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Marches Academy Trust to hold Festival of Education

'Visible Learning' one-day event to inspire and inform education professionals at The Marches School

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 02, 2016 | Events

On 1 July, The Marches Academy Trust will hold a national Festival of Education at The Marches School in Oswestry, Shropshire. 

Focussed around the theme of ‘Visible Learning’, this one-day event will provide education professionals with engaging and motivational talks to inspire, excite, inform and entertain. Alongside renowned educational speakers and CPD practitioners such as Mick Waters and Peter DeWitt, the festival will also deliver a vast range of activities and workshops to students from across the region and will feature an exhibitor’s space for educational organisations and suppliers.

The festival will bring together leading educational experts and promote debate and discussion amongst industry professionals, presenting talks, interviews and workshops with a variety of prominent and inspirational practitioners. The event will provide festivalgoers with a number of influential and innovative speakers throughout the day along with unrivalled networking opportunities. 

The festival will feature a keynote speech from former QCA Director of Curriculum, Professor Mick Waters as well as PiXL Primary Director, Dr Nick Ware and Visible Learning expert Dr Peter DeWitt. These will appear alongside Michael Pawlyn, one of the lead architects of the Eden Project, former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Owen Paterson MP and representatives from London Fields Primary School. 

CPD and student workshops will be carried out by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Space Centre and Aardman Animations amongst many others. Exhibitors attending the festival include YPO, Parent Pay, Lego Education, Parent Hub, School Furniture Company Ltd and Edge Hill University. The day will conclude with a unique social and networking evening for all attendees. 

The festival and its key theme is suitable for all levels of experience and knowledge. According to John Hattie, Professor of Education, who has carried out 25 years of research on the subject, Visible Learning and Teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers. 

The Marches Academy Trust already use Visible Learning techniques to enhance students’ learning, specifically in their marking approaches which aim to actively engage students in the feedback process. The Marches has become a testament to the benefits of this type of learning and, since incorporating these techniques, there has been a significant positive impact across the Trust, with students becoming far more adept at taking responsibility for their own learning. 

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