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Principled leadership in challenging times

20 June 2017

Education Development Trust co-hosted the fourth Inspiring Leadership conference in Birmingham from 7-9 June. Some 1,200 school leaders came together for the annual conference, taking time out to reflect and re-energise while learning from peers and industry experts – and hear Steve Munby's rousing address.

Education Development Trust's former chief executive, Steve Munby, has delivered a keynote speech at the conference each year and this year's session was another highlight as he explored the topic of principled leadership in challenging times. To mark his retirement and in recognition of his personal contribution to the conference over the years – firstly as Seizing Success and subsequently as its reincarnation as Inspiring Leadership – renowned educationalist Sir Michael Barber paid tribute to an unsuspecting and visibly moved Steve, bringing the full auditorium to its feet.

'We have been thrilled at the reception this conference has had over the four years that we have been co-hosting,' comments Steve Munby. 'It has allowed us to reach headteachers across the UK and ensured that we are at the heart of the ongoing dialogue across the sector. It has been a privilege to have this platform to be able to share our thinking on leadership and collaboration and we have taken the opportunity to showcase our Schools Partnership Programme as well as the other work we do here in the UK.'

Education Development Trust peppered the conference line-up with Lucy Crehan sharing what we can learn from high-performing education systems in her masterclass and Maggie Farrar delivering a tour de force on the power and potential of peer review. Trustee Jo Owen led two sessions: one on what we can learn from tribal leaders and the other exploring the mindset of the leader.

Education Development Trust has co-hosted the conference with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and NAHT for the last four years.

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