Open Day at Bowring

imageWhen you put a few ICT staff together from different schools, and they start comparing stories, it often becomes one of the most valuable sessions of any day. The chance to share stories of success, and some of the pitfalls that people found/avoided on their journey of change, is really valuable. With that in mind, I can heartily recommend a trip to Knowsley (up there, by the Mersey) on 1st December, to hear the stories of Bowring Community Sports College.

They have been on a voyage of change for the last few years, and have agreed to open their doors to visitors to get the chance to hear their war stories, learn from their experiences, and ask questions to discover the story behind the story.

Here’s the invitation details:

You are cordially invited to join other school and authority leaders on 1 December 2008 for a day devoted to leading and developing 21st century practice in schools. This event is sponsored by Microsoft as part of the Innovative Schools Programme and hosted in Knowsley by Bowring Community Sports College.

The conversations on the day will revolve around the changes in provision, practice, people and places that are occurring in individual schools and across local authorities. Our goal for the day is to create a community of schools that will continue these conversations after the event.

In addition to the opportunity to network with others from across the United Kingdom who are leading change in schools, highlights of the day will include:

  • Keynote from Professor John West Burnham, teacher, writer and consultant in leadership development. He is Senior Research Adviser at the National College for School Leadership.
  • Workshops from Bowring Community Sports College and New Line Learning on their school-wide curriculum reform efforts.
  • Conversations about learning space redesign and other authority-wide changes.
  • Free resources and guidance from Microsoft.

If you are able to join other local authority leaders, head and deputy head teachers for this event, please send an email to Pippa.

*All additional information about the event, including discussions with attendees and speakers, will be posted to the community on Microsoft’s Innovative Teachers Network. To join the community, go to, and register to create a username and password. Once you’ve signed in, click Find A Community from the Communities tab, look for the community called “Innovative Schools Event,” and click “Join Community.”

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