£95 – £120

New and aspiring heads' conference 2021

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£95 – £120

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Enjoy hearing insights from practitioners and other experts in the education field

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Our CPD for new and aspiring senior leaders has been formulated by successful and experienced senior leaders from all sectors. It provides sound foundations, so you return to your school equipped to develop and deliver your vision or plan your pathway to headship, as well as prioritise the daily demands of your new role. You will enjoy hearing insights from practitioners and other experts, gain a picture of the changing educational landscape and consider ways to sustain your personal resilience throughout your career. There will be opportunities to network with other school leaders and members of the NAHT team.

We provide the highest standards of support and advice throughout your time as a school leader - whether you will be leading in the early years, primary, secondary or special schools and alternative provision. On becoming a new school leader, we know that you’ll have competing priorities; we think you should have the opportunity to develop your potential, which is why we are offering this conference at subsidised rates to members. 

Who should attend? 

New heads in the first two-years of headship, deputy and assistant heads, and those aspiring to leadership.The conference is suitable for colleagues from early years, primary, secondary and special schools.

Keynote speakers

Conference host: Andrew Hammond

Dr Andy Cope, the Art of Brilliance

Simon Smith, Head teacher, East Whitby Academy

Rae Snape, Head teacher, The Spinny Primary School

Paul Whiteman, NAHT General Secretary

Mike Abraham

Ruhaina Alford


We are offering eithworkshops on the day, and full details of these are available below. You will choose two workshops that you wish to attend when booking, however all sessions will be recorded and available to view for 30 days after the event.

Session One

De-mystifying Ofsted - Philippa Ollerhead

Dealing with difficult people - Beverley Haywood

Behaviour Drivers - Viv Grant

Education is a social responsibility - Aretha Banton and Youlande Harrowell

Session Two

Budgeting for beginners - Becci Denbigh

Governance - strengths and superpowers - Su Turner

Recruit right - Philippa Ollerhead

Courageous Leadership - Inclusion for All - Shaun Dellenty

Please note that these workshops are subject to availability


0845 - 0900: Registration

0900 - 0920: Conference welcome - Andrew Hammond

Nurturing empathy, curiosity and hope with real human stories with

Serdar Ferit, co-founder of Lyfta, conference gold sponsor

0920 - 1010: Keynote - Andy Cope - Shift Happens

1010 - 1040: Keynote - Simon Smith - More is More, a starting guide to headship

1040 - 1110: "It Shouldn't Happen to a Head" - Andrew Hammond in discussion with Pathway author Mike Abraham

1110 - 1130: Coffee & Quiz

1130 - 1225: Workshop session one

1225 - 1305: Lunch

1305 - 1400: Workshop session two

1400 - 1420: Tea

1420 - 1450: Keynote - Rae Snape - #OptimisticLeadership

1450 - 1500: Ruhaina Alford - Leaders for Race Equality

1500 - 1530: Keynote - Paul Whiteman - General Secretary, NAHT - Professional Community, always worth the investment

1530 - 1540: Conference wrap-up with Andrew Hammond

1540: Conference close

Please note that the programme may be subject to change

How can I book accommodation?

Please do not book travel or accommodation without checking with the Professional Development team (events@naht.org.uk) that the conference will be going ahead.

If you need accommodation please call Review Travel on 01625 446288.

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

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. The programme may be subject to change.

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

NAHT Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously. Personal data submitted to NAHT is subject to the General Data Protection Regulations. The way we use your personal information is set out in the NAHT privacy policy.


Do I need my membership number to book?

Yes. If you are booking a member place you will be required to enter the correct 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 at events@naht.org.uk or 01444 472405. 

Is my booking transferrable?

Bookings may only be transferred at the discretion of the Professional Development team. Requests to transfer will need to be made in writing a minumum of 7 days prior to the conference by emailing  events@naht.org.uk. Transfers and cancellations may be subject to a charge.

Cancellation fees:

Within 31 working days - 25% chargeWithin 14 working days - 50% chargeWithin 7 working days - 75% chargeWithin 3 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 delegate?

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

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