On Monday 7 January 2019, the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) held its first conference for all teaching and learning staff within the Trust, held at UTC Oxfordshire.
Teaching and learning staff across Bicester Technology Studio, South Wiltshire UTC, Theale Green School, The Bicester School, UTC Heathrow, UTC Oxfordshire, UTC Reading and UTC Swindon came together to join forces for a day of collaboration and networking.
The theme of the conference was Challenge Through Collaboration, which gave all staff the chance to offer ideas and insight, share best practice and hear from other staff in their subject areas, enhancing collaboration across ALET.
After morning refreshments and networking, the conference kicked off at 10.30am with a welcome from ALET CEO, Lee Nicholls and Executive Principal and Deputy CEO of Activate Learning, Joanne Harper, sharing priorities for the year ahead.
Chair of ALET Board and CEO of Activate Learning, Sally Dicketts delivered an inspiring keynote on Our Learning Philosophy; what influenced it, the reason it exists today and what it can mean for our students.
This was followed by the Collaborate and Challenge session, led by Theale Green School Headteacher, Jo Halliday and Jonathan Neill. Thirteen teachers from across the Trust each had between 3 and 7 minutes to present, in front of all staff, and share their best practice on particular topics, such as motivation by destination, ambitious classrooms and forms to inform.
Chris Lambert, Theale Green School
Vivian White, South Wiltshire UTC
Marion Gibbons, UTC Heathrow
Lesley Parker, Theale Green School
Nick Mitchell, UTC Swindon
David Jardine, The Bicester School
Sophie Howard, Theale Green School
Oscar Maddox, The Bicester School
Paul Corrie, UTC Oxfordshire
Robert Bradley, UTC Reading
Steph McNeil, Bicester Technology Studio
Stephanie Mitchell, UTC Reading
Sarah Mollen, UTC Oxfordshire
During the afternoon, the ‘Subject Network’ sessions kicked off. Staff split into the following groups, each running their own workshop with others across the Trust: Mathematics, Humanities and Languages, Technology and Engineering, Learning Support Assistants, English, Computing and IT, Science, Business, Economics, Philosophy and Psychology, Sports, Creative and Performing Arts and Disadvantage.
Jo Harper, Deputy CEO and Executive Principal, ALET said: “The conference was a fantastic opportunity to bring together colleagues from all schools to explore Our Learning Philosophy and collaborate. I was enormously impressed by the energy and enthusiasm throughout the day. I would like to express my thanks to all staff who helped with the preparation and delivery of the conference. I am most looking forward to hearing about further collaboration projects and the impact of the conference on learning across our schools over the next few months, as we transform lives through learning”.