Think Tanks

The 24 hour Think Tank is not a conventional conference, seminar or workshop. It aims to bring together a group of colleagues to exchange practice and, through lightly facilitated working sessions and experiential ‘swap shops’, reflect upon and seek solutions to the challenges they face.

Typically the Think Tank is open to DCSs, their direct reports and others in equivalent senior leadership positions across the public sector with a particular interest in improving outcomes for children, young people and families. It is an opportunity for senior leaders to come together with peers to consider collectively how to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and what new models of public service provision might be needed to withstand likely future shifts and changes.

For 2018/19 the College is offering two Think Tanks:


Summer Think Tank, 20th – 21st August 2018

This year’s theme was about equity and excellence in education for vulnerable children, with a particular focus on how we might turn the tide from an increasingly exclusive system to a more inclusive one.


Winter Think Tank, 13th-14th February 2019

If you wish to register your interest in the Winter Think Tank please contact the team at hello@thestaffcollege.uk

Details to follow in the autumn.

A really rich discussion and lots to think about!
There were a number of light bulb moments/extracts that came out through the presentations and discussions.

Participants from 2017 Summer Think Tank

The course created the correct atmosphere to allow folk to speak openly and honestly about the issues.
Well planned, good background papers and well sourced examples that provided an opportunity to consider ideas that have different contextual genesis but common principles that can be mobilised.

Participants from 2016 Summer Think Tank

Yes – high level intellectual debate, much to reflect on for future planning in my own context.
Great opportunity to understand perspectives and view work through different lenses.

Participants from 2015 Summer Think Tank

If you would like to register your interest, please contact The Staff College team via: hello@thestaffcollege.uk.

*For each of our subscribing LAs one place on either of the Think Tanks is available free of charge for the DCS or nominee to attend. A reduced rate also applies to any additional places for subscribing LA employees, to find out more please click here.