Conferences & Teaching Schools Programme

Wellington is a national and international centre for educational thinking and debate. The innovation found in our curriculum – introducing wellbeing and mindfulness – is matched by the inventiveness and variety of our conference programme (which culminates in June with The Telegraph Festival of Education). The conferences are aimed at innovative school leaders, teachers and non-academic staff, as and all those who aspire to introduce real change to their institutions, from the state and independent sectors, universities, local authorities and subject specialists. The programme  aims to address leading educational issues. 

The conferences have proved to be hugely successful, attracting hundreds of delegates from all over the country. 

A wonderful addition to the already thriving conference programme has been the development of the Teaching School Partnership. The aim of the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is to provide a leading role in providing training courses for schools within the local community, as well as play a key coordination role in the raising of standards of staff and attainment of students.

Information on the Wellington conferences programme is available from:

Tarla Woolhouse,
Conference Manager

+44 (0) 1344 444085 or email Tarla Woolhouse.  


Forthcoming Conferences

Sep 23: University in the USA – Advisor Training Conference (London),
(in partnership with Fulbright Commission and Good Schools Guide)


Sep 30: Junior Leadership Challenge Day (for years 6, 7 & 8)


Oct 7: 11th Annual Head of School Conference (for headboys/head girls)


Oct 13&14:  Conference: Prep Schools in the 21st  Century: Boarding & Pastoral Care (in partnership with Eagle House School)


Dates for Diaries - programme being finalised:

Oct 5: IStip NQT (Newly Qualified Teachers Training Day)
Nov 28: Conference for Chaplains: Topic tbc.  (Keynote by The Rt Rev Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford)
Dec 7: Coaching in Education (creating an environment that produces well rounded, intellectually curious students)

Feb 4: English Teaching & Learning: Now and Ahead
Feb 7: Istip NQT (Newly Qualified Teachers Training Day)
Feb 27: Digital Strategy: Impact on Teaching and Learning (organised in partnership with Stephen Perse Foundation)

Mar 7: Congress to Campus: US Politics Conference

Mar 8: Changing the Culture of a School (organised in partnership with Wellngton Academy)
(an inaugural conference to explore a merge of concepts which make business and educational institutes successful) 

Mar 14: Advancing Service Learning in Schools: CAS Programme for IB Diploma  (Keynote: Cathryn Berger Kaye)  (a conference to inspire, engage and take action)
Mar 20: Festival of Leadership (for years 9 to 11)

May 2: Istip NQT (Newly Qualified Teachers Training Day) 

Wellington College Teaching Schools Partnership

The aim of the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is to provide a leading role in the training and development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as play a key coordination role in the raising of standards of staff and attainment of students.

Wellington College was granted Teaching School status in March 2013. This followed several years of building links with other schools including projects to see the private and state sector working more closely together, such as the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP).

As a Teaching School we are looking to provide a continuum of professional development for staff in the education sector with the desired outcome of improving the educational attainment of pupils in schools. Our vision is to embed a culture of aspiration, collaboration and excellence, and to empower those working in schools to develop a strong learning culture using a self-improving education system and the sharing of best practice. In particular we would like to encourage the use of evidence based practice in schools and classrooms, through a more widespread use of research feeding into the continual professional development of staff.

If you would like to find out more about our Teaching School work, please visit the WCTSP website.

Past Conference Highlights


Tue 10 Feb 2015 Conference: SEN – The Shape of Special Educational Needs in Schools (for SENcos, Teaching Assistants)
Fri 6 Mar 2015 Annual Festival of Leadership (Years 7-13)
Tues 17 Mar 2015

Global Politics Conference: for 6th form students of Global Politics (both A2 and IB Diploma)

Fri 27 Mar 2015 Beyond UK Borders: Studying at Universities around the World – Venue: Emirates Stadium London (organised by Good Schools Guide, Student World and Wellington College)
Fri 20 May2015 Service Learning: Social Action in the Curriculum
Mon 21 Sep 2015 Junior Leadership Challenge Day: Building Young Leaders (for Year 8 students)
Fri 25 Sep 2015 University in the USA – Both the Basic and Beyond – Venue: London (An Advisor training conference organised in partnership with Fulbright Commission, Good Schools Guide & Wellington College)
Fri 2 Oct 2015

Developing Student Leadership – 10th Annual Head of School Conference for Year 13 students (for head pupils in Year 13)

Fri 15 May – Sun 17 May MMA Conference: Health & Wellbeing for Music Teachers and Musicians


Date Event
Fri 3 Oct Developing Student Leadership – 9th Annual Head of School (Year 13 Head Pupil Conference)
Fri 26 Sept Uni in the USA: Both the Basics and Beyond (Advisor Training Day for Careers Staff)
Mon 15 Sept Junior Leadership Challenge Day (Years 8 & 9)
Wed 15 Jan 2014 Exploring the IB's Middle Years' Programme: Next Chapter
Mon 3 Feb 2014 4th Annual Festival of Leadership for Years 11 to 13

Mon 10 Feb 2014

Workshop: IB History

Wed 12 Feb 2014

University or Career: Which Comes First?

Thu 13 Mar 2014

Schools and The Great War Centenary: How to Prepare

Fri 20 & Sat 21 June 2014

Festival of Education

A festival for teachers, parents, and all interested in education


Date Event
Mon 25 Feb 2013 Rethinking MFL teaching for the 21st Century
Tue 26 Feb 2013 Istip NQT Regional Conference
Wed 27 Feb 2013 Workshop: Prep Schools Head of English
Fri 1 March 2013 British Education and Culture: Our last Great export?
Thu 14 March 2013 Schools and the Great War Centenary
Mon 18 Mar 2013 Festival of Leadership (A conference for students in years 11 to 13)
Thu 25 April 2013 Marketing your school
Fri 26 April 2013 EAL Conference
Mon 23 Sept 2013 Developing Student Leadership
Fri 27 Sept 2013 ‘Oh Say Can You See’… University in the USA
Mon 7 Oct 2013 Teaching IB Physics
Thur 10 Oct 2013 Overseas Students Workshop
Fri 18 Oct 2013 Mapping the Future
Mon 11 Nov 2013 Coaching Techniques in Education
Mon 18 Nov 2013 HMC Librarians Conference: Putting your library at the heart of the School
Wed 20 Nov 2013 Character, Grit and Resilience in Schools; Better Results, Better Discipline, Better Health and Better Atmosphere


Date Event
Fri 21 Sept 2012 Junior Leadership Challenge Day for years 7 & 8
Mon 24 Sept 2012 Leading your boarding house – A conference for student heads of house
Fri 28 Sept 2012 ‘YES WE CAN’ – Discover America: University in the USA
A Beyond the Basics conference (in conjunction with Good School Guide and Fulbright Commission)
Tue 2 Oct 2012 ISC NQT conference for newly qualified teachers
Fri 5 Oct 2012 7th Annual Head of School Conference for Head Boys and Head Girls
Wed 10 Oct 2012 Well-Being: Positive Psychology for Difficult Times - Improve your company’s wellbeing and success
Thu 11 Oct 2012 Positive Psychology: Improve your school's wellbeing and success
Fri 9 Nov 2012 Preparing your School for the Great War Centenary
Tue 27 Nov 2012 Exciting New Directions - 7th Annual Joint Wellington and Marlborough Prep School Conference
Fri 30 Nov 2012 Free thinking: using independence to transform schools
Fri 7 Dec 2012 E-learning; e-libraries
Wed 12 Dec 2012 Proudly holistic or purely academic? Can schools be both?