McMillan Faculty of Education hold conference

Seven issues in education were up for discussion at Bradford College’s first ever summer education conference.

The college’s McMillan Faculty of Education hosted the event and welcomed guest speaker Professor Dennis Hayes.

Professor Hayes laid out his seven hot topics to the audience of teacher trainers and educators.

Freedom of speech in Higher Education, academic freedom, the battle between knowledge and skills and the nature of professionalism were among the areas of concern to the Professor of Education and at the University of Derby, whose publications include The Role of the Teacher Today and The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education.

James Archer, Scholarship and Research Coordinator at the McMillan Faculty of Education, said: “Dennis was invited to challenge us in our thinking and make us question whether there are other ways or better ways that we can do we do on a regular basis.

“The idea for the conference was for it to provide an oasis for people to be able to think, at the end of the academic year, about all that has gone on and what is before them next year.

“It was a chance to take stock and maybe challenge some of our thinking and how we do things and what we do.

“We hope this will become an annual event and hope in the future to extend the event to our partner schools.”

After quizzing the key note speaker, the delegates took part in workshops on educational excellence, developing a research centre and exploring collaborative research in Bradford.

 The full conference programme is available to view online. See press coverage of the event on our website.