ASCL Annual Conference 2019

08:45 - 16:30, 15 - 16 March 2019 Birmingham Book now

ASCL’s Annual Conference is a highlight of the educational calendar. Whether you’re an established or aspiring school leader, member or non-member, we look forward to welcoming you to another inspiring and informative event.

The conference returns to the ICC Birmingham on 15 and 16 March 2019 with a packed programme of exceptional speakers, inspiring and informative workshops and first-class networking opportunities. Book places for you and your team today.

Gold Delegate Package

Limited spaces available

Includes two full days of Conference plus Annual Conference Dinner on Friday 15 March. Also includes all keynote sessions, a choice of workshops, exhibition entry, lunch and refreshments.

ASCL Members £430 per delegate
Non-members £470 per delegate

Silver Delegate Package

Day delegate attendance includes keynote sessions, a choice of workshops, exhibition entry, lunch and refreshments.

ASCL Members £199 per delegate, per day
Non-members £250 per delegate, per day

Group booking discount

A 20% discount is available on group bookings of three or more delegates.

Bookings must be made at the same time to qualify for the discounted rate. Please note that the group booking discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Sir Lenny Henry, actor, comedian and National Theatre board member

Steph McGovern, broadcaster and presenter

Dr Karen Edge, international education academic

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education

Amanda Spielman, HMCI

Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson

John Allan CBE, President, CBI and Chairman, Tesco

Christine Counsell, leading curriculum developer

Dr Jon Landis, Apple Inc

Steve Munby, former CEO of EDT. Chair, National Teaching Awards

Pat Sowa, Starfish | Mental Health Training in Education

Richard Sheriff, ASCL President 2018-19 and Executive Headteacher, Harrogate Grammar School and CEO of the Red Kite Learning Trust

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary


Friday 15 March


Registration and exhibition open


Keynote 1
Richard Sheriff, ASCL President


Keynote 2
Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education


A renewed partnership between business, government, and education
John Allan, President, CBI


Refreshment break served in exhibition hall


The importance of subject communities and what to do with them 
Christine Counsell, leading curriculum developer

Including music from the students of Red Kite Alliance


The future of education
Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson


Lunch served in exhibition hall


Workshops | session 1

The Golden Thread: Connecting vision, values, and culture in leadership
Andrew Morrish, founder Chief Executive of Victoria Academies, West Midlands

High Performance Learning: How to become a world class school
Professor Deborah Eyre, Founder and CEO, High Performance Learning
Charlotte Avery, Headteacher, St Mary’s School, Cambridge

Closing the Word Gap in Primary and Secondary Schools – panel session
Chair: Lionel Bolton, Head of Secondary English and Languages, Oxford University Press
Paul Clayton, Independent English Consultant, former Director of National Association for Teaching of English (NATE)
Fiona Evans, Head of School Programmes, National Literacy Trust
Sarah Hubbard, HMI, National Lead for English, Ofsted
Shareen Mayers, Primary English and Assessment Consultant

A Manifesto for Excellence
Rob Carpenter, CEO, Inspire Partnership Academy Trust, London

Gatsby Benchmarks, Careers Strategies and Student Destinations: Lessons from 1,000 schools
Tom Haywood-Pope, Head of UK Sales and Delivery, Unifrog

A Whole School Approach to Mental Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour
Tony Clifford, Chair, Trustee of the Attachment Research Community (ARC)
Katie Morgan, Science teacher and Emotion Coaching Lead, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, Stoke on Trent

What Can Your SBL Do for You? Effective ways Headteachers and School Business Leaders can work together – panel session
Panel Chair: DfE representative (TBC)
Rachael Warwick, ASCL Vice President
Julia Harden, ASCL Funding Specialist
Hayley Dunn, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist
Peter Neale, Business Manager, Thomas Adams School, Shropshire

Ofsted Education Inspection Framework
Matthew Purves, Deputy Director of Schools, Ofsted
Steve Rollett, ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist

Data is Dead - Long Live Data
Paul Charman, Managing Director, FFT
Duncan Baldwin, ASCL Deputy Director of Policy: Structures

Why School Leaders Need to Think About Knowledge
Christine Counsell, author and leading curriculum developer

The Forgotten Third: Why do so many young people leave school without a meaningful qualification in their national language, and what can be done about this?
Roy Blatchford CBE, Chair, ASCL Commission of Inquiry, ‘The Forgotten Third’
Julie McCulloch, ASCL Director of Policy
Other commission members (tbc)


Refreshment break served in exhibition hall


Raising the bar for learning
Dr Jon Landis, Apple Inc


Keynote 7
Steph McGovern, Broadcaster and Journalist 


Close of Day 1


Wine reception


Annual Dinner

Saturday 16 March


Registration and exhibition opens


Keynote 8
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary


Connected Leadership: An international perspective
Steve Munby, former CEO of EDT. Chair, National Teaching Awards
Dr Karen Edge, Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL Institute of Education


Mental health: a matter of life and death
Pat Sowa, Starfish | Mental Health Training in Education


Refreshment break served in exhibition hall


Workshops | session 2

Where It All Began: Teaching the teachers how to teach!
Amjad Ali, Teacher, TEDx speaker, Trainer, Senior Leader and SENCO

Teaching and Learning: An efficient and sustainable model
Adam Porter, Vice Principal, The Chalk Hills Academy, Luton
Michelle de Middelaer, School Relationship Team, BlueSky Education

Ethical Leadership in Practice: Where to find support
Carolyn Roberts, Headteacher,Thomas Tallis School, Greenwich

T Levels Are Coming: What impact will this have on your sixth form curriculum, funding and recruitment?
Kevin Gilmartin, ASCL Post-16 and Colleges Specialist

ICFP: It depends on how you look at things
Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist

Spinning Plates? Strategic leadership and management of SEND across a MAT
Michelle Haywood, Founder of @ResearchSEND, University of Wolverhampton

Measuring What You Value: Connecting governance and leadership to promote a positive culture in your organisation
Clare Collins, Head of Consultancy, National Governance Association

We’re On! Evaluating, promoting and accrediting women’s leadership through ASCL’s Women’s NPQSL
Carol Jones, Chair, The Leading Women’s Alliance, Leadership Consultant, and Programme Director ASCL’s Women’s NPQSL
Gwen Temple, Senior Deputy Headteacher, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby

What is instructional coaching and how can schools do more of it?
Emily Henderson, Deputy Headteacher, Brookburn Primary School, Manchester
Steve Farndon, Fellow, Institute for Teaching
Sam Sims, UCL Institute of Education

Education at a tipping-point: practical implications for leaders
Presented by a range of system leaders


Lunch served in exhibition hall


Workshops | session 3

School Improvement in Singapore: Lessons from a study tour
Carl Ward, CEO, City Learning Trust, Stoke, and ASCL Immediate Past President, plus two Headteachers from the Singapore study visit

Connecting Your School Through Digital Leadership
Priya Lakhani OBE, CEO and Founder, CENTURY Tech

Safeguarding Governance Across a MAT: Ensuring consistency of approach and knowledge and accountability at trustee level
Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson

No Better Time to Build Global Understanding: Connecting teachers, students and schools sharing common values and curriculum imperatives
John Baumber, Director of Education, Kunskapsskolan UK 
David Goddard, Associate Director of Education, Kunskapsskolan UK
Julian Grant, Headteacher, Shevington High School, Wigan
Natalie Christie, Headteacher, Passmores Academy, Co-Principal, Passmores Academy, Harlow
Catherine Baggaley, Deputy Head, Shevington High School
Serdar Ferit, CEO, Lyfta

Driving Impactful one-to-one iPad Deployment with Connected Leadership
Mike Watkinson, Apple Education Trainer, Jigsaw 24
Paul Ford, Head of Education, Jigsaw24
Graham Trick, Professional Development Trainer, Jigsaw24

What’s So Special About Literacy?
Karen Wespieser, Director of Operations, Driver Youth Trust, London
Additional speaker tbc

The Curriculum: Controversies, concepts and conversations
Mary Myatt, Education advisor and writer

Meeting for ASCL Accredited Local Representatives
Richard Tanton, Director of Member Support
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
Mike Smith, Deputy Director of Member Support
Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy: Structures

Building School Partnership to Improve Practice for Learners with SEND
Michelle Haywood, Founder of @ResearchSEND, University of Wolverhampton
Sabrina Hobbs, Principal, Severndale Specialist Academy, Shrewsbury

Improving Your Pension
Stephen Casey, ASCL Pensions Specialist


Refreshment break served in exhibition hall


Keynote 11
Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Ofsted


Keynote 12
Sir Lenny Henry, actor, comedian and National Theatre board member


Close of conference


Programme is subject to change

The Conference is non-residential and accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Accommodation (if required) can be booked through our agent, Reservation Highway. We have several hotels near the International Convention Centre (ICC) to suit all tastes and budgets. Details of all available accommodation and rates will be sent with confirmation of your place.

T: 01423525577

If you have any queries with your accommodation booking, please contact Reservation Highway.

The International Convention Centre (ICC) is located in Birmingham City centre and is easily accessible by road from all over the UK. The nearest car parks to the ICC are located at the Barclaycard Arena. If arriving by train, Birmingham New Street Station is a ten minute walk.