The Brooke Weston Teaching School, in conjunction with our higher education partners, staged a day-long Teacher Inquiry conference aimed at ITTs and NQTs. The event, at Oadby Conference Centre, featured keynote speaker John Fordham from Allenton Primary School in Derby. The focus was on supporting independent learning and the value of implementing action research in the classroom. Around 35 delegates took part and representatives from the Universities of Leicester, Northampton and Derby also attended.
BWTSA Research and Development Lead, Angela Brown, said: ‘This was a very successful training day that focused on what learning is and how best to encourage independent learning for our students. People were sharing their own classroom-based action research projects where the results had tangible effects on their students’ learning. We wanted to look at improving our own practice and so had a series of practical workshops led by John Fordham, who was a really dynamic speaker. To coincide with the end of the academic year, the afternoon session was dedicated to reflection. The conference came about as a result of NTT and ITT training that I had delivered over the year. We wanted to expand the remit, invite people who had not been involved in action research before and allow those who had to reflect on their practice, as well as meet other people and university staff. Overall it was a very positive and thought provoking day.’