Inspiring Leadership Conference 2021 – Important update

Since taking the decision back in March to postpone the 2020 Inspiring Leadership conference to January 2021 we have, as we are sure you all have, been eagerly awaiting some signs of a return to ‘normality’ in whatever shape and form that is deemed to look like.

We know that the past six months have been extremely challenging for schools, their staff, parents and students, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

The live events industry has faced its own challenges with live performances, including conferences being one of the last sectors allowed to re-open for business.  The industry was awaiting Government approval to re-open on 1st October however, the Prime Minister’s recent announcement suspended the date indefinitely, possibly for up to six months.

This has created sufficient uncertainty of our ability to host the conference in January therefore it is with much regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the event again and have rescheduled back to our traditional dates of 10 -11 June 2021.

As with our previous postponement we will be transferring all existing conference bookings to the 10 -11 June 2021 dates. We are talking to hotels to arrange for rooms reserved rooms via our booking system to be transferred to the new dates, however if you have booked direct with a hotel you will need to contact them to re-arrange your booking.

Thank you for continuing to support Inspiring Leadership as we navigate our way through these difficult times.

We are now working on refreshing the conference programme striving to offer you a bigger and better conference experience when we meet again next Summer.

If you need any assistance with your current bookings then please email or call the conference helpline on 0845 139 2015 (International calls +44 (0) 188 720 9215)

We are very much looking forward to being able to welcome delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to the ICC next June.


Inspiring Leadership Conference 2020 postponed

As you might imagine over the past few months, we have been very carefully following the development of the COVID-19 virus pandemic to determine what action was necessary in relation to the Inspiring Leadership conference scheduled for 4th and 5th June 2020 at the ICC Birmingham.

We have been in close contact with the NEC Group / ICC Birmingham to explore potential options for cancellation / postponement.

We have taken the decision to postpone the conference to 13 – 15 January 2021.

The new dates offer us the opportunity to open the conference mid-afternoon on the Wednesday and close the conference at lunchtime on the Friday. We are currently looking closely at the programme to explore options.

All existing bookings will be automatically moved to the new dates including any hotel room bookings using the conference booking system.

NB – hotel rooms booked directly with hotels should be cancelled and re-booked.

We are very much looking forward to being able to welcome all school leaders back to the conference and to celebrate with you the amazing work done through 2020 to keep the wheels of education oiled and moving.

In the meantime, please take care, stay safe and look after each other.

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 2020 will be an evening with a difference. We are delighted to have secured Chris Turner to join us for dinner on Thursday 4th 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 2020.

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Inspiring Leadership so far… 100 days to go

Jointly hosted by NAHT and Inspiring Leadership Events Ltd, the Inspiring Leadership Conference returns for its seventh year. To mark 100 days to go, we have put together this bulletin to give you a taster of what to expect on the 4 – 5 June at the ICC, Birmingham.

In this issue:                                                                                       

Why attend Inspiring Leadership?

2020 sponsors + exhibitors

Confirmed keynote speakers so far

An evening with… Chris Turner

By leaders for leaders

Connect with us

Please click the link below to view the full bulletin

100 days to go 2020

Lessons in Leadership from the Healthcare sector


This is a chance to hear from two outstanding leaders at the front line of leading the healthcare system in England.

Dealing with the acute pressures of funding and performance on a daily basis they will share their experiences and insights on how to make the most of the money available, develop people, and look after yourself . For both of them, excellence today goes hand-in-hand with securing the future by developing the next generation.

Sarah-Jane Marsh is CEO of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s hospitals. Integrating two hospitals in February 2017 to create Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its kind in Europe, Sarah-Jane also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham – another UK first. Her passions are exceeding the expectations of patients and families and making Birmingham Women’s and Children’s the very best place to work and be cared for.

Professor Nick Harding is Chair of the NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group. Nick has unusual experience both as a commissioner and provider of healthcare. As a commissioner, he created an award-winning CCG recognised for its innovative culture, approach to engagement and its consistent high performance. As a provider, he was a founding GP Partner of the Modality Partnership which has seen steady growth in the last 10 years. It is now a multi-site primary care provider organisation with over 46 health centres and serving over 300,000 patients.

Nick has a real passion for creating a sustainable future for healthcare. He secured funding and delivered a leadership programme for over 100 West Midlands GPs to support their emergence as future leaders and inspire them to achieve change, which is now being rolled out nationally. In addition to this, he helped drive forward the new Aston Medical School to support children in deprived inner city areas, nurturing future medical talent for Birmingham that will be representative of their communities. He is also involved in health education projects in Malawi and social projects in inner city Birmingham.

Ready to be inspired? Secure your place today to hear Sarah-Jane Marsh, Professor Nick Harding and all of our other fantastic speakers.


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Richard Gill – Teaching Schools Council


As the recently appointed Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, I am delighted to be able to say that we are supporting the 2019 Inspiring Leadership Conference.

Having been asked as a TSC Rep to attend the 2018 Conference as a delegate, presenter, speaker and showcaser, it was indisputable that the TSC should be involved in such an impactful event.

As a key partner this year we are pleased to be part of the planning group arranging a fantastic line up of speakers, masterclasses and workshop sessions, led by some of the very best thinkers and speakers.

The Inspiring Leadership Conference is renowned for being an excellent opportunity to reflect, meet with your peers and exchange ideas, all highly crucial activities that we so often find ourselves without the time to do.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Richard Gill, Chair, Teaching Schools Council


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What can geese teach us about leadership?

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! As we start our journey into 2019, we wanted to reflect on what geese can teach us about leadership…

Have you ever wondered why Inspiring Leadership embraces the V formation of geese within its brand? We believe that there are lessons of teamwork and leadership to be learnt from geese. When you watch the skein of geese closely, you realise that the geese are all leaders and followers each taking a turn.  So what lessons of leadership can we learn from geese?

Lesson 1: Sharing a common goal

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift, an aerodynamics orientation that reduces air friction for the birds that follow, allowing them to preserve energy for a long-distance flight. When the lead goose becomes tired, it rotates back into the formation and allows another goose to take the leadership position.

The lesson we can learn here is that people who share a common goal can get to where they want to quicker if they work as a team.

Lesson 2: Recognition and encouragement

Geese honk to recognise each other and to encourage each other to keep up.

The lesson we can learn here is to make sure we are offering support to each other and continue to praise one another by giving people the recognition and encouragement they deserve.

Lesson 3: Staying committed to the common goal

The geese migration routes never change, they use the same route each year even if there are new members.

The lesson we can learn here is to stay true to our core values. Colleagues, pupils and other aspects may change but great organisations will always stick to their core values and remember why they do what they do.

Ready to be inspired? Book your place today.

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The Chartered College of Teaching supports Inspiring Leadership Conference 2019

We are pleased to announce that Inspiring Leadership Conference 2019 is supported by the Chartered College of Teaching. Here’s what Professor Dame Alison Peacock had to say:

“At the Chartered College of Teaching, we believe expertise in teaching needs to run all the way through the DNA of a school or college. From early career teachers starting their teaching journey right through to school leaders.

We want to see current and future leaders supported to be the best that they can be. For this to happen they need to have the opportunity to build their own knowledge of pedagogy to be in the best possible position to understand what works and to maximise good practice. Not only will this support their own learning but will also benefit their colleagues and the wider profession. We are happy to be a part of the Inspiring Leadership Conference and to play a role in fostering a culture of learning, where the whole profession can engage with the big ideas in education and shape the future of their own profession.”

Ready to be inspired? Book your place today and save £75 + vat

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Accessing The Future: The challenge for the youth of today


Do you have children in school or are you a teacher or school leader?

Are you worried about what career the children of today will have, with so much changing all the time? What jobs will they do? What skills will they need?

We are entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution, a term coined by Klaus Schwab. This Fourth Industrial Revolution builds upon the Digital Revolution by breaking the barriers between the physical, digital and even biological as technologies merge and fuse.

Adam Caplan, CEO of eMathsMaster, an education software technology company, wants to make sure as many young people have the greatest possible opportunity to be successful in the future.

He has written an article which discusses Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – ‘Accessing The Future: The challenge for the youth of today’. The full article can be found below.

Accessing The Future: The challenge for the youth of today – eMathsMaster PDF


eMathsMaster are platinum sponsors of the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2018 and will be at exhibiting at stand 2 in the Exhibition Hall.

Podcast: What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? Marie-Claire Bretherton and Matt Davis talk collaboration.

At Education Development Trust, peer review and school-to-school collaboration are the tenets of school improvement. Here, superhead Marie-Claire Bretherton – headteacher of Mount Street Academy, Regional Director for CfBT Schools Trust and leader of the Kyra Teaching School Alliance – talks collaboration with UK Director Matt Davis.

What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? What does it take to make them work? In this podcast, Matt examines the success that Marie-Claire has engineered, along with her colleagues, in more than 50 schools in Lincolnshire. By working together, they are achieving their aim of making a difference for children.

‘Peer review allows you to open up, show everything and not be fearful of any repercussions.’
‘The importance of the open classroom when it comes to collaboration.’
‘How the Schools Partnership Programme’s peer review framework legitimises those sometimes tough conversations.’
‘The secret to success? Strategically and systematically building trust and building reciprocity between schools. Invitational leadership. Being intentional about creating opportunities for relationships.’
‘The system is quite fragmented – academies, maintained schools, church schools, small schools, primaries, secondaries…: collaboration is the glue that holds all of those schools and all of those individuals together.’

Want to find out more? Matt and Marie-Claire will be joined by Maggie Farrar at Inspiring Leadership this year as they host a workshop on 15 June: Moving on from ‘why?’ 5 practical things every leader should know about making collaboration work.

The session – intended for everyone from middle leaders through to MAT CEOs and Regional Schools Commissioners – will share five insights about the ‘how’ of collaboration at school, network and system level. Drawn from Education Development Trust’s own research, the global literature and three years’ experience working on collaboration projects with schools and local systems in England and around the world, this set of highly practical actions will provide a toolkit for putting in place the kind of collaboration which has the potential to improve pupil outcomes.