View from the floor
So what did they want to tell ministers?
Rosemarie Hopkin, head of Galliard primary in Enfield, London: "I'd tell them about headteachers' workload, league tables and Ofsted - they are the big issues. The whole league-table system is punitive. The Government seems to think the more punishment they can wreak on schools, the better."
Simon Parker, deputy head of Old Trafford community school, Manchester:
"Why all these initiatives and why do they have to be developed at such an express speed? We should have a speed limit on initiatives - and it should be 20 mph."
Michael Stewart, head of Westlands school and technology college, Torquay:"I would have thanked Ruth Kelly for overseeing a major increase in funding, but then asked why only 50 per cent of it ends up in the classroom."
Michael Newman, head of Victoria primary, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland:
"I'd tell ministers that they need to listen to us. Education reforms hinge on heads, so it is a very poor, petty decision not to come to our conference."