WSDN Leadership Conference 2013

Welcome back everyone! Hope your summer was exactly what you needed it to be…..! As you start to adjust to the new term we bring you the exciting news that booking is now open for the 2013 West Sussex Deputies Network Leadership Conference. To be held at Hilton Avisford Park on Wednesday 13th November (8.30am registration for 9.00am start. Finish at 4.15pm). Look out for the emails from those helpful people at SSAT to make your booking, but I would hurry as with a line up like this one places will go fast!


We are delighted to be joined again by SSAT’s Bill Watkin for comment on the latest developments in the world of education. We (the committee) will also be updating you on how these national changes have impacted on our corners of West Sussex so we have an awareness of each others context across the county, as well as providing an update on the work of the Network and asking how you would like to see it develop.  

As always knowing you value the time to spend networking with colleagues there is built in area time and also some speed learning activities to share the great work we know is out there across the county

We will also be launching a very exciting new development and opportunity for members of the WSDN to take part in some Joint Practice Research… no details now, all will be revealed on conference day!


Continuing the theme of hosting current and influential headteachers from recent conferences, this year we will be joined by Headteacher and popular blogger, John Tomsett.  For a taste of his work just follow the link on the side of this blog.


However the climax of the day will undoubtedly be a very guy claxtonspecial afternoon. Professor Guy Claxton will lead a session of interactive learning around the theme of the role of leadership and accountability in building learning power. For all of us, we know, this is at the heart of our core purpose and we are delighted to be able to spend such quality time exploring learning from our leadership perspective. We know many of you are familiar with the work of Professor Claxton and so will appreciate this is a real treat!

Do not hesitate to book, we will be broadening our base this year and widening the invites to the conference, which means places will go fast. As the county changes and the number of different types of schools increases, we believe that if we are to remain truly open-minded and collective in our approach then we must all continue to talk to each other and share experiences. It may make for lively discussions but isn’t that part of what we turn up for?!

Don’t forget, signing up for conference secures you membership to the network for the year and access to all those extra events and opportunities. Last year WSDN members were able to attend an exclusive forum with Sue Williamson (Chief Exec of the SSAT). We were able to secure WSDN places at the Redesigning Schooling symposium and members there had an exclusive meeting with Dylan Wiliam. Plus the additional forums…… those planned for this year will include one on Accountability with an Ofsted Lead Inspector,  a Curriculum Forum and of course, a follow up from this years conference on Learning and Teaching.

Have a great half term, look forward to seeing you there.

WSDN Booking Form 2013-14

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