Risk and Change: The Challenge of Leadership

6 February 2018

The Merchants’ Hall, Hanover  Street, Edinburgh. £80

SELMAS aims to support, encourage and provoke mature conversations in areas of immediate relevance and interest to educational leaders, and the 2018 conference will deliver on this ambition.

This is our latest conference, and offers a timely debate on leadership in the light of current governance reviews – not to be missed!

The Cabinet Secretary, John Swinney will update conference on the progress the government has made with the proposals outlined in Empowering Schools

View Conference programme


The venue is a bonus: the remarkable Merchants’ Hall in central Edinburgh, where ‘Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction’.


The cost is an added bonus: at £80 we have managed to reduce the cost by £10 from last year, thanks in part to our sponsorship once again from the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.


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Speakers include:

Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney

Jay Helbert: Experienced headteacher who has overseen and coordinated a range of leadership programmes including Collaborative Middle Leadership, Towards Headship and Into Headship


Lesley Riddoch: is one of Scotland’s best known authors, commentators and broadcasters. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.


Kate Robinson: is Head of Strategic Operations of HundrED, a two-year think and do tank taking an extensive look into the future of K-12 education. An official part of Finland’s centenary of independence in 2017, HundrED interviewed 100 global thought leaders, created 100 case studies of innovative education happenings worldwide, and trialled 100 new experiments in schools across Finland.


Louis Moore: is 14 years old and attends Firrhill High School. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the Edinburgh Road Club. He enjoys being in his school soul band and plays guitar and cornet. He also runs a business called Louis’ Eggs.


Keir Bloomer: is an independent education consultant. As a member of the review group which wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence”, he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work.


Contact for information:

Bob Cook

Secretary (SELMAS)


07823 335350

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