School Leadership Conference

Three day virtual

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school leaders

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Sunday 28 February - Tuesday 2 March 2021

Virtual School Leadership Conference
Join our national network of school leaders, listen to high-quality speakers and explore the current context for teaching and learning.

Free for PTI Unlimited and PTI Leadership Programme members
£50+VAT for leaders with PTI member departments in their school
£100+VAT for non-members


  • What to expect:
  • Talks and presentations from esteemed speakers
  • Seminars led by experienced school leaders
  • Breakout discussions exploring leadership approaches
  • Leadership panels and Q&A sessions
  • Discuss the issues surrounding education within the current pandemic

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Confirmed speakers

Opening remarks will be made by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Royal Founding Patron of the PTI

Keynote speaker: Professor Dame Lesley Regan DBE, one of the country’s most senior doctors, will be sharing operational lessons learnt by the NHS from the pandemic.

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of ASCL
Nick Brook, Deputy General Secretary of NAHT
Professor Emily Perry, Deputy Head of the Centre for Development and Research in Education
Professor Lee Elliot Major OBE, Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility
Dr Gavin Alexander, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Professor Anu Ohja OBE, Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme


Confirmed speakers

Aims of the conference:

  • To allow reflection and discussion about the issues surrounding education within the current pandemic
  • To bring together the views of school leaders
  • To inspire though authoritative and thought-provoking talks
  • To seek opportunities within the current crisis for institutional development

Session focuses:

  • Working with courage and from first principles
  • A passion for learning and a love of subjects
  • Making a difference: The School Leadership Programme
  • Closing the gap
Talks will be recorded, and booked attendees will have access to these following the conference should they need to catch up on any missed sessions.

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Sunday 28 February

Session 1 | Welcomes & Courage in educational leadership

1600 – 1630                 Welcome address
Opening remarks by HRH The Prince of Wales
and welcome address by Carolyn Roberts, Co-Director, The PTI

1630 – 1715 Keynote
Opportunities and obstacles
In conversation with Professor Dame Lesley Regan DBE

1710 – 1800 Breakout discussions
Courage in educational leadership

Monday 1 March

Session 2 | Working with courage and from first principles

1030 – 1050                                                  Talk
Dr Gavin Alexander, University of Cambridge

1050 – 1120 Talk 
Courage, leadership and creating a better climate:
The findings of the NAHT Commission on School Improvement
Nick Brook, Chair of the School Improvement Commission and Deputy General Secretary, NAHT

1120 – 1200 Breakout discussions
Ethos and vision – what do you believe and how do you make that known in your school?

Session 3 | A passion for learning and a love of subjects

1600 – 1620 Talk
School-led approaches to improving professional development:
learning from the Wellcome CPD Challenge
Professor Emily Perry, Deputy Head, Centre for Development and Research in Education, Sheffield Institute of Education
& Joelle Halliday, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education

1620 – 1650 Talk
Space… so what?
Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director, National Space Academy

1650 – 1730 Breakout discussions
Innovative learning and developing passionate and effective subject teachers

1730 – 1800 Forum discussions
1. Rachel Cave:
Innovative learning: What does good pedagogy look like?
2. Neil Enright:
Future of assessment - teacher assessment and exam structure
3. Mark Johnson:
What’s the priority in ‘rebuilding’ our schools and students when everything is ‘normal’ again?
4. Carolyn Roberts:
The curriculum and the forgotten third

Tuesday 2 March

Session 4 | Closing the gap & Teaching and Learning

1030 – 1100                               Talk
Social mobility and education in the post-Covid era
Lee Elliot Major OBE, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

1100 – 1130 Pupil panel
Pupils from Sandbach School, Cheshire

1130 – 1200 Breakout discussions
What really matters about the quality of teaching and learning?

Session 5 | Making a difference: School Leadership Programme

1600 – 1630 Talk
Schools beyond Covid: where next?
Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

1630 – 1710 Breakout discussions
What inspiration can be drawn from our discussions and how might this influence your school?

1710 – 1725 School leader talk | School Leadership Programme presentation
Sarah Burns, Headteacher, Sandbach School

1725   – 1740 Closing remarks
Carolyn Roberts, Co-Director, The PTI
Oliver Blond, Academic Director, The PTI