Leadership Conference 2019

Cross-Phase Leadership Conference


Developing Sustainability in Educational Leadership

Cross-phase Leadership Conference, November 2019

“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!”

Cross-phase Leadership Conference – Book your place

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 Clive Davies OBE, Oliver Caviglioli with further speakers to be announced..

2021 Speakers

Clive Davies, OBE


Clive Davies has vast experience in primary education spanning 40 years, having inspected over 200 schools and serving as a headteacher, Ofsted inspector, Local Authority adviser, trainer and consultant. During his headship years, his school gained a National Curriculum award and was featured in the Times Educational Supplement, one of three schools recognised for their quality practice.

Awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2009, he is one of the founding directors of Focus Education, set up over 20 years ago. He still works with schools on an advisory basis, and is a highly sought after keynote speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is also the author of over 60 publications including the bestselling ‘Raising Standards by Setting Targets’ which over half of the primary schools in England bought.

Hannah Wilson


Hannah Wilson is an independent consultant and facilitator who specialises in leadership development and training. She is 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, Mental Health and Wellbeing. As a collaborator and a networker, she is involved in a number of networks which she has founded and co-leads for who she delivers bespoke training.

Oliver Caviglioli


“I used to be a headteacher of a special school, wrote several books on visual teaching strategies and was a trainer in schools and colleges for nearly a decade. After an inspired visit to the 2008 Berlin VizThink conference, I invented the HOW2s — visual step-by-step guides to teaching techniques. Now, I design and illustrate books, produce poster summaries of educational ideas, create visual branding, visualise CPD packages, and make the occasional presentation in the UK and Europe.”

David Gumbrell


David has over 25 year’s experience in education, including 7 as a Headteacher of a Junior school. Now working as an education consultant, David is passionate about keeping the best early career teachers in the profession. With this mission, he created The Resilience Project, a series of materials to encourage teachers to look after themselves in order to allow them to be the best teachers that they can be. This resulted in the publication of his first book LIFT! in 2019, and the sequel, RISK will be out in 2020. Both books seek to support teachers with their resilience and to improve decision-making processes so that learning is exciting and engaging.

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.