This year's 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 will 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?
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!
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.
Maggi Rose is senior facilitator and project lead for Mental Health at Work’s learning and development programmes. Maggi has a clinical and academic background in the field of mental health and brings hands-on experience of the specific drivers and challenges to improving mental health awareness in the workplace across a range of organisations, industries and sectors, including schools and universities.
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.
Kate Cooper is Head of Research, Policy and Standards at the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Kate joined the Institute after a career in a university business school where she lead the Management, Strategy & Leadership group . Kate has appeared on BBC Television, BBC Radio 4, various other radio stations, has a regular column in Dialogue magazine, is a key note speaker at conferences and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda.
The Institute of Leadership & Management is 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.
Dame Kathy August DBE has extensive experience of leadership in education stretching over three decades. She was appointed to her first Headship in 1988, achieving significant successes in this and further headships. In 2003 she took on a major challenge as the first Principal of Manchester Academy in Moss Side, one of the first ‘City Academies’ in the country and described by Andrew Adonis as ‘one of the worst gang-infested comprehensives in the country’. In just over five years, the Academy was judged as Outstanding, and Kathy August was designated a National Leader of Education.
In addition to her experience as a Head teacher, she has worked as a Senior Education Adviser at the Standards and Effectiveness Unit in the Department for Education, under the leadership of Professor Sir Michael Barber, and she is a qualified Ofsted Inspector. She has written books and papers on a range of educational issues, and has regularly been invited to speak at conferences and other events, including two presentations in Downing Street to promote the academy programme.
In 2012 she helped establish a new multi-academy trust, and since 2013 has worked independently with a range of multi-academy trusts and other educational organisations on a variety of school improvement issues, including coaching leaders in executive education.
She was awarded the DBE in 2014 for services to education, and in January 2017 was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Salford Business School. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Ciarán O’Donnell was born in Derry City, Northern Ireland in 1981 and began playing the clarinet and saxophone at the age of eleven. He studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he graduated with first-class honours. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship for further study at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he completed a postgraduate diploma with distinction and was awarded the Conservatoire’s post graduate prize 2003. He joined Birmingham Music Service in 2005 as a woodwind teacher, teaching successfully in a variety of Birmingham Schools.
Ciarán held the post as Head of Woodwind at Birmingham Music Service from 2009. In January 2014 he was appointed as the Head of Music Service. He is the nominated regional representative for the West Midlands Music Mark group, where he continues support the collaborative work of the 14 Music Services of the West Midlands. In June 2013, he was awarded honorary membership of Birmingham Conservatoire, for his innovative partnership work in the field of Music Education.
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.”
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.
***BOOKING OFFER FOR LEADERSHIP TEAMS***
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 Friday 30th September to receive discounts on individual delegate packages
Full conference for 1 delegate for 2 days including overnight accommodation and dinner - £575 *September 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 *September offer available of £345 per delegate
One day conference (attendance on either day 1 or day 2) for 1 delegate – £275 *September offer available of £245 per delegate
From October, 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
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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