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KAH Conference: 'Changing Times, New Opportunities' - Conference & Dinner

Event code SCH 17/853 
Event description Please note: This booking option is for the conference, reception drinks and dinner.

The annual conference of the Kent Association of Headteachers – ‘Changing Times, New Opportunities’- will take place on Thursday 23rd November at the Ashford International Hotel. This key event is for the heads of primary, secondary and special schools in the county, and we are delighted to announce the list of confirmed speakers.

Stephen Tierney is CEO of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust, containing three academies, primary and secondary, in Blackpool. It includes a Leadership and Innovation Academy Hub for the SSAT. He chairs the Headteachers’ Roundtable Group and the SSAT’s Vision 2040 Group. His book, ‘Liminal Leadership’, is based on his reflections of thirty years of leading and learning; it is written for teachers and leaders who want to reflect on their current or future practice.

Sir David Carter is the National Schools Commissioner, appointed on 1 February, 2016. After teaching music in comprehensive schools, he became a headteacher in 1997, going on to lead the highly-successful Cabot Learning Federation. He received a knighthood for services to education in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.

Lucy Adams was the BBC’s HR Director during one of its most turbulent periods. Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training and development, she reduced the BBC management by over 30%, saving the organisation £25m a year. She also faced a torrent of personal and professional criticism as the broadcaster dealt with a series of crises.

In her five year tenure Lucy saw four Director Generals come and go, oversaw the move to the Salford site and coped with numerous, very public crises including executive pay-offs and the Savile scandal. This was alongside the everyday work of recruitment, talent retention and professional development.

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. Between 2007-09, he was Children’s Laureate.

He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice to BBC listeners and is currently presenting ‘Word of Mouth’, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it.

Michael Rosen’s writing for children appeals to all ages. He writes non-fiction, novels, picture books, retells classics and stories from other cultures as well as writing poetry. He has been shortlisted for, and won, many awards.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference will include a range of workshops on aspects of leadership and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Full details of all workshops will be published once they have been finalised.

There are 3 booking options available for the conference.

* Conference, followed by drinks reception £180.00

* Conference, drinks reception and dinner followed by evening entertainment £235.00

* Conference, drinks reception, dinner and evening entertainment with overnight accommodation £290.00 
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Subject areas Leadership & Management
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Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8UX map
Location Ashford
Training Provider The Education People - Standards and School Improvement Primary
Admin contact Victoria Parker (
Jo Winkler
Part of SLA? No
Kent LA cost
Other LA/Academy cost
Independent/PVI cost
Number of credits 0
Funding information Cost of Conference, reception drinks and dinner
booked by 31/10/2017 = £205.00
booked from 01/11/2017 = £235.00

* Cancellation of conference, dinner and overnight accommodation from 31/08/2017 = full price

* Cancellation of conference only from 08//11/2017 = full price

* Cancellation of conference and dinner from 08/11/2017 = full price

* Changes from conference, dinner and overnight accommodation to conference & dinner OR conference only from 31/08/2017 = full price of original booking

* Changes from conference & dinner to conference only from 08/11/2017 = full price of original booking
Start date Thursday 23 November 2017
Times 09:00-21:00
Number of sessions 1