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AN INQUIRY CONFERENCE - Questions for education

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St Williams Primary School

Williams Loke

Thorpe St. Andrew

Norwich

NR7 0AJ

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How can we create learning environments that meet the needs of students, while satisfying the demands of the system?

In education we walk a tightrope. A tightrope between making learning something meaningful, useful, and enjoyable for our students, and one that generates outcomes that meet the demands of the system. Tip too far one way, and the curriculum fails to prepare students for the tests, tip too far the other, and education becomes a meaningless chore, something to be put up with rather than enjoyed.

How can we find the right balance? A balance that creates learning environments that stimulate, excite, and engage our students, while still ensuring that they develop the necessary knowledge and skills they need to excel when it comes to sitting the SATs?

No one would pretend it was easy, and the system feels particularly brutal and unyielding at the moment, yet there are small signs that things are beginning to change. Ofsted has recently announced a focus on a broad and balanced curriculum, there has been a growing acknowledgment on the stress testing has on young minds, and there are even (very) small signs that the government is prepared to bend on assessment.

Now feels like the right time to pick up the batten, dust ourselves off, and start a new lap. What do we want education to look like in the future? What are we going to do with the time and influence we have to make a difference? How are we going to walk the tightrope and find the right balance? This conference is a chance to ask those questions and spend time talking to others. It is an inquiry conference, which means an investigation, stimulated by five expert speakers, where delegates will be involved in a professional conversation and the formation of ideas, changes, and plans they can take back and trial in their schools.

The expert speakers include:

Debra Kidd - Author of Teaching: notes from the front line. Teacher, blogger, and speaker Debra Kidd has strong views on the direction education has travelled over the last ten years - “Our obsession with measuring and certainty has driven us to a point of near despair and to moments of blind acceptance of the shiny and new”

Mary Myatt - Author of Hopeful schools: building humane communities. Adviser, writer, and speaker Mary Myatt has worked in hundreds of schools - “There are great things going on in schools. I see plenty when I talk with students, teachers and senior leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum.”

Hywel Roberts - Author of Oops! Helping children learn accidentally. Teacher, writer, and speaker Hywel Roberts is forging a reputation as one of the most entertaining, thoughtful, and imaginative commentators on teaching and learning today - “At the heart of the world’s best teaching you’ll find one admittedly made-up word -‘botheredness”

Luke Abbott - International educator, speaker, and guru of Mantle of the Expert. Over the last thirty years Luke Abbott has worked across the world leading programmes in transformative education - “The schooling models of the past are beginning to waver in the face of the need for humanity to pervade the system and we see a new horizon for education opening up in the guise of a ‘liberated’ curriculum.”

Richard Mullender - Richard Mullender worked for the Metropolitan police first as a detective investigating serious crimes, then as a hostage negotiator. He now works as a consultant working with international law enforcement agencies and government bodies. His book, Communication Secrets of a Hostage Negotiator contains important lessons for education - “When did you last listen? Really listen? Not bide your time until you could get your point across. Not plan your argument, or jump in with advice. But listen, with your full attention…”

Venue: St Williams Primary School, Williams Loke, Thorpe St. Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0AJ

Prices: £120 for individual delegates, £100 for group bookings of five or more.

Please note this event begins at 8:30.

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