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Conference – Leadership Conversations

Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us to continue these vital conversations around sustainable leadership in our schools, healthy workplaces and staff wellbeing and of course curriculum!

Jonny Uttley – Ethical Leadership

The ASCL, the NGA and many others have rightly identified the promotion of an ethical framework for school leadership as one of the most pressing and significant issues for the system. But what is it?

Jonny believes that ethical leadership goes way beyond behaviour and decision making of individual school leaders and leadership teams and underpins the entirety of a school or trust’s operations, what Jonny describes as ethical system leadership. In the session he will discuss schools and trusts where the focus is on performance before results; growth is deliberate and not for its own sake; systems are about improvement not compliance; the culture is of low anxiety and high trust and where accountability is just as high but so is autonomy. This is an important conversation and one that should empower leaders to have the courage to continue to champion ethical system leadership.

Andrew Cowley – Healthy Toolkit

Andrew’s session will focus on culture and relationships in a school and how they can grow and thrive, as well as give consideration to the barriers to them. Taking a holistic approach to pupil and staff wellbeing, the keynote and workshop will consider how we can support authentic and empathetic wellbeing through strategic planning and intervention, looking beyond the ‘token’ offers towards actions with a marked and lasting impact.

Andrew Cowley, author of The Wellbeing Toolkit and The Wellbeing Curriculum is a wellbeing speaker, writer and trainer and ex-Primary Deputy Headteacher, whose sessions focus on changing the way individuals think about wellbeing; ensuring it’s authentic and empathetic rather than a ‘fluffy tick box exercise’.

John Tomsett – Curriculum Conversations

In this session John Tomsett will discuss what he has learnt so far from his HUH project on curriculum development with Mary Myatt.  The genesis of the HUH project was a moment back in late 2020 when a headteacher asked him to help her “hold my subject leaders to account for the curriculum”. John’s repost was a simple one: “How can you hold subject leaders to account for the curriculum when you know so little about it?”

At the heart of the HUH project is how to shape conversations between subject leaders and senior leaders – both primary and secondary – which are truly developmental and where senior leaders approach those conversations with appropriate humility. And John will explain why the project is called HUH!

Each member school has TWO free places!

This conference is for VNET members only.


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Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 8:30 am


Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Please Note

This conference is for VNET Members only. 



The King's Centre, 63-75 King Street


01603 285260

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