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22 April 2016

Steve Munby, CEO for Education Development Trust, comments on the upcoming Inspiring Leadership conference.

In just two months' time our third Inspiring Leadership conference will be all over. As we work with our co-hosts ASCL and NAHT to ensure this year's event is as memorable as the last two, we are focussing on what the 1500 or so school leaders who attend will be taking away from this mid-summer event.

Every year, our keynote speakers throw up surprises. Speakers from education, business, sport and the arts – you never quite know who is going to move you, provoke you or challenge you the most. What former delegates do know is that they will arrive at the conference tired after an intense period at school, and leave the conference full of ideas to implement, with new contacts made, and feeling – they tell us – rejuvenated.

There is no shortage of challenges facing school leaders this year, and now we have the implications of a government White Paper to consider. While our conference is not political in nature, it provides an opportunity for leaders to step back and reflect with their peer group on those challenges, and how their approach to leadership affects not only their own response, but the morale, attitude and ultimately deliverables of those they manage and influence.

This year, we know that Michael Barber with his panel discussion on Islam in schools will resonate; Humphrey Walters, leadership and management expert, whether working with premier division football teams, government, business or schools helps teams and individuals perform at high levels and will be a challenge to us all. William Hague, now Lord Hague of Richmond, will bring his sharp wit and abilities as a raconteur to his keynote on leadership, having written recently that 'openness from leaders needs  a mature understanding of the qualities we need in them'. And we will hear a powerful story of leadership and moral courage from the remarkable Zainab Salbi.

As for me, this year my speech will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by young and old leaderhsip.

And, as even hard working leaders are allowed an occasional evening off, we look forward to being entertained by comedian Marcus Brigstocke following our conference dinner.

I've mentioned only a few of our keynote speakers in this short blog, but I was spoilt for choice in picking out these names. If you'd like to know more about our conference, or indeed book one of the remaining delegate places, this can be done at

'Reflections on Inspiring Leadership 2016' to appear in June!