Primary Headteachers and Deputy Heads & Senior Leaders
An annual conference held near the end of January over 3 days, planned, organised and run alongside the Primary Heads Planning Group, providing 1 day for Deputy Heads and 2 days for Headteachers. This is held at a large venue central for all schools in the county and gives delegates the chance to network and talk to colleagues whilst listening to inspirational and motivating presentations from a range of speakers to help them return to school refreshed and with batteries recharged!
Planning is now well under way for the 2019 Conference running on 23rd (Deputies), 24th and 25th (Heads) January 2019 at the Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel.
Over the past 2 years we have run, in partnership with WSCC, annual conferences around the theme of Improving Writing. Local published authors have come along to help provide guidance and inspiration in helping children to improve their writing skills, as well as a love of reading. A further conference is already planned to take place on 31st October 2018 to further expand on this theme. Save the Date!
Mental Health & Wellbeing
As a direct result of feedback from the Primary Headteachers and the Deputies at their conference in January 2018, it was apparent that one of the schools' main priorities is for help and guidance on the subject of Mental Health and Wellbeing. This affects the staff in a school as well as their students and with this in mind e-PD have responded by setting up a conference which ran on 20 June 2018 to cover these issues. There was valuable training on the day with follow-up sessions planned over the new academic year to take this forward. Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive, with the recognition of the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and staff' being seen to be just as important to consider as their pupils and their only regret was that more of their colleagues had not been able to attend to share the experience.
e-PD also assist the West Sussex e-Learning group in running an annual e-Learning conference to help schools with IT and e-learning topical issues. With the constant changes in technology, which becomes a bigger and bigger part of everyones' lives as well as in the school curriculum, it is important to be able to connect and share expertise. Raising standards in teaching and learning across the whole curriculum, whilst dealing with safeguarding issues and budgets are just some of the IT things for schools to deal with which the conferences try to address.