Headteacher Conference (Residential)

Noon, 17th November until 1.30pm 18th November 2021

We took on board the feedback on the best way to host this event and although there was variation in some elements respondents were keen that we kept this event residential.  We hope that making the start and end time a lovely lunch will enable you to secure the appropriate support at school so you can attend fully. 

Key information:

  • It is residential, the sessions will be hosted at Burleigh Court and the overnight accommodation is next door at The Link Hotel
  • You will have some great input to reflect on your leadership
  • You will learn with colleagues and spend quality time with them
  • It will be an opportunity for you to STOP, THINK and RECHARGE

We will start and end the conference with lunch.  Day one will end at 4.30pm with dinner at 6.30pm.  Day 2 will start at 8.45am, with optional morning prayer at 8.30am


Key Speakers:

Rev’d Canon Karen Rooms, Multi-Faith Story: faith, inclusion, social justice

Revd Canon Karen Rooms is Canon Missioner at Leicester Cathedral, and the cis straight priest for the largely LGBT+ community of St Nicholas, Leicester. She is also the Women’s Ministry Enabler for the diocese.

She has lived and worked in Tanzania and was ordained in 2006 after umming and aahing about a vocation in politics or the church. In ministry she has always lived and worked in multi-cultural inner city parishes, starting in Hyson Green, Nottingham, where she worked with asylum seekers and refugees and became a founding trustee for a housing charity. Drawn into the work of Citizens UK to end child detention for immigration purposes, she subsequently co-founded the Nottingham Citizens broad based alliance working across different faith groups, education and labour for the common good in the city, having discovered a place where faith and politics meet.

As Canon Missioner she seeks to engage Cathedral visitors in issues of social justice and continues to work across faiths through broad based community organising, and as Chair of Trustee of Citizens UK.

Fiona Moss, RE Today, Unpacking the Ofsted RE Review – what it means for how schools should be leading and teaching RE.  She will also reference the new Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus in her talk.

Fiona is a  National RE Adviser at RE Today and works as Leicester DBE’s RE Adviser.  Prior to joining RE Today she was a primary teacher for 15 years and then the RE and SACRE Curriculum Adviser for Leicester City council. She also advised in other areas such as SEAL, Literacy, and Gifted and Talented. She has written and edited a variety of publications designed to support primary RE teachers, including Agreed Syllabuses and curriculum resources.

She is currently the Editor of RE Today’s Primary RE series ‘Inspiring RE’, edited ‘RE Ideas’ and ‘Opening up RE’, has co-written ‘Body & Soul’, a relationship education resource for 9-11 year olds and has edited ‘Share a Story with…’ for 4-7 year olds. She was also one of the writers for the Understanding Christianity resource.

She trains hundreds of teachers each year in schools and she works with local authorities and dioceses across the country and worldwide. Fiona is also the Executive Officer for NATRE, and is well-known in this context for her support of local groups of teachers, and her involvement in RE at a national level, lobbying to the government to support RE.

Chris Whittington, The School of Contemplative Life, Establishing Peace in Ourselves an introduction to meditation in the Christian tradition, which provides a simple but radically effective path to greater peace, wellbeing and community.  Chris has worked with 1000’s of school leaders who give huighly positive feedback about the impact of Chris’ work.  

Christopher Whittington was introduced to meditation at the age of 19 during a period of formation at a Benedictine monastery, after which he studied at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in India.

Chris regularly delivers talks, workshops and retreats across the UK and has introduced meditation to the leaders and staff of hundreds of schools. He is also Head of Education at the unique social purpose law firm, Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Aleisha Lewis, Deputy Headteacher, NPQ Programme Lead for CofE Foundation for Educational Leaders, BAMEed Rep. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant. Aleisha will share her experiences of being a black women in leadership in the UK today and the challenge of lack of diversity in many of our CofE schools.

Andy Silver, Director Pop UK will share their new workshop ‘Lift up your voice’ which is designed to support wellbeing and help schools get back into singing.

Fee*: £175 / £250 ( per attendee) 

*Lower fee is for schools that sign up to the DBE Partnership Agreement

The fee is for both days and there is no discount for only attending part of it – so please prioritise both dates in your diary. The DBE is subsidising this event

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