ISC and Sevenoaks School Service & Community Action Conference

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Science and Technology Centre, Sevenoaks School

High Street


TN13 1HU

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A collaboration between the Institute of Service and Social Impact at Sevenoaks School and the ISC Community Action Expert Group

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Key question: How can we improve the education we offer our pupils through their engagement in service and community action?

Schools (both private and state, and often in partnership) across the UK are increasingly engaging their pupils in activities ranging from voluntary service, to charitable fundraising, to social entrepreneurship, advocacy and environmental action.

This conference aims to explore the education we offer our pupils in social change, asking how we can best create meaningful placements and projects that build mutually impactful relationships with community partners whilst deepening our pupils’ understanding of inequality and their positioning in local and global communities.

This primarily teacher-led conference will be relevant to any teacher interested in this area of school life, but may be particularly relevant for those leading their school’s programmes in voluntary service, charity, social entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability. This is mainly targeted at secondary level education, but the discussions and content will also be relevant for primary level.

First Keynote Speaker: Tom Ilube CBE (topic tbc)

Tom Ilube CBE is Founder and Chair of the African Gifted Foundation, which has opened the African Science Academy for gifted and talented young women. He was founding Chair of Hammersmith Academy, a secondary school in London, UK and was Chair of ADA College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills. Tom is a Non Executive Director of the BBC and an Advisory Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Tom is also Chief Executive of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, a stock market quoted technology company. He was ranked as the most powerful British person of African-Caribbean heritage by the Powerlist 2017 and New African magazine listed Ilube as one of Africa’s most influential people for 2017.

Schedule for the day (Friday 6 March)

8.30 – 9.45 ISC Expert Panel Meeting (panel members or invite only)

9.30-10.00 Registration and tea/coffee

10.00 - 10.05 Welcome address (Theresa Homewood, Acting Head, Sevenoaks School)

`10.05- 10:20 Introduction to the day (Cat Davison, Chair of ISC Community Action Expert Panel, Director of Service & Social Impact at Sevenoaks School)

10.20-10.35 Reflections from pupils

10.35 – 11.15 Keynote speaker: Tom Ilube CBE: 'When it comes to impact, are students becoming the teachers?'

11.15-11.25 Break

11.25-12.20 Workshops 1-3 (see below for info)

12:20-13.00 Lunch (provided)

13.00 - 13:30 Community partners: panel discussion (including speakers from Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees, Empathy Action, Hospice in the Weald, EduSpots Ghana, and The Hygiene Bank)

13.30 – 14.25 Workshops 4-6 (see below for info)

14.30 – 15.25 Workshops 7-9 (see below for info)

15.30-16.10 Group findings and closing comments

16.10-16.30 Departures and relaxed networking


You will have the option to attend three workshops, one selected from each of the three groups below (e.g. you can pick 1, 5 and 7, but not 1,2,3).

Every workshop will be discursive in nature, providing an opportunity to share ideas and meet other teachers working in similar fields . The format will involve (in relation to the different themes) discussing key aims, working principles, examples of best practice and challenges faced.


1. Best practice in service programmes (speakers from Brighton College, Wellington College, Sevenoaks)

2. Developing service programmes (speakers from Jags, Tonbridge, Habs Girls, Sevenoaks)

3. Social entrepreneurship education (speakers from Brighton College, Sevenoaks School, Doing the Right Thing)


4. Global partnerships (speakers from Habs Girls, EduSpots, Wellington College)

5. Equality and advocacy education (speakers from the Hygiene Bank, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refgees, Empathy Action, Sevenoaks School)

6. Project evaluation and social impact measurement


7. Environmental sustainability education (speakers from SPGS, Brighton College, Sevenoaks and Wellington College)

8. Charitable giving in a school context (speakers from Wellington College, Sevenoaks, Jags)

9. Pupils' involvement in school partnerships (speakers from KCS, Oundle, Sevenoaks)


The event will be held in the school Multi-Purpose Space which is located on the valley level of the Science and Technology Centre. Please make your way directly to this building, where you will be able to register and receive a name badge.

Travel and Parking:

We recommend that you come by train if possible. Sevenoaks School is a 15 min walk or 5 min taxi ride from Sevenoaks station, which is 25 mins from London Bridge station.

Parking on site is very limited, so please do arrive early and go to the main school car park, near the Sennocke Centre. We have 10 spaces in the overflow car park: when you enter the car park bear right around the roundabout and drive up through the black gate towards the back of the running track. Otherwise, please park in Sevenoaks town.


For those requiring overnight accomodation there are a number of local hotels and B&Bs. Do search on a site such as to establish availability.


To reach the Institute of Service and Social Impact at Sevenoaks School, email:

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