SELMAS Conference: 6th February 2018

21 January 2018

Risk and Change : The Challenge of Leadership
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The SELMAS Conference: 6 February 2018: The Merchants' Hall, Hanover Street, Edinburgh - £80
Sponsored by SCEL

SELMAS aims to support, encourage and provoke mature conversations in areas of immediate relevance and interest to educational leaders, and the 2018 conference will deliver on this ambition. Our keynote speakers, Lesley Riddoch and Kate Robinson, will test and challenge received wisdom, as will our practitioners who represent all sectors of Scottish education, and as will Louis Moore, who will remind us what it is to be young and enterprising. The day will be chaired by Jay Helbert who has recently taken up post as headteacher in two rural schools after a successful secondment as lead practitioner at SCEL. At the end of the day we will hear from John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister. Keir Bloomer will engage him in conversation and will also sum up the day and contribute his observations, which are invariably thought provoking!

We will also hear from 4 outstanding practitioners about their experience of risk. They are headteachers Fiona MacDonald and Stephen Ross, John Davis, Professor of Childhood Inclusion and Janice MacInnes, Senior Education Manager.

The venue is a bonus: the remarkable Merchants' Hall in central Edinburgh, where 'Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction'.

The cost is an added bonus: with the generous support of SCEL, we have managed to reduce the cost by £10 from last year to £80.

Speakers include:

Jay Helbert: Experienced headteacher who has overseen and coordinated a range of leadership programmes including Collaborative Middle Leadership, Towards Headship and Into Headship

Lesley Riddoch: is one of Scotland's best known authors, commentators and broadcasters. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

Kate Robinson: is Head of Strategic Operations of HundrED, a two-year think and do tank taking an extensive look into the future of K-12 education. An official part of Finland's centenary of independence in 2017, HundrED interviewed 100 global thought leaders, created 100 case studies of innovative education happenings worldwide, and trialled 100 new experiments in schools across Finland.

Louis Moore: is 14 years old and attends Firrhill High School. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the Edinburgh Road Club. He enjoys being in his school soul band and plays guitar and cornet. He also runs a business called Louis' Eggs.

Keir Bloomer: is an independent education consultant. As a member of the review group which wrote "A Curriculum for Excellence", he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work.