SwaleFest 2017

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SwaleFest has arisen from collaborative projects and successful network meetings across Swale Academies Trust. Its vision, produced through exhilarating debates around teaching and learning, will celebrate the evolution of pedagogy in the form of a lively and stimulating education festival which will bring together professionals, educational leaders and teachers from across the Trust.

“This event is a celebration of exciting teaching and learning from around our Trust. It will be the first of many opportunities for our staff from across Kent and East Sussex to participate, share ideas and forge new partnerships.”  Derek Trimmer, Director of Secondary.

This one day event will take on the traditional features of an education conference with contributions from Keynote speakers such as Steve Munby CBE, CEO Education Development Trust, Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner- South East England and South London, Priya Lakhani, Founder of CENTURY-Tech, Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser tes.com and David Crossley, Executive Director Whole Education. The festival with 600+ delegates will comprise of live debates, inspirational key note speakers and various teacher-led workshops.

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“We see it as inventive professional development for staff to share best practice and network with their peers. Teaching can be isolated - we want to change this and expand opportunities for the hero in the classroom to shine. We have an impressive line-up of key speakers from the world of education as well as practical workshops run for teachers by teachers.” 

These workshops will challenge established norms, engage in lively, cutting edge critical debates to give teachers the freedom to question and intellectual space to define a new professionalism fit for the 21st century.

SwaleFest will be held at Westlands School, Sittingbourne, Kent - 28 April 2017.

SwaleFest is a showcase of excellence across the Trust and will be a scene-setter of what is going on in Teaching and Learning throughout the organisation.