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NAHT North West Regional Conference 2018

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We are delighted to offer colleagues this annual North West Region Education Conference for all NAHT and NAHT Edge members.

The theme this year will be “Leadership and Well-Being” in changing times. We hope you will be keen to join us to hear the speakers and attend workshops specifically designed to complement this year’s theme.

Keynote sessions and workshops have been carefully planned to offer opportunities to reflect on and develop leadership of practice and reinvigorate school leaders. We are delighted to have secured high profile speakers, Floyd Woodrow MBE DCM and Paul Whiteman, NAHT General Secretary.


  • Floyd Woodrow MBE DCM, Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd and author
  • Paul Whiteman, NAHT General Secretary
  • David Fann, Leadership Consultant and Inspector
  • Ross McWilliam, Growth Mindsets and Wellbeing Consultant and author

Along with the opportunity to attend from Thursday afternoon to Saturday lunchtime, the conference is designed to ensure delegates are up-to-date on leading wellbeing practice and provides ideas to help delegates improve practice. The Friday morning Keynote sessions and afternoon workshops are led by experts in the field and the topics include:

· Wellbeing - The Challenge of Educational Leadership by Floyd Woodrow

· Leading in Difficult Times – New Priorities by David Fann

· Wellbeing of Staff by Ross McWilliam

  • Educational Policy Matters of Moment – Paul Whiteman

Keynote Speaker: Floyd Woodrow MBE DCM (Friday a.m. 26.01.18)

Wellbeing - The Challenge of Educational Leadership

"We sometimes assume that success is bestowed on the lucky few, but the truth is that success is much less about luck or chance than hard work" I believe that each of us capable of changing the World for the better once we realise our true potential” Floyd Woodrow

What makes Floyd stand out isn’t that he was among the youngest ever members of the SAS, that he received the DCM and the MBE for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan, that he led the UK’s Counter Terrorism Unit and has ‘Hostage Negotiator’ on his CV. It isn’t even that his current clients include the Welsh and Scottish Rugby Football Unions and the English Cricket BoardWhat makes Floyd stand out is that he has done it all with a clear focus on values, integrity and compassion and this is what comes through loud and clear in his work on leadership with adults and on achievement and motivation with young people.

Floyd has said, ‘I was given many leadership roles at a young age,’ he says, ‘but I never really understood what leadership actually was until my mid-thirties. I wish I had been taught some of the things I now know much earlier in my life.’ It is this passion to share with others - leaders of powerful multinational corporations, world class and Olympian sports people and teams, school leaders and five-year-olds – what he has learned, that drives him these days to work globally, sharing his message about what leadership is really all about.

As he says, ‘There is no doubt in my mind that there is a common thread to the most talented people in the world and I enjoy showing people what that is.’ Whilst in the SAS Floyd completed a degree in law - often studying during lulls in operations.

Floyd is the author three books including Elite: The Secret to Elite Leadership and Performance which reached the finals of the People’s Book Prize in 2012. He is currently working on a new book for school leaders for the Independent Thinking Press.

Feedback from recent events include:

"I wanted to let you know that we had Floyd with us today – sensational and beyond inspiring. Thanks so much for commending him to us."

"Floyd has the ability to unlock leadership skills in people"

Workshop A1 and A2: Leading in Difficult Times – New PrioritiesWorkshop Leader: David Fann (Friday p.m. 26.01.18)

David was until January 2017, a highly experienced and successful Headteacher, a National Leader of Education and a knowledgeable Inspector. He knows exactly what leadership schools must have in place, and has time-saving tips for putting them there. David took his own school, and others, to Outstanding so knows exactly what is needed. Despite numerous changes in education he is proud to have seen three staff go on to be headteachers and five become deputy headteachers. Among his proudest achievements was seeing Sherwood twice graded Outstanding by Ofsted.

David now works with schools on focussed leadership. David is also an IEB Chair of Governors for a High School Academy in the North West.

Workshop A: Leading in Difficult Times – New Priorities

Rationale - The success of leadership always depends on how it is done. Think back to the best manager you’ve ever had. I’m sure you can remember the person because good leaders are memorable… and excellent leaders are unforgettable. What was it about their leadership that motivated and encouraged you? For that same reason, I bet you can also remember your worst leader. Great leaders move us and inspire us to do our best work. That said, it is important that you have effective leaders in your school to empower and influence your staff to achieve school and pupil goals.

Focus - What do effective leaders focus on so that their schools are providing high quality learning activities for their pupils? Key aspects of school performance will be examined to inform school developments.

Workshop B1 & B2: Wellbeing of StaffWorkshop Leader: Ross McWilliam BA (Hons), MSc. PGCE, Dip Man (Friday p.m. 26.01.18)

Ross has been described by leading growth mindset academic Barry Hymer as a “Classic Growth Mindset” and this is testimony to his never say die attitude and his quest for applied learning.

Ross has just produced the CUPPA Book Series on child mindset, he has written for Times Ed, and writes regularly for Headteacher Update and Sec Ed. He has worked in over 500 schools, spoken at numerous educational conferences on Mindsets and Wellbeing, and in addition writes national courses for Osiris Educational and Creative Education. He is studying for his Doctorate aged 56. He more than epitomises the Malcolm Gladwell phrase “10,000 hours of practise to achieve success.”

Ross believes that everyone, pupils and staff, can reach their own potential by believing in themselves, learning from mistakes, having the right support and guidance, and by purposeful effort and practise.

Workshop B: Wellbeing of Staff

RationaleThe wellbeing of staff is becoming an increasingly important area with stress undermining educational delivery and adversely affecting personal health. ‘Sticky tape’ strategies simply do not work, so a more co-ordinated and substantial offering is needed by schools either independently, or as part of a cluster.

Focus Simply by identifying staff wellbeing is a step in the right direction. This awareness by schools, and teachers, is the first step to understanding the needs of teachers. The next step is to create opportunities to take individual and collective responsibility.

Causes and symptoms of stress are addressed, along with a valid measure of stress levels. A practical menu of choices is then used to introduce stress relief techniques such as Mindfulness, Goal Visioning, CBT, Solutions Focused Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Whiteman, NAHT General Secretary

Paul Whiteman took up the role of general secretary of NAHT in September 2017, bringing with him a wealth of trade union knowledge, as well as hands on experience of the vast range of challenges faced by school leaders. Paul joined NAHT in 2012 as director of representation and advice, with overall responsibility for the directorate that provides advice to members on management, legal and employment issues.

Keynote Session: Matters of Moment (Saturday a.m. 27.01.18)

Rationale – To ascertain, and give expression to, the views of members and to act on their behalf. Communication within the NAHT is extremely important because it enables members to express their needs, wants, and concerns to each other. It is through effective communication and collaboration that NAHT members can resolve the unavoidable problems and challenges that arise in all schools.

Focus – To ensure delegates are up-to-date on the latest national educational policy developments, the NAHT policy position on a range of school leadership challenges and the upcoming NAHT National Conference and AGM in Liverpool, 3-5 May 2018

This conference aims to provide you with ideas and support that you can take back and implement in your work place.

  • There are accommodation and non-accommodations options.
  • There are a limited number of rooms available for accommodation, as such early booking is advised. Booking is via credit card at the time of booking
  • Partners are welcome to attend the North West Region Dinner & Dance + B&B.
  • NAHT / NAHT Edge members and non-members are welcome to attend the North West Region Education Conference on Friday 26 January 2018. Full and half-day options are available
  • All booking is via Eventbrite and payment is via credit card at the time of booking

Members of NAHT can enjoy our courses and conferences at a subsidised rate so Join here today and start enjoying the benefits of membership.

For any further questions please contact the NAHT Professional Development Team on events@naht.org.uk

The NAHT has the right to cancel the conference if insufficient bookings are received. The NAHT also reserves the right to change the venue prior to the scheduled date, and in this event will communicate any alterations as soon as possible. This programme may be subject to change.

By booking a place you are accepting NAHT's terms and conditions.


Do I need my membership number to book?

Yes. If you are booking a member place you will be required to enter their membership number. You can find your membership number by phoning membership on 0300 3030333 option 2.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

The Professional Development team can be contacted on events@naht.org.uk or 01444 472405.

Is my booking transferrable?

Bookings may only be transferred at the discretion of the Professional Development team. These will need to be made in writing to events@naht.org.uk before the event. Transfers and cancellations may be subject to a charge.

Cancellation fees:

Within 20 working days - 25% charge

Within 10 working days - 50% charge

Within 5 working days - 75% charge

Within 2 working days - 100% charge

Can I update my registration information?

Any updates to your booking must be made in writing to the Professional Development team at events@naht.org.uk

Does the name on the booking need to match the attendee?

The names of each individual attendee must be entered during the booking process along with a unique email address for each attendee as this will be used for the final confirmation.

How and when do I pay?

You pay by credit card at the time of booking.

Where is the Education Conference hotel?

To drop luggage off use Sat Nav Postcode CH1 2HJ to take you to the city barrier, give your name and follow the one-way system to St John Street 0.7 miles from Chester Station, city link bus available - drop off point behind hotel.

Where can I park?

Parking available at the Grosvenor Shopping Centre car park, Newgate Street, CH1 1DE, £10 per 24 hours. You pay at the hotel before you leave.

What if I want to stay and extra night or two at the hotel?

Please call the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel Tel 0344 879 9113. Booking as soon as possible is advised as the hotel is very popular with visiting tourists. Please mention that you are staying at the NAHT North West Education Conference 2018 when booking.

NAHT North West Region 2018 Education Conference Programme

Part 1: Thursday 25 January 2018

  1. Check in from 14.00
  2. Evening Meal & NAHT North West Quiz (Delegates to book own dining time) From 19.00

Part 2: Friday 26 January 2018 One Day Education Conference



Welcome: NAHT North West Region President, Amanda Hulme

Session 1 Keynote Speaker


Session 2 Keynote Speaker

Vote of Thanks: NAHT North West Region Vice President, Rachel Younger


Part 3: Friday 26 January 2018 - Conference Workshops

Session 3 Workshops (Start 13.00)

A1 David Fann

B1 Ross McWilliam

Refreshments (14.00 – 14.25)

Session 4 Workshops (Start 14.30)

A2 David Fann

B2 Ross McWilliam

16.00 One Day Education Conference Ends

Part 4: Friday 26 January 2018

NAHT North West Region 2018 Regional President Installation + Dinner & Dance

19.00 – 19.30 Pre-dinner drinks

19.30 – 20.00 NAHT North West Region 2018 Regional President Installation

20.00 – 01.00 NAHT North West Region 2018 Dinner & Dance

Part 5: Saturday 27 January 2018

NAHT North West Region Member only meeting


Session 1: North West Region Members only meeting + Annual Conference & AGM Liverpool 2018

Refreshments & Room Check out

Session 2: NAHT General Secretary – Matters of Moment & Next Steps

Conference Closes

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