Festival of Learning 2015
Teachers excel at our annual Festival of Learning.
The annual Bluecoat Academies Trust Festival of Learning has become a focal point for excellence in teacher development and training. This year saw the largest and most comprehensive event yet, with three nationally recognised keynote speakers and an extensive range of CPL (Continuous Professional Leading) sessions provided by our own expert teaching and support staff. Set in the perfect learning environment of the new sixth-form building, the day was a resounding success, with many teachers hailing it as their most inspiring and purposeful training ever.
David Didau, author of the bestselling books ‘The Secret of Literacy’ and ‘What if…?’ got the day off to a focused and thought-provoking start. He shared the latest research in how students access language and challenged us to intensify our ambitious work around reading and literacy.
Hywel Roberts then inspired the teaching staff with his session on ‘imagineering’ in the curriculum. Hywel, author of ‘Oops, Helping Children Learn Accidentally’ had staff rolling in the aisles with his engaging style and encouraged us to value and harness creativity and imagination in the classroom.
In the afternoon, leading academic, teacher and writer Debra Kidd shared recent clinical research into how children’s developing brains process and retain information and highlighted the importance of training our students to retain the key knowledge they will need to flourish in assessments and exams.
Throughout the day there was an extensive range of CPL sessions for teachers and Learning Support Assistants from across the Trust, plus welcomed guest teachers and leaders from other schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These ranged from Inference Training to Growth Mindset, from winning over low level disruption to challenging the academically more able. Our expert teachers created a real buzz in these sessions and we expect to see impact in classrooms, and in the enjoyment, engagement and outcomes of our students.