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21 October - 17 November
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Better Wellbeing in School Leadership: Engaging with Stories, Research and Each Other

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

Join us at our event designed to foster research dissemination, networking, and development for attendees.

Tailored to current, aspiring, and former school leaders, as well as individuals involved in the educational sphere such as teachers, policymakers, governors, and trustees, this event serves as a platform to address critical concerns in the realm of school leadership related to the wellbeing of school leaders.

The event will feature:

  • A brief presentation with Manchester Institute of Education researchers, sharing research outcomes of a project focused on school leaders’ experiences, identities, and wellbeing
  • A structured Q&A session with school leaders reflecting on the issues raised by the research
  • A roundtable workshop for participants focused on leading and wellbeing, generating shared knowledge and understanding of stories of living well
  • A catered networking opportunity for participants.

What’s it about?

This event will showcase the outcomes of a research project that reveals the contemporary role of leaders in schools, and their everyday experiences. It will also create an opportunity for attendees to co-construct stories and knowledge to help them navigate their futures, giving them important tools and networks to draw upon and support their future wellbeing.  

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Amanda Heffernan, Senior Lecturer in Education, Manchester Institute of Education

Professor Steven Courtney, Professor of Sociology of Education Leadership, University of Manchester 

Dr Belinda Hughes, Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester

Dr Paul Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester

Dr Craig Skerritt, Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester

Ms Sarah Bibi, PGR Student, Manchester Institute of Education 

Open to

This event is open to all but we particularly welcome the following groups:

  • Current, former, and aspiring school leaders  
  • Professionals associated with schools (teachers, policymakers, governors, trustees)   
  • Interested researchers (relevant to interdisciplinary audiences education, sociology, policy, psychology) 

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to headteachers (current, former, or aspiring), teachers, education policymakers, governors and trustees.