SELMAS conference: Upfront and Visible Leadership – finalised programme

Our national conference is fast approaching and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Stirling on Wednesday 28th November. The event has almost sold out, but if you would like to check for availability, contact Alex Wood . Here is the finalised programme for the day – it promises to be interesting, stimulating and we’re also hoping to build – in an online  .dimension to the experience as well, more details on the day.



Registration 09.00 – 09.30
Chairperson’s Introduction:
Danny Murphy
09.30 – 09.40
Keynote Presentation: Raising Ambition Against the Odds, an interactive talk and discussion    

Craig Munro
09.40 – 10.40
Coffee 10.40 – 11.00
Keynote Presentation: Fostering Confidence and Ambition                                                                         Dr Carol Craig                                                     11.00 – 11.45
Presentation: Preston Lodge HS students                                             11.45 – 12.15
Lunch 12.15 – 13.00
Keynote Presentation: Seven Sides of Educational Leadership: Creating ‘space’ for innovation

Don Ledingham  
13.00 – 13.30
Group tasks and discussion 13.30 – 14.00
Tea/ Coffee and cakes 14.30 – 15.00
Panel and discussion:   Eleanor Jess, Donna Murray Jon Reid      15.00 – 15.30
Summary: Danny Murphy                                                  15.30 – 15.45

Danny Murphy who will be chairing today’s conference, is former founder Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University of Edinburgh, has been headteacher of three Central Scotland schools (Crieff, Mclaren and Lornshill) and is now part-time Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and freelance educationist. He is the author of School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas (2007, 2nd edition due next year) and School Leadership (with Jim O’Brien and Janet Draper) (2nd edition 2008).

Dr Carol Craig, Centre for Confidence and Well-being: In this presentation Carol Craig will look at the main barriers to the development of individual self-confidence in Scotland and why she thinks modern, materialistic culture has a profoundly negative effect on how people feel about themselves. She will then outline the type of changes she thinks are required to foster confidence and ambition.

Craig Munro, Head of Education (Fife Council), recently seconded as Strategic Director (Performance/Strategy) in Education Scotland.Until recently Craig chaired the ADES Performance and Improvement Network and was a member of the ADES Executive.Craig will discuss some of the barriers to raising attainment and ambition in Scotland and give practical examples of how some of these barriers can be overcome. He will draw on his experience as a teacher and in school leadership as well as his recent involvement in the preparation of the ADES raising attainment publications.

Don Ledingham, Executive Director of Services for People, East Lothian Council and Director of Education and Children’s Services, Midlothian Council. Don Ledingham will explore in his presentation how educational leaders can make effective use of a values-based leadership decision framework which can help them to create the necessary conditions and ‘space’ for innovation and break free from top-down hierarchical models of practice.

 Jamie Halvorsen, Laura Turnbull and Paul Smith, S6 Students at Preston Lodge High School, will present a pupil perspective on learning in the 21st century.

Eleanor Jess, headteacher at Riverside Primary in Stirling, Donna Murray, headteacher at Lochrin and Grassmarket Nursery Schools in Edinburgh, and Jon Reid, headteacher at Larbert High School, will provide the panel for the afternoon session.