More than 150 experts working with children and families attended events at Leeds Trinity University last week, for insight and discussion into providing exceptional learning experiences.
On Monday 27 June, delegates attended the Moving Forward Together conference which celebrated the University's Institute of Childhood and Education and its numerous successful partnerships around the region.
Following this event, The International Centre for Higher Education Educational Research (ICHEER) was officially launched with an Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor Jan Fook, entitled Higher Education: What is it good for?
Paul Dickinson, Director of Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity said:
"I'm exceptionally proud of the Institute and what we've achieved since establishing ourselves just over a year ago – our team have worked hard to bring together significant academic and professional expertise from Primary and Secondary teacher education and the wider children's family and education areas.
"We were delighted to welcome so many partners, colleagues and experts onto campus this week for a lively discussion around Government White Papers, new partnerships in teacher education, integrated working, research and ideals for higher education. For me, it highlighted the importance of high-quality teaching and learning in a rich environment and the importance of improving the quality of children's lives, which are priorities for Leeds Trinity University."
At the Moving Forward Together conference, delegates heard from keynote speakers Andy Lloyd and Sue Rumbold from Leeds Children's Services at Leeds City Council, and James Noble-Rogers from Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), before attending two interactive workshops. Workshops encouraged discussion around new models of school-led teacher training, settings beyond the mainstream classroom, how to support young people with autism, and more.
To celebrate the launch of ICHEER, Professor Jan Fook urged delegates not to forget the bigger issues that higher education should be about. In a narrative about her own experiences of studying social work in Australia, she spoke about how employability, and the learning of skills, should not dominate the broader purpose of higher education; to create better people and a more caring society.
For more information about the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity, please visit the Leeds Trinity website.