Today, 4 of our students not only attended the Kings Fund Conference in Leeds, but they were speakers there, too! This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students as it’s a national conference focusing on mental health and youth services across the UK, and was a chance for them to present findings from research they took part in regarding youth services in Doncaster and how they could ‘live their best lives’.
Alfie, Kate, Scarlett and Rex have been completely amazing today from start to end, taking the delayed trains in their stride (with a hot chocolate – thanks Anna!) and keeping their composure when we arrived at Horizon in Leeds.
The conference was split into workshops and breakout areas, ours focused on supporting young people in communities using a capabilities approach.
All 4 students spoke confidently, clearly and ‘eloquently’ (a word used by a conference delegate!) and did themselves, me, Anna and Carrie from Doncaster Council, and XP, proud!
During the Q&A session at the end Scarlett even received a round of applause from the professionals who attended our workshop as a result of her answer to a question about the negative effects social media is having on young people. Well done Scarlett!
It’s been an absolute pleasure spending the day with Rex, Alfie, Kate and Scarlett and multiple professionals stopped us to tell us how impressed they were with the young people – one lady stopped the girls to tell them how courageous they were for having the guts to stand up and present to a room of around 35/40 people – they told her “it’s just what we do!”.
Well done – that’s how we XP!
Our very own Martin Said was featured on the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ last night with a special thanks from his former student Joe Allan. You can watch the full episode here or the excerpt below.
Ron is a teacher and carpenter who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. His role as teacher at Shutesbury Elementary school allowed him to develop a pedagogy that is now being used in over 160 schools through his current work as Chief Program Officer of Expeditionary Learning.
His book, An Ethic of Excellence has inspired many practitioners to take a values driven pedagogy and deliver this practically through Expeditionary Learning Core Practices.
He is widely recognised as one of the best educators in the world.
Examples of his work can be seen below:
and here is a link to a recent article written by Ron.
Ron Berger will be at Campsmount Academy, Doncaster for two days this June.
On Thursday 13th June, he will be talking to Secondary schools late afternoon / early evening.
On Friday the 14th June, he will be talking to Primary schools during the day.
Details are to be released shortly.
If you are interested in attending either day/evening, please contact me asap by emailing
Places will be limited, so get in touch now!
Martin is Head of Music and Create at Cramlington Learning Village in Northumberland
You can view Martin’s blog “Teaching and Learning Music” here
Follow Martin on twitter @saidthemac
Martin and Darren Mead have a wonderful project blog for their Call of the Wild Project
Darren is Advanced Skills Science Teacher at Cramlington Learning Village in Northumberland.
You can read Darrens blog here
Follow Darren on twitter @dkmead
Darren and Martin Said have a wonderful project blog for their Call of the Wild Project
Tait Coles is Vice Principal for Learning and Innovation at Dixons City Academy, Bradford. He is excited about SOLO Taxonomy, Project Based Learning (PBL), leadership and pedagogy and developing independent and resilient learners. Tait is extremely interested in using “New Technologies” to engage and enthuse students. He is passionate about learning……it’s all about the learning.
You can view Tait’s blog here
Follow Tait on Twitter @totallywired77
Jeff teaches art at High Tech High, San Diego. He’s ace!
He’s done a load of animated videos explaining what PBL is and what it ISN’T…
…and he has a history of his projects which shows you the great things students do in his class
He also has a blog that he updates irregularly in his own inimitable style
Alec teaches 11th grade humanities at High Tech High North County, and put together the excellent, Work that Matters, a teacher’s guide to project based learning.
Blog – http://alecpatton.weebly.com/about-me.html
Twitter – @AlecPatton
Written by Alec Patton and published by the Innovation Unit, this is a brilliant teacher’s guide to Project Based Learning and how to do it well.
Here’s a link to the PDF incase it disappears from the innovation unit website