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NBH Development Day 2018: CPD the Cognita Way

Staff inset, teacher training, baker day… Whatever the label, it has taken a long time for professional development to serve its purpose for career-driven teaching personnel. As the need for continuing professional development is now recognised for teachers and educational leaders and politicians look to create more opportunity for this, North Bridge House Schools honour the importance of CPD with their annual NBH Development Day.

This year’s third NBH Development Day replicated the success of its predecessors with a line-up of truly inspirational and renowned speakers in education. The event was loosely shaped around the ‘Cognita Way’, bringing together the Cognita themes of Academic, Character and Global Education to provide individualised and wide-ranging professional development for all staff across the five North Bridge House Schools.

Event organiser and North Bridge House Collegiate Headteacher, Jonathan Taylor was keen to embrace the distinct identities of the five NBH schools, whilst reinforcing the strong common core by which they are united and utilising the wealth of Cognita expertise around the world. With Cognita’s Global Head of Learning and Development flying in from Singapore and Global CEO, Chris Jansen opening the event with a keynote on energised leadership, the day gave insight into some of the best evidence informed practice from around the world. Teachers were able to hear from experts in their field, whose talks and training sessions ranged from ‘Developing resilience and self-control in children’ to ‘Making the most of formative assessment in the classroom’ and catered for teachers of all ages: Nursery through to Sixth Form.

The second keynote and also panellist for the ‘Which three books should every teacher read?’ discussion, Dr Gary Jones, led on a progressive subject which ran throughout the day: evidence informed practice. In recent years, academic research has shed light on a range of educational subjects from the teenage brain to the value of marking and feedback, exposing some sacred cows for the futile exercises they really are.

“At a time when teachers work harder than ever it is imperative that their efforts are directed into effective practices, which maximise impact for the young people in our schools,” said Collegiate Head, Jonathan Taylor, on his appointment of the doctor in educational management.

The best CPD also recognises that teachers are professionals with valuable insights of their own; hence, the vast majority of speakers at the NBH Development Day were experienced classroom practitioners.

Drawing on the wealth of expertise in the Cognita Schools group, Kara Dowson from Akeley Wood Junior School and Ian Thorpe from Downsend both led sessions, whilst Assistant Director of Education, Danuta Tomasz and Principal of Southbank International (Kensington), Jonathan Coward each joined one of the two debate panels.
Cognita’s Inspirational Director of Education, Simon Camby presented on impactful feedback to students, whilst NBH also welcomed a whole host of highly diverse and accomplished speakers from outside of the Cognita Schools Group.


Andrew Foster – Head of Education at Tougher Minds
Dan MacPherson – Senior Head of Department at Harris Academy Peckham / lead for the CCT’s MFL network
Ed Dorrell – Head of Content at TES
Ivelina Miteva – Head of EAL at an independent schools group in London
Jess Lund – Head of MFL at Michaela Community School
Julia Harrington – Headmistress at Queen Anne’s School in Berkshire & Founder of BrainCanDo
Karen Wespieser – Managing Director of the Centre for Education Economics
Nicola Masters – Associate Early Years Lecturer, School Governor & Education Consultant
Nikki Booth – Senior Teacher, Examiner & Academic.

Photos from the day

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