Creativity and Innovation Conference

It was an honour to be part of the Teaching Alliance Creativity and Innovation Conference.

Thank you to all those involved in the Creativity and Innovation Conference recently. Our Centre, our School, our young people, our staff and our creative approach really sparkled. We were praised on the work we developed for the conference and the way we hosted the event overall.
We should all be very proud.

It was lovey to receive such positive feedback about our role too. We have since been approached by Durham County Council who have brought visitors, an educational consultant who has been to meet with us, three schools have phoned to book a SOLE session and work together as well as the potential for a funded project which emerged from our work that day.

“I really enjoyed my visit to your fabulous ‘centre’ and it was lovely seeing you again. It and you are really amazing. I came away very excited and inspired.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed today, The conference was everything I hoped for and much more. Thank you for your inspiring presentation and for leading the morning sessions. Thank you so much for organising the Engine Heads, staff at Greenfield, the live Sole session and our robotic visitor, IT support, hospitality, parking.”

“The engine heads you have worked with and developed were amazing. It was great to see a live soles session and have opportunity to share ideas. Greenfield is inspirational.”

“It was really great you gave us insight into ways you are exploring learning. We have gone away enthused and inspired”

“Amazing space, Amazing people. You should be so proud”

“I was so impressed and inspired by the way you work i’d like to work with you and I will find some money for us to do something together”

It was great to have James Stanfield from Newcastle University come and speak with us via our robot, to have the wonderful engine heads speak from the heart and to have some of our wonderful teachers sharing their experience as well as a live streamed SOLE session which gave a brief insight into SOLE and gave a great opportunity for discussion about how SOLEs evolve over time and how to get thinking about creating BIG questions.

It was wonderful to be then a delegate for the rest of the conference and to hear the fabulous and inspirational words of Dr Tom Robson. His words are affirming. Lovely Lesley from Etherley Lane did a fabulous presentation that really made us think about education and why we do it. We really do all need to be curious learners. And to also hear from Gilesgate Primary and colleagues there who spoke with passion about the projects they have done that have given learners real purpose and energy.

How fortunate to be in a room of open minded, creative, curious individuals. Inspiring!


Sugata Visit

It was great to see Sugata (as always) and to work with him and the Engine Heads for the afternoon.
We also had a visit from Joseph and Russell from TES writing about SOLEs and Room 13.

Sugata wanted to try something different and asked the Engine heads to do a SOLE together but this time answering an A Level question. They did the same with an equally challenging question and were asked to work individually (which they found very difficult as it’s against the norm in Room 13!) Thanks to Harry, Sugata’s lovely work experience apprentice for the blooming tricky A level questions, good choices Harry!

The feedback was good to listen to. The engine head group (of year 9 students aged 14) were able to answer the A level questions accurately and had understood their answers. Brilliant! They found it hard not to share ideas and talk to each other during the second experiment!

Sugata shared his ideas about using the internet in exams and together with the engine heads had some fantastic questions and debate. Sugata shared how the work we are doing and the how the work of the other 6 school in the cloud labs worldwide are shifting thinking and challenging the education system.

A great day of sharing ideas and making things happen. Thank you.