Workington Academy was the venue on the final day of the half term where more than 300 staff from the Cumbria Education Trust schools attended a day focused on improving teaching and learning.

The CET Teaching and learning collaborative group organised the event and coordinated the staff and schools which saw Primary and Secondary staff working together and learning from each other throughout the day.

Once the welcome and formalities were over, teaching staff spent the morning on standardisation and moderation before a series of 4 carousels were on offer focused on improving teaching and learning.

A variety of carousel sessions were on offer for staff with 16 different options to choose from. These were delivered by staff from each participating school.

Learning provision and support staff attended workshops on a variety of topics from ‘Prevent Training’ to crisis management before participating in the carousel programme.

One of the aim’s of the event was to ensure staff left the day with practical resources and ideas to use in their classroom on their return following the half term break.

Kathryn Pigdon, Deputy Headteacher from William Howard School commented on the event “Throughout the day there was a very positive atmosphere across the staff and you could feel the sense of pride of being part of such a large family of schools.”

“The day demonstrated the power of collaboration not only between different schools but also between the primary and secondary sector.”