New and aspiring heads’ conference 2021

When: 18 May 2021

Virtual conference

Our CPD for new and aspiring senior leaders has been formulated by successful and experienced senior leaders from all sectors. It provides sound foundations, so you return to your school equipped to develop and deliver your vision or plan your pathway to headship, as well as prioritise the daily demands of your new role. You will enjoy hearing insights from practitioners and other experts, gain a picture of the changing educational landscape and consider ways to sustain your personal resilience throughout your career. There will be opportunities to network with other school leaders and members of the NAHT team.

We provide the highest standards of support and advice throughout your time as a school leader – whether you will be leading in the early years, primary, secondary or special schools and alternative provision.

On becoming a new school leader, we know that you’ll have competing priorities; we think you should have the opportunity to develop your potential, which is why we are offering this conference at subsidised rates to members.

Who should attend?

New heads in the first two-years of headship, deputy and assistant heads, and those aspiring to leadership.
The conference is suitable for colleagues from early years, primary, secondary and special schools.

Keynote speakers


We are offering six workshops on the day, and full details of these are available below. You will choose two workshops that you wish to attend when booking.

  1. De-mystifying Ofsted – Philippa Ollerhead
  2. Dealing with difficult people – Beverley Haywood
  3. Behaviour Drivers – Viv Grant
  4. Budgeting for beginners – Grahame Colclough
  5. Governance – strengths and superpowers – Su Turner
  6. Recruit right – Philippa Ollerhead

Please note that these workshops are subject to availability


0815 – Registration, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
0900 – Conference welcome – Bernadette Hunter
0915 – Keynote speaker – Dr Andy Cope
1020 – Keynote speaker – Simon Smith
1050 – Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1110 – Workshop 1
1220 – Lunch, exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1320 – Workshop 2
1440 – Exhibition viewing, networking and refreshments
1500 – Keynote speaker – Rae Snape
1530 – Keynote speaker – Paul Whiteman
1600 – Conference closes

Please note that the programme may be subject to change