How can we celebrate teaching, stay connected and disseminate the latest research?
On Friday 22nd June, I attended the Festival of Education at Wellington College for the very first time. I have known about the conference for several years, but in the past I have been unable to attend for various reasons. I am delighted I finally got to attend and flattered that I was asked to present.
I shared a presentation on stage at the Christopher Lee Theatre building, inside Wellington College; a British co-educational day and boarding independent school in the village of Crowthorne, Berkshire. What a spectacular location to immerse yourself in teaching and learning. There was even ice-cream!
The first part of my presentation covers the latest research and reasons for teachers leaving the profession. I sampled the audience with a live poll. Each time I do this across the U.K. it affirms what I’ve always known. Teachers everywhere cite ‘marking as their greatest workload burden. You will also be surprised how many schools are grading teachers marking!
In the second half I shared how schools can avoid being punished by external forces; including a range of teaching and learning ideas and resources to download (see below). It was lovely to receive a wide range of feedback from people in the room, during and after the session. It is always reassuring to know that my ideas are well-received and are helping 1,000s of others across the country. Thank you for this feedback.
Thank you to the ~150 colleagues who came along to my session; Reducing Workload, Increasing Impact. As promised, you can access all of the resources shared from the 40 minutes we spent together.
Throughout the remainder of the day, I had an opportunity to walk around the school grounds, talking with Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College inside the Master’s Lodge; mingle with other teachers, speakers and guests. Overall, the day was a great opportunity to be immersed in the latest educational thinking across England and beyond.
Although it will be difficult for teachers and school leaders to get out of school during the working week, and I know budgets are stretched and key examinations and over, but this is a day I would strongly advocate attending, even if just one member of staff visits and then disseminates the information to others in a staff briefing or training session. It’s well worth staying connected.
The Festival of Education is highly recommended; get the dates in your diary – 20th-21st June 2019.