Speed Learning

There are a range of different ways of sharing good practice.   One of the most interesting approaches I have seen recently is Speed Learning. 

I attended my first speed learning event a couple of years ago.   It was  organised by Claire Lowe (@clairelowe2) and Kirstie Andrew-Power from the SSAT.   They had gathered a group of practitioners together to share their learning experiences in short presentations at a local high school one evening.  The twilight session began with an introductory key note by a guest Headteacher and quickly moved into the speed learning presentations.   Each presentation took place at a table and delegates moved round the room every 10 minutes hearing up to six different presentations.   The opportunity to hear from a range of practitioners close up and personal was well received.   Those presenting were able to share ideas from their ipads, laptops and other devices rather than relying on large screens to project their work.   This gave the short presentations a more intimate feel and an energetic buzz filled the hall as attendees heard from the likes 0f @ianaddison and other teachers in the area talking about a range of tech and non tech initiatives that were proving successful in their own schools.  Some gave out information and shared examples of learning using the table top presentation idea to good effect.  Following the presentations a closing keynote rounded off the event and looked to the future of such continuing professional development opportunities.

The speed learning model is a great way for practitioners to share ideas and innovations.   It requires careful organisation and timing, a number of willing presenters and an audience.   Such an event can reap dividends as staff return to school armed with a number of tried and tested approaches, peer support and new contacts helping to foster a sustainable and vibrant form of sharing and staff development.  The model is particularly successful where a numeber of schools in close proximity agree to sacrificing a staff meeting or two for the common cause with one hosting the event.

SSAT are supporting a series of Speed Learning events up and down the UK over the summer term, if you haven’t managed to get to one yet you might like to check where your closest one is by following the link below.   http://www.ssatuk.co.uk/ssat/speed-learning-2/

St Silas in Liverpool and Hawes Side in Blackpool are hosting two North West speed learning events on 12th and 13th June respectively. Contact @mrsdonaldson82 and @smichael920 on twitter for further information.  


About smichael920

Headteacher of a large primary school in North West England. Helping me to blur the distinction between work and home, I am also father of five, covering most phases of education thus giving me the lowdown from within and without. Education is about enjoying today and preparing for tomorrow. This can't be done using the tools of the past. View all posts by smichael920

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