Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017
We are delighted to announce the details of the Services for Education (S4E) Leadership Conference for Primary and Early Years education professionals, taking place on Thursday 16 – Friday 17 November 2017 at Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley.  
Over 2 days, school leadership teams can hear from a range of experienced and inspirational education and non-education speakers, who will explore some of the challenges, opportunities, complexities and rewards of leadership for individuals and teams alike. 
This is Services for Education’s sixth year supporting leaders from Primary and Early Years settings to come together at an annual conference to reflect on the real and current issues that impact upon their children, staff, and school community.
Who within school leadership will benefit from the conference?
Executive headteachers, headteachers, Principals, Vice-Principals, heads of school, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers, teachers with lead responsibility for particular aspects e.g. SEN and Assessment
How will this benefit me and my team?
Whether you’re new to education leadership or more established in the role, this conference provides an excellent opportunity for personal development and CPD by enabling delegates to:
  • Hear from engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking speakers
  • Network with colleagues and peers 
  • Be the drivers of improvement and excellence
  • Benefit from interactive, purposeful and deliberate conversations
  • Take away examples of practical strategies and tools to use in your own setting
  • Reflect, review and be ready to respond to the challenges ahead
Who are the guest speakers?
Returning for a second year, Sir John Jones is one of the most sought after educational speakers owed to his straight-talking, leadership and creativity. He has 17 years’ experience as a head teacher and was a member of the Headteachers’ National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities project at the DfES. 
Sir John designed and delivered a Master’s Course on the leadership of change at Liverpool University and was a member of the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership. He is also the best-selling author of ‘The Magic- Weaving Business’. 
Sir John feels privileged to be Chair of the Board of ‘Everton in the Community’ and a governor at the Everton Free School.  He is a governor at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, a 3-19 all through school in Bolton, and is also proud to be the Chancellor of Sefton Children’s University.
David Cameron is a national pioneer and innovator in the role educator’s play in issues including equity, equality and opportunity. David has senior leadership experience in the classroom at every phase and has been involved in the development of national educational policy and its implementation in schools. 
David brings together artists and educators through the annual Creative Conversations in Edinburgh event, has helped draft Creative Scotland’s recent manifesto on learning and creativity and is a leading player in Scotland’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas project. 
Through his public speaking he challenges audiences to be both more creative and courageous when it comes to achieving the best for young people.

Having gained a vast amount of experience working in mainstream and special needs education, Nina Jackson has a breath-taking grasp of what makes classrooms, and those in them, tick.  Her first book shared research about how music can improve learning and motivation in all classrooms; a theme close to the heart of Services for Education’s Music Service!
With years of experience working as a pedagogical and pastoral champion, she has become an international emotional health and well-being ‘ambassador’ – and is in constant demand across the world for her knowledge.
In her role as associate director, Nina works nationally and in challenging environments across the world including Ghana, Chile and the Middle East. Her best-selling book, Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A Compendium of Careful Advice for Teachers has helped support thousands of teachers throughout the country.  
Nina’s speech to conference delegates promises to be filled with passion, humour and warmth; a session not to be missed!

James Nottingham, a former teacher and education leader in schools is now one of the best-known and sought-after education speakers in the country, engaging audiences from every stage of education.   One of the world’s foremost thinkers within education, James has a remarkable ability to inspire positive change with his inviting and motivational approach to teaching and learning.

His book, Challenging Learning, has been published in five different languages and he has created a multi-million pound project to help raise aspirations of young people in North East England- a programme still being used today. 
Colin Diamond has been in education leadership roles for over 30 years, having worked professionally as a teacher, youth worker and child psychotherapist in inner-London. He took on some of the most challenged schools in the East End of London as associate head teacher.
Colin has also worked as a local authority SEND adviser, Director of Education, Director of Children’s Services (taking an LA from “special measures” to “outstanding”), OFSTED inspector, associate lecturer at three universities and DCSF South West Director. He then moved to the Department for Education (DfE) where he headed up the Department’s education advisers for academies and free schools. 
He arrived in Birmingham in the wake of Trojan Horse and has lived happily ever since having escaped the Whitehall corridors of power.  Colin is driven by what is best for our children and young people and the transformative power of education for working class children in particular.
Jane Beston has worked in the field of mental health all her professional life, during the past 10 years she has specialised in learning and development across management and leadership positions. Jane is responsible for the development and quality assurance of the Mental Health at Work mental health and the workplace programme, delivering practical and skills-based training. 
Jane is also a Trustee for BasicNeeds, an organisation that supports people with mental illness or epilepsy. 
Phil James is CEO of The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) - a professional membership body that connects like-minded people with the shared purpose of inspiring great leadership everywhere.
Through its research and events programme, the Institute seeks to inform, inspire and impact the practice of leadership wherever it happens. Its 30,000 members come from all walks of life, operate across all sectors and share a commitment to lifelong learning, continuous improvement and helping others to achieve their potential.   
Qualified to Master’s degree level Phil has ambitions to complete a Doctorate in the area of leadership, management and personal development.  Previously, Phil has worked as CEO at various professional and awarding bodies in sectors as diverse as construction and social work.
Click Here for Programme Overview – see attached document outlining the programme
What have previous delegates said about the conference?
This conference is very important in the education landscape.”
Great chance to take a ‘step back’ and reflect on own practice and motivations.”
Very positive atmosphere to the conference with good keynote speakers
It has given the Senior Leadership Team time to network and have time to reflect and discuss.  The AHTs in particular have loved being part of the 2 days.
A really worthwhile experience, especially as someone new to Senior Leadership.”
Delegate Packages
Whether attending the full 2 day conference, or as day delegates only, there are a range of packages available to suit leadership teams and individuals.  Book early to avoid disappointment, and take advantage of the early bird offers available.
  • Full conference for 2 delegates for 2 days including overnight accommodation and dinner - £975 *offers a saving of £175 on full conference bookings for 2 delegates
Book by Monday 31st July to receive discounts on individual delegate packages
  • Full conference for 1 delegate for 2 days including overnight accommodation and dinner - £575 *Early bird offer available of £525 per delegate
  • One day conference (attendance on either day 1 or day 2) for 1 delegate plus overnight accommodation and dinner - £375 *Early bird offer available of £345 per delegate
  • One day conference (attendance on either day 1 or day 2) for 1 delegate – £275 *Early bird offer available of £245 per delegate 
After Monday 31st July, the following rates will apply:
  • Full conference for 2 delegates for 2 days including overnight accommodation and dinner - £975 *offers a saving of £175 on full conference bookings for 2 people
  • Full conference for 1 delegate for 2 days including overnight accommodation and dinner - £575
  • One day conference (attendance on either day 1 or day 2) for 1 delegate plus overnight accommodation and dinner - £375
  • One day conference (attendance on either day 1 or day 2) for 1 delegate – £275
To secure a place(s) to attend the conference please complete the 2017 Primary and Early Years Conference Booking Form .
Further information and updates concerning the conference will be published in due course.
With thanks to the conference steering group members:
Sue Barratt, Bournville Junior School; Val Daniel, Washwood Heath Nursery School; Rubina Darr, Cromwell Primary School; Andrew Pilmore, Audley Primary School; Cath Rindl, Nansen Primary School; Jonathan Smart, Brookvale Primary School; Claire Williams, Bournville Junior School; 
Linda Brown, Services for Education; Paul Douglas, Services for Education; and Sarah Marshall, Services for Education
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S4E Primary and Early Years Conference 2017

Date: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017
Venue: Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Watling St, Burbage, Hinckley LE10 3JA
Conference queries:
0121 366 9913

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