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Leadership Conference: inspiring excellence in times of change

Value driven and creative leadership for primary and secondary school leaders and governors.


Confirmed workshops:

  • Designing leadership
  • Ethical curriculum
  • Leading literacy through film
  • Challenging the impossible: fixing social mobility
  • Leading gender diversity
  • Role of Governors in inspiring excellence


Keynote speakers:

Sir John Jones

Knighted in 2003 for his services to education, Sir John worked most of his professional life in challenging schools across the North West of England, his last post being the headteacher of a large secondary school in Merseyside.

His achievements and reputation for straight talking, leadership and creativity led him to be invited to various organizations, panels and think tanks including National College for School Leadership, DfES’ Leadership Development Unit, Teacher Development Agency’s National Remodelling Unit and visiting posts with Manchester and Liverpool Universities.

Josh Smith

A researcher at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, specialising in technology and machine learning, especially the application of natural language processing algorithms to social scientific research. He recently co-authored a report on anti-Islamic sentiment on Twitter which was presented at the Mayor of London’s Policing and Crime Summit in April 2017. He leads Demos’ work on digital healthcare, recently working with the King’s Fund to investigate unregulated health forums online, and part of a working group with the Council of Europe focused on Culture and Digitisation.

Josh has extensive experience in the technology sector, building web, Android and Python applications for employers including IBM and Hogarth Worldwide, as well as working as a developer for the ‘Tech for Good’ incubator FUSE. He has considerable speaking and media experience, has given spoken evidence to the House of Lords EU internal subcommittee on the EU single market, and participated in roundtables and consultations run by the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Hedayah, the Royal Society and the Corsham Institute. He also made a weekly appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire show (BBC 1) over the 2017 general election, and has discussed social media research on BBC Click, Sky news and LBC.


Inspired excellence in times of change.09:00 Arrival and refreshments

09:30 Welcome and introductions: Paul Brennan, Assistant Director: Education and Skills NYCC
09:45 Keynote speaker: Sir John Jones, Leadership in turbulent times
11:15 Refreshments
11:45 Workshop - choice 1
12:35 Lunch
13:15 Workshop - choice 2
14:00 Workshop - choice 3
14:50 Keynote speaker: Josh Smith, DEMOS, Social media, the Dark Web and their impact on children and young people in schools
15:45 Close

Booking Information

Customers will be provided with tea/coffee on arrival, mid-morning and lunchtime. Lunch will be provided.

We recommend that you book your place on this event as soon as possible to ensure a place is available, and so that suitable resources and any special dietary requirements can be provided for you.

We know that if you have booked onto an event you will usually have arranged cover and be looking forward to the day. However, if circumstances change and you find you will be unable to attend a session you are booked onto please cancel via as soon as possible. You will not be expected to incur the course fee if Ofsted are inspecting your school on the date of the event. However, if a place is cancelled for any other reason schools will be charged the full fee if a place is cancelled within 21 days of the event.

Please be aware that some venues will not be able to honour requests for special requirements (e.g. dietary) if you have not booked a place more than 10 days before an event/network.

If you have any questions, please call 01609 798864 or email


Suitable for Primary and Secondary leaders.

28 Mar 2018 09:30 - 15:30

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School Improvement and Early Years Service
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Date and Time

28 Mar 2018 09:30 - 15:30


Pavilions of Harrogate (Please / report to reception on arrival), Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ


Janet Bates