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Education Summit puts pupils at the heart of a changing world

On Thursday 9 June, we welcomed hundreds of delegates to Bryanston for an unmissable day of teacher CPD, for open-minded educators in an ever-changing world.

Head Richard Jones speaking with speaker David Weston

The theme this year, was 'Putting pupils at the heart of a changing world' and our line-up saw us welcome a wide range of talent, including Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, acclaimed children’s author Michael Rosen, Afua Adom, David Weston, and Alex Lewis, to name just a few.

We brought in speakers to address some of the biggest issues facing teachers, parents, and pupils, for a truly fascinating and stimulating day.

With a record number of delegates, the wide range of presentations at the event focused on the challenges and opportunities for providing children with the transferable skills and qualities to achieve fulfilment in an ever-changing society and workplace.

The I Can & I Am Wellbeing Bus was available for delegates to drop in during breaks in the programme, to find out more about improving self-esteem and self-belief.

In his opening address to Summit delegates, Head Richard Jones emphasised the importance of energising and enthusing young people so they are comfortable with change and well-equipped to take uncertainties in their stride. 

“Faced with constant change and rapidly evolving technologies, teachers and parents have no way of knowing what jobs their children will have in the years ahead, so we need to look beyond outdated systems that focus so much on exam marks and traditional areas of technical competence,” he said. 

Acclaimed children's author Michael Rosen

In a rousing presentation, Michael Rosen expressed surprise at becoming a social media sensation as a “nice Grandad” with his ‘hot potato’ meme. He highlighted the value of rhythm in the use of language and the importance of leaving scope for interpretation and imagination by not trying to say everything. The considered use of language, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, was followed up by several other speakers who referred to the unhelpful and counterproductive nature of terms such as ‘catch-up learning’ and ‘missed education’. 

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage was interviewed for BryRadio by pupil Bella H

Simon Armitage highlighted the value of poetry as a useful means for teaching literature and exploring the use of language, but he also said that having time to daydream is an essential requirement for creative thinking.

During his visit to Bryanston, Simon was interviewed by Bella H in the BryRadio studio. Click here to listen to the recorded show.

The Bryanston Education Summit 2022 featured presentations based on three core areas - Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Wellbeing.

“We’re delighted with the positive feedback from delegates,” says Bryanston’s William Ings who oversaw the organisation of this year’s Summit. “Our aim was to create an event that would inspire, engage and motivate teachers and educationalists. The Summit provided a long overdue opportunity for everyone to be together in one place where they could listen to the views and thoughts of a diverse range of respected commentators and share ideas and experiences with peers.”

Click here to view our full gallery of images from the day.