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More than 200 delegates from over 30 countries visited the Cambridge Schools Conference at Homerton College to explore the conference theme: Inspiring teaching, inspiring learning: How we prepare learners for a lifetime of learning.
The first day focused on inspiring teaching. Keynote speaker Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the Institute of Education in London, talked about great schools and great teaching and how to get them.
The speech was streamed live on the Cambridge Assessment International Education website, and was watched by viewers in countries across the world, including India, Indonesia and South Africa.
The second day of the conference explored elements of inspiring learning. The keynote speaker was Guy Claxton, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London. He spoke about building learning power and how this can create successful, independent lifelong learners.
Throughout the two days, delegates contributed to a range of workshops and panel discussions. These included sessions on developing active learners and how to be a creative, reflective professional.
For the first time, an app was produced for conference delegates, with information about the programme, speakers and venue. It also gave delegates a platform to comment on sessions and share their ideas. At the end of the conference one delegate described himself as ‘fired up like dynamite’. Another said: “I can’t wait to share all these wonderful teaching ideas with our teachers. What a privilege! I know we can inspire teachers to inspire students!”
A second Cambridge Schools Conference on the same theme will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 4–5 December. The Chief Guest of Honour will be the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
Highlights from the Cambridge conference, including videos, podcasts and presentations, have been published on the Cambridge Assessment International Education website at www.cie.org.uk/csconf14.