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GLT Staff Conference 2024

On Monday 19 February we had the pleasure to host around 500 of our staff across all our schools at our annual GLT staff conference, this year hosted by Carshalton High School for Girls.

Centred around our GLT strategic objectives, our theme this year was:

The GLT advantage in transforming education through technology.

  1. How can we leverage Ed Tech to deliver the educational aims of the Trust?
  2. How can we use Ed Tech to empower young women to realise their potential?
  3. How can we harness the power of Ed Tech to support and improve our schools
  4. How can we use Ed Tech to support the workload of our people

In the morning we heard from keynote speakers Al Kingsley (NetSupport CEO) and Nikki Labrum (The Brilliant Club), before in the afternoon our talented staff ran close to 30 different sessions on a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Using AI to support the development of literacy
  • Meta-cognitive feedback and how it can improve student outcomes at KS4 and KS5
  • Building a department YouTube channel
  • Supporting behaviour management within schools - some top tips
  • OneNote/Class Notebook for Teaching, Learning & Assessment
  • Developing student practical skills through the use of videos
  • Using Microsoft Teams to improve Disciplinary Literacy
  • How to get promoted
  • The power of learning walks
  • Professional self-awareness
  • ZipGrade - an online tool for instant feedback
  • Using ClassCharts as an analytical tool to monitor attendance and behaviour
  • How to write a business case
  • Using Up Learn to upscale Sixth Form intervention
  • Transitioning to Microsoft's web-based apps (including OneDrive and SharePoint)
  • Tracking extracurricular participation with Evolve
  • Star reader - using reading age assessments to support literacy development
  • ChatGPT and me

Jen Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust said:

“Our staff brought huge energy to this year’s conference. It’s always great to have everyone in the Trust together for the day, and our keynote speaker, Al Kingsley, inspired plenty of discussion and engagement around educational technology and the power of trusts to harness it to improve the experience of students and staff in schools.”.

Maurice Devenney, Headteacher of Carshalton High School for Girls, who were the host of this year’s conference said:

“I am delighted that we once again had the opportunity to come together to celebrate and share the remarkable expertise and talent that we have across our entire Trust.  At every level, the day was filled with innovation, creativity and collaboration and I hope it gives us the stimulus and motivation to strengthen these connections in the future.   Sincerest thanks to everyone who made it such an inspiring and productive day. ”.

The annual Trust Conference is just one element of a Trust-wide commitment to supporting and developing our staff.