Each year we host four groundbreaking conferences

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Click the icon above for our most recent Governors Conference

Headteachers Conference

The longest established feature of the SWALSS calendar is the Headteachers Conference. Held each year at The Grand Hotel, Torquay, the conference showcases a wide range of influential and inspiring speakers and decision makers from across the SEND spectrum. Regular updates from the DfE, Ofsted, the Regional Schools Commissioner, etc. are balanced by ground-breaking voices from the worlds of science and special needs education. Further colour is added to each conference by contributions from outstanding contributors in a variety of wider fields, such as sport and entertainment. Recent conferences have been enriched by contributions from such leading lights as Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Professor Tania Byron and Dame Marie Stubbs.
Our next conference:

Principals and Heads Conference Friday 5 February 2021 via Zoom

Download the next Headteachers Conference programme and booking form below.

Deputies and Assistant Headteachers Conference

The annual SWALSS conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers takes place over two days at The Grand Hotel in Torquay in May each year. As with all other conferences, this annual opportunity for hard-pressed school leaders to get out of school and to meet up with old friends, make new ones and to network is highly prized. The conference programme is put together by an active committee of SWALSS deputy and assistant headteachers and always closely reflects the current concerns and interests out there in our schools. Recent contributors have included Professor Barry Carpenter, Michael Townsend-Williams and Rhys Blair, the Paralympian.
Our next conference:

Deputies and Assistant Heads Conference Friday 12 March 2021 via Zoom

School Business Managers Conference

We all know that Business Managers are central to the success and wellbeing of our schools and that for too long their training needs were overlooked. The annual SWALSS School Business Managers Conference is our response to this situation, providing as it does a unique opportunity for these hardworking staff to attend targeted training that meets their needs and current concerns. The conference also provides the perfect opportunity to join with other colleagues performing the same role in their schools and to form an informal network of support that can be called upon when needed. Like our other conferences, the School Business Mangers conference takes place in the comfortable surroundings of the Grand Hotel in Torquay. Recent contributors have included Simon Brookes, Daphne O'Connell and Rachel Bell.
Our next conference:

School Business Managers Conference - date to be decided hopefully Summer 2021

Governors Conference

The ‘youngster’ in our suite of SWALSS conferences is the Governors Conference. We all know that providing our governing bodies with the up-to-date and targeted training they need is tough – they are busy people, many of them work full time, there are not many providers of good quality governor training out there, and so on. It was with these constraints in mind that we introduced our residential conference for governors a few years ago, precisely tailored to what they need and when they need it. In addition to inspirational speakers and case studies of excellent practice by other governing body teams, each conference provides the latest information from Ofsted and the Department for Education. Uniquely for training of this sort, many SWALSS headteachers take up our invitation to join their governors at the Grand Hotel and make the conference doubly worthwhile.
Our next conference:

Governors Conference - date to be decided hopefully Summer 2021
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