The Trust hosts an annual conference, bringing all the schools together in the MAT as a celebration and collaboration. The Festival is led by eminent Keynote Speakers who have included Dylan Wiliam, Sue Cowley, and School 21. Teachers are involved in workshops and break out sessions.
For the last three years we have welcomed experts from the literacy field to deliver keynote speeches and workshops, such as David Didau, Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts for our 2015 INSET; Professor Neil Mercer in 2016; and Sue Cowley, Chris Curtis and Paul Clayton in 2017. Alongside these external speakers, the festival gives us the opportunity to celebrate some of the expertise we have across the Trust where colleagues share best practice with others.
These events have been a huge success and have been positively received by staff, as they aim to offer practical strategies for staff to use in their classroom. It is an eventful day on our calendar, which we follow up with time for dissemination among faculty teams in directed CPL time following the event.
See below the programme from our most recent Festival of Learning event. Preparation is already underway for our 2018 event, with a different focus: Learner responsibility and resilience.