Opening: John Tomsett
I love hearing John speak (first heard him at #ResearchEd York). His personal anecdotes interwoven in his educational philosophy always engage me. He started the day by warning us of being magpies on Monday - taking our shiny new ideas back & trialling the latest fad without planning how to embed & sustain.
Session 1: Kev Bartle
Another one of my favourite speakers - also met him at #ResearchEd & #TLT16 was morning after a brilliant contribution at #teachmeetexcel the night before - his session was on Conplexity, Chaos & Ecosystems in schools. There was a lot of theory & research but the 3 main messages were: how can build professional capacity? How can we promote collaboration with integrity? How can we empower teachers & leaders to self-manage?
Session 2: Caroline Spalding
I went to Caroline's session last year at #TLT15 - she is a great speaker. This year she went political and challenged the room. I have had a lot of conversations recently about our elite curriculum & 'flight pathways'. Caroline asked to reflect on what we value & why. I raised the issue of the lack of diversity in the curriculum.
Session 3: I delivered
My session was on talent-spotting & succession planning. The group was smallish but everyone got to talk. It was great to connect with a lot of #womened community. The dialogue was interesting - reflecting on our own career trajectories did take us down the diversity & equality conversation - we discussed strategies that work in our contexts such as shadowing/ secondments & shared anecdotes of nepotistic promotions. It was great to catch up with @natw & Debbie.
Session 4: Summer Turner
@summer and I drove down together - we were both shatttered after #womened last weekend, the Harris Conference & #teachmeetexcel on Friday but didn't want to miss #tlt16. I have heard Summer speak lots at #teachmeets but not been to a season before - she challenged our thinking on what we teach, what students learn, what we assess and what we do with this information. Check out her new book on Curriculum, Assessment & CPD (Bloomsbury).
Close: Lindsay Skinner
I have not met or heard Lindsay speak before - she delivered a brilliant on Eloquence. She made us think about what we say, how we say it & the impact we have on our audience - specifically our students. It was fab to see @mstimperley who had brought a GLF crew with her!
Dave & Jen are brilliant event organisers - it was a slick affair. Well done all involved.