Harrogate’s Royal Hall played host to more than 900 teachers and staff for one of the biggest school training days in the region.
This was the third biennial staff development day organised by the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance, which features Harrogate Grammar School as the leading school out of 24 institutions.
The day was aimed at giving staff insightful and practical ideas to implement in their schools, providing a significant impact on teaching and learning and included key note motivational speeches.
These came from global adventurer Rosie Swale Pope MBE, the only person in history to have undertaken a solo unsupported run around the world over nearly five years, and Damian Hughes, professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester and a former sports psychologist for Manchester United and England Rugby Teams.
Harrogate Grammar School headteacher Richard Sheriff said: “The Red Kite Alliance has gained a national reputation for innovation in its work in developing a truly collaborative, school-led, self-improving system.
“We were delighted to be able to hold this professional development event once again and bring together all these enormously talented and committed staff from across our partnership.”
On the day itself, staff from each of the schools came together to share their skills, experience, and capacity to help improve the learning and achievement of young people across Yorkshire.
These include Western Primary School, Rossett Acre Primary School, Rossett School, Oatlands Infant School, Nidderdale High School, and universities from York and Leeds.
The intention behind the alliance is to provide nationally accredited and bespoke leadership, training, support, and research opportunities to school staff across the region.
Headteacher at Nidderdale High School Ian Simpson said: “As a school within the Red Kite Alliance, the benefits of this cross-region collaboration are clear.
“Although we run several very effective training days in school throughout the year, being able to work with such a large group of professionals and gain knowledge and best practice from across the region is extremely valuable.
“The lessons we took from the day and the networks which were built will be of immense benefit. The day was a great success.”