ASCL Conference for New Headteachers 2022

Venue: The Victory Services Club, London 

"One of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. I can’t begin to say how helpful
and relevant the conversations and presentations were."

Suitable for colleagues taking on their first headship/head of school position from September 2022 and those who started their first headship in the last six to 12 months in either primary or secondary. The conference will also be helpful for colleagues taking on an acting or interim headteacher role.

This unique conference will combine the experience of established headteachers, the latest policy thinking, and practical tips to help you make a successful transition to headship.

Set in the context of the first 100 days of headship and beyond, the conference will help you establish a firm platform for balancing the creation and delivery of your vision for your school with the everyday challenges and demands of your new role.

Keynote sessions featuring:
  • Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
  • Evelyn Forde MBE, Headteacher, Copthall School and TES Headteacher of the Year 2020
  • Russ Clarke, Headteacher Haslingden High School
  • Amanda Spielman, HMCI, Ofsted
  • Sinead McBrearty, Chief Executive, Education Support
  • Jonny Uttley, CEO, TEAL
Roundtable discussion sessions including:
  • Moving from another school
  • Stepping up within the same institution 
  • Working with your School Business Leader
  • Working with governors and trustees
  • Finance/Managing your budget
  • Working with trade unions
  • Getting the best out of your Leadership Team
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Developing your vision
  • Managing your CEO
  • Developing personal resilience
  • Curriculum MOT
  • Putting disadvataged students at the forefront
  • Handling complaints
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • Using coaching to be an outstanding leader
  • Managing your CEO
  • Marketing your school
  • Making school improvement count
  • First 100 days a Primary Headteacher
  • Talent spotting diverse staff
All delegates will have the option to receive a follow-up telephone call from an experienced headteacher in September to provide advice and support at the start of the academic year. Delegates will also receive a discount for future ASCL events and ASCL PD's consultancy service

ASCL Professional Development reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances dictate.

8.30am     Registration and refreshments
9.30am     Welcome and introduction
9.40am     Keynote
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
10.00am     What to expect in the first 100 days
Russ Clarke, Headteacher, Haslingden High School
10.30am     A Toolkit to be a Resilient Head
Steve Playford, Leadership and Resilience Consultant
10.40am     Roundtable Discussion 1
Each session will last 20 minutes. Delegates can attend two sessions.
11.25am     Sponsor session
11.30am     Refreshment break
12.00pm     Keynote 
Amanda Spielman HMCI
12.20pm     Panel session
I Wish I Did it Five Years Ago: Changes you wish you'd made earlier

Pepe Di'lasio, ASCL President and Headteacher, Wales High School
Evelyn Forde MBE, ASCL Vice President and Headteacher, Copthall School
1.00pm     Keynote
Sinead McBrearty, Chief Executive, Education Support
1.30pm     Lunch 
2.30pm     Roundtable Discussion 2
Each session will last 20 minutes. Delegates can attend two sessions.
3.15pm     Putting Staff First
Jonny Uttley, CEO, The Education Alliance
3.45pm     Close


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Amanda Spielman

HMCI Ofsted

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Geoff Barton

ASCL General Secretary

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Evelyn Forde MBE

ASCL Vice President 2021-22 and Headteacher, Copthall School

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Pepe Di'lasio

ASCL President 2021-22 and Headteacher, Wales High School

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Rachael Warwick

ASCL Immediate Past President 2021-2022 and Executive Headteacher, Ridgeway Education Trust

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Sinéad McBrearty

Chief Executive Officer, Education Support

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Jonny Uttley

CEO, The Education Alliance

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Rachel Bertenshaw

Deputy Director of Member Support: Hotline Leader

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Tom Middlehurst

Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist

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Hayley Dunn

Business Leadership Specialist

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Richard Tanton

Director of Member Support

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Gareth Burton

Headteacher, The Wordsley School

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Naheeda Maharasingham

Headteacher, Rathfern Primary School

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Julia Harnden

Funding Specialist

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Carol Jones

Director, Leading Women Education (Ltd), Chair of Leading Women's Alliance and former headteacher

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Gary Moore

Headteacher, Regent High School, Camden

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David Phillips

Headteacher, Chilwell School, Nottingham

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Tanya Douglas

Headteacher, Chace Community School, Enfield

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Russell Clarke

Headteacher, Haslingden High School and Sixth Form, Rossendale

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Steve Playford

Leadership and Wellbeing consultant

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Nick Taylor

ASCL Consultant Coach

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