The annual BPET Conference with nearly 300 delegates from 10 BPET schools – and guests from two more schools which will soon join our trust – came together on 30 October 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Docklands (London) for a day of learning, collaboration and networking.
We believe that ‘learn, enjoy, succeed’ does not only apply to pupils in our schools, but to everyone at BPET. The conference offered staff the opportunity to choose between 40 workshop sessions led by experts, thinkers and leaders in their fields in order to upskill, challenge and inspire every employee.
The main presentation was delivered by the Chief Executive, the Interim Director of Education and Education Support, a new service provided to all employees which offers mental health support 24/7. Whilst we congratulated our schools for what they already do well, we also offered sessions to challenge the status quo in education and prepare staff for future developments in society – such as Artificial Intelligence – and also on a personal level, such as leadership development.
And whilst sessions on maths mastery, English proficiency and children emotional development were as popular as ever, we also offered professional development opportunities to support staff, who are vital to the smooth running of a school.
The spirit of the day has been very much about working as one big team for the benefit of the children we collectively serve. In the words of the Interim Director of Education, Alison Colenso: “Our strength is our collaboration. Let connections made today continue throughout the year, and in the future”.
One headteacher commented: “I know the day will have a positive impact on our school development this year and beyond”, whilst member of staff said: “Brilliant event that truly inspired me and my teaching. Looking forward to the next conference.”
Chief Executive Mark Greatrex said: “Opportunities such as the annual conference, together with our wide variety of continuing professional development opportunities do not only benefit our staff, but ultimately all our pupils, who are at centre of everything we do.”