Academies Conference 2024

Thursday 25 January
Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, Newcastle

08:45 - 16:00*

*Timings subject to change


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As a senior leader from an academy or multi-academy trust, you already know that some things are quite simply out of your control. Yes, there are structures, rules, and procedures in place, many of which don’t offer much wiggle room.

However, the choices that YOU make, still count. In fact, it’s often those decisions that truly have the biggest impact and give our region’s children the best learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Some paths are meant to be followed, and some are meant to be challenged. Your choices count, and with the right support behind you, they’ll ensure stronger, better, more effective schools across the North East. And that’s in everyone's best interest.

Whether you’re a Trust CEO, an academy Head Teacher, or a Trust Business Professional, we’ve carefully crafted the sessions at our Academies Conference to speak directly to you. The conference will include a mix of keynote speeches and practical sessions to allow you to stay up to date with how policies, practices, and procedures impact your trusts and academies.

Additionally, you can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded people and to engage with provider organisations through our exhibition.




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The 2023 event was our biggest Academies Conference to date, over 270 school leaders from the region gathered to hear from Leora Cruddas, CEO, CST, Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner as well as the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Bridget Phillipson MP.

The conference received glowing feedback from our speakers, sponsors and delegates alike. You can read the full write up here.


Whether you are a MAT leader, a Head Teacher from an academy or lead a maintained school, the Academies conference will offer sessions for you.
The event is for all leaders from MATs, academies and maintained schools and will provide content around the strategic planning and operational running of your setting.
Audience: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Head Teachers, Senior School Leaders, SBMs, Finance Directors, Trustees and more.


There are a handful of brand awareness sponsorship opportunities left for this conference. 

Please click here to view the sponsorship brochure.

Click here to learn more about Commercial or Educational Supporters


You can expect:
Lee Owston, National Schools Director, Ofsted
Professor Paul McGee, The SUMO Guy
Katherine Cowell, Regional Schools Director, DfE
Sir Jon Coles, Chief Executive, United Learning
Rob Coe, Director of Research and Development, Evidence Based Education

View the speaker page for the full list of 2024 speakers.


Partner School: £100

Non-Partner School: £160

Commercial or Educational Supporter£250

Non- School Ticket: £300

All prices exclude VAT.

Group bookings of 3 or more bookings from the same organisation/school/trust recieve a 10% discount, contact the events team direct to book this:

There are a handful of brand awareness opportunities left for this event, please click here to view the sponsorhsip brochure.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Get in touch

Am I a Partner School?

For more information about becoming a Partner School, click here.