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Save the date! Announcing our next secondary conference

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Our next conference for secondary school leaders will take place on Friday 8 February 2019 at thestudio in Birmingham. It follows the success we had earlier this year when we explored ‘capturing the teenage brain.’ (And don’t just take our word for it. Here’s feedback from one of the delegates: “It was a truly brilliant conference; very inspiring with so many great speakers. I actually wanted to attend all the workshops.”) This time, however, we’ll explore the theme of ‘leading schools in the 21st century.’ 

We know that an evolving education system – with the growth of multi-academy structures, the reframing of local authorities, the impact of financial pressures and the complexities of needs among children and young people – means that leading a school has never been more demanding. 

Yet, in among this, school and education leaders are finding ways not only to make it work but also to ensure something special shines through – whether this is in the approach to teaching in the classroom, or the design and organisation of a multi-academy trust. 

In a school-led system, there really is the opportunity for a generation of school leaders to reconfigure education from what we have known to what we would want. This is, as author Stephen Tierney puts it in his book, the time of ‘liminal leadership’. 

But what else can you expect from our annual event for school leaders in the secondary sector? As usual, our top-notch workshops will give you practical skills and ideas that you can take back to your school. These will be on an eclectic mix of subjects, such as student leadership, the threshold of a new education system, and leading school recruitment and retention. Our headline acts are Professor Dame Alison Peacock, education journalist Laura McInerney and former Educating Essex head teacher Vic Goddard. (We’ll release details about each keynote session and workshop as we confirm the programme.) And, on top of this, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and learn from fellow participants. 

Make sure you register now, and we look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham next February. 

Robert Campbell

NAHT secondary council chair 

First published 13 July 2018