Tom Bennett and Dylan Wiliam: Central Training Sessions with Leaders in their Fields 

The end of the Preparing Phase of our curriculum was cemented by two fantastic sessions with experts in their respective fields.  

On Monday 31 October, Tom Bennett delivered a full day training session on behaviour management to trainees across all hubs and phases.  

Tom’s aim is to deliver practical and evidence-informed training in order to maximise the impact of education. Tom believes in the Great Project of Education: to transform the lives of all children for the better, helping us to raise informed, wise students who are scholars, citizens and flourishing human beings, in a flourishing society. 

The impact of Tom’s session was felt acutely with trainees commenting that, “it felt like it was continuing to foster the inclusive teaching mindset that I have developed during central training”.  

“Tom Bennett was very easy to listen to and what he said has made me feel much more confident about managing classroom behaviour”. 

Later in the week, Dylan Wiliam presented on Formative Assessment. Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In a varied career, he has taught in inner-city schools, directed a large-scale testing programme, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research programme focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. 

Dylan’s session was met with the same positivity as Tom’s earlier in the week with trainees commenting that is was a, “Great session – clear and concise; everything was explained exceptionally!” 

As we move into the Developing Phase of the curriculum, it’s now time for our trainees to move forward onto practice what they have learned throughout this training week!