Comments from participants, workshop leaders and exhibitors
“Alex was a perfect keynote speaker” participant
“The Educate Together workshop was excellent – Ros was wonderful” participant
“I really enjoyed being part of the day and how lovely it was to see so many like minded people all together focused on the main thing CHILDREN!” workshop leader and headteacher
“Wow - what a fantastic and engaging event on Saturday - well done for making it all happen. It was good to talk to such a diverse group of people.” Exhibitor
“I attend a lot of events and I must compliment your whole team as the atmosphere from the moment we arrived was super lovely and what amazing flapjacks too!!” workshop leader and exhibitor
“Starting to decompress from that inspirational and eye-opening event. Thank you and the team VERY much for organising it and starting this very necessary conversation. The only real feedback I have which has quite likely been suggested (or in fact already done) is to invite government representatives to offer their perspective. Knowing the limitations we're working with would be really helpful to better understand the 'problem'.” (participant)
“Many thanks for having us, it was great to be part of and thank you for welcoming us so warmly. We had a lot of interest in our organisation and getting to meet the other exhibitors working in and around Hereford was very valuable too! “ exhibitor/workshop leader
“We both enjoyed the opportunity of talking to lots of enthusiastic people who expressed an interest in the Programme. It was also interesting for us personally to learn about other initiatives that people are exploring in education. Well done for organising such a great event. Please contact us again if we can be of any service.” Workshop leader/exhibitor
“I was thrilled to be a part of it and saw some excellent sessions” keynote speaker
“ I found it a very interesting afternoon and good to be at such a positive gathering and event. I found it to be a valuable experience and hope you felt similarly rewarded.” Exhibitor
“We were very happy to play a part in your inaugural event which was friendly and well- organised - and had some excellent cake! Thank you for inviting us. I very much enjoyed Alex's presentation and many conversations with teachers, students, governors and other interested parties. Of course you never know what may come of these conversations but it was a great opportunity to spread the word.” Exhibitor
“It was great to be part of the conversation and to get my pupils involved.” Workshop leader.
“I was really pleased to be able to come! I thought it was a really great event” workshop leader
“In the action group session (mental health) we had a really interesting conversation with members of the home-schooled/unschooled community. " Workshop leader.
From this conversation, NMiTE has invited young people who are home educated to the launch and trial runs of our Ingenuity Studio outreach programme" Workshop leader.
" The workshops we attended gave us some ideas on recruitment and learning techniques." Workshop leader.
The afternoon was brilliant but perhaps more time could be allocated for the action groups at the end - this was where we had the best conversations.” Workshop leader.
Comments collected from the evaluation tree
What inspired you?
AI talk was fascinating
Shame no rep from local authority
Inspirational keynote speaker
Diahann on how to make change in schools. V. interesting
Pushing for flexi-schooling. Mind up!
The open-mindedness and awareness of a need for change
Excellent! Great to talk about what really matters and NOT SATs and assessment
Whitecross High School’s film project
Thought provoking. Thank you!
Mind Up session was v. interesting. Metalearning skills are the way forward!
What worked well?
The organisation of rooms
The talk workshop and the key speaker at the start
Giving people the opportunity to talk about what education means to them
Opening up the conversation in a relaxed format
Wide range of people in attendance – made for interesting conversations
Having a chance to talk about education today
Thank you very inspiring and encouraging love Mind Up
The diversity of topics and collaborative atmosphere
Fab cake! Thank you
Suggestions for education HERE
Start a new secondary school in Hereford
Big THANKS to all the volunteers who made today happen
Inspiring initiative! Well done x
A super day filled with food for thought. Thank you. Would have been great to have workshop literature before the event! 😊
Would be great to discuss FE/HE more if there’s another chance
Liked the format of multiple short sessions – easy to follow up if interested
Would if have been able to have someone from teacher training here to discuss the issue of the mass exit from the profession obviously I understand that you can’t tackle everything.
Discuss and feedback to colleagues
Discuss today with other faculty members
Making links with other agencies and contacts
Look more into Mantle of the Expert
The need to work together to move ideas forward
Really good event, please keep it going. How about an online forum or similar space to continue discussion?
Join the group discussing secondary education possibilities
Find more like-minded parents. Keep the conversation going.
Talk to other parents about these inspiring ideas.