On 20th January 2022, Whole Education was joined by more than 50 schools for the first session of our 12th Annual Conference, which featured keynote speaker Yong Zhao speaking about personalisable education.
This year’s conference theme is “Leading Your Evolution with Purpose II”. Over four virtual evening sessions, we are asking how leaders at all levels can positively harness their learning and experiences to create a brighter future for all young people.
In this first session, Professor Yong Zhao explored how personalisable education for all children could help every child find and cherish their greatness. This was then followed by a Q&A hosted by WE’s Shonogh Pilgrim and then a panel discussion with school leaders in our Whole Education Primary and Secondary network: Kerry Scott (Ainslie Wood Primary School), Dave Bennett (The Winstanley School), Dave Flowitt (Coritani Academy) and Vic Goddard (Passmores Academy). The panel reflected and shared their own experience of personalisable learning in their schools.
Great to be joined by @kerrylou99, Dave Flowitt, Dave Bennett and @vicgoddard for a conversation with @YongZhaoEd #WholeEducation #WE12 #WholeEducationAnnualConference @ShonoghP pic.twitter.com/dZVbZHHPr4
— Whole Education (@WholeEducation) January 20, 2022
Here’s what the delegates had to say about the event:
“Really interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for the opportunity”
“Thank you – Whole Education always seems to be able to recharge my batteries!”
“Really thought provoking discussion about curriculum”
“A real ‘Whole Ed’ talk – motivational and inspiring – even after a long and difficult day at school!”
“Interesting discussions about how to balance curriculum teaching and the needs of the child – building confidence and happiness.”
— Joanne Corrigan (@MrsJoCorrigan) January 20, 2022
— #HeadteachersHandbook🦩 (she/her) (@RaeSnape) January 20, 2022
“We have naturally born, diverse, intentional learners. We can force everyone to learn to paint 🎨 but we can’t force all to become Picasso 👩🎨 We need to start with the child, not the curriculum” says @YongZhaoEd at #WholeEducation conference #WE12@ShonoghP @popejames pic.twitter.com/sHdg4H5FpT
— Mark Pritchard (@MrMPritchard) January 20, 2022
Proud to be part of the @WholeEducation team. A timely, thought provoking and inspirational input from @YongZhaoEd. Fantastic facilitation by @ShonoghP and comments from WE leaders. Can’t wait for next week. pic.twitter.com/drclIQWKE0
— LLing (@LisalingWE) January 20, 2022
Lots of food for thought – there is always another way. Constraints of government educational policy is an issue, as discussed in the panel. It our job to not let it be the main issue in preventing our children to have what they need. Big task – great session. @WholeEducation https://t.co/p2VgF4FuFt
— Gayle Fletcher (@gayle_fletcher5) January 20, 2022
Really enjoying the depth of focus on both growth in identity and wellbeing as well as academic progress- coupled with challenge to sue reserach as/and organised systematic listening to pupils https://t.co/E9n9NFttaU
— Philippa Cordingley (@PhilippaCcuree) January 20, 2022
Thank you to Yong Zhao for his keynote on personalisable learning and to everyone for attending, contributing and sharing your thoughts. The rest of our 12th Annual Conference programme will look to explore how we can lead our evolution with purpose through our staff, our school and our leadership.
The next session will be taking place on 27th January 2022. See the session details and sign up today >>