21 September 2012
178 teachers from 40 countries around the world gathered at Robinson College in Cambridge this week to learn how to hone their leadership skills from experts in the field. Cambridge International Examinations hosted its annual teachers conference entitled, 'Confident learners, confident teachers: new ways of looking at leadership.'
The conference provided an opportunity for teachers from around the world to share best practice, progress teaching methods and develop staff and student leadership skills.
Keynote addresses from education experts around the world revealed cutting edge research and leadership theories. Speeches were followed by workshops which enabled participants to discuss new approaches with fellow teachers. The conference included keynote addresses from:
· Dr Karen Edge, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education, on 'what is leadership?'
· Dr David Frost, Educational Leadership and School Improvement, University of Cambridge, addressing ‘leadership for learning’ with a particular emphasis on teacher leadership
· Susan Douglas, Director, Forter Partnership Ltd, leading a session on 'The student as a leader'
· Professor Geoff Southworth OBE, University of London and University of Cambridge, focusing on 'the future of leadership'
Dr Tristian Stobie, Director of Education for Cambridge International Examinations said: "At first impression, the word 'leadership' might suggest relevance only to school principals and administrators. One of the fundamental ideas of this conference is that leadership should be distributed. Schools who strive for excellence understand this and are constantly striving for school improvement based on everyone playing their part. Having strong leadership is a necessary condition for educational excellence and must concern all educators – classroom teachers and principals alike."
Snehal Pinto, Head of Ryan Group of Schools, India said: "The conference has definitely broadened my own understanding of leadership as a teacher. The key note speakers and workshops have been excellent. The key thing I will take away is the importance of teachers understanding their roles as leaders and how they can act as change agents within the frameworks they have."
Leslie Palmer, Examinations Coordinator for Rotterdam International Secondary School said: "This conference has worked extremely well because it has led with a strong theme, which is fundamentally important for teachers but also challenging to get right. It’s therefore been great to share ideas and learn from colleagues from around the world."