My conference goal is to provide an environment that will encourage delegates to move from a position of inner leadership strength to one of outward leadership courage. Attendees will be active participants in the collective reflection of the courage and tenacity needed for effective school leadership today. I look forward to welcoming you. Diana
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Leading in a new landscape
Keynote – in this interactive session, we will explore the various ways in which we are able to navigate both ourselves, and our teams, through the current landscape. The session will draw upon learning from a range of work environments including; elite sport, education, private and the public sector. We will take a deep dive into the very best ways to take our organisations to the next level…and beyond!
Turning your school into an employer of choice
Justyn Randall, Opogo
The talent-tech market is busy and many products are now promising to make your staffing processes easier. But how can you ensure your chosen products are adding value and how can you leverage this technology to find the staff that you need and, most importantly, retain them?
Heads as civic leaders? A short provocation and request
It might seem Heads have more than enough to do without worrying about civic leadership. But while schools can’t solve all of today’s societal problems, they can model a society that their pupils will learn to appreciate and experience so intuitively, that they will acquire the values , skills and approaches to tackle the big issues beyond the school gates. This session will introduce a way of placing your school at the heart of civic and community action, to help us all build a better world ( and all in six minutes!)
The Courage To Do What We Do
I will start by asking you the question, who is the most courageous leader you know… picture them in your mind,
- What do they do?
- How do they speak?
- How do they interact with others?
By the time I am through speaking you will have a picture of YOURSELF firmly in your head next to the words courageous leader.
What’s the plan?
What’s the expectation?
You are here because it’s time to reflect on the bigger picture and fill up the tank with resilience, hope and tenacity for the journey ahead.
Let’s put courage and genuine collaboration at the forefront of our agenda…
The young people in our schools are waiting for us to be the 100% version of our leadership self.
With 16 years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school; Diana works at the cutting edge of education and school improvement. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and can couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction. She lectures on a MEd in Educational Leadership for a UK university. Diana is also school inspector with developed expertise scrutinizing school wide systems.
With a proven track record of developing leaders via bespoke training programs, Diana specializes in supporting organisations to grow their leadership culture in order for leaders already established and those improving to flourish. She and has established capability in mentoring and supporting leaders facing challenging circumstances and change.
Successful leaders have someone in their corner who understands and has overcome similar challenges. We all need an advocate…that’s what Diana becomes when you work together, an advocate for your leadership
The Conquering of Fear
Becoming a courageous leader takes time, you can be in leadership for many years and only have just started your courageous chapter. Some leaders never take the time to develop this aspect of leading their community; but once your role involves leading others it is important that you can lead with courage. The workshop is designed for colleagues to invigorate their leadership journey with a healthy dose courage and tenacity.
Today, we focus on the ‘conquering of fear’.
You will leave empowered with a plan in your hand and spring in your step!
Drew is an influential leadership authority with a unique multi sector viewpoint on creating innovative and sustainable change that can help prepare and empower individuals and teams for this ever-changing world. Drew is a much sought-after speaker at conferences and leadership events both nationally and internationally on the concept of multi sector approaches to leadership. He has a wealth of experience through his work with leaders in education, the police, the NHS, elite level sport and international businesses. This extensive network of partnerships has led to the implementation of Drew’s philosophies and concepts across a wide range of organisations, including that very important theme of courage which we are focussing on today.
Further discussions on leading a new landscape
In this interactive session, we will be very much delegate led, offering the chance to take a further look into the concepts from within the earlier keynote, and to look at leadership in times of change alongside.
Justyn Randall, Opogo
Since 1996, Justyn Randall has focused his career on creating positive change through transformation, building global businesses across various sectors.
Prior to Opogo, he was the Founder and CEO of Global Group, taking the consultancy from zero to £120,000,000 turnover, before selling the group in 2015.
Now, Justyn is at the helm of education technology company Opogo; the recruitment and retention management company. Opogo has taken on the challenge of transforming the lives of everyone in education by creating a new education ecosystem that delivers greater impact, value and happiness to those who use it.
Turning your school into an employer of choice
In a competitive environment where demand exceeds supply, the best teachers, leaders and support staff can pick and choose where they will work. Schools need to become Employers of Choice to attract, compete and retain for talented staff. In this session, Justyn Randall explores how you can use a combination of low-cost initiatives and technology such as flexible-working, digital CPD and staff incentives to improve your chances of hiring and keeping top talent.
Tracey is Director and Lead Trainer of Together Transforming Behaviour Ltd, a company providing training and coaching to teachers and parents helping them to manage children’s behaviour.
An inspirational author, speaker and coach renowned for motivating teachers to move ideas about behaviour management from common knowledge to common practice.
Author of Will You be the One? and Behaviour Basics for Parents.
Managing Behaviour- Moving from Severity to Certainty
When it comes to managing behaviour, woolly doesn’t work. The key is to hone a certainty around expectations and clarity about the policy that enables calm but confident management of behaviour.
- Certainty of response makes students feel safe
- Certainty can only be achieved when the behaviour policy is clear
- Certainty is at the heart of exceptional classroom management
It’s in being clear not severe that teachers can calm classroom chaos and provide the sure-footedness that students need to learn effectively.
Let me share techniques and resources with you that you can take back into your school communities and effect change.
As a Peak Performance Coach Mervyn helps his clients to recognise their Thinking Pattern Tools. No matter what the undertaking, whether it is the organisation of a school, or a business, or a home, or a relationship, at the heart of the undertaking we will find our Thinking Patterns. Behind every successful person, in the background, usually unnoticed, is The Five C’s of Success.
The Five C’s or Success is a Thinking Pattern Tool. Recognition of The Five C’s of Success will afford us an opportunity to Create Success in any area of life to which we care to attend. Find out how The Five C’s of Success can help you Create Success.
The Five C’s of Success
Success is a System, a pattern of thoughts and feelings that lead to action.
The Five C’s: Commitment – Courage – Consistency – Competence – Confidence.
Break down that System.
Every person who has ever been successful at anything has used this thinking tool to create their success. They may not even be fully aware of this, but if you ask enough questions, and listen carefully to their answers, you will see the hear the five C’s in action.
Not only will The Five Cs of Success give you an opportunity to look out for success, this thinking tool can show you why and how failure occurs… failure is not such a bad thing, though… if you know how to use it!
The Five C’s of Success underpin all Success!
Find out just how close you are to this simple, yet powerful tool.
A former Army Commando and Lieutenant Colonel, Paul has a led elite team on five of the world’s seven continents and in some of the most challenging environments imaginable, including the Balkans, Afghanistan, Central America, the Far and Middle East and Ukraine. He left his 20-year career with the forces, as the British Army’s Head of Training Development, to share his expertise and experiences with business.
By virtue of his military background, Paul knows how to stay calm in the most challenging situations. Through his company, Selfless Leadership Ltd, he empowers his clients to do the same, to stop, think and then act in a manner that inspires confidence and achieves strategic and personal outcomes, effectively ensuring that clients reach what he calls ‘the desired end-state’. Paul has a wealth of academic and vocational credentials, which see him qualified as; a Mental Health First Aid Instructor; a coach and mentor.
In forensic science Locard’s Exchange Principle is well known – “Every contact leaves a trace.” Well the same is true of leadership and so Selfless Leadership Ltd have developed a range of Forensic Leadership™ workshops.
Much of what we learn in the function of leadership is learnt from witnessing bad behaviours. We carry those with us as a leadership trace. Using a reflective methodology in this workshop we open our minds to reflect upon those traces left upon us, and those that we leave with others.
What traces do we leave on our teams and their members?
What traces do they leave on us?
What traces have been left on us from our previous leaders?
How much do we learn from negative traces?
Finally, we will explore how a Forensic Leadership™ workshop can be utilised in your workplace.
Dennise is a Transformational Leadership Professional and Senior Education Leader with 25 plus years experience. She has served in the education sector, to the level of Associate Headteacher, in several countries. Dennise is an outstanding teacher of Science and A ‘level Biology, and an expert in teacher training, curriculum design, mentoring and coaching senior leaders (Future Leaders Trust, National College of School Leadership) with an outstanding track record in school improvement.
Dennise is the Founder of The LEAD Mindset Student Leadership Challenge Programme. A model that links schools with businesses to teach service leadership skills. IBM, BBC and Lloyds Bank are companies that have engaged with the model.
Mind over Matter
Mind over matter! Is this true when we consider effectiveness of leadership & management? In this workshop we will explore how your leadership mindset can have an impact on; Teaching & learning, staff progression, students’ aspirations and staff retention.
You will have the opportunity to reflect on your leadership paradigm and explore how this can impact on staff progression and retention. Research shows 52% of us will leave the workplace due to lack of progression. You will leave with practical tools and techniques to introduce a leadership paradigm that supports progression and aspiration at all levels (including students) of your organisation.
David has worked in education since 1991. During his career he has worked in 6 schools, 1 local authority and 1 inspectorate! Since 2008, David has led SIA, a private advisory service to UK schools, as well as developing links in Germany, Switzerland and Finland.
Based in Peterborough, David is very interested in the development of children so they can become confident young speakers and writers. Active Questioning is a simple but effective approach which has been used on over 1,500 schools. David has personally delivered training to over 3,000 teachers.
As well as education advisory services, David has enjoyed a career in pop music and was the harmonica player in 1980s SKA band ‘Bad Manners’ for over 25 years 🙂
Active Questioning is an effective, simple approach to improving classroom discussion, dialogue, questioning sessions, pupils’ spoken skills, vocabulary and confidence. Questioning is one of the most critical classroom skills.
Active Questioning offers leaders a manageable whole-school approach which will challenge and help your children to think hard, organise their thoughts, make great use of their knowledge and develop their fluent speaking skills. This session will act as a great introduction to common approaches for questioning in your school. The examples offered will be based on successful case studies in EAL settings. The programme is in over 1,500 schools.
David looks forward to meeting with you at this session and at his publisher’s exhibition stand.
We are very pleased that Opogo, National College of Education (NCE), Anspear and Alastair Falk have kindly agreed to sponsor the conference. We share similar values and that makes all the difference to leaders in education. When courageous leaders align with partners that are values driven, placing the support and development of colleagues at heart of leadership, our schools thrive.
Our sponsors are at the heart of innovation in education; changing the way things are done, bringing new thinking and presenting school leaders with alternatives to the way we recruit, train, develop and care for our colleagues.
This conference is in part due to their support and financial assistance, I encourage all delegates to align their school communities with the exciting work our sponsors are bringing to the profession.
Opogo exists to improve the lives of everyone in education. We are an ed-tech company focused on improving successes across staff recruitment and retention. We do this by making sure those responsible for hiring and managing staff have the right tools, at the right times to streamline their processes, so leaders can focus on what it is you were born to do; impacting the lives of the young people you work with.
When committing yourself to something, you can’t simply modify one aspect of the equation in the hope of solving the whole thing. To innovate and make a difference, you need to look at the picture from the view of those it is impacting, and that’s what you’ll always find when you’re part of the Opogo community.
National College of Education
Welcome to the new world of Professional Learning
The National College of Education is an independent organisation that is dedicated to raising the status of the teaching profession by providing outstanding professional learning opportunities for all career pathways within education.
We believe that all children deserve great teachers, and all teachers need a continuing professional learning journey, so our programmes are available to all schools and teachers, regardless of phase, specialism, location or sector.
Just one of our courses: A 24-month combined Master’s and Apprenticeship programme in education surpasses previously available school leadership programmes in terms of its depth of content, quality of learner experience and 1-2-1 executive coaching.
- Emotional Intelligence
- Strategic Leadership
- Operations Management
- Innovation and Change
- Research Methods
- Change Management Project
- Master’s in School Leadership and Management
- Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship
- Eligibility to apply for Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute
This programme is fully funded using your school or trust’s Apprenticeship Levy funds.
Please call the NCE on 0208 221 9089 if you need support accessing your levy funds.
Alastair Falk, StayAhead Education
Alastair has previously been a Head of three schools , Director of the Reed Foundation’s Academy of Enterprise and Chief Executive of the Birmingham Education Partnership. He is now an education consultant and has a particular interest in helping Heads reconnect with the values that brought them into education, but which can get lost amid the competing demands of the day to day. This has led to an interest in Heads as civic leaders. He is also currently working on a solo show , ‘Unwillingly to School’ about the joys and terrors of the profession!
How to Book Your Workshop Sessions
When you purchase your conference ticket you will then receive a confirmation email with a link to the Workshop Session Booking Page. Simply book one workshop per session. Hurry, places are limited.