Oakham School enjoyed the first ever Oakham Festival of Learning on Tuesday 4th June. A series of events ran throughout the day with workshops for pupils and staff alike hosted by members of the staff Teaching and Learning team and other colleagues. Pupils were invited to participate in a creative writing ‘microstories’ workshop over breakfast, and to engage in conversation about learning with specially designed placemats over lunch. A number of 4th form students took part in a revision carousel which gave them a wealth of strategies to help them revise ahead of next week’s internal exams.
Staff were invited to take part in 30 minute workshops designed to give them fresh ideas to try out in the classroom and to inspire conversation around all aspects of teaching and learning. In the spirit of the day teams from every department in the school took part in the break-time teaching and learning ‘pub quiz’ and teaching staff also participated in debate on pedagogical issues over lunch. To finish the day Oakham welcomed Dr Bethany Kelly of Buckingham University who gave a stimulating keynote speech on the notion of identity and leadership in schools, which was followed by a staff barbecue in the BAAFS pavilion. The Oakham Festival of Learning was a resounding success bringing together the staff and student community and is an event we would like to repeat and extend in future. The resources from the day are available to access from the tab at the top of this page.