Across the 2019/20 academic year, WE Schools is excited to bring you a host of professional development webinars to support and develop your learning.
Hosted on our new and exclusive WE Schools Hub, you can access a series of handy how-to videos about the WE Schools programme, explore our campaigns, and discover the benefits of WE Schools. Our webinars don't stop there! Throughout the year we will also be joined by experts in their field to share best practices, critical thinking and ways you can benefit your students.
Explore our current webinar offerings on the WE Schools Hub or register below for upcoming events.
The Call for Character, hosted by Aidan Thompson
Wednesday 22 January at 4 p.m.
There have been growing calls for character and character education to be given more priority and focus in education and schooling over recent years, from teachers, MPs and policymakers. Learn about what character is, how it can be cultivated, and tools through which schools can develop meaningful character education provision.
Aidan Thompson became the Director of Strategic Initiatives (previously titled Director of Strategy and Integration) in October 2017, having previously managed the Jubilee Centre since its launch in 2012. Aidan leads on directing and implementing strategic initiatives, managing partnerships and ensuring integration both between current research projects and with the previous body of work that the Centre has produced. Aidan is responsible for developing the Centre’s strategic and operational plans, particularly regarding the impact of the Centre’s work. He has a Bachelor's degree in English from Loughborough University (2006) and an MPhil in Literature and Modernity from the University of Birmingham (2015). Aidan began a part-time PhD in Education in 2017, under the title 'Educating Character Through Pop Lyrics: the role of pop lyrics in the education of virtue literacy'.
Embedding Personal Development in Your School, hosted by Professor Anna Lise Gordon
Personal development in education has assumed renewed prominence in the new Ofsted inspection framework. This webinar will consider three key questions: What is personal education? Why does it matter? What might it look like in schools?
Visit the CPD Library on the WE Schools Hub to watch the webinar.
Professor Anna Lise Gordon was a secondary MFL teacher in inner London and Head of Department in Surrey before working as a local authority advisory teacher and educational writer. She has worked in initial teacher education for many years and is currently the Director of the Institute of Education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. St Mary’s is a large and outstanding ITE provider, working in collaboration with a wide range of primary and secondary school partners. Her research interests centre on resilience and well-being of early career teachers and longer-term retention of more experienced teachers in the profession. The motivation behind the research is to ensure that children and young people have teachers who provide the best possible learning and character-building opportunities in schools