Annual Conference 2018

We are really excited to announce the details of the 2018 NCOGS Annual Conference!

The Annual Conference has been a great success in previous years and we hope you will join us to help make another great occasion.

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Conference highlights

This year's conference will be held the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre near Nottingham between 31st October and 1st November 2018.

As in previous years, we will be kicking off our 2018 conference with a choice of three different twilight workshops on 31st October between 4:15pm and 6:15pm. The workshops will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner from 7pm providing you with an opportunity to network and talk to colleagues from across the country. Accomodation and breakfast will also be available at the conference centre.

The conference day itself will be held on 1st November 2018 and is scheduled to run from 10:00am and to finish by 4:15pm.

Conference packages

We want to make booking and attending the 2018 conference as enjoyable as possible so we are happy to offer you three different packages available this year:

Full package for £250 - Twilight workshop, dinner and overnight accomodation on 31st October plus breakfast and a full conference pass on 1st November.

Reduced package for £240 - Dinner and overnight accomodation on 31st October plus breakfast and a full conference pass on 1st November.

Twilight workshop and conference day only for £140 - No accomodation or overnight stay included.

Conference day only for £120 - Full conference pass on 1st November only.

The full amount for your chosen package is payable to NCOGS. Rooms are limited and booking quickly to secure your room is recommended. Unfortunately, only delegates who book accomodation are able to attend the pre-conference dinner but we would absolutely welcome non-residents to the pre-dinner drinks.

Travel and overnight accommodation

Overnight accommodation including breakfast at De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre is included with the Full and Reduced package rates.

Parking at the conference centre for delegates is free.

Directions to De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre can be obtained here:

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Previous annual conferences

An Annual Conference has been held since 2006 generating a lot of useful information. You can find the details of each Conference and any related documentation by clicking on the relevant link below:


Governance- Delivering Support in an Evolving Educational Landscape

Date: 1st November 2017

Location: Stoke Rochford Hall

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Supporting Governors in a School-Led System

Date: 3rd November 2016

Location: Media City, Salford

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Supporting Governors in a School-Led System

Date: 8th October 2015

Location: National College, Nottingham

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Supporting Governors in Changing Times

Date: 9th October 2014

Location: National College, Nottingham

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Effective Governance in a Changing World

Date: 10th October 2013

Location: Park Inn by Radisson, North Street, York

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Leading Governors: Delivering Excellence

Date: 4th October 2012

Location: Birmingham City Conference Centre, Birmingham

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Holding schools to account: meeting the needs of governors

Date: 12th - 13th October 2011

Location: Palace Hotel, Manchester

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Strengthening Governance

Date: 13th - 15th October 2010

Location: Jury's Inn, Birmingham

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21st century governance: enabling COGS to meet the challenges of governing 21st century schools

Date: 1st - 3rd October 2009

Location: Strand Palace Hotel, London

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Empowering governors as leaders

Date: 3rd - 5th October 2008

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

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Governance for a change: creating the future using today's research

Date: 7th - 9th October 2007

Location: Royal York Hotel, York

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Extending the agenda: making sense of change

Date: 4th - 6th October 2006

Location: Brighton

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