Conferences 2017 - 2018

Date and time   Title and content summary Event costs and booking options

15th and 16th March 2018


Leeds Marriot

4 Trevelyan Square

Boar Lane



0113 236 6366


Please click here for a conference flyer


Please click here for the conference programme (coming soon)



Headteacher Conference



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Target audience:


Conference Focus:

School improvement

Join leaders from the region for practical strategies, inspirational stories and opportunities to collaborate with other colleagues.

Day 1: 15th March 2018

 Content    Speaker

Chair's Welcome


Ann Mroz


Editor, TES

City of York Welcome

   Speakers TBC

Key Note


 Michael 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards

Ofsted Briefing and updates


Sean Harford


Ofsted, National Director

Refreshment break

    David Cameron



Leadership and change

Lunch break


Dave Whittaker


Why transition is one of the biggest challenges facing schools today and what can be done about getting it right

Split session



Andrew Morrish

Andrew, has a proven and unblemished record for transforming challenging schools from special measures to outstanding.

CEO of Victoria Academies

Author: The Art of Standing Out. A culmination of 18 years of experience as a Head.  


Michael Tidd- TBC

Refreshment break

Split session


Maxine Squire

CYC York briefing Session

  Collaborative networking time

 Day 2: 16th March 2018


 Content    Speaker

Chair's Welcome


Laura Mc Inerney


Editor of @schoolsweek



Floyd Woodrow

Key note:

Floyd was one of the youngest ever recruit to the Special Air Service where he then spent over 20 years, that he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in Iraq and an MBE for his work in Afghanistan, that he led the UK’s Counter Terrorism Unit and has ‘Hostage Negotiator’ on his CV.

Floyd is the author three books including Elite: The Secret to Elite Leadership and Performance which reached the finals of the People’s Book Prize in 2012.


Clients include organisations such as the Welsh and Scottish Rugby Football Unions or the English Cricket Board.





Andy Buck


Leadership matters


All attending delegates will receive a copy of Andy's book and one lucky headteacher will win a years subscription to Andy's leadership website!

Refreshment break 


Dave Harris

Independent thinking




Bring and Brag

Table session- colleagues please come with an initiative, project, resource to discuss and share with your group.



Making the difference for vulnerable groups




Natasha Devon MBE




Mental health in schools

Lunch will be made available from 2pm

There will be the space available to continue to network and collaborate with colleagues, or to take lunch away with you.



Ticket types:

2 day residential

This option includes bed, evening meal on 15th March.


 Early Bird-book before January 2018  January 2018 onwards
 450  500

2 day ticket

This includes all daytime refreshments and lunches on 15th and 16th March.

No room or evening meal is provide with this option.


 Early Bird-book before January 2018  January 2018 onwards
 350  400

1 day ticket

This option includes daytime refreshments and lunch.


 Early Bird-book before January 2018  January 2018 onwards
175 200

 For all tickets book here:

Eventbrite - Headteachers' Conference 2018




Cost Booking Link

9th April


Archbishop Holgate's

Hull Road


YO10 5ZA


Let's Talk About Mental Health 2018

Pathfinder are delighted to announce this year's Mental Health Conference is now open for booking.

The event will be chaired by mental health champion, paralympian and author, Elizabeth Wright (@esioul)

There will be key notes from:

The award-winning mental health expert Dr Nihara Krause (@drniharakrause), a chartered clinical psychologist with over 24 years experience in the field.

Author and blogger, Claire Eastham (@claireylove) who will give her unique and honest insight into living with anxiety, why it happens and how you can learn to deal with it.  Humour and advice included!

The cost of the event covers inclusion to the three key note speakers, in addition to selecting 3 workshops across the day.

The conference will run from 9am to 2pm to enable us to keep the cost as low as possible, while ensuring you are able to have access to a wide selection of key topics. There will be hot and cold drink and snacks available at all times across the event.

The majority of sessions (unless otherwise stated) will be 60 minutes. The aim is to give delegates some key information and/or strategies. All of the deliverers are experts in their field, and attending delegates can speak with them further if they wish to book or investigate longer training sessions.

If there are areas you need in your setting and do not feel they have been covered, please do contact Kate Sowter ( to discuss it further.


At the time of booking please select the key note and then 1 workshop from each time set. The intention of each workshop is covered below:

SET 1: 10:15-11:15

1a  Trauma and attachment: The how and why

1b  Social media: The reality

1c  Exam pressure: Practical advice

1d  Dyslexia stress: Practical advice

1e  Bereavement: Practical advice and strategies

1f  Obsessive compulsive disorder: The why and how

SET 2: 11:30-12:30

2a  Lego: How to use it to support in school2b  Mental health in the early years

2c  Low mood and depression

2d  Developing staff wellbeing

2e  Suicide: Basic level information

2f  Self Esteem Team - Pick and Mix: Basic information on Mental health, body image, exam stress & anxiety, and social media

SET 3: 12:45-13:45

3a  Developing emotional resilience

3b  Introducing autism and aspergers

3c  Anxiety: Practical strategies

3d  Self harm: The how and why

3e  Developing emotional literacy: A case study. St Paul's Nursery - York

3f  Developing your in-school character toolkit


Eventbrite - Let's Talk About Mental Health 2018
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