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Leading schools in the 21st century conference 2019

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Friday 8 February saw the Leading Schools in the 21st Century open its doors in Birmingham. A success from start to finish, it was great to see so many school leaders out in force discussing the issues that matter most in schools. NAHT general secretary, Paul Whiteman opened the conference with an empowering speech to delegates on leading our school system through challenging times.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock of the Chartered College of Teaching was our first keynote speaker of the day who gave a characteristically sound and powerful argument in favour of professional confidence based on a foundation of evidence-led practice. Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy was up next and was very well received on defining the difference between leadership and the leadership required today: “It’s not about being the best but knowing what you can be the best at”. One attendee tweeted: “For anybody who hasn’t heard Vic Goddard speak about leadership, please do! Reminded me why I do, and love, the job I do”. Laura McInerney, CEO of Teacher Tapp followed and took us through the three trends that are going to affect teaching over the next 18 months; cash, curriculum and cohorts. To finish, NAHT deputy general secretary, Nick Brook outlined the key takeaways from NAHT’s accountability report and urged school leaders to respond to Ofsted’s consultation.


  • Student leadership - creating opportunities for genuine change
  • Balanced curriculum linked to Ofsted  
  • School leaders: driving change for a better future
  • Liminal leadership: building bridges across the chaos     
  • Leading school recruitment
  • Leading school retention
  • Education trends 2019: how will they affect your school?

We hope you enjoyed 2019’s Leading schools in the 21st century conference. To find out more about our upcoming conferences, click here.

Date for your diary: 7 February 2020. 

First published 14 February 2019