The SSAT National Conference 2018 focused on what it means to be an imaginative school leader, turning ideas into practical realities, and considering how schools are responding to the big questions of today and tomorrow.
Throughout 2019, we are working with schools, other educational organisations, and cross-sector to make the case for deep social justice: a commitment to ensuring that all students leave school fully prepared to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives. This is a grand ambition and one that can be achieved only through strong, principled leadership, working in partnership, and continual review of practice and policy.
Whatever stage along its journey a school is at, true school and system improvement require leaders who think big; continually raising the bar for the young people they work with. Over the two days, we heard from inspirational and thought-provoking speakers, who challenged us to think differently about our approach to education; and to school leaders at the chalk face who are turning imaginative ideas into realities every day.
Through a series of main stage, workshop and seminar sessions, the conference covered five broad themes:
Being an imaginative leader
The qualities needed for imaginative but practical leadership
Imaginative leadership in action
Embedding a culture of imagination across your school
Imagine if… it didn’t matter where you come from
Addressing economic, regional and other educational inequalities
Imagine if… robots ran our schools
The potential for enhanced technology and AI to transform learning
Imagine if… education wasn’t restrained by accountability
Doing the right thing for the children in your school
Speakers included Amanda Spielman, HMCI, Ofsted; Charlotte Church, Educational Researcher; Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC; Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder, CENTURY Tech; and Rt Hon David Lammy MP.