Headteacher Conference 2019

    The 2019 Headteacher Conference took place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at The Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn and was attended by headteachers from across Northumberland.

    The Guest Speakers and workshops during the day focused on working together to address the decrease in activity levels amongst young people in the country.

    Guest Speakers

    Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council

    Wayne gave a keynote speech around the important roles schools play in defining habits and helping their pupils make healthier choices.  There has been significant local investment from central government with monies raised from the soft drinks levy committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    Schools were encouraged to consider using The Daily Mile as a means to increase activity.  Download a copy of  the Wayne Daley Keynote.

    Chris Wright, Head of Health and Wellbeing with the Youth Sport Trust

    Chris discussed the current “inactivity crisis” with inactivity being the second largest cause of early morbidity in children in the UK.   There is clear evidence that there is a decline in children’s wellbeing and the opportunity to unlock their potential by them moving more and taking care of their lifestyle.  Download a copy of the Chris Wright Keynote

    Eileen Marchant MBE, Lead National Trainer, The Association for Physical Education

    Eileen gave an overview of the proposed changes in the Ofsted inspection framework.  Ofsted is planning to combine the current ‘teaching, learning and assessment’ rating with the ‘pupil outcomes’ grade to create a new “quality of education” measure.   It aims to lessen the reliance on exam results as a measure of school quality by taking into account a school’s broader curriculum offering.  Download a copy of the presentation Eileen delivered.


    Delegates were given the opportunity to attend two workshops during the event.  Copies of the workshop presentations are available by clicking the links below.

    Why we need The Daily Mile in Northumberland – Delivered by Jill Sandeman, Educational Psychologist with Northumberland County Council and Nina McGrath, Headteacher at Thomas Bewick Campus

    Is your school using the Primary PE and Sport Premium to make a sustainable difference? – Delivered by Andy Brown, PE Specialist .  Andy also asked for a copy of one of his workshop handouts to be made available online.  Please download the Effective Professional Learning info sheet.

    Daily Physical Activity (Active Classrooms) – Delivered by Claire Tennyson, Regional Development Manager with the Youth Sport Trust


    We were pleased to bring a host of local and national providers to the Marketplace during the lunch break, a full list of providers is available by downloading the Marketplace Provider Contact Information.

    2019 Delegate Feedback

    “A great day with a balance of theory and practical activities”.

    “Extremely interesting and worthwhile.  Some great keynote speakers.  Both workshops I attended were good too!  A  very useful day!”.

    “Good to hear PE importance from the people who are most passionate about it.  Left me with questions and ideas for my own school”.

    “Lots of ideas and guidance on how we can move PE forward in school”.

    School Support and Further Information

    If you would like more information on the Northumberland Headteacher Conference or support available to help kick start an active healthy lifestyle in your school please visit our School Support section or contact the Northumberland Sport team on 07966 330309  or email info@northumberlandsport.co.uk for FREE impartial support and advice.