Nottingham Conductive Education Conference programme announced









We’re delighted to announce a packed programme for the 13th annual Conductive Education conference in Nottingham on Saturday 12 May 2018,  with keynote speaker Richard Whitehead MBE.

Speakers will deliver an assortment of topics to interest professionals, parents and centre managers alike.

Download 13th Annual CEPEG Conference draft programme

To book, please email us at

Saturday 12 May at The Park Inn, Mansfield Road, Nottingham 

Registration from 09.00am to 09.45am – closing between 4.00pm and 4.15pm.
Tickets – £72 for PCA members.
Conductive Education students, parents and family members – £25.
Exhibitors – £60 (includes table and lunch. Additional exhibitor attendees – £25 (to cover catering costs).

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Richard Whitehead MBE to speak at national Conductive Education Conference

‘Marathon champ’ to speak at national Conductive Education [CE] conference in Nottingham.

School for Parents is delighted to introduce World Record holder and current Paralympic and World Champion, Richard Whitehead MBE as a plenary speaker at the 13th national Conductive Education conference on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Park Inn, Nottingham.


The British athlete and double leg amputee is a firm believer in accepting who you are and making the most of it. He believes in living life without limits, leading him to become one of the world’s best sprinters, so who better to open a conference for practitioners and families with the same philosophy! Richard’s plenary speech is set to inspire and motivate, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, School for Parents Manager, said – “We are absolutely thrilled that Richard Whitehead has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our forthcoming CEPEG Conference here in Nottingham. Conductive Education seeks to empower and enable individuals to achieve their goals. Richard is an excellent & fitting ambassador for this ethos!”

Book now. Details of other excellent, inspirational contributors, breakout sessions and exhibitors will be announced soon.

To book, please email us at

Saturday 12 May – Registration from 8.30am.start 9.30am. Close 4.30pm.
Tickets – £80, with a 10% reduction for PCA members.
CE students, parents and family members – £25.
Exhibitors – £60 (includes table and lunch. Additional exhibitor attendees – £25 (to cover catering costs).


Notes to editor:

For details of the conference, please contact – Nathalie Bailey-Flitter at School for Parents

CEPEG Conductive Education Conference – CEPEG is an acronym for Conductive Education Professional Education Group (CEPEG) and Professional Conductors Association (PCA UK)
The CEPEG conference is an annual event bringing together professionals and others with interest in Conductive Education [CE]. The event is co-hosted by a member organisation, and the 2018 co-host is School for Parents.

School for Parents We are a Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and preschool children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. We also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills.

Conductive Education in Nottingham The basis of our work is inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education, developed by the Hungarian physician Dr Andras Petö. It’s a learning system that enables disabled children and adults to become more independent. Conductive Education has been in use in the UK for almost 30 years, and there is an increasing number of qualified Conductor Teachers working across the country. It is not a ‘therapy’ or ‘treatment’, but a method of teaching practical ways to manage the additional challenges that accompany a disability. However, our starting point is always what a child can achieve, not the barriers they face. We involve family members in all our education sessions as we believe this improves the outcomes for the child.

The approach Conductive Education places the parent firmly at the forefront of their child’s education, fostering a positive child/parent relationship and allowing professionals to work alongside parents as partners, encouraging their natural ability to aid their child’s development. Conductive Education awakens and stimulates a child’s self-awareness, and their capacity to play and enjoy life, despite their learning challenges. By working together, both parent and child will share this unique learning experience.

We encourage parents to continue their child’s learning at home, using strategies introduced in our teaching sessions, to get the best results from Conductive Education

The aims of Conductive Education
To teach a normal way of life
To nurture a positive outlook and an ability to solve problems and overcome challenges
To help children achieve greater independence and fulfil their potential

Key benefits

Gives the child the motivation to find ways of functioning – develops a ‘can do’ attitude
Enables the child to work alongside others with similar impairments
A comprehensive approach that covers physical, social, cognitive, and personal development
A positive system that focuses on what the individual child can achieve
Contributes to establishing a daily routine for the child and expects active participation at an age-appropriate level.

13th National Conductive Education Conference comes to Nottingham!

EXCITING NEWS for anyone working in, with interest in, or curious about Conductive Education!

Along with PCA/CEPEG, the professional body for Conductive Education in England, School for Parents is hosting the 13th national Conductive Education Conference on Saturday 12th May. It’s not just for Conductors – we warmly welcome students, parents, GPs, Health Visitors, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, TAs, Teachers – anyone with interest in empowering disabled children or adults with mobility or movement difficulties!

Saturday 12th May at the Park Inn by Radisson, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

8.30am registration/9.30am start – 4.30pm close.

Booking is by email only – please email for details.

The hotel is an easy walk from the City centre or just ten minutes from the train station in a taxi. If driving, there is a large free car park. 

To book an overnight stay, please contact the Park Inn directly – rooms for an overnight on Friday 11th May are currently at *£42 *on 5/2/18. There’s a relaxing bar, indoor pool, gym and sauna. 

Apart from listening to inspirational speakers and taking part in motivating breakout sessions – here are five reasons why you should sign up (not including the coffee and hot pastries on arrival and two-course lunch – hot and cold buffet):
1. Professionals, Parents, and Students – everyone can learn.
2. Network with peers – uncover ideas and spark inspiration.
3. Discover innovative products and new suppliers.
4. A valuable opportunity to meet new people.
5. A little FUN! Never underestimate the power of fun mixed with some interesting people.

School for Parents to co-host national Conductive Education Conference in Spring 2018


School for Parents is delighted to announce plans to co-host the national CEPEG Conductive Education conference in Nottingham on Saturday 12 May 2018.

The conference, titled ‘Conductive Education – The Next Chapter‘ will be held at The Park Inn, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

This 13th conference will be jointly hosted by CEPEG, the Conductive Education Professional Education Group. CEPEG is an umbrella term for the Conductive Education Community in the UK.

Delegates are invited to register their intention to present at the conference by emailing with details of the presentation, name and contact details.



Conductors! Vacancy to run Saturday Gym Club

If you’re a Conductor with time to spare at the weekend, we’d love to hear from you. You could save our Gym Club!

Erika, our Conductor, is due to go on maternity leave soon, so we urgently need a replacement Conductor to run our Saturday Gym Club (during our term times)!

Hours from 10 am to 2 pm (TBC).

You will have the support of a Conductor Assistant and some very knowledgeable parents.

Download the Job Description  Gym Club Conductor JD nov 2017 Maternity Leave Cover

For details, please email 

Or call us on 0115 958 66

Our children are offered a place to attend Gym club on a Saturday once they move into full-time education, ensuring they can continue to develop the skills they have already learned at pre-school alongside their mainstream school. The group enjoys a close relationship having spent time together attending pre-school sessions. They have a great team dynamic, helping and being hugely supportive of each other – there’s also a LOT of humour! Please, come and see for yourself.

Why Gym Club is essential – by a parent:

The session is structured to meet all of Logan’s physical needs to ensure he gets a good “work out” – all done with lots of laughs; he needs this as his confidence levels can be quite low. Logan gets a say in a lot of what he does at Gym Club, and his feelings are taken into account – this is important as he gets older and is not always the case at mainstream School. It is essential that he gets to see his friends from School for Parents so that he knows that he is not the only one who struggles and needs a bit of help. Logan has made some good friends at Gym Club, and the support from other parents is fantastic. They encourage Logan as much as I do and are there to cheer us both on when he achieves something that he has struggled with for a while. We all share an extraordinary bond and are all there for each other.

Gym Club has helped him achieve a lot: he has walked unaided, he stands unaided while throwing and catching a ball 100 times, he can crouch down (we have been working on this since we first started at SfP). Occasionally, he will surprise me and do things that he never does at home, that I never knew he could do! It’s as though he feels safe in the close environment to try new things and his confidence levels soar.

What Gym Club means to both of us is that there is someone out there who believes in us. They can see the potential in my fantastic little man, and they work hard with us to make sure that he has the support and help he needs to be the best that he can be, to live his life to the full and to never give up!”

Our children need you!




Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and Equinox runners supporting School for Parents!

Robert Jackson  Robert (one of our dads) has taken part in three half marathons this year, and he’s made the brave decision to sign up for the full Robin Hood marathon as his fourth race! Thanks, Robert, Oliver will be so proud of you!

Browne Jacobson Charitable Trust – Half Marathon and Equinox 24 hour challenge

Chris Sanderson – Chris heard about SfP through Richard Hipkiss, Field Sports Management, who is selling donated football boots for us – thanks, Chris! Good luck – 26 miles is a long way.

Justin Heaton – Justin heard about us through Lisa Fox who organised the Footprints Ball – thanks, Justin

Dave Taylor – Dave got involved via Lisa Fox by donating NFFC memorabilia to be auctioned; he came to see us and is now a brilliant supporter. Dave is selling raffle tickets to fundraise for us – Visit his Facebook page 

David Jones – David is also running the full marathon, thanks, David!

Mark Lewis and Steve Edwards Mark is also one of our dads, thank you Mark (and Steve).

Plus …

The Italian Job!
Geoff Platten and David Gregory (Matthew’s Granddad) are taking part in this epic ride in a mini (naturally!)

Fight Night!
Mark Ryder has a disabled relative, so wanted to support SfP. Thank you, Mark. Good luck with your boxing match.

Browne Jacobson Para’s 10 Challenge 2017!
Humu Choji and Neil Kates took part in a gruelling 10-mile tabbing race carrying 35lb (16kg) plus water, held at Catterick Garrison on 3 September 2017, organised by the British Army Parachute Regiment.

Contact for details

Public votes for School for Parents to receive £15,000 from Nottinghamshire Freemasons

Local charity, School for Parents, is to get a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.

The charity based in Sneinton was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Nottinghamshire, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 individuals who voted across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th-anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager at School for Parents, said:

“We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us. We plan to use this money to fund our core service, helping babies and preschool children with a range of disabilities to be the best they can be and helping their parents and families too. Children with disabilities need extra support to learn life-skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating, drinking, problem-solving and playing, not just literacy and numeracy. We help them find a solution that works for them.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families, and friends. It is estimated that 50% of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33M goes to the charities that help people in communities across the country.

Barry Woodhead from Nottinghamshire Freemasons said:

“We are delighted that so many people voted in Nottinghamshire. School for Parents was one of six charities nominated by local Freemasons, and I know they will use their £15,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”









About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also contributes to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit

For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer ( / 020 3146 3311)

About the United Grand Lodge of England

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (plus some Districts and groups overseas), formed in 1717 and has a membership of over 200,000.

UGLE will celebrate its official 300th anniversary on 24 June 2017, marking the date that four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and declared themselves the world’s first Grand Lodge.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, and its symbolic origin lies in stonemasonry.

Visit for further information.


Freemasonry has recently been the subject of a major documentary by Sky TV, Inside the Freemasons. A clip can be viewed here.


We need a Conductor to cover maternity leave – minimum of one-year.

We urgently need to recruit a Conductor for our Conductive Education Centre in Sneinton, Nottingham to provide cover for maternity leave. This is for a minimum of one-year.

Hours of Work are 38.5 hrs per week (part-time hours will be considered). Salary FTE £23,000 – £28,000 (depending on experience).

Download the Job description and Person Specification Conductor JD August 2017 Maternity Leave Cover

We’re a small, dynamic Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and preschool children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. We also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills.

You will help to create a stimulating learning environment that addresses all areas of the child’s development while focusing on functional skills – and the use of Eye Gaze technology.

You will have experience in documentation such as assessment and progress reports as well as setting individual goals and complex programmes.

We’re aware that we can’t compete with NY, NZ or Hong Kong as an exotic work destination. However, our amazing centre and our fantastic, vibrant city have lots to offer!

To have a chat about the role, please contact Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager 

To apply, please email a CV and a covering letter to Nathalie.

Telephone 0115 9586641.

The post will be available from November 2017.

See what we do at School for Parents – Video

Conductive Education session at School for Parents