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SSAT National Conference 2018

5 – 6 December
ICC, Birmingham

Pure Imagination

This year the 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.

Whatever stage along its journey a school is at, true school and system improvement requires 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; Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC; Priya Makhani OBE, Founder, CENTURY Tech; and Rt Hon David Lammy MP.

In addition, all member schools are invited to bring their school business manager for free on the Wednesday of the conference. The SBM strand will explore ‘Imagine if … the money runs out: maintaining educational outcomes in times of austerity’.

A place at the National Conference is available for all SSAT Secondary Network member schools at no extra charge. Discounts are available for additional places, and for other types of SSAT membership. You can also reserve your places at the conference dinner on the evening on Wednesday 5 December.

SSAT National Conference 2018 Prices
Membership type Price
SSAT Secondary school 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


ICC, Birmingham

ICC, Birmingham


ICC, Birmingham

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Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference?

Read our Sponsorship and Exhibition brochure which explains the various packages available or get in touch with the SSAT Partner team.