ASCL Northern Ireland Annual Conference 2018

08:50 - 15:45, 18 October 2018 Belfast

Leading through Evidence. Making the Difference.

Specifically tailored to meet the needs of education leaders in Northern Ireland, ASCL Northern Ireland Conference 2019 will explore how school leaders can take an evidence-based approach to developing their colleagues, young people and their school as a whole.

Back by popular demand is Professor Robert Coe, who will build on the themes from his very popular session at last year’s conference.

Book your place and join colleagues from throughout Northern Ireland to get the latest essential policy updates and hear from inspirational speakers offering fresh ideas.

The conference is excellent. Great speakers, lots to think about and take back to school.” Previous delegateWorkplus sponsor

Prices Frozen for 2019

Full residential attendance (includes attendance at the annual dinner and overnight accommodation at the Titanic Hotel Belfast)
ASCL members £290 | non-members £339

Day delegates attendance
ASCL members £170 | non-members £210

Extend your stay at The Titanic Hotel Belfast

We have negotiated an exclusive offer for this year’s conference delegates who wish to stay on Friday night after the conference has finished. The hotel have agreed to offer a reduced accommodation rate for our delegates which includes tickets to the Titanic Museum. Further details about how to access this offer will be sent with your confirmation. 

I would recommend for any school leader in Northern Ireland. The information is invaluable to I picked up so many new ideas. It refreshed my thinking about leadership.” Previous delegate

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary, Department of Education

Professor Rob Coe, Director of Research and Development, Evidence Based Education

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive, Scottish Professional Football League

Amanda McNamee, Principal, Lagan College and ASCL NI President

Dr Patrick Shevlin, Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection, Dublin City University

Rachael Warwick, Executive Head, Ridgeway Education Trust and ASCL President 2019-20

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

Trevor Robinson, Principal, Lurgan College and ASCL NI Vice President




Registration and refreshments


President’s address
Deirdre Gillespie, ASCL NI President and Principal, St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt


Keynote address and question and answer session
Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary, Department of Education 


Refreshment break


How can school leaders help teachers make their teaching even better?
Professor Rob Coe, University of Durham


Managing difficult people
Jim Thewliss, General Secretary School leaders Scotland
Neil Shaw, Field Officer SLS




Keynote address and question and answer session
Joe Schmidt, Head Coach, IRFU


General Secretary address
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary


Leadership in practice
Barry Philips, CEO, Legal Island and TEDx speaker


Final remarks
Amanda McNamee, ASCL NI Vice President and Principal, Lagan College


Titanic Hotel Belfast
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter