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School leaders from across the country came together to hear how truly great leaders make the impossible possible

Presentations from over 30 sessions are available to download below.


Asking the right questions – Greg Gilbey, Lincoln’s Christ Hospital School

Collaboration: our pathway through the jungle – Martin Brook, Holyrood Academy

Igniting a passion for learning – David Taylor, Stanley Park High

Diverse leadership – Hannah Wilson, Harris Federation & #WomenEd

Embedding an ethic of excellence – John Stanier, Great Torrington School

From fear to flying – Julia James, Bedelsford Academy

Developing a vitality finance plan – Simon Oxenham, Southend School for Boys & NASBM

Holding back the nettles – Hywel Roberts

Improving your lesson observations, an innovative pilot project – Math van Loo, EP-Nuffic

Leading differently for the future – Julie Taylor, Thomas Deacon Academy

Madly, deeply, truly – are you leading a thinking school? – Ian Gilbert

Naturally smart places: a design for life – Professor Paul Clarke

Private school opportunities within a state school setting – Andy Goulty, Rodillian MAT

Taking risks to create an innovative culture in schools – Steve Taylor, Robin Hood MAT

Teaching with deep moral purpose – Debra Kidd

Tin opening with dinosaurs – Jenny Blay, The Langley Academy Trust

A life in song – Dominic Peckham

Welcome – Sue Williamson

From good to outstanding – Baroness Sue Campbell

Conference dinner
Lord Chris Holmes


Morning seminars
How do we create the conditions in schools for research engagement to flourish? – Ben White, Coalition for Evidence Based Education (CEBE)

HeadsRoundtable: schools that enable all to thrive and flourish

PISA and TIMSS uncovered: seeing past the headlines – Rebecca Wheater, NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)

The role of middle leaders in system improvement – Sir David Carter

It’s good to talk: What is oracy, and how can it help you and your school? – Will Millard, LKMco

From principals’ meetings to a meeting of principles – Chris Smith, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy

Leading a learning community to develop global citizens of the future – Trudi Purnell, Carlton le Willows Academy

Liminal leadership – Stephen Tierney, St Mary’s Catholic Academy

Ofsted update and debunking myths – Sean Harford, Ofsted

Read to achieve – Sarah Ledger, Sound Training and Acklam Grange School

Starting in headship – setting the strategic vision – Chris Hildrew, Churchill Academy

Student-led research as a springboard for changing school culture – Clive Corbett, Pershore High School

Are we really working together? Why collaboration starts with an honest chat – Camilla Whitney-Thomas and Gary Hickey, Adams’ Grammar School

Developing middle leadership and succession planning – David Howe, Abbeywood Community School

Joy Ballard

Angelina Idun

Nick Wergan








Main Stage Speakers

Joy Ballard

Principal, Ryde Academy

Baroness Sue Campbell CBE

Chair, Youth Sport Trust

Sir David Carter

The National Schools’ Commissioner, DfE

Prof. Andy Hargreaves

Thomas Moore Brennan Chair,
Boston College


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Student Performance Sponsor

Media Partner

Online Learning Partner


 Drinks Reception Sponsor


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