‘Sensational!’, ‘Fantastic!’, ‘Uplifting!’ – these are words that have been used to describe the STAR Primary TLC conference held on Monday 11th April. Around 100 teachers from schools across the STAR Alliance came together at Monk Fryston School for a day of workshops and professional development.
The opening keynote address was given by David Cameron (‘The Real David Cameron’!) who provided a thoughtful and insightful analysis of the current educational landscape. His talk was witty, engaging and extremely thought-provoking. This established an excellent context for the rest of the event.
Teachers from different schools led workshops on aspects of best practice, including approaches to creative learning, transition, outdoor learning, NLP, restorative practice and pupil voice. Case studies of effective strategies and presentations were shared with delegates – these can be found in the Members Only Area of the Alliance website. There were also opportunities for teachers to share ideas, challenge each other, and pose questions to colleagues during a Teaching & Learning Conversations (TLC) session.
The conference ended with another keynote address, given by the award-winning musician and composer David Chabeaux. He recognised the wonderful job our teachers are doing and provided poignant examples of how good teachers had changed children’s lives. He warned of the dangers of excessive demands in the modern world and provided opportunities to reflect upon the really important priorities in education.
Rick Weights, the Headteacher of Monk Fryston Primary School said: “This was a very important opportunity for professional development which benefitted all our staff. It was an uplifting and positive learning experience which helped to motivate and energise teachers, giving them the chance to reflect upon and enhance their classroom practice.”
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