ASCL Conference for New Headteachers 2024

 Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

"A very well-structured day with so much choice on offer and a variety of delivery modes to keep it engaging. Feel very inspired and reassured." Delegate feedback, 2023

Suitable for colleagues taking on their first headship/head of school position from September 2024 and those who started their first headship in the last 6 to 12 months in either primary or secondary. The conference will also be very helpful for colleagues taking on an Acting/Interim Headteacher role.

This unique conference combines 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 headship.

The programme includes a mix of keynotes and roundtable discussions with serving school leaders on key issues, enabling you to create a toolkit of advice and ongoing support as you start your new role.

ASCL is now offering a complete support programme for leaders in their early years of headship in our New to Headship Development programme. Find out more here.
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Pepe Di'lasio

ASCL General Secretary

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Manny Botwe

ASCL Vice President 2023-24 and Headteacher, Tytherington School, Macclesfield

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Evelyn Forde MBE

ASCL Immediate Past President 2023-24

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John Camp OBE

ASCL President 2023-24 and CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools

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Richard Bettsworth

Director of Public Affairs

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Emma Harrison

Business Leadership Specialist

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Mike Smith

Deputy Director of Member Support

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Sinead McBrearty

CEO, Education Support

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Neil Renton

Headteacher, North Yorkshire

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Marie-Claire Bretherton

Deputy CEO, Waterton Academy Trust

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Tanya Douglas

Headteacher, Chace Community School, Enfield

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Josh Deery

Principal, Harris Lowe Academy Willesden, Brent

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David Phillips

Headteacher, Chilwell School, Nottingham

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Gary Moore

Headteacher, Regent High School, Camden

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Michelle Bernard

Executive Headteacher, The Compass Partnership of Schools

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Sue Collings

CEO, The Denbigh Alliance

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Ben Bond

Principal, Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill

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08:30       Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:30       Welcome and introductions
09:40       Keynote
Pepe Di’Iasio, ASCL General Secretary
10:00       What to expect in the first 100 days
Josh Deery, Headteacher, Harris Lowe Academy
10:30       Roundtable Discussion Session 1/2
Each session will last 20 minutes and delegates can attend two discussions
11:15       Refreshment break and exhibition
11:45       New School Leader: What now?
Neil Renton, Associate Headteacher, Harrogate Grammar School
12:10       Panel session: I wish I did it five years ago - changes you wish you’d made earlier
John Camp, ASCL President and CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools
Manny Botwe, ASCL Vice President, Headteacher, Tytherington School
Tanya Douglas, Headteacher, Chace Community School      
Chaired by Evelyn Forde MBE, ASCL Immediate Past President
12:40       Lunch and exhibition
13:40       The Long Term Perspective
Sinead McBrearty, CEO, Education Support
14:10       Roundtable Discussion Session 3/4
Each session will last 20 minutes and delegates can attend two discussions
14:50       Refreshment break and exhibition
15:10       Imperfect Leadership
Marie-Claire Bretherton, Deputy CEO and author of Imperfect Leadership in Action
15:45       Close

Topics will include:

  • stepping up in the same institution
  • working with your school business leader/CFO
  • quick guide to finance
  • getting the best out of your leadership team
  • being a resilient head
  • handling complaints, grievances and allegations
  • putting disadvantaged students at the forefront
  • making school improvement count
  • managing the media
  • working with trade unions (PM only)
  • managing difficult conversations (PM only)
  • moving from another school (AM only)
  • working with governors and trustees
  • Being a Head in a Trust

£250 + VAT per person

*Early bird rate: 10% discount for bookings received by 28 February 2024*

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