PaJeS is very committed to supporting the professional leadership of our schools.
We run an annual 24 hour residential seminar for Headteachers each November, sponsored by UJIA Ashdown. The purpose of the seminar is to give Heads time away from the many urgent issues on their desks to reflect on the important challenges facing schools in the future and how we might address these through collaboration and partnerships. It is also intended as an opportunity for Heads to network with their colleagues in a relaxed setting. As well as hearing from Heads about their schools, we invite excellent speakers and hope that everyone leaves both refreshed and stimulated.
PaJeS fourth residential conference was held at Hunton Park in Hertfordshire in November 2018. Thirty six head teachers came together from both primary and secondary Jewish Schools. The seminar was a great opportunity to get head teachers together in an informal atmosphere to share experiences and discuss key aims for future education.
Over the two-day conference, Heads were invited to hear to an interesting talk from Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching on ‘Creating a Culture for Learning’ and took part in a Q and A session on Mental Health Policies delivered by Luciana Berger MP. Rabbi Meyer and Raisel Freedman of PaJeS addressed the group on the topic of “Public Affairs and Horizon Scanning” where our work with the DfE and Ofsted was discussed. The last session was presented by Sir Harry Solomon on his ‘Experiences in Leadership’.
The seminar also provided a very useful platform for the Heads to discuss pressing matters with regard to day to day school life. One of the biggest challenges facing our schools is the Recruitment and Retention of staff and this was discussed in detail.
We hope that the head teachers who attended the conference enjoyed meeting their counterparts from other schools and were able to share their experiences and the challenges that they are facing. One participant described the event as “A fantastic opportunity for professional development, networking and reflection”, whilst another Head found the seminar to be an, “Inspiring, informative and collaborative learning experience.”