Tuesday 20th March saw the advent of our first Coast Collaboration Conference. The Conference, run in joint partnership between the Opportunity Area programme, North Yorkshire County Council, the Scarborough and Esk Valley Teaching Schools and the Research School, brought together Heads and senior leaders from schools and colleges in the area to inform and discuss the wide variety of professional development opportunities available to them.
Over 50 school leaders attended the event, held at the very scenic Downe Arms Hotel. The meeting involved an overview of the Opportunity Area offer for schools, presentation of a shared calendar and brochure of CPD activity and breakout sessions where schools were invited to discuss one of the individual priorities in the Opportunity Area delivery plan and reflect on the opportunities and challenges that this priority presents.
Following the lively session we asked schools to consider the contribution they would be able to make to continual professional development in the area through their own institution, with very encouraging feedback. Schools also identified challenges in accessing existing CPD provision, including staff capacity and location of training activity, and said they would like to see a wider offer in terms of the content of training and beneficiaries. We will be using the ideas generated, as well as the challenges and gaps identified by schools to inform future ongoing collaborative professional development activity.