Today we're sponsoring the Harris Federation Teaching and Learning Conference at the amazing Harris Academy Falconwood.

The doors to the new building were opened to students this year,  and it has all the facilities needed to host a great conference for 700 teachers today.

One particular student joined in year 10 without any English language skills and achieved 13 A-C GCSEs supported by the federation's dedicated approach.

Dan Moynihan, CEO of the Harris Federation gave the opening address, focusing on "no excuses - every child can succeed". Dan highlighted the great achievements of the Harris Federation this year and demonstrated explosive improvement in attainment across the growing family of academies with specific examples of students that have flourished. One particular student joined in year 10 without any English language skills and achieved 13 A-C GCSEs supported by the federation's dedicated approach.

The whole ethos of the day, and indeed the federation, is that success is about closing the attainment gap, not about incremental achievement. One student performed an enthralling expressive dance and another, an inspirational song, written and performed in a way that might put X-factor artists to shame! Hopefully we'll share some highlights in rich media as you really have to be here to experience it!

My brain is a balloon: the right mind set for student motivation

Alistair Smith gave the keynote address themed around "positivity breading success" and that going the extra mile really can deliver world-class performance. Some great examples of that here today. There are 125 workshops happening today from 'Authentic Learning - what teachers do best' to 'My brain is a balloon: the right mind set for student motivation'. It's going to be a busy, inspirational, fun-filled day!

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