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East Devon school to host global education conference

surface21Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be hosting Decoding the Future, a ground-breaking education conference including both physical participation and attendance via Skype, on Monday 14 September. 

This, the first event of the Cornerstone Teaching School, is a conference that will debate the future of education, and focus on creating a world-class education system for 21st century Britain. Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, is flying in from Microsoft Headquarters to be keynote speaker and join 100 attendees – including academics, educationalists, school leaders, multi academy trust leaders, government representatives and local authority representatives - at the state-of-the-art new multi-use school hall in Broadclyst. He says: “I’m honoured to join Broadclyst Community Primary School, the impressive group of other speakers, attendees and the community at the Decoding the Future conference. I expect great discussion, and the opportunity to learn, as together we challenge each other to create serious, real change in education.”  

At the same time, through Skype, virtual participants will be joining from both Europe and the US. They will be able to contribute fully to all aspects of the day by posting live into the keynote speeches, participating in the discussions and going on a guided tour of BCPS’s exceptional facilities, both through Skype conference chat and also through Twitter.  

BCPS is a Microsoft Showcase School, and will be demonstrating its use of the latest technology, including 1:1 access to tablet devices, videoconferencing, digital ink and global social connectivity in the classrooms. The proceedings will be filmed, and the Skype videoconferencing will also be recorded.    

Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust, known as Broadclyst Community Primary School, is an exempt charity. Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England at: Broadclyst Community Primary School, Broadclyst, Devon. Exeter EX5 3JG.  Company No: 07339625 

Sir David Carter, Regional School Commissioner, will give the closing keynote speech entitled When every child attends a good school we will be closer to a world-class education system. He comments: 

“Broadclyst Community Primary School is fast developing a reputation for outstanding education delivered within a culture of innovation. My belief that we need our very best schools to support our wider education system in the South West is the reason why I am so pleased to be able to share my vision and ideas for the region at the conference.”  

Other high-profile speakers include Myles Bremner, Director of the Schools Food Plan, who will discuss Putting the Child at the Heart of the School Day: "What our children eat and their attitude to food really matters,” he says. “Good food and good food culture in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved attainment. The School Food Plan is here to support the head teacher to implement a whole school approach and concentrate on the things that children care about."  

As part of the conference, attendees will sample this approach and enjoy three-course meal prepared by the school’s own chef in its purpose-built full catering kitchen.   

John Stephens, Deputy Director, Teaching Schools & School Improvement at the National College for Teaching & Leadership, will be presenting School Led System for Change and Innovation via Skype: “I am delighted to be able to contribute to this exciting event, exploring the many possibilities that technology offers in a world class education system built on partnerships.”  

Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher at BCPS will discuss Individualised Learning on a Global Scale.  

We want to engage school leaders and policy makers and education leaders driving policy in a lively debate. We can demonstrate how, using innovative practice supported by ICT, and high standards of education can be achieved and measured while still ensuring a broad balanced education and rounded personal development for children. 

"While there is a lot of talk about new freedoms for schools, it is not real curriculum freedom when the assessment and examination system dictates practice so strongly. We want to explore how learning can be extended beyond the school day using technology, what equipping learners for the next generation of employment opportunities with relevant knowledge and skills might actually look like. And how that will also generate high-quality outcomes that can be measured. That is the debate and the challenge for the global education community." 


The children of BCPS will also be involved in the conference. In collaboration with the school chef, a children’s cook-off event will be transmitted live to the conference hall as part of the official opening of this exceptional school and community facility.   

In addition, pupils will be interviewing the conference speakers in the school’s TV studio.  

The event will also be used to launch the Global Enterprise Challenge 2015, which links pupils from schools across the world in a project that develops their entrepreneurial skills.