Leading with integrity

Inwards – Outwards – Onwards

Over a hundred colleagues attended our conference last year and we hope for an even larger number this year as we again have a programme of very high quality.

There will be national updates and engaging speakers that provide practical ideas to take back to school as well as workshops and plenty of time for networking to learn from each other.

Key Objectives for the Conference

  • To be updated and reflect on national, regional and local developments
  • To consider practical ways of sustaining resilient school leadership
  • To explore the mindsets of successful headteachers
  • To examine how leaders can build and sustain a culture of trust for improvement
  • To meet and network with colleagues and enjoy learning from each other

“Absolutely first rate. Provocative, thoughtful, challenging.”

‘Once again a superb conference, great to network and the speakers were brilliant.’

‘Superb professional development… Exceptional throughout.’

To book a place email or call 01332 706806

2018 prices Partners (in Partner Package) Non-Partners
Full Residential
£360 1st place £260 2nd place
£450 1st place £325 2nd place
Both Days* £300 £390
One Day* £165 £200
*Not including accommodation or evening meal

Dates: 22 November 2018 and 23 November 2018

Venue: Eastwood Hall, NG16 3SS

Time: 9am – 4pm Thursday and 9am – 3:30pm Friday

Conference Schedule

Thursday 22nd November 2018

08:15 Conference Registration, Refreshments and Informal Networking

09:00 Welcome, Introduction and Context of the Conference

09:30 ‘Fit Your Own Mask First’ with Andy Vass

The five core components of resilience

The narratives we use that deplete or nourish wellbeing and energy

Recognising where our influence begins (and ends)

Practical, proven strategies for boosting confidence and resilience

Andy Vass, teacher, coach and author, is an internationally renowned educator and has spent the past 35 years as a teacher, trainer and coach. Also, as a parent of three teachers, and husband to one, he is fully immersed in education and how schools function. He works across the UK and other countries with organisations and individuals to support successful improvement. He does this through developing positive behaviours, emotionally intelligent relationships and solution focussed coaching cultures. Andy has coached over 10,000 teachers from 1000+ schools and is a DfE consultant. He has been described by the TES as ‘one of the UK’s foremost trainers’ and is the author of seven educational books.

“Superb presentation. Totally relevant and tremendously thought-provoking.”

“The most useful and empowering training I participated in as a Headteacher.”

“Andy’s presentation and style is inspirational.”

10:30 Networking Visiting Stalls and Refreshments

11:00 Andy Vass continued…

12:00 Buffet Lunch in the Restaurant

13:00 ‘Teachers as Change Agents – growth mindset from the inside out’, with Jackie Beere

Why metacognition creates the courage you need to be a leader

Growing others to become change agents with maximum impact on children’s progress

How emotionally intelligent leadership works to deliver a growth mindset culture that nurtures and challenges students and staff

Jackie Beere, OBE, Jackie Beere Associates, is a leading educational trainer and consultant, a former Headteacher, School Improvement Partner and NLP Master Practitioner. She is also a successful author of many books. She was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2002 and has continued to help schools improve ever since. Drawing on her rich experience in schools across the UK and abroad she is able to help school leaders not only jump through the hoops expected of them but also do so in a way that never loses sight of the children.

“Exciting, stimulating and inspiring. A passion for teaching and learning that shines through and has infected me!”

“Very informative. It helped us think outside our comfort zone.”

14:30 Networking, Room Check-In, Visiting Stalls and Refreshments

15:00 Join one of the following practical workshops

‘Heads Under Pressure’ with Hannah Wilson, Executive Headteacher of Aureus School & Aureus Primary School

  • Drawing strength from your values
  • Staying strong when facing adversity
  • Being resilient and weathering the storms

‘Externally Facing Leadership: why is it important?’ with Dr Deborah Outhwaite, DTSA Director

  • Research on social justice leadership
  • Understanding cultural capital
  • Moving forward in current pressures

‘Supporting Governing Bodies in Being Strategic’ with Sandra Fletcher NLG and Chair of Governors

  • Improving governance for schools, academies and MATs through evaluating practice
  • Exploring updated national guidance that provides governors, trustees and executive leaders in all settings with a robust framework to monitor progress within an annual cycle

‘The ‘Inside Out’ Leader’ with Jackie Beere

  • Developing mini-coaching sessions with every member of staff
  • Exploring how to be a ‘growth mindset coach’
  • Understanding our own thinking, what holds us back, and finding solutions

16:15 Personal Development Time – swim, gym and relaxation

Evening Programme

18:00 Reception outside the main Conference Room

18:30 Pupil Performance

18:50 Evening Meal in the Restaurant

20:45 Quiz, Coffee and Karaoke in the main Conference Room

Friday 23rd November 2018

07:00 Breakfast and Early Morning Activities – swim and gym

08:30 Reading / Personal Reflection of Day One and Preparation for Day Two

09:00 National and Regional Update with John Edwards

John is Regional Schools Commissioner for the East Midlands and Humber

John Edwards, RSC for the East Midlands and the Humber, is responsible for making decisions about academies and free schools. Before his appointment, John was Director of Education and Skills at Manchester City Council. Earlier in his career he also worked as a mathematics teacher and senior leader in secondary schools in Yorkshire, a Principal Examiner for Mathematics, Service Director for Schools and Lifelong Learning at Wakefield Council and Assistant Director for Learning at Kirklees Council.

“John uses his significant experience to skilfully help make sense of the many challenges we face.”

09:40 ‘Building and Sustaining Trust: Leadership Lessons from High Performing Schools’ with Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith revisited ten successful schools and their leadership teams six years after his first visit to find out if they had changed and, if so, what had changed and why? In this session on successful leadership practices Alistair describes what he found out about the schools and their leaders:

a model for leading and sustaining improvement

how schools and leaders built and benefited from trust

what teaching and learning practices may work best for your context

Alistair Smith, Alistair Smith Learning, has been described as “the UK’s leading trainer in modern learning methods”. An outstanding presenter and motivational speaker, Alistair travels throughout the world delivering training based on interactive programmes. Alistair taught in schools in England and worked as an Educational Advisor before setting up his company ALITE. More recently, he has written award winning books, featured on radio and television programmes, and spoken to over 100,000 educators, parents and developers at conferences throughout the UK and abroad. Alistair has worked in sport for the Football Association for 17 years and for football clubs from the Premiership to the Conference.

“Dynamic, humorous, energising and practical. Revitalised my thinking.”

“The content and delivery were inspirational and I felt genuinely motivated to rethink many of the basic approaches to learning.”

10:45 Refreshments, Room Check Out, Visit Stalls and Networking

11:15 Alistair Smith continued…

12:45 Buffet Lunch in the Restaurant

13:45 ‘Courage, Hope and Humour’ with Brian Patten

Brian will be reading from a wide range of his poetry including his latest collection.

Brian Patten, poet and performer, was born in 1946 in Liverpool, and grew up in a working class neighbourhood. He left school at 15, becoming a junior reporter on The Bootle Times. He ‘gave up the day job’ at 18 and for a while lived rough in Paris, paying his way by writing poems in coloured chalk on the pavements beside the city’s pavement artists. Brian made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. Their joint collection, The Mersey Sound has been credited as one of the most significant anthologies of the twentieth century for its success in bringing poetry to new audiences and is now a Penguin Modern Classic. He has performed his work in venues as varied as The Islamic Students Union in Khartoum and the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. Brian has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

“Humour, sincerity, sheer brilliance – not to be missed.”

15:00 Closing Remarks

15:15 Prize Draw, Closing Slide Show and Evaluation

15:30 Depart

Programme may be subject to change