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Leadership Conference: inspiring excellence in times of change

Join us for our first conference dedicated to supporting school leaders in achieving excellence

To book please call 01609 533222

28 March 2018

Pavilions of Harrogate

Confirmed agenda:

Time Item
09:00 Arrival and refreshments

Welcome and introductions: Paul Brennan, Assistant Director: Education and Skills NYCC


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

Keynote speaker: Josh Smith, DEMOS

Social media, the Dark Web and their impact on children and young people in schools

15:45 Close

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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 onto various organizations, panels and think tanks including the National College for School Leadership, the DfES’ Leadership Development Unit, the Teacher Development Agency’s National Remodelling Unit and visiting posts with both 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 has published research for Demos across a wide range of subject matters, including extensive work on the impact of hate speech online. 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.

Suitable for Primary and Secondary leaders.

To book please call 01609 533222

Booking code: SI-0318-T008

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