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Primary Leadership Conference

Page last updated: 17/08/2017

Keep an eye out for future conferences to be announced.

Previous Conferences

2017 Conferences

Following on from the success of the primary conferences, this year's conference was held on Tuesday 23 May 2017 at Holiday Inn, Basildon and Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester.
The purpose of this year's conference was to 'define the role of the middle tier in Essex, what this will look like in five years time'. The keynote speaker was Chris Tweedale, CEO of Aldridge Education and former Chief Executive of CfBT and UK Director of CfBT.

Relevant documents and presentations:
  • Invitation Letter​
  • Programme
  • Speaker Bios
  • Presentations​​ - including:
    • Clare Kershaw, Director of Education - Opening Presentation
    • Chris Tweedale, CEO, Aldridge Education - The Role of the Middle Tier in Essex
    • Colin Raraty, Headteacher, Rodings Primary School - Being a Chair of a School-Led Improvement Partnership
    • Joseph Figg, CEO, Eveleigh Link Academy Trust - The Role of the MAT CEO
    • Helen Dudley-Smith, Headteacher Friars Grove Primary School - Effective School Partnerships Supporting Recruitment and Retention
    • Graham Lancaster, Standards and Excellence Lead Commissioner for SES Projects - The Development of the Essex MAT
    • Gillian Cawley, Independent Educationalist - Local Authority Models for the Future
  • Frequently Asked Questions during afternoon workshops:

2016 Conferences

Held on Monday 16 May 2016 at Stock Brook Manor, Billericay and Tuesday 17 May 2016 at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester.
The keynote speaker was Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive, United Learning who took delegates through 'what would the Education system look like in 2020 following ten years of a Conservative-led coalition and Conservative Government and what would be the legacy beyond that'.  

In addition delegates also had an opportunity to hear from Marie-Claire Bretherton, Executive Headteacher from the Mount Street Academy, Lincoln who has significant experience of the leadership qualities required in a School-Led Improvement System.