Local schools invited to new national Heads & Governors Conference
Local schools in Derbyshire have the chance to take part in a national conference exploring the best ways Heads and Governors can work together for the common good of their school and pupils, being hosted at Trent College, Long Eaton later this year.
The 'A Time to Lead' conference, which will welcome key speakers from the independent sector plus other top educationalists and leadership experts, is open to leadership teams and governors from junior and senior schools in the state and independent sectors.
Education is currently coming under intense scrutiny in Whitehall, especially with regards to curriculum and exam reforms and the government's Academies programme, with significant subsequent knock-on effects on both the state and independent sectors.
Accordingly, strong, co-ordinated leadership is critical in ensuring schools, and their pupils, can continue to prosper and flourish both in the immediate and long-term.
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'A Time to Lead' will give dedicated time outside of school hours to Heads and Governors to reflect on these current issues in education, and the opportunity to network and share ideas with other Heads and Governors, as well as hearing the thoughts of the keynote speakers.
David Hanson, Chief Executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), is one of those speakers.
He said: "Education is facing enormous challenges, not just economic but political. Strong leadership is a key factor in all successful schools yet leadership can be a very lonely job. It shouldn't be one group of people going it alone but everyone working together.
"In successful schools there is a great understanding of, and trust in, what each part of the leadership team - Heads, Senior Leadership Teams and Governors – bring and what those different parts make up. People can be open, share ideas and listen to and learn from each other for the common good of the school. The governors can take care of the strategic issues but trusts the Head get on with the day-to-day running of the school."
Joining Mr Hanson in speaking are Christine Ryan, Chief Inspector of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), who will examine what excellent governance looks and feels like in outstanding schools, renowned educationalist Bruce Potts, who will focus on ensuring schools are thriving, happy places where children love to be, and leadership expert, Humphrey Walters, addressing the value of building high performance teams in schools.
Mr Walters, who to study teamship in hostile environments spent 11 months completing the BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has since worked with the England rugby team and in Premier League football.
Identifying "pride in the badge" and a team knowing its cause as paramount in fostering success, he said: "It's all about trying to get people to do things to world class levels. People have to feel emotionally attached to their cause. Leadership is important but followship is twice as important. It is the duty of the Head, Governors and senior school leaders to support each other, to be encouraged to ask questions and support the boss."
The inaugural 'A Time to Lead' conference takes place on Friday 7 June 2013, with an optional black tie dinner - with comedian and writer Rory Bremner the after dinner speaker – the previous evening.
For more information about 'A Time to Lead' and/or to express an interest in attending contact Lorraine Broughton on 0115 8494977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org