Surrey Primary Phase Heads’ Conference 2023

Surrey Primary Phase Council Heads’ Conference 2023

Reconnecting. Collaborating. Belonging

  ‘The Closer We Get, The Better We Lead’


Conference starts at 12noon with lunch and ends at 4.30pm RHS Gardens, Wisley.

This half-day Primary Phase Heads’ Conference will bring together the Surrey community of Primary Headteachers, for a hugely valuable afternoon of face to face networking and professional learning and development.

This is a significant date in the Primary Phase calendar and an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and fellow school leaders, to collaborate on current issues, and to consider how, in this changed world we can nurture a sense of belonging for all in Surrey schools.

The conference is fully funded by SCC and SAfE and attendance is free of charge to all primary schools.   

Please book your place and join Phase Council and SAfE colleagues for an afternoon of high profile keynote speakers and a facilitated roundtable discussion; bringing together Surrey’s primary phase leaders, to consider how we reconnect and build our closeness as a family of primary schools and with partners from other agencies.

Keynote speakers:

  • Daniel Sobel is an author, international speaker, consultant and founder of Inclusion Expert. He will discuss ‘belonging’; how can we ensure that children from a diverse range of backgrounds and with diverse needs feel that they ‘belong’ in their schools and classrooms; what ‘belonging’ actually looks like in a school or a classroom and how we can get there.
  • Chris Lubbe is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker who grew up in Durban during South Africa’s ‘apartheid’. He was a key activist during these years and after Nelson Mandela’s release in 1993 was one of his bodyguards until Nelson’s retirement. Chris will share some of his story and will talk with colleagues about leadership and belonging coming out of real challenge.

The beliefs, knowledge, understanding and/or teaching practices this programme aims to address:

  • An opportunity to consider ‘Belonging’ within the context of Surrey schools.
  • Reconnecting with colleagues, to build a community of school leaders.

Intended Impact on practice:

  • Rebuilding connections with school leaders to support good working relationships.

Intended improvement and/or evaluation of impact for pupils, including those with SEND and/or disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • Rebuilding connections with other agencies in support of good professional collaboration for the benefit of all children and young people in Surrey.

Further delegate information

  • Due to room capacity, delegate bookings are necessarily restricted to one place per Surrey primary school.
  • Doors open 11.30am, the conference starts at 12noon with lunch and ends at 4.30pm.
  • Delegates are welcome to visit RHS Gardens Wisley, either before or after the conference and the garden entrance ‘fee’ is included as part of conference package.


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Event Details

Date: July 05, 2023

Start time: 12:00 GMT

End time: 16:30 GMT

Venue: RHS Gardens Wisley, Hilltop Garden Room, Woking Surrey GU23 6QB