16 September 2011
130 schools from over 50 countries attended this year’s Cambridge Teachers’ Conference – an event organised by University of Cambridge International Examinations, which is designed to bring together teachers from around the world, providing them with the opportunity to share ideas, improve their teaching methods and develop successful learners.
The conference focused on Learning, Teaching and the Brain. The keynote speakers, Dr Paul Howard Jones from Bristol University and Professor Usha Goswami from Cambridge University, offered insight into the latest brain research and its implications for education.
Teachers were also able to learn from world class education professionals in workshop sessions, which enabled them to reflect on their own practice and discover how fields such as psychology and neuroscience influence teaching and learning in the classroom.
Dr Tristian Stobie, Director of Education for University of Cambridge International Examinations said: "Cambridge international teachers’ conferences are valued by teachers as excellent professional development and networking opportunities. They are successful because of the expertise and enthusiasm brought to them by teachers who represent a wide variety of countries and contexts, and who are willing to share and debate ideas and initiatives. I would like to thank all schools for joining us in Cambridge, for what was a truly rewarding and enriching experience for all."
Mrs Bilquis Kureshi, Principal from International Grammar School and College, Pakistan said: "This conference provides a platform for teachers from around the world to connect and learn from each other. It has been an enriching experience from start to finish. I found the keynote speakers insightful and also learnt a lot about Cambridge qualifications such as Global Perspectives and Environmental Management. I think these subjects could really benefit our students as both are 100 percent relevant to the world in which we live today."
Mr Sven Primdal, Principal from Skals Efterskole, Denmark said: "I have been impressed by everything I have experienced over the past few days. Connecting with teachers from around the world provides a great opportunity to reflect on your own teaching methods, challenge things that could be improved and build on what has already been achieved. I will also take away interesting ideas from the key note speakers about how psychology impacts learning in the classroom."
Mrs Julie Castleford, Headteacher from Metropolitan School Frankfurt, Germany said: "There has been a fantastic atmosphere and energy here. The keynote speakers and workshop sessions have been exceptional. I have also really valued the opportunity to share experiences with teachers from around the world and work out solutions to some of the problems that are common to us all. There has been a real sense of community, which encapsulates what Cambridge is all about."