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Big Education Conversation: What’s the point of Education?

Smiley Movement & The Kite TSA Presents the Big Education Conversation – What’s the point of Education?

For much of human history, education has served an important purpose – to provide us with tools to survive.  But, should survival be the extent of young people’s life aspirations today?

In October’s Big Education Conversation in Cambridge (‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future?), we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing interests and talents in a more ‘learner-centric’ approach helps develop more well-rounded individuals, who are better equipped for adulthood.

Yet traditional institutions still teach old fashioned curricular to new generations, often resulting in poor outcomes.

In this second edition of the Big Education Conversation, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with National Leader of Education Rachel Snape, The Kite TSA and Whole Education, to look at the bigger picture of education. Joined by expert speakers, guests and young people, we will be going on a quest to find out:

  • What is the point of education today? Is it still just about finding a job?
  • What does successful education look like?
  • What do millennials look for in the workplace? What are they passionate about?
  • Should soft-skills (communication, work-ethic, creative-thinking, teamwork, time-management, problem-solving etc) be taught at home or at school?
  • Are schools doing enough to harness individual talents and interests?
  • What role do schools play in nurturing a sense of identity, purpose & sustainability in young people?
  • What role does education play in social entrepreneurial skills? Becoming changemakers, innovators and having a positive influence on society?
  • Should schools educate young people about the volunteering and doing charity work in the UK/world? Including the incredible personal journey and skills development a career in a non-profit provides?
  • How do young people define happiness? (Success? Freedom? Love? Self-Fulfilment? Something else?)
  • How does education contribute to achieving all of this?

Educational needs are changing and our mission to understand ‘how can we better prepare young people for their future?’ continues.  What remains unchanged is education’s power to positively transformation young people’s lives. We believe we owe it to them, to our children, to future generations and our planet to get it right.

Join us on the 4th March at 6.30pm at the Milton Road Primary School in Cambridge, and join the conversation with an inspiring mix of speakers from millennials, academics, innovators and disruptors about their vision for the purpose of education, and how we can all support it.

Agenda
  • 6pm- 6.35pm Registration
  • 6.35pm- 6.40pm – Introduction to Smiley TALKS (5 mins)
  • 6.40pm-7.10pm- Opening Speech by NLE Rae Snape & Keynote (30 mins)
  • 7.10pm- 8.10pm- Moderated Panel discussion & Audience Q&A (1 hour)
  • 8.10pm- 8.55pm Workshop: Audience breaks out in groups to discuss ‘what’s the point of education’ soft-chaired by Speakers, and share learnings with the room
  • 8.55pm – 9pm – Closing Remarks & Calls to Action
  • 9pm- 10pm -Networking session & refreshments
  • 10pm Event Ends

Click here to book your place.

 

 

 

Headteachers’ Wellbeing Lunch, Networking and Talk with special guest Adrian Bethune

Headteachers’ Wellbeing Event – Friday 31st January – 1pm-3:30pm at Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Join us for a delicious lunch at Milton Road Primary School (thanks to our partners Lunchtime Company) and an afternoon of collaborative discussion, learning with and from others and reconnecting with peers.

Hear from Adrian Bethune about his book ‘Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom’ (everyone is getting a copy!). His main focus will be on your wellbeing as a headteacher but touching on the ways in which the concepts can ripple out to staff and pupil wellbeing too.

 

  • Stress Management– not all stress is bad but chronic stress can be extremely detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
  • Mindfulness– how to establish your own mindfulness practice to improve mood, increase resilience, boosts immune system functioning and increase levels of happiness.
  • Resilience – being a headteacher is full of highs and lows, but if     we’re not careful the lows can knock us down.

Date: Friday 31st Jan 2020 1:00pm-3:30pm

Venue: Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Cost: £35 (includes lunch and a copy of the book)

lunch, networking and wellbeing
Special Guest Adrian Bethune

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Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

This NEW two session course provides Year 5 and 6 teachers with a range of tools to help extend and deepen the ways in which students respond to a range of reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. Colleagues will be supported to enhance their curriculum design and text selection in order to provide a rich reading offer that supports progress towards achievement of the higher standard in the end of KS2 reading assessments.

The course is grounded in research and classroom practice and will cover the essential knowledge and skills that underpin successful comprehension of texts both during and after the act of reading. Practical activities and demonstrations will illustrate how to use whole-class, group, and individual approaches during reading sessions. The course will explore ways to develop pupil’s thinking at a deeper and more sustained level, as well as consider how to develop the clarity and precision of how children express and develop their thoughts.

Reference will be made to statutory assessment domains and participants will be supported to see how the principles and approaches of effective reading instruction supports progress and attainment against statutory measures. Analysis of past papers will be used to highlight implications for test preparation and technique, without losing sight of the long-term, core aim of developing confident, thoughtful and articulate readers, able to cope with the demands of increasingly complex texts.

By attending this course, participants will:

  • explore a range of approaches to developing higher level reading knowledge and skills that enhance the quality of expression in responding to texts
  • participate in demonstrations of reading instruction designed to support achievement at the higher standard, and boost all pupils ability to think about, and discuss what they have read
  • gain insight into what might characterise performance at the higher standard in reading
  • understand how best to prepare pupils for the demands of the KS2 reading paper within a principled, evidence-informed approach to developing motivated, curious, and thoughtful readers.

Dates:      Friday 17th January, 9am-4pm

                  Friday 24th April, 9am-Midday

Venue:   Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

Course cost: £225

Click here to book

Primary English CPD
Martin Galway

‘Knowlogy’ Conference – seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

‘Knowlogy’ Conference –

seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

Tuesday 4th February 2020 

at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The Kite TSA is pleased to recommend this conference taking place in neighbouring Hertfordshire.  We have a long-established  relationship with Herts for Learning and collaborate with them to bring our Cambridgeshire colleagues the truly brilliant Martin Galway (who’s part of the conference line-up). We can also recommend the Cambridgeshire English Conference which is taking place on 30th June 2020 – click here to and choose ‘conferences’ to book

One of the recognised ways in which pupils gain knowledge is through reading. When it comes to which texts to choose to supply this knowledge, the choice is vast.

Great historical fiction, biographical narratives, and quality reference books all have the power to inform and delight.

This conference aims to celebrate the full range of knowledge-enhancing texts available to teachers, even going so far as to honour this special subset of literature with its own categorisation: ‘knowlogy texts’ – those texts that are capable of imparting and developing knowledge. ‘Knowlogy’ texts have never been more exciting, or more relevant.

With children being expected to read widely and deeply across all curriculum areas, now is the perfect time for teachers to refresh their understanding of what constitutes a quality text within this category, and how it can be used to foster excellent outcomes in reading and writing across the primary phases.

Herts for Learning and Just Imagine are delighted to be working in collaboration to welcome teachers to a conference that is sure to be inspiring, informative and relevant. With guest speakers, Teresa Cremin, professor of Education at the Open University, and Janina Ramirez, historian, broadcaster and author of Riddles of the Runes: a Viking mystery, colleagues will be sure to leave armed with a wealth of exciting new titles that they are excited to share with their classes.

A range of workshops will be available on the day, each aimed at enthusing a passion and knowledge for how non-fiction can be used to excite young readers and writers.

Knowlogy Conference

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Free scheme of work and BBC Micro:bit resources for Primary ICT

This is a golden opportunity for primary school teachers in Cambridge to better develop their understanding of the ways in which the BBC Micro:bit can serve.

Graham Hastings (from St Johns College School) is creating a fully resourced, CC licensed scheme of work for primary schools to enable them to make use of the micro:bit as a resource for creative work across the curriculum. Thanks to support from Histon and Impington Junior school, he has piloted the scheme of work and has been able to continue to refine the resources based on the feedback received so far. The more schools that sign up to the project, the more feedback he gains and can use to make further improvements.

Thanks to funding from the ARM Schools Programme, Graham can supply schools that sign up to the project with micro:bits and components free of charge. The aim being that the schools will then write the activities into their curriculum and hopefully build on them over the years.

Click here to book via the Teach in Cambs website

 

Disability History Month – teaching resources

Disability History Month takes place every year between 22nd November and 22nd December and celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. Schools are encouraged to hold activities about disability equality during the month. The theme for this year is

Leadership, Resistance and Culture

Every school has disabled pupils, staff and family members.

Disability History Month is an opportunity within your school, to develop a culture of respect for difference and a chance to remove the barriers, so that all can achieve their potential.

So calling all students and teachers…keep reading this page to get ideas to organize events, put up displays, hold assemblies and introduce disability equality as a focus across the curriculum, in your school or college.

The DfE reports that up to 80% of disabled learners experience bullying and are 8 times more likely than non-disabled learners to be excluded or suspended. However the law requires reasonable adjustments to be implemented with no discrimination or harassment.

In education, disabled children and young people need staff, pupils and parents to understand and change their behaviour to accommodate the full range of disabled learners including those with mental health issues, behavioural difficulties, speech and communication difficulties, specific and general learning difficulties and those with physical or sensory impairments.

 

Useful links:

 

Accessibility and inclusive events in Cambridge – disability-history-month-brochure

Official website here

Twinkl has free resources here

A useful article in the Guardian newspaper as to other curriculum angles here

A UKDM video here

 

Spinney Open Day (a Whole Education event – all welcome!)

Teachers and senior leaders are invited to join us at The Spinney Primary School on Thursday 21st November to hear from Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Rae Snape about how The Spinney has created a connected and creative, changemaker curriculum.

Enjoy a tour of the school, and weather permitting, a visit to the Wild Wood (bring your wellies just in case).

This special day is just £15 and includes lunch.

email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk to book your place.

 

Barefoot Programming Workshop – FREE Twilight

Barefoot Programming Workshop – a free twilight for primary teachers in Cambridgeshire

The Grove Primary School
Wednesday Nov 20, 2019 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM

An interactive workshop introducing you to the Scratch programming environment and taking you through the concepts of sequence, repetition and selection through a series of camel related challenges.

PROGRAMME

Time Topic
16:00 Registration and Refreshments
16:10 Getting started with Barefoot
16:15 Getting ‘over the hump’ with Computing
17:15 Further support available and the NCCE
17:25 Feedback Survey and Close

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Train the trainer course for Delivering Early Mental Health Interventions

YMCA Mental Health Train the Trainer Programme for Delivering Early Interventions: 26th November at Barrington Primary School, Cambridgeshire (CB22 7RG)

Increasing resilience is crucial to improving outcomes for young people and reducing the risk of mental health issues escalating.  With rising needs, coupled with budget cuts, our Delivering Early Interventions Train The Trainer course empowers settings to develop group work programmes for KS1-4 in a uniquely sustainable and cost effective way.

Forming a key element of our ‘Targeted Stage 3 Training’ as part of our newly approved Competency framework, this 1-day course covers evidence based practice using cognitive behavioural therapy and resource based approaches to address issues such as self-esteem, emotional regulation, social skills and transitions. Delegates will receive schemes of work, assessment tools, resources and on-going advice to help these early interventions become embedded into your setting.  You will then be supported via a dedicated clinical professional and receive on-going refresher training, peer support, as well as resource updates through the licence programme.   

As a special last minute offer, you can get 20% off places booked for the upcoming course on 26th November, with every second place FREE if you quote ‘Nov20’ when booking*

 Feedback from delegates:

 

100% enjoyed the course and learnt more

100% improved their confidence in the subject area

100% said the materials and methods used facilitated learning

100% said the trainer was confident, prepared and knowledgeable

 

‘This was a really useful course, one of the best I have been on in a long time’

‘Thank you for an informative day. I am excited to begin implementing the programme’

‘What an awesome course and trainer!! Came away feeling confident in the content and excited to get going’

‘The support we will gain after the course will be so beneficial to us’

See the attached calendar for the latest list of training dates and our full brochure, including a whole range of new courses, or click here for more information about the course https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/train-the-trainer-delivering-early-interventions/.

 

By booking a place you will also gain access to FREE Level 2 accredited training as part of our distance learning programme. Alternatively, we can tailor the course to whole staff teams or clusters of schools.

For more information about any of the services YMCA offers please click here

*Licence fee applies