The inaugural primary and deputy and assistant heads conference at Unipart on Friday 15 January 2016 was a great success. Will Ryan led the proceedings with keynotes to open the proceedings and conclude the day. Both presentations were full of humour, and pertinent observations about leadership and the importance of positive relationships in primary schools.
Lynn Knapp and Julie Holland led the other keynote presentation giving great insights into the roles of deputy heads and senior staff. The workshops gave delegates further opportunities to reflect on the complex role they fulfil and exchange practice and experiences.
Linda Hull and Rachel Dove ran a session with delegates to set up a network for deputies. There has been a good response from people who are happy to be involved and make it happen. This will enable further communication and exchange through the year, and also a forum to create themes and ideas for the next conference.