Over 200 teachers attended West Lakes Academy’s Leading Learning Conference on Monday to hear from over 25 leading thinkers from the world of education, including Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools (HMCI) who spoke about the new research-led inspection framework due for release in September 2019.
In conversation with Jonathan Johnson (Chief Executive Officer of West Lakes Multi Academy Trust), Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools discussed the changes to the new Ofsted framework and what effect this would have on curriculum in schools and the role parents play in their child’s education. West Lakes Academy’s student ambassadors also had the opportunity to meet with Mrs Spielman and take her on a tour of the academy.
Amanda Spielman commented:
“I was delighted to visit West Lakes Academy and speak at the Leading Learning Conference. It’s not an area of the country I am able to visit as often as I would like, so it was great to meet people from across the region and talk about issues that matter not just in Cumbria, but to schools everywhere.”
Vice Principal of West Lakes Academy, Melissa Relph said:
“We are really grateful for all delegates’ participation and engagement at the conference. We had over 200 staff from across Cumbria attend and speakers travelled from across the country to join us to share their knowledge on what the evidence says about what works in education. Throughout the day delegates learnt about a range of teaching, learning and leadership practices that are all rooted in evidence covering key themes such as; effective curriculum design, closing the disadvantaged gap and challenging high prior attaining students.”
Vice Principal of West Lakes Academy, Abby Deeks added:
“The leading learning conference was designed to bring world class speakers to Cumbria as this so seldom happens in this county. Our hope is that teachers and school leaders who were part of the conference will take some of the messages from today’s speakers back to their own settings and by working with their own school teams they will be better able to change more lives through learning. We are very grateful to the EEF and the Research Schools Network who have worked with us in setting up this conference and who will continue to work with us over the coming months to deliver more long term CPD programmes for teachers and school staff in Cumbria.”
Photos submitted: Oliver Hodgson