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!
The 2019 Conference ran on 23rd (Deputies), 24th and 25th (Heads) January 2019 at the Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel and all 3 days were very well attended. Full details of the programme can be found under our latest news items.
Planning for the 2020 Conference is well under way already - dates are booked as Wednesday 29th January 2020 (Deputy Heads & Senior Leaders) and Thursday 30th & Friday 31st January 2020 (Headteachers).
Over the past 3 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. The most recent conference 'It Starts With a Picture...' took place on 31st October 2018 to further expand on this theme with locally based authors and illustrators William Grill and Neil Layton there to offer inspiration and ideas to help get children writing. These conferences have proved very popular with teaching staff, providing plenty of food for thought in encouraging young children in their writing.
Planning is now in progress to arrange the next conference on Wednesday 13th November 2019 with details to follow.
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 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.
A conference is in the planning stages for 16th October 2019, so save this date in your busy schedule if this is of interest.
e-PD members are able to make bookings on any of these conferences online once open. Non member schools can complete and return our booking form to reserve places.