Conference 2019

Communication & Collaboration:

Aspiration; Purpose; Social Justice

A Cross-Phase Leadership Conference

20 – 21 November 2019

DTSA Conference 2019

The DTSA Conference is a cross-phase leadership event for Deputies, Heads, and CEOs, this year focusing on Communication and Collaboration: Aspiration, Purpose and Social Justice.


The aim of the conference is to have high quality inputs from speakers that enable leaders to think about their practice in a reflective space; rejuvenate themselves and their team members; and have sessions facilitated by experts in education who can tease out their thinking from the keynotes and make it relevant to their own educational contexts.

Traditionally there is dinner and quiz, opportunities to walk in the grounds, use of the spa and pool, and of course, the bar! This year there will also be informal networking opportunities with a range of academics from education to challenge our thinking and help us to get the most out of our time away from school. DTSA members will also have the opportunity to attend our AGM on the Wednesday evening.


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 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 fantastic 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 help educators across the UK understand the power they have 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.

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, teachers, school-based coaches, Master’s and Doctoral students and school leaders to support 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

With a background in mainstream and special needs education and many years’ experience in schools as a pedagogical and pastoral champion, Nina’s grasp of what makes classrooms – and all the people in them – tick. She is a highly creative educator and, whilst her first book explored her research on how music can improve learning and motivation in all classrooms, her latest best-selling book, Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A Compendium of Careful Advice for Teachers, is helping 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.

Workshop Facilitators

Catherine Simon

Catherine is studying a Doctor of Education (EdD), her thesis is entitled ‘Understanding the Big Society – exploring the origins of the concept and its relationship to Education’. So far, research has illustrated the tensions between ‘top down’ centralised policy and ‘bottom up’ responses by schools to local needs, highlighting the implications for school leadership in understanding what constitutes the education ‘system’ and in making sense of centralised policy implementation in the local context. Catherine is an ILM Level 7 Executive Coach, as well as running education programmes at Bath Spa University.

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.

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.

2019 prices

DTSA Partner

Non DTSA Partners

Full Residential place



One Day
(including lunch / no accommodation)



One Day
(including lunch and dinner / no accommodation)



Please email for multiple bookings for the same organisation booking at the same time.

Dates: Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21 November

Venue: Eastwood Hall, Nottingham

Time: 9am – 4pm each day

For enquiries please email or call 01332 706806