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New and aspiring heads' conference 2021

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Tuesday 18th May 2021 
Virtual conference
Our New and Aspiring Heads' conference has been formulated by successful and experienced senior leaders from all sectors. It provides sound foundations, so you return to your school refreshed and equipped to develop your vision or plan your pathway to headship, as well as prioritise the daily demands of your new role. You will enjoy hearing insights from practitioners and other experts, gain a picture of the changing educational landscape and consider ways to sustain your personal resilience throughout your career. There will be opportunities to network with other new school leaders and members of the NAHT team.

We provide the highest standards of support and advice throughout your time as a school leader -  whether you will be leading in the early years, primary, secondary or special schools and alternative provision.

On becoming a new school leader, we know that you’ll have competing priorities; we think you should have the opportunity to develop your potential, which is why we are offering this conference at subsidised rates to members. 

All content will be available to you on demand after the conference for 30 days.

What our attendees say

"The keynote speakers were inspirational and allowed me to reflect on my own practice and consider changes I might make."

"The workshops were very professional and provided a lot of detail. Where I got the most out of them there were opportunities for discussion with other delegates. The networking times were really valuable."

"An extremely valuable conference - I have new contacts in a range of settings. A great opportunity to develop long distance coaching."
Rebecca Ross, acting deputy head teacher

"The keynote speakers were excellent, a massive highlight of the say."
Tim Hucknall, assistant head teacher

Who should attend? 

New heads in the first two-years of headship, deputy and assistant heads, and those aspiring to leadership.

The conference is suitable for colleagues from early years, primary, secondary and special schools.

Keynote speakers


0815 - 0900:  Registration, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
0900 - 0915:  Conference welcome - Bernadette Hunter
0915 - 1015:  Keynote - Andy Cope - Shift Happens
1020 - 1050:  Keynote - Simon Smith - More is More, a starting guide to headship
1050 - 1110:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1110 - 1220:  Workshop 1
1220 - 1320:  Lunch, exhibition viewing networking and refreshments
1320 - 1440:  Workshop 2
1440 - 1500:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1500 - 1530:  Keynote - Rae Snape - #OptimisticLeadership
1530 - 1600:  Keynote - Paul Whiteman - General Secretary, NAHT - Professional Community, always worth the investment
1600: Conference close

* Please note: the programme may be subject to amendment


We are offering six workshops on the day, and full details of these are available below. You will choose two workshops that you wish to attend when booking.

All content will be available to you on demand after the conference for 30 days.


Please note the booking terms and conditions. All cancellations must be made in writing and may be subject to a cancellation fee.


  • Opens at 0815
  • Starts at 0900
  • Ends at 1600


Special offer price -
don't miss out

  • Member - £85
  • Non-member - £110