Professor Stephen Heppell is set to share his horizon-scanning activities at this year’s London Grid for Learning (LGfL) Primary Conference at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in Islington on November 1.
His keynote ‘Eyes on the Horizon... Feet on the Ground’ presentation will kick off the event which, with London MLE Fronter as a joint organiser, will have a strong focus on collaborative learning and how to get the best out of learning platforms.
Good practice will be at the the heart of the event and organisers are hoping teachers will also be inspired by presentations such as that planned by Mark Ducker, headteacher of Gonville Primary school. He will explain how his staff’s effective and innovative use of the school’s MLE (managed learning environment) continues to drive school improvement. Work at Gonville so impressed Ofsted inspectors that the school was upgraded from good to outstanding thanks to work they discovered was going on the school because it was detailed on the MLE.
“The Annual London Primary Conference offers a full and varied programme, ideal for teachers and leaders who wish to promote school improvement through the effective use of new technologies,” says Brian Durrant, LGfL’s chief executive.
“The programme has a wide range of seminar options featuring innovative and best practice, notably in the use of the London MLE online learning platform, adopted by almost 2,000 London schools, as well as keynote speakers including the UK’s leading technology in learning guru Professor Stephen Heppell, and Croydon School of the Year headteacher Mark Ducker, who is recognised by Ofsted as having driven rapid school improvement powered by innovative use of the London MLE.”
Parental engagement on the agenda
The one-day conference plans to also look at parental engagement and provide demonstrations on video-conferencing and MLE masterclasses with curriculum consultants on hand to share the wisdom of their experience. As at the two previous events, the LGfL Primary Awards winners will be announced and presented at the conference.
The icing on the cake for football fans, especially the die-hard Gooners among them, is the chance to walk in the footsteps of the club’s record goal scorer Thierry Henry and colleagues including Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott. For an addtional £10 (it cost £48 to attend the conference) they can go on a tour of the stadium.