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New and aspiring heads' conference 2019


Friday 24 May 2019 - etc.venues, Maple House, Birmingham 

Our CPD for new and aspiring senior leaders has been formulated by successful and experienced senior leaders from all sectors. It provides sound foundations, so you return to your school equipped to develop and deliver your vision or plan your pathway to headship, as well as prioritise the daily demands of your new role. You will hear 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. 

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. 

Quotes from the last event

"I loved this conference. It was a real 'pick me up'. It delivered a great mix of practical advice and inspirational stuff to keep me going. It was a rare opportunity to focus on my own leadership as an area for CPD, and I very much enjoyed chatting with colleagues at lunchtime and break time because this can be a lonely profession!"
Nicola Faulkner, head teacher

"As a result of this conference, when I go back to school, I will be more confident, feel energised, believe I can do this headship job thing now!"
Jacqueline Wheble, head of school

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


0800 - 0845:  Registration, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
0850 - 0855:  Conference welcome - Bernadette Hunter
0855 - 0950:  Keynote - Phyllida Hancock - Inspirational leadership - Lessons from Shakespeare's Henry V
1010 - 1030:  Inspirational Head Teacher - Simon Smith, East Whitby School
1030 - 10.40:  Inspirational Head Teacher - Vic Goddard, Passmores Academy - Remembering our why
1030 - 1140:  Networking and collaboration
1040 - 1105:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1105 - 1205:  Workshop 1
1210 - 1310:  Workshop 2
1340 - 1410:  Lunch, exhibition viewing networking and refreshments
1410 - 1510:  Workshop 3
1510 - 1530:  Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1530 - 1600:  Keynote - Judy Shaw - President, NAHT - Leading on confidence and optimism


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

Time to talk - networking on matters of the moment
These sessions will allow you to discuss some of the key changes and developments being proposed by government and Ofsted, and what those might mean for you in your role.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet other new and aspiring school leaders and share your visions, concerns and aspirations.


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

How can I book accommodation?

To book a room at the preferential rate, contact Review Travel on 01625 446288. These rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.


  • Opens at 0800
  • Starts at 0845
  • Ends at 1605


  • Early bird member - £170 (limited spaces)
  • Early bird non-member - £220 (limited spaces)
  • Standard member - £200
  • Standard non-member - £250
  • Group booking for 3+ non-members - £225* per person
  • Group booking including 1 member - £185* per person

* Terms and conditions apply