Leading Edge 2019

Leading Edge 2019

Our Annual Event for DHTs and PTs

Members: £45 +VAT              Non-Members: £145 +VAT

New Member offer – join now and attend for free*

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Morning keynote: “From One Day to Day One...” Ewan McIntosh from No Tosh

This will be a keynote and whole conference workshop combined. 

From One Day to Day One... 

How can leadership teams put their school plans into action, and how they might create more opportunities for people in their learning communities to turn their "one day..." dreams for school into "Day One" pragmatic strategy? 

Ewan McIntosh shares stories from schools and enterprises his team works with, from all around the world. How can you prevent great ideas slipping between the cracks in the ‘busy-ness’ of school?  How do you really engage your wider community in making great ideas happen? And how do you get your own team to move from ‘distributed leadership' to 'distributive leadership', where your own team, and even students, staff and parent community take permission to innovate? Ewan and his team's experiences will help you make it happen in this hands on opening session.

Afternoon Keynote: “Dream with Determination” Clare Lavelle from Hive of Wellbeing

The premise of “feeling good, leading well” is the starting block for The Hive of Wellbeing. Simple in its message, and ambitious in its goal, The Hive aims to support teachers and senior leaders in getting into a “better-feeling place” by using coaching for performance principles, positive psychology approaches and self-efficacy theory in CLPL and CAT sessions in schools as well as group and individual coaching sessions.  

“Dream With Determination,” named after a chapter from Hargreaves’ “Uplifting Leadership” (2016) addresses the themes of reconnecting with/refocusing on what matters to each leader as a professional and what they care about most during times of challenge. It aims to inspire leaders to realise the great resourcefulness within themselves to realise “the improbable dream” for their school community, as well as identifying and developing strategies to support their resourcefulness when working with others.”  


Delegates will be able to choose two out of three very different workshops as these will be repeated before and after lunch.   

Mindfulness: Louise Smith from Do-Be Ltd.

Louise is the founder and CEO of Do-Be Ltd – an ambitious young business based in Scotland specialising in educational resource development.  Over the last 10 years her company has built a successful track record in creating effective and innovative learning resources (online, digital, print) that inspire teachers, learners and parents alike.  Louise has also developed some pretty awesome relationships with blue chip organisations (Diageo, Scottish Power, Fujitsu, Zero Waste Scotland) and gained invaluable hands-on experience in the design of life skills programmes that contribute in positive ways to communities in Scotland.

Introducing Mindfulness into schools has been an initiative that Louise has long wished to fulfil.  She is now realising that vision through the Do-BeMindful Initiative for teachers, parents and children.  The aim of the Initiative is to deliver transformative Mindfulness programmes that support development of emotional resilience that will keep healthy both young and old alike during stressful, challenging times.  Louise is an inspirational speaker on Mindfulness and the fun, engaging ways in which the Do-BeMindful programmes can help children develop healthy habits of mind together with lasting life skills that will benefit their mental health, emotional wellbeing and academic performance.   

Improving Outcomes for Autistic Students in Mainstream: Jim Taylor from Jim Taylor knows Autism.

This session will explore how a contemporary understanding of the learning style of autistic students can have a positive impact within mainstream settings. The session will acknowledge the pressures that schools and education environments find in meeting the needs of both autistic and non-autistic students in shared environments. The session will lead to an effective and shared understanding of autism by exploring current thinking and will provide practical advice in the classroom that will lead to better outcomes for all. The author has 40 years’ experience in the education of autistic students from Nursery to colleges to the Workplace and is currently working in many services across the UK. Examples of outstanding practice in the UK and in the USA will be shared.  

Working Together to Meet the Needs of all Learners: Tim Wallace, AHDS President.

Session description to follow.

Draft Timings:

8.30am Registration and coffee

9.00am Conference starts

3.30pm Approx. close of conference

* New member offer: Book your place at conference through the form on this page selecting the new member offer in the dropdown options AND complete the membership application form on our website (you'll need your bank account details for the direct debit mandate). Your free place at conference will be confirmed once your completed membership application has come through.

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If you have any questions contact Gillian on gwebster@ahds.org.uk or 0333 1210051

26 April 2019 - 26 April 2019 - Glasgow


AHDS Members: £45 + VAT Non Members: £145 + VAT


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