The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days Headteachers Conference is aimed at those taking up their first headship in the next academic year and those considering applying for headship.

This one-day conference will consist of keynote speeches, presentations, panels – and more than the odd anecdote – delivered by experienced headteachers who have all been where you are. Most importantly, all the heads who will be speaking on the day are serving headteachers, currently dealing with the same type of highs and lows you may encounter when you step into your role. We want you to know that you are not alone!

As well as experienced heads, you’ll also get to hear from headteachers who are coming to the end of their first year of headship and find out what the experience has been like for them; the good, the bad and the Ofsted inspections! There will even be an opportunity for you to ask questions to our panel of headteachers.

Venue – Hilton Hotel Euston, London


Session SpeakerSession Title
Rae SnapeKeynote speech
Frances Akinde
Victoria O’Farrell
Patrick Cozier
What I wish I’d known…
Thahmina BegumDeveloping the culture of your new school
Cleon WilsonBuilding effective relationships with your governing body
Halil Tamgumus
Christalla Jamil
What I wish I’d known…
Claire HarrisonManaging finance and budget setting
Dr Jeremy HannaySchool improvement
Kate Owbridge Looking after your well-being
Claire Harrison
Dr Jeremy Hannay
Cristalla Jamil
Patrick Cozier
Q&A Panel

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a hot buffet lunch will be available to all delegates.


AMANDA WILSON is a headteacher, Founder of The First 100 Days Headteachers Conference and a qualified coach. When she’s not running her wonderful one-form entry primary school in Greenwich, she’s supporting teachers who want to get the most out of their careers. You can find out more about Amanda here.


RAE SNAPE has been a head teacher since 2007, formerly at The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge and at Milton Road since January 2020. Rae describes being a headteacher as the best job in the world! Interested in policy and passionate (some might say obsessed) about education, Rae was a member of the Primary Headteachers’ Reference Group at the Department of Education for 9 years. Rae is a co-founder of the Cambridgeshire Festival of Education and of MyCambridge Cultural Education Partnership. Rae is the first ever Ambassador for Smiley Education Talks. Rae has contributed to several books on education and has written her first book “The Headteacher’s Handbook” which was published by Bloomsbury in August 2021. With an ambition to #NetworkTheNetworks Rae joined the Foundation for Education Development as a member of the Executive Team in January 2021. Rae is a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA), a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FFCT) and in October 2021 was delighted to receive an Honorary Fellowship from The University of Suffolk.

DR JEREMY HANNAY is the Headteacher of Three Bridges Primary School, an award winning, innovative primary school in London. His research interests are school improvement, school climate, teacher self-efficacy and teacher learning.  He writes regularly about counter-culture school leadership and supports schools in creating a happy, high achieving ethos both across the UK and Europe.

PATRICK COZIER is a successful and experienced secondary school leader. He has been a Headteacher of a large comprehensive school (over 1500 students) for the last 15 years. He has also been the chair of the Haringey Secondary Heads Forum for the last 8 years. In the last three years he has sat on the BAME Achieving Steering Committee as part of the Haringey Education Partnership and led the two most recent and successful conferences. In addition to being a Co-Vice Chair of trustees at Show Racism the Red Card, he has also recently been appointed as a trustee of Horizons which is the charitable arm of the Haringey Education Partnership. As an educationalist he is committed to doing everything that he can to support our young people to thrive and become the best adults they can be. As a member of the black community he is passionate about seeking equality, justice and fair outcomes for people of colour.

KATE OWBRIDGE has been a Headteacher since 2004 in four schools across four Local Authorities and three Dioceses and has formally supported two more schools alongside these headships as either Exec or Interim Head. Most of her experience has been in London schools both inner and outer. Kate is currently a Local Leader of Education and an Executive Headteacher, having also undertaken consultancy work for the Local Authority in recent years in the areas of improving attendance and reducing exclusions, and curriculum development. There are very few situations in school that Kate has not had to deal with before and her experience is broad taking in curriculum, inclusion, SEND, school improvement, raising standards, CPD and staff development, self-evaluation, finance, health and safety, as well as seven OfSTED inspections (to date) as a school leader. Kate is passionate about school improvement, especially developing staff at all levels and coaching. For it is through this she believes that we increase children’s chances and choices in life. And that, like the Hokey Cokey, is what it’s all about. She tweets @kateowbridge

FRANCES AKINDE – pronounced ah-kin-day – is passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is currently a headteacher in a secondary Special School in Kent for learners with Autism and associated difficulties (ADHD, Communication, mental health etc). She has worked in a variety of roles across mainstream primary, secondary and special/AP from SENCo, Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion (responsible for SEN, EAL, Welfare, Disadvantaged/PPG), safeguarding and behaviour), to an advisory teacher for a local authority. The latter role involved advising schools across all phases, on effective support for children that appeared to have AEN/SEN and or EAL/Literacy type difficulties, who had not necessarily been diagnosed. She is highly experienced in all areas of SEND/Inclusion, a champion of children and passionate about lifelong learning. Lastly but certainly not least, Frances is also a practising Artist- ART IS FOR LIFE 🙂

CLAIRE HARRISON – After graduating from Homerton College in Cambridge Claire moved to London to start her teaching career in Lewisham. She chose to leave her first teaching post for a middle management role in a school which had been placed into special measures. After being part of the team raising the school to ‘good’ with an ambition for headship Claire was asked to become Acting Headteacher whilst the Headteacher supported another school. Since becoming substantive Headteacher in 2004 of St. Mary Magdalene in Woolwich, Claire has led the school through a number of significant expansions. Firstly, from a one form entry to a two-form entry primary school followed by the development of an additional campus on the Greenwich Peninsula; an all- through school with two-forms of entry at primary, six forms of entry at secondary and a sixth form. Since 2013 Claire has been Executive Co-Headteacher of the Koinonia Federation which includes Christ Church Primary School in East Greenwich. She has a broad and extensive experience of headship which includes managing highly contrasting budgets from a small primary school with 200 pupils to a large all- through school educating nearly 2000 students.

THAHMINA BEGUM is Headteacher of Forest Gate Community School which was judged to be Outstanding under the latest EIF framework in 2020 and 2021. Prior to that, Thahmina led the English team at FGCS where progress was the best in the country in 2017 and has consistently been in the top 10 ever since. Following the success of the English department, Thahmina has deployed the strategies used to achieve these excellent outcomes in other subjects across the school. This has contributed to a sustained positive progress score for the school year on year.
Thahmina feels strongly that developing high quality teachers who are enthusiastic about their craft is key to achieving exceptional outcomes. Expert teaching staff means happy and thriving students, who are supported to reach their potential. Under Thahmina, the culture of professional development amongst staff is one of excitement and a relentless desire to support each other, celebrate success and keep getting better.

HALIL TAMGUMUS is currently a Headteacher of a primary school in Leicester. He is in his 4th year of his first headship and in that time, he has, along with his amazing staff, moved the school from being 5 years as a Requires Improvement school to a good school. This was achieved in the first 7 months of being a headteacher and under Ofsted’s new framework.

CLEON WILSON currently works as an Education Consultant for a leading Fostering Agency advising social workers and foster carers on all matters education related. He also works directly with children and young people as the Children’s Advocate. For over 17 years, Cleon has delivered a range of training, specialising in school governance and leadership under his company In Perspective Ltd. He has delivered workshops, training programmes and CPD to thousands of professionals and young people. He has worked with several London boroughs delivering sessions on a range of topics including, Introductory Course to Governance, Taking the Chair, Being Ready for Ofsted and Understanding the SEF. Cleon is a highly skilled and experienced Chair of Governors having served in various capacities since 2004. He has sat on the Boards of primary, secondary, academy and nursery schools as a Parent, Staff, LA and Co-opted governor.

Cleon is relentless in his desire to stimulate brilliance within all leaders and the learners he trains and develops.

VICTORIA O’FARRELL is the Headteacher at Educational Diversity PRU and AP in Blackpool. She is an energetic and dynamic leader who is passionate about inclusion, diversity & equality, so taking on her first headship at a Pupil Referral Unit and Alternative Provision in Blackpool was her dream come true!  With the firm belief that compassion, empathy and patience are essential when working with young people, Victoria strives to create the best environment so that young people feel safe, secure, happy and confident to learn and explore. When a young person feels that they belong and are valued, there are no limits to what they can achieve. As an outward-facing leader, Victoria embraces all opportunities to collaborate, disseminate and share best practice. She is committed to identifying, nurturing and empowering bright sparks and reigniting those who are seeking inspiration.

CHRISTALLA JAMIL became a CEO in April 2022 following 13 years of school leadership. Christalla is also the Executive Headteacher of two inner London Schools. Christalla combines extensive system leadership and school improvement experience with a passion for transforming the lives of our young people. As CEO, her focus is the sustainable delivery of the Trust’s vision to provide ‘excellence and equity in a Christian context’, where every child is valued as a unique individual treasured by a loving God.This will be achieved by leading a growing family of schools with a shared vision, who support one another to deliver excellence in education for all our pupils, leading investment in our workforce and developing new relationships and partnerships that make a difference to the pupils in the Trust and beyond.  

This event is sponsored by:

Human Values Foundation provider of The Big Think

Human Values Foundation support schools with training and a new, uniquely values-themed, multi-media programme THE BIG THINK.  Designed to fulfil SMSC, PSHE and RSHE expectations, the set of 120 time-saving Assembly kits with follow-up lesson plans constantly provide children aged 5 to 11 with strategies, opportunities and tasks to practise mastering attitudes, skills, knowledge and values that enable them to thrive and excel.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please complete the form below and someone will get back to you.

Sign up to The First Academic Year Headteachers Group and keep the support going all year-round

The First Academic Year Headteachers Group has been established to provide you with a network of first-time headteachers who you can share the experiences of your first year of headship with. The group includes access to a private Telegram Group, half termly support sessions, access to 1:1 or group coaching from EMCC/AC accredited coaches and more. Membership is limited to 40 headteachers each year in order to ensure high quality support can be given.

Priority to this group will be given to those in attendance at the conference. If there are any places remaining following the conference these will be offered on general sale from Sunday 10th July.