Northern Schools Trust has hosted its first professional development day for all staff, providing an opportunity for colleagues to get together and share in the success and achievement across its four schools.
In a ‘TED Talk’ style conference, leading thinkers and educators shared powerful messages and learning practices, inspiring teachers to strive for greater learning experiences to fulfil the Trust’s commitment of transforming the lives of children and young people through education.
Hosted by Herb Kim, founder of the Thinking Digital conference, speakers included Ben Barton, founder of Zondle; Professor David Hornby from Sheffield University and Life Sciences UTC; Appreciating People’s Tim Slack along with the key note from acclaimed author and educator Mike Hughes.
Founder and CEO of Northern Schools Trust, Nigel Ward also took part in an interview about the journey of the Trust and how its culture and ethos translates into the organisations ‘One Vision’.
Mr Ward commented “The day was a success, from start to finish, with staff commenting on it being the most enjoyable and interesting PD day of their career.
It was the first time all of our colleagues came together and along with the content of the day, everyone can really see the excitement of and the genuine purpose of the Trust and its schools”.
Ian Parry, event organiser and Vice Principal at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC added “the event will be the catalyst to colleagues from across the Trust to develop some innovative teaching and learning opportunities”.
Following the talks and presentations, staff attended various workshops and seminars based on the model of “a journey towards great learning”. Sessions included a sign language lesson, a robot workshop hosted by Lego Education, careers information and yoga.
‘One Vision’ has already proved to have had significant impact with colleagues from all schools, with groups being formed to drive forward many of the projects and ideas introduced on the day.