Leadership Conference 2019

Cross-Phase Leadership Conference


Developing Sustainability in Educational Leadership

“I have attended a number of conferences over the years with DTSA despite being from a different county. Myself and colleagues have had an incredibly inspirational and thought provoking 2 days which EVERYONE would have benefitted from being part of. Well done DTSA!”

21 November 2019

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Early Bird Full Residential Place*
£400 per person
offer ends 15 December 2020

Full Residential Place
£480 per person
from 16 December 2020

Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3SS

With Key Note Speakers Pran Patel, Chris Dyson and Hannah Wilson.

2021 Speakers

Pran Patel


Pran has experience at Secondary and University level and he has worked with primary schools through leading on transition as a Classroom Teacher, Lead Coach, Head of Department, Lead Practitioner and as a Assistant Principal/Headteacher.

Pran has focussed on leadership, leading standards, behaviour management and professional development and curriculum. His NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for School Leadership) project was to lead whole-school coaching. For Pran, teaching is fundamentally a game of people and he believes that having happier teachers and pupils mean its more likely that both relationships will thrive. Pran is a Mental Health and BAME advocate.

Chris Dyson


Chris Dyson is headteacher at Parklands Primary. The most deprived school in Leeds, it is situated on one of Europe’s largest council estates, with 74% Pupil Premium. When Chris joined the school 4 years ago, it had been deemed inadequate with 150 exclusions in a year. Today exclusions are zero, the school has the highest progress score for maths in the country, and Ofsted has recently judged the school outstanding. Chris still has largely the same team as when he arrived, but has changed the culture of the school with coaching for the staff, and the wellbeing of staff and children becoming the driving force. Chris is now an NLE and shares the story of how he achieved this transformation with leaders from other schools.

Hannah Wilson


Hannah Wilson is an independent consultant who specialises in leadership development and training. As a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative and an advocate for flexible working (the focus for her MA in Education) she specialises in, Diversity, Inclusion and Equality; Professional Learning; Early Career Teachers; and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Formerly Hannah has been Head of Secondary Teacher Training at University of Buckingham, Founding Executive Headteacher of Aureus School & Aureus Primary School, GLF Schools, Strategic Lead for the GLF Teaching School Alliance and Sub-Regional Strategic Lead for the SE Women Leading in Education Network for Oxon, Berks and Bucks (NCTL). As a collaborator and a networker, Hannah is involved in a number of networks which she has founded, co-leads and delivers bespoke training through including #DiverseEd and #WomenEd and she is also an Associate or an Ambassador for a number of organisations including the Chartered College of Teaching (Council Member).

2019 celebrated our fifteenth year of our cross-phase Leadership Conference, a conference inclusive of all schools and phases.

Speakers in 2019 included Jaz Ampaw-Farr, David Cameron, Rachel Lofthouse and Nina Jackson, plus a range of workshops and a market place.


2019 Key Note Speakers and Facilitators:

Jaz Ampaw-Farr


Jaz Ampaw-Farr began her career as a teacher and is passionate about children’s education and learning. She delivers inspirational keynotes, interactive workshops and transformative coaching, looking at the impact you have on the lives of others – how you’re an Everyday Hero and how what you do makes a difference. Whether you lead a team, class of students or family, your super powers can be enhanced by having clarity around WHY you do what you do. Jaz talks about how her life was transformed by just five teachers whose WHY was to be human first and professional second.

David Cameron


David Cameron is a highly experienced educator and a speaker who combines an overview of education – from policy making at national level to knowing what makes children tick in a real classroom, and everything in between. David uses this unique perspective to empower educators across the UK to cut through the policies and practices that get in the way of simply doing the best possible job they can, in a way that makes sense for everyone.

Professor Rachel Lofthouse


Rachel has a specific interest in the link between practice development and professional learning for teachers and educators, based on innovative pedagogies, curriculum design and collaborative practices for coaching and mentoring. She works with student teachers and their school-based mentors and coaches, teachers, Master’s and Doctoral students and school leaders. Rachel supports her learners in building their workplace expertise while developing critical reflection and their ability to contribute to, and draw productively on, the evidence base for teaching and learning.

Nina Jackson


Nina’s background is in mainstream and special needs education with many years’ experience in schools as a pedagogical and pastoral champion; Nina has a grasp of what makes classrooms – and all the people in them – tick. She is a highly creative educator and her first book explored her research on how music can improve learning and motivation in all classrooms. Nina’s latest best-selling book, ‘Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A Compendium of Careful Advice for Teachers’, is helping to put the ‘fizz’ back into classrooms for thousands of teachers. For Nina, classrooms need to have the ‘hard stuff’ in place – rigour, systems, expectations and a professionally inclusive approach to the achievement of all children, combined with the ‘fizz’ – the magic, the excitement, the emotional engagement, the sense of wonder and the passion for teaching and learning.

Felicity King


Felicity King looks after the profession from the inside out with her “reset not inset” mantra. Reset not inset is a truly human approach to leadership and fellowship. Delivering significant cost savings by recharging and nurturing the innate well-being of our precious teachers, while restoring human connection at the heart of education. Turning down the noise of agenda and process, restoring teacher well-being and increased classroom productivity and securing recruitment and retention for the future.

Dr Deborah Outhwaite


Deborah Outhwaite has run an Education MA at the Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick for the last three years, and taught on a range of programmes at the University of Derby, having spent the last decade educating teachers to Masters level whilst researching the self-improving school system (SISS). A qualified 11-18 teacher, Deb taught Social Sciences in secondary education for 12 years prior to her university teaching and was an A-Level Government & Politics examiner for European Politics. Her Education Doctorate was on Educational Leadership in the IB, and was awarded in 2017. Deb co-convenes the Leadership Preparation and Development Research Interest Group (RIG) for BELMAS, and she is an elected member of BELMAS Council.

Dr Sarah Younie


Sarah Younie is Professor of Education and Innovation. She teaches on the MA and BA programmes, and supervises research students in educational technology, innovation, pedagogy, professional development and management of change. Sarah’s areas of expertise include change management (school development and leadership) and Education policy (policy implementation) and she has held national positions as the UK Chair of ITTE, which liaises with government agencies on technology and policy.