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Confederation of School Trusts Annual Conference

20 May 2022

  • Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June
  • Hilton Birmingham Metropole
  • Find us at Stand #19

Meet the team and discover flexible performance management processes that fit your Trust culture

As a CST Platinum Partner, we are looking forward to the Annual Conference on June 16th and 17th.

The BlueSky team will be on hand throughout the conference to demonstrate the BlueSky platform and explain how we can support your school to develop a powerful people strategy, using our integrated modules for appraisal, professional development and quality assurance.

If you would like to set up a meeting during the show, drop us a line at or simply drop by stand 19 to take a free demo, pick up a brochure and ask any questions about our award-winning solution.

Workshop session: The golden thread for executive leadership, performance review and development

Friday 17th June, 11:30 AM

One of the biggest challenges for a Trust is to effectively deliver on its strategic priorities. While the Executive Leader is the central architect in delivering the strategic plan priorities, much depends on the relationship between the Trustees and the Chair to support the Executive Leader to achieve the plan. In this session, we will consider the importance of the Executive Performance Review (EPR) and the impact an effective review can have on this process.

Key takeaways:

  • We will explore current good practice in Performance Reviews and discuss the ways in which this practice can be enabled in an Executive Performance Review.
  • We will look at practical solutions that can enable this process to be agile, developmental and forward – focused whilst supporting the delivery of a golden thread of expectations that runs through the whole organisation.

CST have just released a new guidance piece related to this topic, The Performance Review Of Executive Leaders: Understanding The Challenge; Winning Hearts And Minds - June 2022, developed in partnership with BlueSky and Browne Jacobsen. Read more about this guidance here.

Exclusive first look at Opal Review, our new 360 feedback tool to support Trust Leaders

Stand 19 - 12:30 PM on Friday 17th June

Join Darren for an exclusive first look at Opal Review, our new 360 feedback tool to support Trust Leaders.

Opal Review is an innovative way to facilitate and support 360 reviews in schools, supporting professional growth. Priced from just £250 per organisation, it is designed to offer 360 reviews with facilitated feedback for all staff.

Opal Review delivers fully tailored questionnaires that enable individuals and teams to gain feedback that supports a professional dialogue. Research proves that this practice sustains improvements in competency over time, as well as encouraging a collaborative, developmental approach that builds trust and helps staff retention.

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