Risk and Change Conference – presentations

We don’t like you to miss out so, in case you missed it,  here is the full programme from our recent conference with presentations embedded, where possible in the presenter’s name. Here are some SELMAS members and speakers working hard on the day!

SELMAS Conference: 6th February 2018

Risk and Change: The Challenge of Leadership

Jay Helbert Head teacher Glassary Primary School and Tayvallich Pre-school                and Primary School

 Lesley Riddoch Commentator, broadcaster and author

 Practitioner session: Gillian Hunt:  Independent Educational Consultant

Janice Macinnes Senior Education Manager (Early Years), Schools and Lifelong             Learning, City of Edinburgh Counci

Fiona MacDonald  Head teacher, Cross Arthurlie Primary

Kate_ROBINSON_ Head of Strategic Operations, HundrED

Anthony Dunn  Working with schools to transform internal and extended communities


Louis Moore – Louis’ Eggs. Student entrepreneur

Practitioner session 2: Gillian Hunt,  Stephen Ross Head teacher Craigroyston High School, John Davis    Professor of Childhood Inclusion, University of Edinburgh

John Swinney  Deputy First Minister

Conversation – DFM and Keir Bloomer

Reflections : Keir Bloomer Independent Educational Consultant


Unlocking Leadership and Management Potential in Different Contexts

An account of the BELMAS Conference (8th – 10th July 2016) by SELMAS convenor, Margaret Alcorn


For several years SELMAS has maintained a relationship with our sister organization BELMAS. This year, as in past years the BELMAS Committee invited a member of SELMAS to attend the annual Conference. After discussion at our committee it was agreed that I should attend on behalf of our organization


The conference was very different in scale, audience and atmosphere to our own annual event.  A total of 180+ delegates, almost exclusively drawn from academic circles, gathered for two intense days with 3 keynotes and a total of around 50 different sessions to choose from. The mood was very positive as many delegates connected with familiar faces, or indeed with those previously known only through social media. A significant proportion of the attendees (around 25%) were from overseas. This offered lots of new insights and different perceptions to emerge in discussions.


Day one started with a description of the work of the “RIGS”, the research interest groups which offer Belmas members an opportunity to share research, inquiry and knowledge in particular areas. Also on day one, two sessions were offered and I attended a roundtable discussion on “Unlocking leadership and management potential through a joint secondary/HEI partnership”. My second choice was “A key to inspired post-graduate leadership learning in regional Australia”


Day 2 started with Professor Stephan Huber of the Institute for the Management and Economics of Education at the University of Teacher Education in Zug, Switzerland who spoke about, “School Leadership Practices and Health”.  The second keynote of the day was from Philip Hallinger, an internationally recognised Asia based scholar, who addressed the issue of “Accelerating the Development of a Global Knowledge Base in Educational Leadership and Management”.  A further 3 sessions left us ready for the Banquet Dinner that evening.


The keynote on Day 3 was much more familiar to SELMAS people. Our very own Sheila Laing from East Lothian talked about “School Justice Leadership in Different Scottish School Contexts”. She took as her theme the Lao Tze quote, “Go to the people, live with them, start with what they have, build with them, and when the deed is done, the mission accomplished, they will say, “We have done it for ourselves”.


So – a very busy and intense learning experience, offering me lots of new learning. The atmosphere was friendly and informal, however although there were a few sessions which described joint HEI/practitioner projects, the focus was overwhelmingly on academic research. Lots more information about the conference can be found here.