SAfE Leadership Conference 2024

Be part of the conversation, be ahead of the curve

Colleagues joined us for a half day conference with 3 nationally renowned keynote speakers and inputs that stimulated thinking around what transformative change is, and how it benefits every child. For all Heads and CEOs from all phases.

The day inspired leaders to look beyond 2023/2024, to lead change at a time of societal /behavioural challenges and to embrace new ways to prioritise educational equity and excellence for all, to meet the needs of every child. With opportunities to discuss a vision of change for education, with leaders building the legacy for future generations.

Keynote Speakers

A day of collaborative leadership learning with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vivienne Porritt OBE, Paul Miller and Toby Greany.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. Head of Epsom College since February 2023, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham from 2015 to 2020 after being a transformative head for 20 years of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 45 books on contemporary history and is patron or on the board of several charities. Sir Anthony was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History and is cofounder of Action for Happiness,. He was honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street for ten years, as well as the UK’s Special Representative for Education to Saudi Arabia. Other roles include: Deputy Chair of The Times Education Commission, a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust and initiator and deputy chair of the “commission on the centre” run by the Institute for government.

Vivienne Porritt, OBE

Vivienne Porritt, OBE FRSA FCCT is a Leadership Consultant supporting professional learning, impact evaluation, equity, strategy, leadership. She is a Global Strategic Leader of WomenEd, a charity that elevates and supports women leaders globally and is an Ex Vice-President of the Chartered College of Teaching. Vivienne is a former headteacher and a speaker, coach and author being the co-editor of 10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education and Being 10% Braver.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller, PhD LLM MBA is Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice and immediate past President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM). He is editor of “Power & Education” and founding editor of “Equity in Education & Society”. He is Strategic Adviser – Race, Culture & Leadership at Advanced HE, Visiting Professor in Educational Leadership & Social Justice, University of Huddersfield, and Visiting Professor of Educational Policy, University of Warwick. He is EDI/Anti-Racism Adviser to the Principal/ SMT at Queen Margaret University. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications, with his research racism in education having been recognised by the Academy of Social Sciences and the UK Cabinet Office.

Toby Greany

Toby Greany is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. His research is focused on how policy and practice interact to shape educational opportunities and outcomes, in particular across local systems and through networks, and the nature and role of leadership in these processes. His research includes studies funded by the Association of Education Committees, Economic and Social Research Council, Education Endowment Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome Trust and UK Department for Education. He currently chairs the Greater Manchester Priority Area Partnership Board on behalf of the UK Department for Education. His most recent book – Leading Educational Networks: Theory, Policy and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2022) – was co-authored with Dr Annelies Kamp, University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. He has advised the OECD, EU and ministries in several countries on issues relating to school leadership and educational system reform.


“Enjoyed the Leadership Conference today, great to see so many colleagues coming together across Surrey.”

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“Thank you @schoolsallexcel for a really interesting conference programme. It’s sent me home with lots to think about.”