In one word: great.
In many words: a very well-organised event with a lot of takeaways. I loved the idea of putting management and teacher development together this year, and the topic, personalised teacher development, is very relevant to what I do every day. I’m putting all my notes and photos of slides into a separate word document and will share later. This is good stuff, people!
My personal takeaways (may differ from the speakers’ ideas or contain peanuts):
- Personalised teacher development IS possible (ok, I already knew that, but it’s nice to see so many colleagues who agree)
- It needs 3 components: space, time and encouragement
- All kinds of CPD schemes can form a smorgasbord of options to choose from. As long as there is that enticing smell from the kitchen! (c) Adrian Underhill
- Agile management with its idea of small adjustments and reiterations might be a good way to introduce more change and avoid change fatigue.
There were loads of opportunities to network, too, but somehow I don’t want to call it networking. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and catch up on our respective news; it was just as wonderful to meet new people and make new friends. LAM SIG (and now TD SIG) feels like home.
*The picture is a slide from Liam Tyrrell’s presentation about culture change in staff rooms.