Teachers join forces to guarantee best for all

Blackpool Primary Partnership annual conference in Blackpool's Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom. Dave Keeling speaking.

Blackpool Primary Partnership annual conference in Blackpool's Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom. Dave Keeling speaking.

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TEACHERS were implored to “be the best they can be” to inspire a generation, at an annual conference.

Hundreds of staff from 29 schools across Blackpool attended the Blackpool Primary Partnership’s (BPP) third annual conference to share teaching frameworks and ideas with one another.

Motivational speakers from education think-tanks addressed current issues as the new term started so children across the resort receive the same quality of teaching.

Lesley Bennett, associate headteacher at Revoe Primary School, in Grasmere Road, Blackpool, said: “BPP is about working together to get the best education for children in Blackpool.

“The conference showed the commitment of all our staff to give the best opportunities to young people.

“All the ideas everyone can take away will then feed into all schools and create further discussions in collective staff meetings.”

The BPP was set up to ensure all schools in Blackpool are working to the same educational standards for children.

It addresses the issues of many youngsters moving schools in the area to ensure they receive not just the same education but the same support.

Motivational speakers Ian Gilbert and Dave Keeling, from think-tank Independent Thinking, and David Hemery from charity ‘Be the best you can be’ spoke to teachers about why and how to motivate schoolchildren.

The 900 teachers were taught about how to teach children to learn and think for themselves and how to problem solve.

Fran Wyladala, headteacher at St Kentigern’s Primary School, on Newton Drive, Blackpool, said: “This is a powerful way to ensure the value of networking and collaborative learning is optimum.

“To have the same message throughout Blackpool schools shows the passion and commitment of all school staff in the town.” The teachers attended a variety of workshops, covering behaviour and safety, curriculum and continuous provisional development, inclusion, and achievement.

Danielle Bamber, a newly qualified teacher (NQT) at Revoe Primary School, said: “As an NQT, meeting other teachers in different schools is a great way for us all to learn from each other.”

The BPP is now focussing on its website for teachers to keep up to date on developments and to continue to share resources and ideas throughout the school term.

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