On May 1st CfLaT successfully ran its third Annual Conference in the Research Beehive on campus here in the University. Over 60 delegates attended the day long event.
In addition there were a range of eight workshops, each comprising a CfLaT member presenting alongside a professional partner, that aimed to prioritise discussion around the thorny topic of supporting different partnerships. Workshops included:
1. Extended schools and partnerships for educational change by Margaret Carter (Gateshead) and Colleen Cummings (CfLaT, Newcastle University)
2. Getting to Grips with a Complex Context: Collaborative research with looked after children by Jo McShane (CfLaT, Newcastle University), Michael Bettencourt and Susan Greig ( 'The Place' in S. Tyneside)
3. University/School Partnership: Exploring how co-enquiry can develop new understanding of what works by Alison Whelan (Tytherington High School), and Kate Wall and Carl Towler (both of CfLaT, Newcastle University)
4 . Changing Children’s Aspirations: North Tyneside’s story of a 3- way partnership by Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University)
1. Getting Multi-Agency Working Untangled by Jenny Barry (Northumberland EPS), Tracey Heckels and Nicola Machin (Sunderland EPS)
2. Who needs partnerships anyway? An exploration of school-college partnership by Lindsey Whiterod and Peter Rasmussen (New College Durham)
3. Getting together to improve the school learning environment: BSF and participatory design by Pam Woolner (CfLaT, Newcastle University) and Terry Brown
The day was characterised by a good 'buzz' of activity and learning. Delegates said how they appreciated meeting people from a range of organisations and partnerships. They emphasised how they had learned from their experiences. The whole day was a resounding success.
For further information contact Viv Moffett.