Inspiring excellence in education

It’s back… Book now! 10 – 11 June 2021

Two experiences, One inspiring event.

Due to the current social distancing constraints, the in-person event on 10-11 June 2021 is now at full capacity. To meet the demand to attend the event, we are extremely excited to announce the launch of the first Inspiring Leadership hybrid conference. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to develop the conference formats and content, the virtual platform functionality and the new website and mobile app so keep checking back for updates.

Why Are We Doing This?

Inspiring Leadership 2021 returns with an exciting itinerary of over 30 keynote, masterclass and workshop sessions led by the best and brightest from different sectors, all looking to provide a fresh perspective on leadership.


This is the perfect opportunity for senior leaders to meet their peer group, share experiences and exchanges views and ideas to take back to the workplace. Delegates also have unrivalled access to updates on technology, products and services to improve their work environment via the extensive exhibition.

What People Say

“Inspiring Leadership is a ‘must do’ in my diary and has been for many years. I have encouraged all my headteachers to attend the conference, it’s not just about the speakers and the content it’s about the people you meet…”


Our keynote speakers come with a wealth of stories; some have found their lives under fire and yet flourished, some have successfully challenged the status quo against all odds and others have changed lives through the smallest of actions. All, however, are inspiring. In a year where major challenges facing the sector are as pressing as ever, learn new ways to approach challenges from other leading thinkers, take away fresh approaches to try out and find new supportive colleagues from schools around the UK and internationally *.

* In 2019 delegates attended from Australia, China, Jersey, Qatar, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.

2021 Speakers


Tanya Byron


Chris Turner


Dido Harding


Professor Yong Zhao


Gina Miller


Lord Sebastian Coe


Dave Coplin


Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton


David Morley


Simon Currigan


Paul Whiteman


Andy Hodgkinson


Liz Robinson


Nick Osborne


Tiffany Beck


Maggie Farrar


Jeanie Davies


Carolyn Roberts


Dan Morrow


Bridget Clay


Michael Hamilton


Gavin Oattes


David Didau


Barry Carpenter


Tessa Thomas


Graihagh Crawshaw


Catherine Paine


Jane Creasy

Previous years speakers


Dr. Pedro Noguera


Ben Page


Prof Steve Peters


Spencer West


Michael Fullan


Kate Richardson-Walsh


Charles Hazlewood


Helen Richardson-Walsh


Steve Munby


Gyles Brandreth


Zainab Salbi


Will Gompertz


Matthew Syed


Lord William Hague


Estelle Morris


Fadumo Dayib












A carefully curated event where education leaders get to tackle recurring issues anew, and take back to the workplace new thoughts and ideas to implement which deliver improvements. Due to the postponement of the 2020 conference, we are still working on updating the 2021 programme.



Inspiring Leadership is the only conference of its type in the education sector; nowhere else will you find such a diversity of leadership speakers chosen for their value to you, combined with the opportunity to work hard with your peer group on the issues that challenge you. On leaving Inspiring Leadership, we believe you will not only be feeling refreshed and energised, but be walking away with improvement plans formulating, new supportive contacts made, and a reminder of the difference your leadership can make.

Please click here to view the 2019 masterclass and workshop descriptions PDF.

Please download the below PDFs to view previous years masterclass and workshop presentations:

Click here for a selection of 2019 masterclass and workshop presentations 


Why sponsor and exhibit at Inspiring Leadership…

Inspiring Leadership is an annual conference and exhibition showcase that excels in all that it does. The conference is already known for its positive, thought provoking and ultimately inspiring ambience, giving delegates time and space to learn, reflect and plan.

Now in its seventh year, it has built a reputation as one of the most inspirational and influential events in the education calendar. Each year around 60% of delegates from previous years attend, the majority of which are Headteachers, Principals and CEO’S.

As an exhibitor or sponsor at this event you’ll have access to over 1,300 leaders of primary and secondary schools, academies and early years’ settings - all important decision makers, keen to find practical ideas and solutions for implementing change and driving improvement in their organisations.

To maximise the opportunities for both exhibitors and delegates alike we’ve allowed ample networking time and longer breaks so that there is more time to talk, to meet as well as discuss and explore developing business relationships.

Flexible options for you and your company.

Sponsoring or exhibiting at Inspiring Leadership gives you a unique opportunity to raise your company profile and access this influential audience of leaders.

We offer a flexible range of options designed to suit your business needs and your budget, whether you’re:

• Simply looking for an opportunity to showcase your products and services
• Would like to demonstrate how your company is working with schools and others to innovate and transform education
• Wanting to connect with some of the really key individuals driving and shaping leadership for children

Bookings for 2021 are now open and we’d be happy to discuss your ideas on how you’d like to get involved.

Please email Jenny at to discuss further.



discovery education

                                                                                                                        Discovery Education 

Inspiring Leadership sponsor

                                  Outstanding Leaders Partnership                                                                         Teach First

Inspiring Leadership sponsors 2

                                                                 Educater                                                                                                Hamelin Brands


The exhibition showcase is an important and integral part of the conference. Refreshment breaks and lunch all take place in the exhibition hall, ensuring that you have frequent opportunities to engage and share information about products and services for your school. Please see below our confirmed exhibitors for 2021 so far.

The ICC, Birmingham

The ICC is easily accessible by public transport, with hotel accommodation just a short walk away. Delegates can also benefit from a 20% discount on trains for the conference. To view the details of the discount and book tickets visit:

The ICC, Birmingham

8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA

ICC Website


Registration is now open for 2021. We offer discounts to groups and small schools.

(If you’re viewing this on a mobile device, please swipe right/left to see more prices.)


Early Bird: The first 500 delegates to register will be entitled to the reduced rate. Failure to pay your invoice on time may result in the early bird discount being removed and your booking will become a standard rate booking.

Small Schools: Schools of 100 or fewer pupils qualify for the reduced rate.

Group bookings (five or more): To qualify for a group booking all delegate bookings must be made at one time and one invoice will apply for the group.

VAT is chargeable on the conference fee, however, this may be reclaimed from HM Revenue and Customs by schools through their normal VAT reclaim route.

Accommodation is not included in the conference fee, but there are a large number of hotels nearby to suit different budgets. You can also arrange accommodation at negotiated rates via our conference booking site when registering. Please click here to view the hotel list.

Conference Dinner tickets are £65 + VAT and can be added to your booking when registering.

An evening with... Chris Turner

‘An evening with’ is a fusion of the formal and informal; an evening that combines a 3 course dinner with wine, entertainment and socialising. The conference dinner in 2021 will be an evening with a difference. We are delighted to have secured Chris Turner to join us for dinner on Thursday 10 June. With over 20 million views on YouTube Chris is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite who has won multiple awards during 11 years of sell-out shows and is a regular closing act at both the world-famous Comedy Cellar in New York, and the Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles. A British comedian now based in the USA Chris’s freestyle improv rap is something you will most likely not have seen or heard before!

Book onto ‘An evening with…’ for £65 + vat when registering for the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2021.


View some of our videos from the last two years.




Event management provided by Blackberry Productions Ltd.

For general enquiries about the conference or presentations please email or call the conference helpline on 0845 139 2015 (International calls +44 (0) 188 720 9215)

For specific enquiries relating to the work of the two Inspiring Leadership conference partners please contact as follows:

Hosted by:

National Association of Head Teachers


1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL

T: 0300 30 30 333

Organised by:

Inspiring Leadership Events Ltd


11 Greenbox, Westonhall Road, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4AL

T: 01527 878761

Supported by:

Teaching Schools Council 

Teaching Schools Council

Media Partner:




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