UK Mediation to Participate in the Festival of Education

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We are pleased to announce that UK Mediation CEO and Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, will be taking part in a panel discussion at this year’s Festival of Education.

Titled ‘Parents and Teachers: Turning Conflict to Partnership’, Dr Talbot was invited to participate by our partners, Parentkind, who we recently trained on our Understanding Mediation course.

And, alongside some esteemed speakers, he will be discussing some effective strategies for dealing with challenging conversations and conflict between parents and teachers.

Joining him on the panel are:
Ruth Lowe, External Affairs Manager at Parentkind
Malcolm Goddard, Associate Trainer at Parentkind, former Head Teacher, and Parent Engagement Champion
Steven George, Head of External Affairs at NAHT
• Chaired by Karen Wespieser, Head of Operations at Driver Youth Trust and Parentkind trustee

The Festival of Education, now in its 10th year, runs from the 20th – 21st June, and hosts speakers from across the education sector in over 300 workshops and sessions.

Over 4,000 people are also expected to attend over the course of the two days, and Dr Talbot is excited to share with them how mediation can be used to head off and resolve such disputes:

“Highly-charged conflict, involving parents and teachers, has been very much in the news recently. UK Mediation is pleased to be involved in a number of initiatives to try and enhance collaboration and lessen any disruption to children’s education, which can often be the fallout from such situations.

I am delighted to be contributing to the Festival of Education with our friends at Parentkind and look forward to sharing our ideas about how to manage conflict much more positively.”

There will also be a Q+A session with the audience after the panel, and we’re looking forward to what we expect will be a lively and insightful event.

If you’re attending the Festival on the 20th, be sure to drop by the DLR between 11:00 and 11:45 and say hello!