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Leadership in Education Conference 2019

Cranbrook School hosted a series of highly informative and topical keynote talks and practical workshops for its staff, students and colleagues in partner schools this week. Titles The Art of Being Happy, the conference sought to bring people together from a wide cross-section of schools to reflect on a range of strategies for improving

Visitors were treated to insights as varied as Eton College’s research into the ingredients of a an effective education for character, the Neuro-Science Revolution in educational thinking, the Place2Be approach to student and staff counselling and a guide for teenagers and their parents to the topical issues of body image, mental health and wellbeing. Sandwiched between these stimulating presentations were workshops focussed on the resourcing of Classics in primary schools and the Bedrock Literacy programme which we are rolling out this year.

“We are so grateful to all colleagues who came to Cranbrook today to ponder this ever more complex issue. It’s never too late in the school year to contemplate the really big questions: what exactly is happiness? Why does it sometimes seem so unobtainable? What can we do about this? And most importantly, why is this relevant to the debate about the wellbeing of our young people?

My special thanks to Iro Constantinou of Eton College, Natasha Devon MBE, Niki Cooper of Place2Be, Anna Bell of the charity Classics for All and Andrew Wright, author of the seminar programme The Neuro-science Revolution for their excellent input. I am also indebted to our “home-grown” presenter SJ Eastwood, Head of English, for getting our literacy into shape and sharing her experiences with such a wide range of colleagues. So good too to see so many colleagues from our Lynx Learning Alliance partnership of schools.” Headmaster, John Weeds


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