ACE Annual Conference

The ACE Annual Conference is a members only event, ACE Schools and Organisations can claim two places, individual members have a single place available.

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Thursday 18th November 2021
9.45am – 3.30pm

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Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
Chesham Road

Keynote Speakers

Ian Bauckham

Ian Bauckham is CEO of the Tenax Schools Trust and the new Chair of Ofqual. He is an Advisor to the Department of Education on Character Education and RSHE, and is currently chairing the DfE’s review of the Initial Teacher Training Market. Ian was previously president of the Association of School and College Leaders, and was awarded CBE in 2017 for services to education. Earlier in his career Ian was headteacher of an Outstanding graded comprehensive school in Kent.

Nat Parnell

Nat Parnell is a Regional Director for the United Learning MAT and Secondary Lead for Character, Ethos and Behaviour across the Trust. Nat was formally Principal at Northampton Academy, the first school to receive ACE’s prestigious School of Character Kitemark Award in April 2018. Ofsted recently praised, “The school’s character development (which) is at the heart of the school’s work,” and recognised that, “pupils demonstrate the school’s values through their excellent and thoughtful behaviours.”

Conference Q&A Panel


Honor-Wilson-Fletcher MBE FRGS FBES is CEO of the British Exploring Society (awarded Charity of Character Kitemark). She was previously CEO of the Aldridge Foundation and a trustee of National Literacy Trust. She has worked on behalf of the Department for Education as Director of the 2008 National Year of Reading, and held the role of Director at Southbank Centre and the British Museum. Honor has served as a trustee or adviser for the Arts Council for England, Booktrust, Edinburgh International Book Festival, National Literacy Trust, Catch-22 and Enabling Enterprise (Skills Builder). She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.

Chris Clyne

Chris Clyne is the Principal at Northampton Academy who fundamentally believes that developing character in students is as important as academic outcomes. Being the first school to achieve the Kitemark back in 2018, developing character at his school is everything, not just ‘another thing’. Chris has worked with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue on various projects since 2014, and more recently has been involved in supporting the delivery of webinars and CPD training in conjunction with ACE and the Jubilee Centre.

Herminder K Channa

Herminder K Channa OBE JP is currently an Executive Principal at Ark Schools, Lead Ofsted Inspector, a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and a Magistrate. Herminder chose teaching as a profession as she is driven by the idea that access to an excellent standard of education is a birth right for all. She helped to found Nishkam High school in Birmingham in 2012, one of the first Sikh multi-faith free schools. Under her headship it gained Ofsted’s “outstanding” status in just 18 months. She left Nishkam for Ark because she wanted to work with children in disadvantaged areas, where she felt she could make a difference. In 2015 Herminder took over Golden Hillock School after it was judged as “inadequate” twice by Ofsted and was one of the schools at the centre of the “Trojan horse” affair. In 2020 Herminder was awarded an OBE for her services to education. When asked how she transformed the school she replied, “we did it with love!”

Tony Bradshaw is a Head of School at Colmore Junior, a four-form Kitemark Plus school in Birmingham. He is a registered Ofsted Inspector, and a School of Character Kitemark Assessor and is a passionate advocate of character education. Tony has been in education for 22 years and has held leadership positions for 17 of those. Over many years, Colmore has worked collaboratively to support other schools in the local authority and their Teaching School is known for its specific commitment to developing those in Initial Teacher Training and at those at the early years of their careers. Tony is eager to share that his school does not follow a traditional approach to character education virtues but has worked to ensure that their ‘7 Key Principles’ are well embedded in all that they do and form the foundations for their curriculum. What is clear is that the staff at his school ‘live and breathe’ these ‘Principles’ and his approach to achieving this may offer those at the start of their character journey some insight into how to make that journey a long and fruitful one.

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