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Festival of Leadership details

Educational leaders from across the country, will attend the University of Worcester (St Johns Campus, Henwick Grove) for the third Festival of Leadership Learning.

The event, taking place on Thursday 14 July 2016, will see like-minded leaders coming together to explore areas of mutual interest in the context of educational change and reform.

The day will revolve around a series of learning conversations facilitated by Professor John West-Burnham and Tom Whittingham and supported by a wide range of school leaders, who over a period of time have been working with Tom on school improvement and leadership development pieces of research and enquiry. These leaders/ practitioners, will share their thinking through small group learning conversations on areas like.. school to school self-review, creating and sustaining effective learning communities building leadership capacity across an organisation at all levels, striving for the highest quality teaching and learning outcomes, leading and managing change becoming self-regulating, building Elite leaders and teams etc.

There will be a chance to explore current themes that are impacting upon educational leaders in the ever changing educational landscape and to share in research and enquiry group findings, to network and forge sustainable links with others facing the same challenges. Examples of international school improvement work will also be accessible to all delegates as well as an invitation to receive update on the nationwide research Tom is currently undertaking. ‘Trust and Verify; the keys to school improvement’ is a book due to be published this year, an international piece of research (led by Dean Fink and involving six other countries)

The delegate rate includes teas and coffees across the day, a buffet lunch and a folder of educational resources and handouts from the day.

It is a day of professional development, dialogue and enrichment; a chance to listen to current leaders, to hear their hopes and fears and time to think. There will be space and time for reflection, rare commodities in this period of significant reform and change. It is also a chance to meet other like minds and explore themes of mutual interest; to network and look ahead, to build new, and develop existing, learning networks.

The cost of the Festival is £250 (early bird £195 until 30th April)

Stay the night!

Make the most of your attendance at The Festival of Leadership Learning and stay the night in Worcester!

We are pleased to offer single Ensuite Extra rooms on our City Campus close to the centre of the City of Worcester.

Our City Campus is located in Infirmary Walk, off Castle Street, a stone’s throw from all that the historic City of Worcester has to offer!

We offer Bed and Breakfast at the rate of £36.00 per person per night.

Our Bed and Breakfast Package includes:
• Single Ensuite Extra rooms set within a flat of 6 or 7 rooms per flat
• Large lounge area, with TV
• Broadband internet access in all bedrooms
• All bed linen and towels are provided
• Parking available on a Pay and Display basis in nearby UW or WCC Pay and Display Car parks
• Choice of Continental or Full English Breakfast, served in City Café, City Campus
• Coin-operated launderettes on site
• 24-hour security

Rooms are available for the night of Wednesday 13 July 2016. Additional nights available on request. To book additional nights, please contact or telephone 01905 54 2121.

To book for the night of Wednesday 13 July 2016, please book via The Festival of Leadership Learning Booking form.

Visit for emerging evaluations of the outcomes and impact of the school improvement work here at the University of Worcester. Do please contact me on 07788 301509 if you would like to talk through any aspect of the Festival of Leadership.

Tom Whittingham
Head of External Development,
Institute of Education,
University of Worcester,
Henwick Grove,
Worcester WR2 6AJ

Telephone:- 01905 542371