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Leading schools in the 21st century conference 2019

Friday 8 February 2019 - thestudio, Birmingham 

The challenge of leading schools in this century is rising. An evolving system with the growth of multi-academy structures, the reframing of local authorities, the impact of financial pressures and the complexities of needs amongst children and young people means that leading a school has never been more demanding. Yet in amongst this, school and education leaders are finding ways not only of making it work, but ensuring something special shines through, whether this is in the approach to teaching in the classroom, to 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 re-configure education from what we have known to what we would want. This really is the time of 'liminal leadership'. (Tierney, 2016)

Following the success of our 2018 conference, the NAHT is organising and hosting another secondary conference in 2019. The theme for this year is 'Leading schools in the 21st century', and will include keynote addresses and workshops, using the same formula which proved so popular.

This conference will give leaders at all levels within schools, the opportunity to come together and hear from the best speakers and to be inspired by leaders and schools that are seeking to explore new ways of working. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and learn from fellow participants.

We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham, in February, 2019.

Robert Campbell, Chair of NAHT Secondary council

Tierney, S (2016), Liminal Leadership: Building bridges across the chaos.... because we're standing on the edge, Woodbridge: John Catt

This conference aims to:     
  • Inspire, stimulate and empower current and future leaders of education
  • Enable networking and opportunities for collaboration both at and following the conference
  • Provide practical advice and ideas for delegates to take away from the conference
Who should attend?

People working in all sectors and phases and alternative providers. This also includes anyone working in the independent sector/IAPS, and middle as well as senior leaders.


0810 - 0900:  Registration, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
0900 - 0915:  Conference welcome
0915 - 0945:  Keynote - Alison Peacock
0950 - 1050:  Workshop session 1
1050 - 1110:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1110 - 1200:  Keynote - Vic Goddard
1205 - 1305:  Workshop session 2
1305 - 1400:  Lunch, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1400 - 1500:  Workshop session 3
1500 - 1520:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1520 - 1550:  Keynote - Laura McInerney
1550 - 1620:  Keynote - Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT

Keynote speakers
We have seven specially commissioned workshops on offer at this event - for more information on each workshop, click on the title below:  How can I book accommodation?

If you need accommodation on Thursday 7 February, please call Review Travel on 01625 446288 to access preferential rates. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


8 February 2019

  • Opens at 0810
  • Starts at 0900
  • Ends at 1625


  • Early Bird offer - limited to the first 50 members - £155
  • Standard non-member - £245