That was the week that was!

Last week was certainly a cracker with regards to my Primary Futures activities …………… I still expect to meet myself coming the other way! Tuesday saw the well trodden route from home to Wakefield Westgate but then a new journey from Waterloo Station to Camberley. I had a planned session working with the staff at Cordwalles Junior School on the possibilities of running some PF based events later this school year. You can check out their website here http://www.cordwalles.org/Despite many challenges the school is a really vibrant place with a staff that was buzzing about the possibilities. I’m looking forward to seeing their thinking develop.

Then it was back to London ahead of some important meetings the following day. Once more I found myself wandering in to the Friend at Hand http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/friend-at-hand-bloomsbury/c6713/ for some good pub grub and a few pints! I found myself surrounded by increasingly more animated Arsenal supporters as their latest valiant european journey ended in tatters! Some of the dark humour was commendable but probably not blog appropriate!

The following morning it was off to the Education and Employers charity in Clerkenwell to catch up with the team ahead of two crucial meetings. EET at workAs you can see when I arrived they were all hard at it as ever! Our first meeting was with colleagues from the Medical Schools Council who will be our partners in a major Primary Futures month of activity in October later this year. This promises to be not only inspiring for children but a great way to recruit more schools and of course volunteers. Our plans are now confirmed and are ready to roll! The official announcement will be made at the NAHT Annual Conference in early May in Liverpool. http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/naht-events/conferences/naht-annual-conference-2015/ and will then be fully publicised through our website, the NAHT, EET and other media outlets. We then followed this up wth a detailed team discussion about PF next steps. A chance to review developments and focus on improving our communications with schools. I thoroughly enjoy working with Nick and the team ……………. so like minded in their drive to inspire children and young people!

Scarborough ……………… Having returned home on the Wednesday evening it was the A64 on Thursday to speak at a meeting of Scarborough heads. My first calling point was Overdale Primary School http://www.overdalecp.ik.org/ to meet up with an ex-colleague from my old school in Barnsley who is now the headteacher. Vicki and her team have done a great job! Then it was off to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre to present Primary Futures to the assembled throng. Fingers crossed activity will soon be on the move in North Yorkshire. Basit from EET is on the case and very willing to help!

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By Steve Iredale

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