Sutton-Gates Teacher Development Summit. Part 1

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Right now, I’m in Washington DC to take part in a two-day event sponsored (all expenses paid) by the Gates Foundation and the Sutton Trust. I’m one of 24 British Heads taking part, alongside my Heads Roundtable partner-in-crime John Tomsett, the legendary Alison Peacock and Sir Alasdair Macdonald, former Head of Morpeth in Tower Hamlets. Altogether there will be 80 people involved including delegates from Finland, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Singapore and the U.S.

The hashtag is #globaleduchangemakers. This bit of un-British, unabashed hyperbole is an indication of the cultural exchange that’s about to take place. I’m ready for something “awesome”. I’ll settle for ‘decent’ or ‘reasonably good’!

This is the agenda:

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I was invited to join the planning committee or Advisory Board by Sir Alasdair who has coordinated the UK end of things. Together with Jemima Reilly, current Head at Morpeth, Tracy Smith from Seven Kings and Alison Peacock…

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