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The West Sussex Deputy Network 2019

Crawley / 22 November 2019

West Sussex Deputy Headteachers Network (WSDN) is a group of deputy headteachers or aspiring deputy headteachers who work in secondary schools across West Sussex. They collaborate formally to continually develop the quality of education of the young people in their care.

SSAT works closely with the WSDN to help shape the thinking and content of the network’s activities, and to support the project management and logistical arrangements for the group.

West Sussex schools become members of the WSDN by payment of an annual subscription.

To pay your subscription fee for the WSDN, which gets you entry to the annual conference and other twilight events, sign up through the booking form link below.

Membership of the WSDN 2019-20

  • £245+VAT per person. Core activities included in the fee:
  • WSDN annual conference – Friday 22 November 2019
  • The new Ofsted Framework – Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Pupil Premium/Vulnerable students – Wednesday 22 January 2020
  • Curriculum (planning/mapping) – Wednesday 4 March 2020

Renew your annual membership and book your place at the conference

WSDN Annual Conference 2019

2019 marks the 9th WSDN annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick on Friday 22 November 2019.

The theme of this years’ conference is Driving Leadership and Balancing Well-being.

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We are delighted that Amjad Ali as one of our keynote speakers. As a senior leader in a start up secondary school and a TEDx speaker, Amjad’s keynote will focus on inspirational leadership with a focus on learning. Amjad has also created the website www.trythisteaching.com and you can follow him on Twitter – @ASTSupportAali

Amjad will be joined by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an expert in mental health providing insight into how to balance workload and mental health. You can follow Pooky on Twitter – @PookyH

Our third keynote for the day is Colin Logan from SSAT who will provide an overview of the changes to education policy and what this means for senior leaders.


The conference will also include a session on sharing best practice and will cover the following topics:

  • Attendance: how to break the magic 95% – hear from schools who have done it (Sue Kelly)
  • Safeguarding: supervision and sharing – how can we look after the DSL and the rest of the team (Kevan John)
  • Staff wellbeing: Ideas for line managers (Pooky Knightsmith)
  • Curriculum intent and quality assurance (Colin Logan)

Complete the booking form to sign up to the WSDN and attend this invaluable event. You will be sent an invoice for your network fee, followed by further logistical information ahead of the conference on Friday 22 November.

Additional delegates from the same school can attend the event for £90.

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Dr Pooky KnightsmithAn internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books and is the current chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She lives in South London with her two daughters, husband, mother-in-law and four (yes four) dogs.  She’s a keen climber and a tenor in her local choir. She lives with PTSD and autism.

You can follow Pooky on TwitterYouTube, InstagramFacebook or LinkedIn

Keynote: Meeting the mental health needs of every learner

This session enables you to take a look at how well your school is currently meeting the mental health needs of students and staff and explores practical next steps to build on current strengths and address areas of challenge.  We’ll consider the school ethos and environment, how well the needs of vulnerable pupils are being met and whether the school currently has practical policies and procedures in place that are actually being utilised.  Designed to act as the springboard for school improvement, this session works best when staff come with an open mind ready to celebrate what’s working well and challenge what isn’t.

Sharing best practice session: Staff wellbeing: Ideas for line managers

This session acknowledges that we are often a lot better at looking after our pupils than looking after ourselves and walks through some simple strategies line managers can employ to boost their own wellbeing, support their team and create a culture of ethos of wellness and appropriate support seeking and giving.

Book now

Date and time:

Friday 22 November 2019 8:45am - 3:15pm


SSAT members: £245
All prices exclusive of VAT


Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick Copthorne Way
Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3PG United Kingdom