08:45 - 16:00*

Thursday 19 October

St James' Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

*Timings Subject to Change


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We can’t wait for you to join us for our annual leadership summit 2023 at St James’ Park for the ‘must attend’ leadership event in the North East.

Since the publication of our ‘Manifesto for NE Education’ prior to the 2019 General Election, schools nationwide have faced unprecedented disruption, with huge changes in the educational landscape. All schools in the North East are ‘Great’, but that is often despite policy, not because of it.  Our schools are ‘Great’ because of their staff, their willingness to go ‘above and beyond’, and despite the constraints of a system that isn’t able to fully support them to realise their potential.

As we enter the run up to another General Election, this year’s summit will look at what are the policies and actions required to ensure that all of our schools can be ‘Great North Schools’ in a system that is worthy of them.  How do we make the whole system ‘Great’?   We will revisit the key recommendations and strands of our manifesto, in light of the challenges of the last 4 years, to amplify the voices that were the ‘fourth emergency service’ during the pandemic; our vital national strategic infrastructure that continues to support students and communities where other services often cannot.



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The Summit

Previous Summit speakers include former Education Secretary, Justine Greening; HMCI Amanda Spielman; Sir Kevan Collins; Lord Agnew; and former National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter.

The Audience

The Summit is attended by school leaders from academies, maintained and independent schools, and from all phases, across the North East and across the country. A previously sold out event, we expect 500 school leaders, senior academics, business professionals, Local Authority senior staff and other leading figures in the sector to attend.

The Exhibition

You will be able to visit the exhibition and engage with our range of specially selected provider organisations, you will also have the opportunity to enter our annual prize draw and win some fantastic prizes for you and your school.


Sponsorship brochure

School Tickets

Primary Partner School: £85 +VAT
Secondary Partner School: £105 +VAT
Non Partner Primary School: £148 +VAT
Non Partner Secondary School: £170 +VAT


Group bookings of 3 or more will receive a 10% discount.

Non School Tickets

Local Authority: £275 +VAT
Charity: £209 +VAT
Education Supporter Members: £170 +VAT
Commercial Supporter Members: £187 +VAT
Non School: £297 +VAT