At Mercia Learning Trust, we understand the value of gathering all staff from across the Trust together on an annual basis.
In 2019, our annual conference was born, hosted at the wonderful Crucible theatre, with Tom Sherrington as keynote speaker. In February 2020, we built on the success of the first conference, this time featuring Tom Bennett as keynote. Working closely with our friends at Sheffield Theatres, the event was held at the Lyceum theatre, and later at Sheffield Hallam University.
In February 2021, our conference went virtual! MLTogether EdCon2021: Momentum focussed on the continued development of our fantastic staff, with 4 high profile keynote speakers booked for the day. We only wanted the best for the event, so heard from education research greats: David Didau, Dylan Wiliam, Mary Myatt and Marc Rowland. Staff had the opportunity to hear from these gurus of educational research, then take part in live Q&A sessions.
A deeply thought provoking and enjoyable day to reflect, learn and hone what is at the heart of what we do as teachers every day.
Topics covered included:
- Curriculum Development
- Embedding Formative Assessment
- Building a Reading Culture
- Intelligent Accountability
- Making Meaning in English
- Teacher Quality
- Culture in Schools
- Embedding Challenge & Ambition
- Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Learners
- Evaluating & Iterating the Curriculum
A fascinating, bespoke set of talks, which will have a positive impact on my department's teaching methods and our students' learning experience.
"I was honoured to take part in the Mercia Learning Trust annual conference: an opportunity to think about how we can do the best for all our pupils; how to do fewer things in greater depth, how to take on board some of the insights from cognitive science and how to take ownership of our professional development."
Mary Myatt, speaker
"I was delighted to be involved in the Mercia Learning Trust conference today. The questions that participants asked about my presentations showed that they really engaged with the talks, and understood the points I made. I wish them luck in implementing these ideas in their own classrooms and schools."
Dylan Wiliam, speaker
One of the highlights of the day was the premiering of our annual student and staff performance. Take a look below...