The Leeds Learning Alliance Inclusive Leadership and Practice Conference took place on Friday 8th March at Carr Manor Community School.

The third conference of its kind to be held at Carr Manor, the day was highly successful with over 200 delegates attending. Our guests represented organisations both within the Alliance and beyond, from all over the country, all passionate about improving the outcomes for children, young people and families through developing effective inclusive leadership and practices.

Thank you to Leeds College of Building, Leeds City College, Leeds Trinity University, Morley Glass and Glazing and Q5 partners for sponsoring the event.


We were pleased to welcome Professor Hilary Cremin (Head of Faculty and Research Professor – Education, Peace and Conflict, University of Cambridge), Professor Toby Greany (Professor of Education, University of Nottingham), and Ruth Swailes (Inspirational, Motivational Education Speaker, Independent Thinking).

Keynote speeches will be available on the Members’ Zone for all LLA Members.

Q&A Panel:

Another highlight from the day was the expert Q&A panel, hosted by Carr Manor Community School Principal Lucie Lakin. The panel consisted of Judith Blake CBE (Baroness Blake of Leeds), Anne Longfield CBE (Executive Chair, Centre for Young Lives), Sue Ward (Operations Director, Leeds Rhinos), Steph Taylor (Chief Executive, Leeds Community Foundation and Give Bradford), and Rumani Tharraleos (Pupil, Carr Manor Community School).

The full panel discussion will be available on watch on Youtube and on our Members’ Zone.


Thank you to all of our workshop leaders who ran sessions in the morning and afternoon. Each session was well attended, and feedback from the attendees has been positive. Documents from each workshop will be available on the Members’ Zone.


Thank you to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance students who performed their piece ‘New Work’ during the conference.