Headteachers' Conference 2019

Join us on 28 February 2019 for the annual Headteachers' Conference in Coventry

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The conference programme is designed to provide a stimulating and important dialogue for the Senior Leadership of schools in the Combined Cadet Force.

Key themes at the 2019 event will include:

  • The effects of the CCF on teenage wellbeing and performance
  • The effects of the CCF on the school
  • The experiences of schools with new CCF sections
  • The strategic affordability of the CCF

The keynote address will focus on 'Why Education values its nationwide partnership with the Combined Cadet Force' and we'll hear from Head Teachers exploring the transformational outcomes of the cadet experience. It is about supporting a positive DfE-School-MoD working culture and putting in place the right strategies, processes and understanding to continue to build a sustainable and rewarding Combined Cadet Force. 

Senior representatives from the Ministry of Defence and Department for Education will address delegates and the event will be an excellent opportunity for sharing experiences and discussing CCF matters.  

New for the 2019 the programme features elective workshops across topical issues and lead by SME practioners. This means delegates can tailor the conference on the day to ensure they address their school’s needs.

Conference details and tickets

Date: Thursday 28 February 2019

Location: The Lloyds Bank Manufacturing Training Centre, Ansty Business Park, Coventry CV7 9JU

The event is free

Conference Sponsor: The Conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and in partnership with the Department for Education.

Any queries about the conference can be sent to Allan Hamilton at Headquarters Regional Command via email Allan.Hamilton775@mod.gov.uk 

Outline conference programme

  • Key Note address - Why Education values its nationwide partnership with the Combined Cadet Force
  • Head Teacher presentations sharing the transformational outcomes of the cadet experience
  • A range of expert-led elective workshop sessions including:


    • The social and educational impact of the school cadet programme
    • Building success and maximising CFAV talent - helping heads to make their contingents more successful
    • Establishing a new section: from application to parading - challenges and solutions
    • Safeguarding and the CCF - examining the roles and responsibilities of schools and the Armed Forces in safeguarding cadets while they are undertaking CCF activities
    • Affordability and the CCF - a discussion on how schools have made headroom in their budgets to provide for their contingent
    • The role and importance of the School Staff Instructor (SSI) - what this school employee does for the CCF and what benefit they might add to the wider school