Recent news on this year's conference, check out the dedicated conference website for full details

Update - 23rd November 2017

Please note that the Conference Programme has now been updated, with the majority of speakers and topics shown.

Go to full details.

You will also find a list of the local Hotels – should your Club wish to stay overnight and take full advantage of the reduced registration fee.

More importantly, this will enable members to gain the maximum enjoyment and fellowship from what is an unique event within the District.

Please download the Registration Form and submit your requirements.

Paul Manning
Conference Chair

Update - 2nd November 2017

STAR OF CHANNEL 4 – EDUCATING ESSEX will speak at the District Conference

Vic Goddard Principal of Passmores Academy, Harlow Essex, who featured in the Television Programme Educating Essex will describe his experiences and the challenges of turning around what was described as a ‘failing school’. 

Mr Goddard is the head teacher we all wish we'd had - he knows every single student's name and admits that he's a bit of a soft touch.

He cares passionately about the school, working 14 hour days to make sure it's the best it can be. A teacher for almost 20 years, Mr Goddard has been head for four, and saw the school to its first 'Outstanding' Ofsted report.

He's also a dedicated dad, with a wife who is the Inclusion Manager at the school.

'Everything happens here... you do so many things. I go home and say to my wife: 'Today I was a social worker, I was a marriage guidance councillor, I was this, I was that and I did a bit of head teachering on the way as well',' he says.

Update - 28th September 2017

Speaking at your Conference - Talan Skeels-Piggins

In March 2003, Talan Skeels-Piggins suffered the motorcycle accident that was to define his life.

Left paralysed from the mid chest down, and told he would spend up to two years in hospital upon admission, Talan defied expectations to be discharged only six and a half months later.

Undaunted by his injuries, he set about a series of challenges to prove to himself and the world that being in a wheelchair would not stop him from what he wanted to do.

In less than a year, he had returned to his passion for ski-ing in a specially adapted sit-ski.

But even that was not enough of a challenge and he set himself a goal of representing Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

You will hear about his personal journey to this goal and the otherexciting challenges he set himself.

Update - 21st July 2017

Speaking at your Conference - Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie is a multi award winning journalist, one of the BBC's most experienced foreign correspondents and a recognised face as a BBC News presenter.

Born in Bolton, Lancashire he studied law at the University of Sussex. He gained a place on the BBC's prestigious journalism trainee scheme in 1988, starting in local radio and progressing through the ranks from regional television to network TV and radio reporting in 1992.

As well as regularly presenting on the BBC News Channel and the 1pm and 10pm news bulletins on BBC1, Clive continues to make features and programmes for Panorama, Newsnight and Radio 4.