The Alpha Plus Group 2018 Annual Education Conference was held at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October. Through a programme of talks and workshops, the conference sought to present the latest research in creativity and innovation, and reflect best practice across the Group and the wider education sector.

Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor, invited the Group’s Heads and Principals and their Senior Leadership Teams to “Think like an artist”, recognising the role of teachers in the creative process. Jonnie Noakes, Director of the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College, presented a review of evidence-based research and practice in innovation and knowledge transfer. Pam Mundy, Non-Executive Director, ACS expressed why culture, curiosity, creativity and innovation really matter. Head of Sevenoaks School, Katy Ricks, presented Sevenoaks School’s “tradition of innovation”, and Bill Lucas, Director of centre for real world learning, discussed how to teach creative thinking.

Workshops on Curriculum development, Innovation in Digital Literacy and Practical strategies in teaching, learning and assessment showcased best practice in the Group and stimulated discussion. On Saturday, Barnaby Lenon of the Independent Schools Council, reflected on the previous day’s learning and summarised key trends in education and their likely impact. The Conference was brought to a close by the CEO of Alpha Plus Group, Mark Hanley-Browne, with an update on current APG educational projects.

Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s conference!