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Inquiry Conference Sept 5th 2017
How can we create learning environments that meet the needs of students, while satisfying the demands of the system?
In education we walk a tightrope. A tightrope between making learning something meaningful, useful, and enjoyable for our students, and one that generates outcomes that meet the demands of the system. Tip too far one way, and the curriculum fails to prepare students for the tests, tip too far the other, and education becomes a meaningless chore, something to be put up with rather than enjoyed.
How can we find the right balance? A balance that creates learning environments that stimulate, excite, and engage our students, while still ensuring that they develop the necessary knowledge and skills they need to excel when it comes to sitting the SATs?
No one would pretend it was easy, and the system feels particularly brutal and unyielding at the moment, yet there are small signs that things are beginning to change. Ofsted has recently announced a focus on a broad and balanced curriculum, there has been a growing acknowledgment on the stress testing has on young minds, and there are even (very) small signs that the government is prepared to bend on assessment.
Now feels like the right time to pick up the batten, dust ourselves off, and start a new lap. What do we want education to look like in the future? What are we going to do with the time and influence we have to make a difference? How are we going to walk the tightrope and find the right balance? This conference is a chance to ask those questions and spend time talking to others. It is an inquiry conference, which means an investigation, stimulated by five expert speakers, where delegates will be involved in a professional conversation and the formation of ideas, changes, and plans they can take back and trial in their schools.
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