Schools are confronting diverse challenges, from financial management to supporting staff and student mental health. The “School Leadership in Current Times” report, commissioned by the National Education Union, highlights a taxing environment for school leaders, with an average 57-hour workweek. Despite these pressures, some progress has been made in providing comprehensive support for teachers, aiding in retention and future recruitment. It is the aim of school leaders to foster a culture of support and collaboration among their senior leadership team, teachers, and pupils, enhancing a sense of community, care, and achievement within the school. This dedication is pivotal in navigating the current educational landscape and ensuring policies are updated and actions are undertaken to provide a clear and supported path for teachers and students.

  • According to the 2023 report by NEU, 80% of school leaders report their workload is excessively high, impacting their ability to manage strategic elements of their role.
  • Additionally, job satisfaction among school leaders is relatively low, with only 37% expressing high levels of satisfaction.
  • 78% of all education staff, including 89% of senior leaders and 78% of schoolteachers, reported feeling stressed. (Teacher Wellbeing Index, 2023)

Join us at The School Leadership Conference 2024 to engage with the latest research and policies being implemented across schools by their senior leadership teams. The conference will cover crucial areas such as student and staff mental health support, socio-economic challenges facing families, and strategic leadership amidst operational pressures. This is an invaluable opportunity for school leaders to collaborate, learn from experts, and discover innovative approaches to enhance their leadership effectiveness.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest initiatives at schools across the UK from senior leaders within education

✓ Learn from case studies showcasing best practice in managing budget constraints, teacher recruitment, and supporting student mental and physical wellbeing

✓ Network with senior colleagues from the sector in senior leadership

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Dr Sara Black, Lecturer in Education and Society, Kings College London (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Navigating Challenges and Building a Resilient Educational Environment

    • Plans for balancing expanding responsibilities and necessary actions to ensure education, administration and strategy responsibilities are maintained
    • Tips for handling the rise in work hours and finding time for essential strategic planning amidst operational demands
    • Methods to address and support staff and student well-being, and its impact on the school community
    • Approaches to dealing with socio-economic challenges and evolving educational policies, focusing on budget management and inspection requirements
    • Guidance on improving support and professional development for leadership to effectively navigate current and future educational demands

    Professor Ruth Lupton, Independent Researcher and Honorary Professor, University of Manchester (Invited)

  • Keynote: Reimagining School Inspections to match Evolving Educational Standards

    • Adopting self-evaluation with the support of school improvement partners to enhance school performance
    • Strategies for schools aiming to achieve outstanding Ofsted ratings, amidst changing inspection methodologies
    • Navigating the proposed shift in Ofsted’s role towards group-level governance evaluation and its impact on schools
    • Techniques for building effective communication and trust with parents, teachers, and communities in the new inspection framework
    • Addressing the evolving needs in teacher recruitment, training, and development in the context of school improvement

    Professor Jane Perryman, Faculty of Education and Society, UCL (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case study: Optimising School Finance to allow for Budget and Educational Excellence

    • Strategies for navigating the shift in funding and rising operational costs to maintain an effective school budget
    • Implementing cost-effective approaches and resource allocation while balancing high educational standards amidst financial challenges
    • Navigating funding inequalities and its impact on different schools to ensure equitable resource distribution
    • Preparing and managing future funding changes and cost pressures in the educational sector

    Luke Sibieta, Research Fellow on Education, Employment and Evaluation, Institute for Fiscal Studies (Invited)

  • Case Study: Revitalising Teacher Recruitment for a Stronger Education Workforce

    • Innovative approaches for tackling challenges in teacher recruitment to meet teaching targets effectively
    • Attracting talent by implementing successful recruitment initiatives, such as career development programs
    • Providing continuous professional development and the early career framework to retain teachers and improve satisfaction
    • Mitigating high workload and its implications on retention, by implementing initiatives to improve job satisfaction and well-being
    • Reforming teacher training frameworks to align with the evolving needs challenges

    Jane Galbraith, Headteacher, Lathom High School (Invited)

  • Case Study: Balancing Teacher Workload for Enhanced Wellbeing

    • Implementing techniques for managing teacher workloads, to ensure a balanced approach to teaching responsibilities
    • Initiatives to enhance teacher wellbeing, including mental health support and development opportunities
    • Creating a nurturing and supportive culture to reduce teacher stress and boosting satisfaction
    • Sharing approaches for assessing the effectiveness of workload and wellbeing strategies to sustain improvement

    Robin Newman, Principal, Haileybury Turnford (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Case Study: Implementing Inclusive Policies for Enhanced Student Engagement

    • Enhancing a school’s cultural ethos to foster diversity and embed inclusion into school leadership and departments
    • Techniques for integrating a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion within the curriculum and staff training programs
    • Approaches for actively involving parents and the community in diversity initiatives to enrich the school’s environment
    • Practical tips for creating classroom settings that embrace and celebrate a diverse student body
    • Procedures for assessing the impact of diversity and inclusion strategies on wellbeing and academic progress

    Lisa Walsh, Headteacher, Gove Street Primary School (Invited)

  • Case Study: Building Effective Partnerships with Parents for Student Success

    • Insights into developing and maintaining robust communication channels with parents to enhance student support
    • Implementing interactive workshops and regular feedback mechanisms to actively involve parents in their children’s learning
    • Addressing varied family dynamics by catering to the diverse needs of families within the school community to create an inclusive environment
    • Methods for measuring the effectiveness of parental involvement in sustaining student achievements and development

    Maria Carlton, Headteacher, Bewley Primary School (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Collaborative Plans for Enhancing Teacher Wellbeing and Retention

    This session is to allow you to share your experiences related to improving teacher wellbeing and retention in schools. It’s an opportunity to explore various approaches to managing teacher workload, implementing wellbeing initiatives, and developing supportive school cultures. You will learn from other’s successes and challenges, fostering a collaborative environment for innovative solutions in teacher support and retention strategies.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Advancing Pupil Support through Collaborative Policy Development

    • Integrating holistic approaches to incorporate comprehensive pupil support within school policy frameworks
    • Tips for involving teachers, parents, and pupils in collaborative policymaking to address student needs
    • Evaluating the positive effects of policies on student academic performance and wellbeing to adapt to changing needs
    • Approaches to ensure programs are responsive and malleable to the varied needs of students

    Mrs J. Taylor, Principal, The Belvedere Academy (Invited)

  • Case Study: Enhancing Estate Management to Improve School Infrastructure

    • Developing comprehensive plans to address both immediate and future needs of facilities
    • optimising cost management of infrastructure while maintaining a safe learning environment and adhering to compliance standards
    • Navigating and maximising funding opportunities to help manage school estate assets strategically
    • adapting estates to meet evolving educational demands, including capacity and sustainability considerations
    • Tips on optimizing resources used within and outside of school to enhance the learning environment

    Matthew Jessop, Headteacher, Crosthwaite CofE School (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors. Delegates interested in this event will be people who work in schools.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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