The theme of this years' Education Show was 'Creativity in the Classroom'. What better platform for Open Futures to introduce our programme of enquiry and skills-based learning to a wide audience of Teachers, Senior Leaders and Education Specialists?
Over three days at the NEC in Birmingham, we met and spoke to over 300 teachers and educators, all of whom were attending what is the largest show of its type in the country, to explore the range of creative learning opportunities on offer for schools. We chatted with Head Teachers, Student Teachers and NQTs, along with experienced Teachers and Specialists ranging from Early Years and Nursery, right though to Higher Education. What was common throughout was the interest from all who we spoke to in exploring Enquiry Based Learning, and enabling children and young people to learn through creative, real-life experience.
During the course of the show, we gave away several hundred sunflower seed packs, and have followed this up since by supplying our 'Sunflower Activity Pack' which will allow teachers to work with their students to experience Open Futures' askit, growit, cookit and filmit strands as a starter project. Many of the teachers we met were interested in exploring the science links related to seed dispersal, others were keen to try out our cookit recipe using the sunflower seeds which they will harvest, and some simply wanted to help their pupils to get outdoors and learn. We hope that some of you will share photos of your flowers later in the summer!
The show itself provided a vibrant mix of exhibitors, speakers and special guests; leaving visitors in no doubt that there are a wide variety of solutions and products in the marketplace to support schools, teachers and children. We were pleased to be a part of the show and to present our programme of CPD courses to many new schools.
Thank you to those who visited our stand over the course of the show. We look forward to working with you!