Around 500 teaching and associate staff together with invited guests attended the first ever trust conference on the 23rd May held at the beautiful venue of Gorton Monastery in East Manchester.
The Conference was opened by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski DBE who explained in her welcoming speech that the purpose of the day was for everyone to develop a greater understanding of our Vision and Values of ‘Integrity, Hard work and Passion’ and how to incorporate them into our everyday working lives. This was followed by the Trust Choir who were a fine example of living our values as staff had come together from the six schools in the Greater Manchester area to sing two uplifting songs to get the conference off to a resounding start. Watch their performance here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6YCjwUaQ0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65GYOdVSMkY
Staff then had the unique opportunity to share what the trust meant to them by attending a series of workshop sessions by inspiring and motivational guest speakers who shared their experience on a wide range of relevant subjects.
Future Leaders’ Chief Executive Heath Monk was passionate about ‘the importance of values-led school communities’. There were also sessions on communicating our values, problem solving team building, coaching as a way of considering values and values in the workplace. Claire Kelly from Mindfulness in Schools introduced ‘experienced based mindfulness’ and how it can provide a strong foundation for wherever life takes you.
In addition we were fortunate to have best-selling author and key note speaker Professor Damian Hughes talking about ‘the psychology of successful change’ by explaining how our brain absorbs information and how you can start to inspire others. The conference finished with one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers Jim Lawless with his ten rules for Taming Tigers from his book Taming Tigers in which he translated his story to become a jockey in 12 months and break the British free diving depth record to education and achieving our vision and values within the Trust.
Staff now have the opportunity use their inspiration and learning by being part of a values based approach to performance appraisals pilot.