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This year’s SSAT National Conference will focus 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.

Read the SSAT National Conference 2018 brochure

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 will hear from inspirational and thought-provoking speakers, who will challenge 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 will cover 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

Confirmed speakers include 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.

A place at the SSAT National Conference is available for all SSAT Secondary Network member schools at no extra charge.

All member schools are invited to bring their school business manager for free on the first day of the conference. The SBM strand will explore Imagine if… the money runs out: maintaining educational outcomes in times of austerity. Discounted rates are available for additional places, and for other types of SSAT membership.

Join us and our speakers for the Conference Evening Programme on Wednesday.
Imagine the potential of a professional body for the teaching profession
A pre-dinner speech from Stephen Munday, Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust, Executive Principal of Comberton Village College and newly-elected President of the Chartered College of Teaching; followed by a four-course Gala Dinner (view the menu) hosted by Sparx, live entertainment and the opportunity to network with school leaders from across the country.

Conference prices
Membership type Price
SSAT Secondary Network members – Wed 5 and Thu 6 Dec Complimentary place included in SSAT secondary membership package
SSAT Primary, Special, UTC, iNet Global, Sponsors Network and Welsh members & additional delegate/s for Secondary school members – Wed 5 and Thu 6 Dec £300+VAT
SSAT Primary, Special, UTC, iNet Global, Sponsors Network and Welsh members & additional delegate/s for Secondary school members – One day only £175+VAT
School Business Manager from any SSAT member school – Wed 5 Dec SSAT members attending the conference are invited to bring their SBM to the conference with them for free on Wed 5 Dec
Evening gala dinner – Wednesday 5 Dec – SSAT Members £85+VAT
Evening gala dinner – Wednesday 5 Dec – SSAT non-member £99+VAT
SSAT non-member – Wed 5 and Thurs 6 Dec £450+VAT
SSAT non-member – One day only £235+VAT

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