School leader Conference - Transforming Education

Course Aims
Bury School Leader Annual Residential Conference

£200 discounted place for members of BEST Trust at £400 per BEST member for full 3 day residential conference. Recharge hotel accommodation only. Conference sessions free.

Non-members £600 for full residential package or £350 for one night. Discounts for delegates sharing a room. (£500pp for full residential place)
Special introductory offer for secondary school leaders @ £250 per night.

(Please note Thursday/Friday is 24 hours plus £50 for Friday morning for anyone not staying Wednesday night)

All prices are +VAT

Comments from previous conferences:

"Cutting edge speakers"
"An opportunity to mix with colleagues. Time to learn and reflect."
"Really enjoyed the networking, the speakers, the chance to have some ‘me’ time to reflect."

Target Group
School Leaders in all phases
Special Requirements
Please let us know if you have any dietary or disabled requirements.

Course Content
The theme is Transforming Education. 

Registration opens: 4.30pm Wednesday 13th March.

5.30pm Keynote speaker Dame Alison Peacock.

Dinner 7.30pm

Thursday 14th March from 9.30am

Salise Dourmoush, Senior Associate at Geldards LLP. Salise is a specialist SEN Solicitor.

SEND – Appeals to SEND tribunals and processes within the SEND Framework. Her 35-minute input will cover:

  • Appeals processes.
  • Annual reviews
  • Giving evidence at EHCP tribunal
  • Refusal to issue EHCPs

There will be a 25 minute Q&A session after the input, for delegates to raise issues or ask advice.

Carl Ward, Chair of the Foundation for Education Development – A 10-year strategic plan for education.

FED is dedicated to the belief that long-term strategic education planning is vital to the success of countries and their people. We exist to support long-term planning in education systems that ensures every learner, no matter their background, receives the best possible education at every stage of their educational journey.

We believe that the foundations of an education system should be built on a cross sector approach which delivers for children, young people, and lifelong learners for the future prosperity of countries.

Dr T (Dr Tharaka Gunarathne)  - Keynote speaker & TV doctor


Helping Kids of today learn: science backed top tips

1) The drop in human attention span and why

2) the mechanics of memory: the fish and iceberg model

3) Adaptations we should make in how we teach to adjust for the young brain of today


Helping kids of today manage their emotions: science backed top tips

1) The double decker model of the brain

2) how emotional overdrive affects thinking

3) How to help kids manage emotions: Then 3C’s Model

4) How to help create mental calm: Identify to Pacify

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr T is a three-times TEDx Speaker, Podcaster and TV Psychiatrist - appearing as resident Mind Expert on celebrity shows including Channel 4’s “Can I Improve My Memory”, ITV’s “Big Brother” and the world-first hit show, “Scared of the Dark”.

 Friday 15th March 9.30 to 1.00pm:

Building emotionally healthy schools.

Dr Pooja Saini, Liverpool John Moores University -

Why do we need suicide and self-harm prevention in schools? What age should it start being delivered?

Talking about suicide does not cause suicide!

Dr Steph Ainsworth, Manchester Metropolitan University -

Creating more resilient environments for teachers and school leaders.

This session will finish with a joint 30-minute Q&A for both Friday speakers.

Conference finishes with lunch on Friday 15th March.


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