Ollie Bray, Strategic Director at Education Scotland, was one of the speakers on the day. In his address he shared that Excelerate is heavily evidence-based and is showing what the future of education could look like now.
There were panel discussions with headteachers about their schools’ ‘why’ for taking part in the investment, as well as their reflections on challenges and successes. A panel discussion was also held with pupils who shared how the learning and teaching approaches inspired by Excelerate had improved their school experiences. RGU presented about the future for Generation Alpha.
Spotlight sessions, led by schools, included focusses on oracy, project-based learning, partnerships, and School Leaver Profile.
There was a student-led marketplace throughout which showcased the work undertaken in schools and the impact it had on students’ learning.
The event was closed by Cheryl Carrier on Ford NGL who said:
“What I have seen had provided me with confidence you’re the right people doing the right work at the right time with the right partners. That’s like magic.”
Each of the 13 schools engaged in the Excelerate investment was presented with a wooden plaque from Ford NGL. These plaques were created by Northfield Academy and handed out by two of their pupils.