In partnership with TES

This event aims to give current and aspiring school leaders the tools and knowledge to be innovative and creative in how they run a school and the confidence to maintain their individuality.

Speakers include:

  • Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector and Head of Ofsted, who said in a recent speech: “All our evidence shows that it is good leadership that makes the biggest difference to school standards...As we move to a much more autonomous system, with so much depending on appointing people who know how to use the freedoms given to them, it is vital that we do more to nurture leadership.”
  • Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, Michigan and creator of the world’s largest MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) Learning How to Learn. Based on her innovative MOOC, she will discuss procrastination, frustration, chunking, recall, and the challenge of developing passion for hard-to-master subjects.
  • Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO at the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential. Drawing on her TEDx talk on “Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century”, Danielle will discuss the concept of the ‘new alphas’, which brings into play fulfillment, long-term wellbeing, and impact, over and above the more traditional alpha model of achievement and high performance.
  • Bill Lucas, creator of ​the Expansive Education Network, one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world, and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester. Discussing learning, change, creativity, and leadership, Bill will reference ideas from his latest book, Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn

The conference will also feature: Mike Fairclough, Headteacher, West Rise Junior School, Eastbourne, East Sussex - TES primary school of the year; Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, writer on English and literacy, and TES contributor on education and leadership; Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools, the first UK head to introduce in a school its own alternative to GCSE; Rob Walden, former teacher, now international education consultant, who has developed a unique philosophy on, and strategies for, developing leadership; Lord Jim Knight, chief education adviser to TES Global, and a former minister of state for schools; and Ann Mroz, TES Editor.

Tickets cost £75 (+ booking fee) which includes lunch and refreshments. In addition, there are 100 free places at the conference for students that teachers believe would benefit from a day of cutting-edge leadership discussion. To widen the opportunity to a larger number of schools, we are placing a limit of 10 students/school.

The event is part of the Leading Independent Thinking series of events at Bedales.

View the programme here.
Read speakers' biographies here.

Who should attend the conference?

The conference is targeted at school heads and deputies (either academic or co-curricular) and aspiring school leaders. The pupils who would most benefit are those in the sixth form who have leadership responsibilities in their schools, or are hoping to take on additional leadership roles.

We will be run a collection and drop off service from Petersfield Station which is a 5 minute drive away. 

Catering….with a difference

A Ploughman’s buffet lunch will be served at the conference, which will include handmade produce made by Bedales students, such as wholesome bread rolls baked in a wood-fired oven, and sausages using the school’s own outdoor-reared Oxford Sandy and Black pig meat, all served with a range of homemade relishes, ketchups and chilli sauces.

Afternoon tea will include freshly baked homemade scones, cream and jam, squares of lemon drizzle, chocolate brownie and sponge cakes, all from the Bedales Outdoor Work department.

Outdoor Work at Bedales is all about teaching students the value and pleasure of sourcing, rearing and making delicious food. Our offering for the leadership conference aims to be a reflection of everything we do at the school, from baking and butchery to preserving and cooking.

And just for the day of the conference, two smoothie bikes will also be available for delegates to make their own smoothies – these are stationary bikes fitted with special blenders that spin as you pedal, mixing up delicious fruit smoothies in an instant. You simply fill the blender with fruit and juices, pedal away for a minute or two, and you have yourself a healthy pedal‐powered fruit smoothie. It’s as simple as that!

Contact details for further information

Alex Hind, Education Liaison Manager, Bedales School
Tel: 01730 711569