School of Creativity Enquiry Day Conference

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For all Heads, Leadership Teams,

Class Teachers, Governors and Advisers

interested in creative education and

an inquiry curriculum.


18 June 2010 – The Barford suite, Barnham Broom Hotel, Norwich

Key Speakers

Chris Watkins of the Institute of Education

Luke Abbott, director of

The new primary curriculum, which will be implemented in September 2011, means schools and local authorities across the country must plan for a new emphasis on cross-curricular learning. School leaders must be mindful of the shortcomings of topic planning, and careful not to repeat mistakes of the past.

The School of Creativity Enquiry Day Conference is an opportunity for school leaders to hear new ideas and discuss strategies in workshops.

Speakers Chris Watkins, from the London Institute of Education, and Luke Abbott, director of, will share their thoughts on exploring the new curriculum through the use of inquiry. Chris and Luke will continue the conversation throughout the day by
leading special interest groups.

Delegates will also get to discuss inquiry learning with children and staff from Surlingham Community Primary School. Surlingham School’s inquiry-focused curriculum
was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Surlingham Community Primary School is one of 56 schools in England with Creative Partnerships ‘School of Creativity’ status. The Schools of Creativity work with the flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships to further develop teaching and learning practices, form innovative partnerships with other schools and help to shape future education policy and practice.


Conference Timetable  – School of Creativity Enquiry Day Conference

18 June 2010

8:30 – 9:00        Registration

9:00 – 9:30        Welcome and introduction with organiser Sue Eagle and Catrin Parry-Jones, the headteacher of Surlingham School.

9:30 – 10:15      Speaker Luke Abbott shares his thoughts on inquiry learning at Surlingham School.

10:20 – 11:00    Break for tea, coffee and biscuits.

11:00 – 11:45    Speaker Chris Watkins discusses inquiry in learning.

11:45 – 12:30    Group sessions for delegates, led by Chris and Luke.

12:30 – 1:40      Lunch in the hotel restaurant

1:40 – 2:10        Group sessions - where delegates can interview students from Surlingham School.

2:10 – 2:45        Delegates research their ideas for inquiry led teaching. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.

2:45 – 3:00        Delegates share their ideas with the group.

3:00 – 3:30        Luke Abbott, Chris Watkins, Catrin Parry-Jones and Surlingham School teacher Tim Taylor will discuss what has been learned on the day.

3:30                 Thanks and goodbye.


Post:     Teaching With Imagination Conference, Imaginative Minds, 215 The Greenhouse, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

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