Navigating a rapidly changing world, maintaining good mental and physical health, dealing with social media and peer group pressures are just some of the challenges our children face.  We invite parents, educators and practioners to join some of the leading experts to discover and explore how we can help young people to navigate the 21st century.

Please follow the links below to book for the workshop on 5 May 2022, the evening talk on 5 May 2022 and the one day conference on 6 May 2022.


5 May 2022:

Mental Health First Aid Workshop

5 May 2022 – 9am-4pm – Cost £75

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Please follow this link for more information and to book your place.

Please note if this workshop is full you can contact The New Beacon School to go on a waiting list –


Evening talk by Dick Moore

5 May 2022 – 7pm-8pm – Cost £10

Dick is a global speaker on young people’s mental health and well-being.  Child & adolescent mental health is very much in the parenting & educational spotlight, Dick Moore will explore some of these emotive themes.  (All proceeds will be donated to the Charlie Waller Memorial trust). Please click here to watch Dick’s powerful TEDx talk.

Please note if you are booking to attend the conference on 6 May 2022 entry to Dick’s talk will be free of charge and you will just need to bring your booking confirmation to gain entry.

Please follow this link to book your place(free if you have booked the conference on 6 May 2022 – please bring your confirmation.)


6 May 2022:

Helping Young People Navigate the 21st Century

6 May 2022 – 9am-4.30pm – Cost £75

Please note if you are booking multiple places for an organisation please buy your first ticket at £75 and any subsequent tickets (up to a maximum of 5) will cost £50.  To book these extra tickets please enter the word multiple in your booking for the discount to be applied. Please follow this link to book your place.

This conference will feature a range of internationally respected speakers and professionals with the keynote speaker: Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, a renowned speaker on child and adolescent mental health.

Parking is available at the school and there will be a shuttle bus from Sevenoaks station if you would like to take advantage of this.


9.00    Coffee and Exhibition (Studio)

9.30     Welcome: Mike Piercy, Headmaster

9.40     Keynote address, Pooky Knightsmith: ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)’

11.00    Dr. Nicki Perry, ‘The GP’s View’

11.30    Kym Herregods, Life Coach: ‘Success = Balance’

12.00   Lunch and exhibition

13.00   Richard Burnett, founder, ‘Mindfulness in Schools Project’

14.00   Paul Parsons, Qualified Therapist and Specialist Bereavement Councillor: ‘Practical tips/toolbox for Parents and Professionals working with children’

15.00   Panel Q&A

15.30   Closing address, Pooky Knightsmith: ‘The Importance of Self-Care’

16.00   Close, refreshments, networking

16.30   Conference Ends


More information on the keynote speakers can be found by clicking on the links below.

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Pooky is an internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of six books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.  She’s also a mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression. TEDx talk with Pooky.

You can follow Pooky on TwitterYouTube, InstagramFacebook or LinkedIn.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett is the founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project. He has taught mindfulness to well over a thousand adolescents in the past 15 years – in classrooms, science labs, libraries, theatres, car parks and fields, and at virtually every time of day. He co-wrote the highly-acclaimed 10 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b) designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. Richard is a teacher at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. Richard’s TEDx talk helped define the landscape of mindfulness in education and he was an expert witness at the All Party Parliamentary Group that led to Mindful Nation UK.