NEU Leadership Conference 2018

When & Where

Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am to 4pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF.

What does it cost?

The conference is free to members and includes lunch and refreshment. Not only that, NEU also covers reasonable travel expenses!

If you have a reserved place, please remember that we go to considerable expense to put on the event. If for any reason you can’t attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

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10.00 Registration / refreshments

10.30 Welcome – Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary

10.45  CJ Simister – Intellectual Character: A practical framework for learner improvement in education and beyond (part 1)

In this presentation, CJ Simister looks at how giving more attention to developing intellectual character offers education leaders across the sector a simple, tangible and helpful structure for improving the life chances of the young people in their care.

11.30 Break

11.45 CJ Simister – Intellectual Character: A practical framework for learner improvement in education and beyond (part 2)

12.30 Lunch and networking

13.15 Breakout sessions

1. Supporting Mental Health - Developing A Whole School Approach

This workshop will provide evidence-based ideas on how leadership can be  most effective in identifying and supporting students vulnerable to mental health difficulties in ways that don't necessarily demand extra time or money- the bonus is that the evidence base is just as relevant for staff and families too! 

Mary Hinton taught and managed in primary, secondary and special schools for over 20 years, working in everything from a comprehensive school of 1,600 students to a village school with 35 on role and three year groups in a class. During this time she developed a real interest in context and learning which formed part of her MA Ed thesis. After leaving direct teaching she became the Education, Training and Employment Manager in a Youth Offending Team and then Head of a Virtual School for Children in Care.  She also has experience working with the University of Brighton and is a restorative justice trainer, facilitator and Restorative Justice Council assessor.

2. Ethical Leadership – Governors playing their part

An interactive workshop exploring how Governors can help create and grow an ethical workplace.

This interactive workshop will look the role governors can play to help create and grow an ethical workplace even in challenging times.  It will:

  • explore the concept of governors as servant leaders
  • look at how they can help to create an ethical workplace
  • introduce a “WHOLE CARE “approach to staff welfare.

Exemplars of good practice will be shared and there will be opportunities for participant discussion.

Peter Rushton has written books on Great Governance and Ethical Leadership and has experience as a Trade Union member, College Principal and is currently Chair of Governors at a primary school. 

3. DfE’s Workload Reduction Toolkit - Making it work for you

Workload is driving excellent teachers way from the profession. Half of NQTs leave within five years of completing their training and it is more difficult than ever to recruit trainee teachers. In response to the looming recruitment and retention crisis and sustained campaigning by members, the DfE has launched a Workload Reduction Toolkit for schools.

This session will guide you as leaders through the suite of materials in the toolkit. We will explore ways to use the resources on INSET days to engage in a professional dialogue with your staff and reduce unnecessary workload in your school, so that your teachers have time to focus on the delivery of high quality teaching and learning.

The NEU was involved in extensive consultations with the DfE on the design and content of the toolkit and NEU staff and members participated in the user testing phase.

Jacinta Phillips is the Senior Organiser for the London and South East Region, (ATL Section) NEU. A member of both the ATL and NEU workload campaign groups, Jacinta was part of the NEU team who attended the DfE consultation meetings on the workload reduction toolkit and drafted the NEU’s response. She also participated in the DfE’s user testing of the toolkit prior to its release.

14.15 Keynote – Floyd Woodrow  Finding your compass in the turbulence of education

Floyd WoodrowFloyd is the Managing Director and founder of Chrysalis Worldwide, the world’s leading values-based organisation. Floyd has an excellent track record of success as a military leader, Director, Non-Executive Director, consultant and negotiator.


Floyd is challenging, supportive and totally committed to developing elite commercial value in strategic planning and execution. Floyd has established an international reputation for designing and running leadership and elite performance training in sports, business, government, police, not-for-profit organisations and Schools.

Floyd’s early career was as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment. He spent four years with the 1st Battalion Regiment before joining the Special Air Service at the age of 22. During this time he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and an MBE. During his time in the military Floyd studied law and psychology and wrote his first book “Learning to Learn?”. He was promoted to Major and finished his career as the Head of the Counter Terrorist Unit where he ran a nationally recognised training programme.

Floyd regularly lectures on leadership all over the world, winning a prestigious award as a high performing speaker, and in his own words “I was given many leadership roles at a young age, but I never really understood what leadership actually was until my mid-thirties. I wish I had been taught some of the things I now know much earlier in my life. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a common thread to the most talented people in the world and I enjoy showing people what that is”.

Floyd works with over 200 schools to help leaders, teachers and pupils work collaboratively in identifying and pursuing their learning goals, despite whatever challenging circumstances there might be.

You will go back to your school or college inspired and ready to make positive changes – that’s for sure!

15.15 Q&A, Round up, final words

15.30 Close

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17 October 2018