“The day has given me time to think, which in my role is always really precious”
– John Niland, Associate Principal at Coritani Academy
On 7th October 2021, senior leaders from WE Membership schools met for the ‘Leading a Whole Education at Secondary’ launch event at the Leadership and Training Centre in Milton Keynes.
The day started with a keynote session from Guy Claxton who spoke about the importance of teaching learners to inquire, learn and think for themselves.
In this session, Guy discussed how the traditional didactic pedagogy does not inspire independent learning and thinking in the classroom. By finding ways to teach through exploration, you are more likely to see students develop curiosity, collaboration, resilience and creativity, than through a direct instruction approach.
Guy explains that by creating independent learners and thinkers, you will equip pupils with essential skills and qualities which they can use throughout their education, personal and professional life.
— Guy Claxton (@GuyClaxton) October 7, 2021
In the afternoon, WE’s Director of Secondary Shonogh Pilgrim ran a session on the scope of a Whole Education approach. The secondary school leaders were broken up into three groups and asked to discuss what they would like to achieve over the next year and what areas of development they would like to work on.
“Guy was an inspirational speaker who confirmed to me why I’m doing the job that I’m doing in educational leadership. The best part about Whole Education events is being able to sit with like-minded leaders and bounce ideas off of one another to solve problems” –
David Chadwick, WE Lead at Passmores Academy
WE have not had an in-person ‘Leading a Whole Education at Secondary’ event since February 2020 so it was so nice to bring together senior leaders from across our network for a day of collaboration, reflection and inspiration. Shonogh Pilgrim had this to say this about the day:
“I’m grateful to Guy and the Whole Education leaders who joined us for playing their part in making this such an inspiring and thought-provoking event. It was testament to the great things that can be achieved when like-minded people come together to share ideas. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside these leaders as they strive to make vision reality in their schools.”
‘Leading a Whole Education at Secondary’ is part of our core Secondary Network Membership.