World Innovation Summit for Education

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in News | No Comments

saltash.net’s global reputation as a centre of excellence for its innovative approach to learning with new technologies, saw its headteacher, Isobel Bryce, once again attending the World Innovation Summit for Education held in Doha, Qatar, during the 4th – 6th November.

Since being shortlisted for a WISE award back in 2010, the school’s headteacher has been invited by the Qatar Foundation to attend the world education forum every year. With a successful Ofsted inspection completed earlier in 2014, the time seemed right to once again accept the invitation from Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, part of the Qatari Royal Family. As all expenses were paid for by the Qatar Foundation, the superb professional development opportunity that the international event affords was too good to miss.

With the school’s mascot, Sophie Bear, tucked safely into her suitcase, Mrs Bryce set off from Saltash on the 6,500 kilometre journey to Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Sunday 2nd November. Several ‘planes, trains and automobiles’ later, it was arrival time at the new Doha international airport, part of the city’s vision of readiness for the World Cup scheduled for 2022. Building a new underground Metro system is also part of the planning process – a necessity, given the daily traffic congestion on the streets of the capital city – well, with petrol just 12p a litre, this is probably inevitable!

The WISE event took place in the stunning architectural space that is the International Conference Centre. Part of the joy and privilege of attending a global forum like this is meeting delegates from all over the world, whether on the hour and a half journey on the coach to and from the hotel, or in the daily seminars, discussions and workshops.

The theme of the three day conference was the importance of ‘Creativity’ in education, giving students the chance to experiment, take risks, fail, learn from their mistakes and try again.

Speaking on return from the WISE summit, Mrs Bryce said, ‘I would like to thank the Qatar Foundation and the Qatari Royal Family for hosting such a superb international conference and for their incredible generosity, warmth of welcome and hospitality. I have so much still to think about following the event but definitely feel a whole lot ‘wiser’ after listening to so many inspirational speakers and hearing truly humbling stories from fellow delegates. There really is no better job in the world than doing something which you know will help improve the life chances of students in your care, whether in England, Africa, India, Canada, Australia, the USA, or any other country from across the world.’

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