If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
Rudyard Kipling’s famous lines have lost none of their resonance over the years. Strong leadership has always involved holding fast to your vision and values while the world spins around you, following your own moral compass, and helping the people around you to do the same.
This has never been more important, or more challenging, than in the current educational climate. The pressures on school leaders are immense. They must continue to provide the high quality education they know their pupils need and deserve – but on rapidly dwindling budgets. They must ensure the young people in their schools can perform to the best of their ability in the assessments and qualifications they know will open doors for them, while also offering them the broad, rich, deep curriculum to which they are entitled. They must do the best for their own pupils without disadvantaging those in other schools. And they must do all of this without burning out themselves – or placing intolerable pressure on the people who work for them.
The Association of School and College Leaders’ first ever primary summit is designed to give school leaders in this crucial sector an invaluable opportunity to think through these issues. Bringing together a host of leading thinkers, the summit will explore the concept of principled leadership from different perspectives, and examine in detail some of the key challenges facing primary leaders. Delegates will have the opportunity not only to hear from people doing extraordinary work in difficult circumstances, but also to share their own thoughts about how school leaders can be encouraged and supported to respond to these challenges in a principled, ethical way.
Keynote speakers include Geoff Barton (ASCL General Secretary), Dame Alison Peacock (CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching) and Sian Carr (Executive Principal of Skinners’ Kent Primary School and The Skinners’ Kent Academy).
Interactive sessions on the incredible shrinking budget, squaring the curriculum circle, staying in control of your school’s destiny and keeping it all together (and enjoying the journey) will be led by Kerry Brimfield (Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust), Iain Erskine (Co-Principal of the Fulbridge Academy), Rob Carpenter (CEO of Inspire Partnership), Phil Hickey (Executive Head at the Learners’ Trust) and the incomparable Self-Esteem Team.
The thoughts and ideas generated during the summit will feed into ASCL’s policy influencing activity, shaping the work we do to ensure our education system is strong, powerful and effective.
Keeping your head (and your headship) isn’t always easy in today’s turbulent times. Working together can help. Come and join us.
For more information about the summit, and to book your place, click here.