The Start of the Journey
There is Another Way
Headteacher Online Conference
Friday 3rd July 2020
25 headteachers who believe in the 'other way' came together to share ideas. They discussed the vision and aims of the #theotherway network and how to publicise them. They proposed strategies for an action plan which would launch in September 2020 for the year ahead.
Out of the challenges, sadness, grief and suffering of Corona Virus emerged a roadmap for leading schools with heart. Where a culture of staff wellbeing and mental health is the foundation of success. Where collaborative professional development replaces hierarchical judgement. Where teachers are trusted. Where they are given back control of their own professionalism. Where they are nurtured and taken care of.
Jeremy Hannay: Conference Keynote
'What is the soil like in your school?'
'...there is no pupil well-being. There is no pupil collaboration, there is no pupil inquiry. There is no pupil development, growth, challenge, in any kind of meaningful, long term, sustainable way unless we are putting our adults meaningfully in that situation first. We cannot expect our adults to go into classrooms and involve the students of children in incredible learning experiences where they're facilitating collaboration, connected learning,
dialogic talk...We cannot expect that of our teachers. If they have not experienced it first...
'We've got this narrative of children first. Children first. Children first. But actually, it's an unconventional thought that we need to put our adults in a position where they have had meaningful experiences before they try to enact those with the children...'
'...When I started at Three Bridges, if we'd have asked teachers what it was they did at the school, they would have said that they were stone cutters. They would have said they were coming in every day, shifting rocks, cutting, shifting, cutting, shifting. That's what they were there to do. My job was to help them turn into cathedral builders...'
A summary in graphic form of Jeremy's Keynote
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Summary of the Conference: The Other Way
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The Other Way Vision and Actions (#theotherway)
The Other Way (#theotherway) conference team has now produced Draft 1 of The Vision and The Actions. It is set out below. If you were at the conference, could you please comment on Draft 1 at:
Draft 1: The Other Way Vision and Actions (#theotherway)
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It will be replaced by the edited version after feedback from delegates.
If you were at the 'There is Another Way Conference' on 3rd July, 2020
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£500 Conference Donation to Education Support
The charity Education Support has a 24-hour helpline staffed by counsellors, dedicated to supporting teachers who need help. The charity also provides face-to-face counselling and financial support to teachers facing hardship. As the There is Another Way conference had to move online because of Corona Virus, we donated 50% of the ticket price, which would have paid for our lunch, to the charity.
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