipswich. As the founder of a children's charity, Lemmings Holidays, and through working with ‘Emerging Leaders’ charity, I love leading others to inspire leadership skills in children in the UK and abroad. Father of 3 children, I love watching them now bringing leadership and hope to children too.

Emily Groves

"In 2010 Emily founded an energy consultancy, in the height of the recession, with significant financial risk, in a crowded marketplace and with just four people. Although seriously outnumbered, six years later they have won multiple awards including 2015’s IoD ‘Young Director of the Year’ for the East of England and 2016’s ‘Energy Consultancy of the Year’ all with just a relatively small handful of people. How? By shooting innovation through every single thing they do. Emily shares her simple framework to help small organisations leverage innovation to level the playing field."

Fred Bate

Fred is a TEDxNorwichED Junior winner, and a 13 year old student at Wayland Academy, in Norfolk, UK.

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson is the Headteacher of Aureus School & Regional Director of the GLF Oxfordshire Hub. She has recently relocated following 13 years teaching in challenging London schools. She is the Co-Founder & National Leader of #WomenEd, a grassroots movement aiming to empower existing and aspiring women leading in education. Hannah is a passionate advocate of Diversity & Equality, co-leading 3 DfE grants to nurture leadership talent in female/ BAME educators to support them in their career development & volunteering as a coach for the DfE's Coaching Pledge.

Hazel Parkhurst

Hazel is 13 and consider herself very sporty and enjoy doing a lot of activities. She is very confident and love expressing her ideas but is very happy with listening to other peoples ideas and cooperating them into her own. On average she does about 11 hours of sport a week and has two dogs ty. As a person she is very jolly and love to make other people happy.

Ian Fox

Ian Fox is a Guinness-World-record holding thought-leader, visionary and empowerment pioneer who's helped thousands worldwide with his unique, down-to-earth and highly experiential approach to mental/mind-performance and success psychology. A renowned Martial Arts Master and Mental Toughness expert with over 35 years experience. Ian has trained over 10,000 people globally since 1994. He’s the co-founder of which help kids/teens overcome limitations and mental barriers. Along being a revered author, Mind-Master and inspirational speaker, Ian is a devoted scholar, and one of today’s great innovators of Peak Mental Performance. Ian has appeared on TV, on Radio and in numerous magazines.

Jack Ashton

Jack is a 19 year old from the north of England, studying Politics and Literature at UEA here in Norwich, with aspirations of becoming a political journalist. He spends most of his time caring about books, his friends, his family, himself and the planet. But when he isn't doing that he's either writing, getting mad at things or drinking too much- or all 3. Jack was selected to speak following a public speaking competition at the University of East Anglia.

Jacqueline Birchman

Jackie Bircham is a Business teacher and head of faculty in a Norfolk secondary school. She started teaching in South Wales 13 years ago, where a College enterprise competition inspired a commitment to encouraging young people to develop their creative ideas, employability skills and desire for life-long learning as her core purpose in education.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Jaz is passionate about the difference teachers make. Through celebration and provocation she uses the transformative power of her own story to inspire the ordinary heroes of education - Teachers. Reading and writing were Jaz's tickets out of physical (and mindset) poverty. She became a primary teacher before setting up her own literacy consultancy then becoming an advisor, international speaker, coach and catalyst for change. Her book, Because Of You, reverse engineers her own success, pinpointing the crucial role teachers played. After cowriting and presenting the BBC spelling show, Hard Spell Abbey, Jaz also appeared as a candidate on The Apprentice.

Jen Hart

Jennifer Hart has been teaching secondary Science in north London schools for over 10 years. Having been an AST and middle manager she finally joined the SLT, leading on Teaching and Learning and CPD. A self confessed 'teaching-geek', Jennifer enjoys many aspects of a teachers role that others avoid. Having fallen in love with the profession she aims to spread her enthusiasm through the delivery of staff training and CPD.

Joan Latta

"I was starved of oxygen at birth for 28 minutes. Doctors said that I wouldn't survive my first 24 hours. 24 years later I am now a Young Ambassador for the Princes Trust. I established my own disability awareness company and speak motivationally to people in all walks of life about living with cerebral palsy. I hiked 640 miles in 10 weeks and run 18 miles in less than 4 hours. I am now studying an Open University degree and I am also an Associate Tutor at University of East Anglia. Not bad for someone that shouldn't even be alive!

Jon Platten

"Jon is Principal of Open Academy, Norwich. Since – but not just because of – academisation, exam results have tripled, the Ofsted grading has risen from Inadequate to Good and student numbers have increased by 50%, despite a demographic dip and increased competition. Prior to this, Jon was Headteacher at a school on the north Norfolk coast; during this time the school gained specialist status as a Sports College and the International School Award from the British Council. In 2009, it was judged Outstanding by Ofsted. A keen parkrunner and bookclubber, he has also volunteered teaching in Kolkata and building in Romania.

Joydeep Ghoshdastidar

Passionate about teaching first aid and making life saving techniques easy to learn, Dr Joydeep Ghoshdastidar is a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesia and a trainer in advanced life support techniques. A medical educator for nearly twenty years, he works as a coach, mentor and NLP master practitioner helping health care providers achieve their full potential. This in turn means they can deliver the best possible patient care. By changing mindsets and challenging traditional medical teaching he aims to make learning first aid simple, fun and memorable, proving we all have it within us to become lifesavers.

Kay Reeve

Having suffered postnatal depression, Kay could spot the signs when her youngest suffered depression from early on. Later diagnosed with Asperger’s and very little support back then, Kay developed intuitive ways of coping with his mood swings. By her son’s late teens, she learned to systemise her methods in a way she could explain. Now she could help her son to overcome some of the challenges of adult life himself. It even helps Kay on challenging days. Kay realised through their methods of emotional mindfulness, why so many teenagers feel overloaded, when many could potentially help themselves out of depression.

Kit Elms

Kit Elmes is an International Relations Student at UEA. She has committed a large amount of time to unpaid work, such as volunteering at homeless shelters and interning at Unicef Sudan. This has enabled her to secure a job with the British Red Cross Refugee Project at the age of nineteen. Kit is now dedicating her free time to learning Arabic and spreading awareness of the issues that Refugees and Asylum Seekers face abroad and in the UK.

Lauren Razavi

Lauren Razavi is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, and managing director of communications consultancy Flibl. Her work focuses on technology, innovation, global development, sustainability and the future. She writes a weekly column called "Future Cities" for, and publishes regularly in titles such as The Guardian, VICE, Positive News and The Telegraph. Her corporate clients include Google, Facebook and NatWest, and she runs frequent workshops for Guardian Masterclasses and the University of East Anglia.

Marianne Cantwell

Author of Be A Free Range Human (translated into 5 languages and featured in The Guardian, Forbes, CBS, etc), founder of Free Range Humans and business mentor with a passion for doing things in line with your personality. Marianne has helped over 10,000 people see how to create a life (and grow businesses) where they don’t have to leave their personality at the door to get paid. Marianne lives in London, UK, but spends about half the year overseas where she loves exploring how people navigate questions of work, life (and the big ‘where do I fit anyway?!’) within different cultures.

Martyn Richards

Martyn Richards is a researcher specializing in the world of children and young people. Project work has ranged from worldwide brands such as MacDonald’s, Guinness World Records and Ikea, through to a number of locally based clients in education and the public sector. In 2005, after reading around the topic of brain development, he wrote a paper titled The Teen Brain: What’s Going On In There?, winning Best Paper and Best Presented Paper at the research industry's annual conference. Now, this topic is revisited, with further insight, and a focus on the secondary classroom.

Mille Honour

Mille is a 14 year old student from Thetford Academy, in Norfolk, UK and is one of the TEDxNorwichED Junior competition winners.

Natalie Scott

Natalie has always been passionate about education, as an AST, Lead Practitioner, SLE and as an Assistant Head, leading on whole school T&L. She has been part of leadership teams lifting schools out of special measures and thoroughly relished this challenge, driven by a strong desire to do what was best for the students in her care. She has also been part of a team providing emergency educational aid to the displaced children in the refugee camps of Northern France.

Phil Temple

Phill's day job is as a Speciality Doctor in Forensic Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, working with an inpatient population of men with a Learning Disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition who are detained under the Mental Health Act. He is also an Associate Pastor at Proclaimers - a dynamic, relevant, welcoming church with campuses in Norwich, Ipswich and Bratislava. He has been speaking on one stage or another for over 10 years; and is known for communicating with creativity, insight and humour.

Scott McCrum

Fearless Leader
If fear didn’t exist, what would your life look like? At the age of 19, Scott McCrum set up Fearless the youth ministry of Proclaimers church. Now two years later, Fearless has grown from a total of five youth to eighty. Along-side studying Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts and assisting several charities in promotional projects, Scott is passionate to see the change in this generation whose lives are too often governed by fear. Fearless is built on the foundations of reaching potential, influencing culture and building future.

Stuart Rimmer

Stuart Rimmer is a college principal in the east of England, having worked extensively across the further education sector. He is a passionate commentator for the need for educational change and the integration of wellbeing, resilience development and improving mental health outcomes for students. Stuart also works as a business performance coach and is currently writing a book entitled ‘The Inner Mountain: A coached guide to personal leadership, wellbeing and resilience” advocating the opportunities of taking responsibility and leading oneself within a values led framework, using ancient wisdom and modern positive psychology to support positive change.

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Norwich, United Kingdom