Staff Conference 2015

Canterbury College Staff Conference

Leading Learning – The Canterbury College Way

Friday 4th September 2015
8.45am to 4.30pm

This year’s conference is all about looking ahead to the future, building on all the great things we do and concentrating on what really drives our organisation – Learning.

All of us have a part to play in leading Canterbury College forward, no matter what our role, we are all leaders because we all influence someone or something.

The conference aims to provide learning and collaboration opportunities for all staff to develop their leadership qualities, both in and out of the classroom to move the College towards it’s core aim of becoming an ‘Outstanding’ learning organisation.

Morning Keynotes:
  • “We are all leaders” – Dave Harris, Independent Thinking
    See Dave’s Biography page here – More info on Dave Harris here
  • PREVENT Agenda – Safer Campus Communities
    Jo Ferris, FE and HE Prevent Coordinator for the South east region – More info here
  • Preparing for the Future of Learning – Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist (Teaching and Learning Staff)
    Take a look at Mark’s website here
  • Creating Expert Learners (Higher Education and Access Staff) – Jackie Rossa, author and editor of a number of ‘Perfect’ books by Independent Thinking Press – Find out more here
  • Growth Mindset, It’s the Little Things We Do – MADE Training (Support and Professional Services Staff) –  Visit the MADE website here
Afternoon workshops:

Teaching and Learning Curriculum Teams – Each team will be sent their designated workshops which have been arranged for them specifically following CPD planning meetings with managers.  Please see here for more info – T&L Workshop Overview.

Support and Professional Teams – Each team will be sent their designated workshops which have been arranged for them specifically, there will be some teams that have options and this will be given to them directly.

Information about the day:


The Main Hall will be open to all staff for the Welcome address from 8.30am. Seating can be limited and is unreserved.

If you require reserved seating due to a medical condition, please contact Elaine Hunt by email before Wednesday 2nd September.

This year you won’t be asked to queue up and sign in, instead you’ll be ‘checking in’ via the summative evaluation form which is sent electronically. You’ll also be asked to assess your learning throughout the day – please see the section titled Learning Jotters.

Morning sessions

Staff have been divided into particular tracks based on their team and directorate. Support staff such as Resource Assistants and Study Programme Support Officers should stay with their team for this part of the day.

Afternoon sessions

Staff have been divided into particular tracks based on job role for the afternoon i.e.

  • Teaching and Learning in FE and Access to HE
  • Higher Education
  • Curriculum Management
  • Support and Professional Services including SPSOs and Curriculum Administrators

Learning Jotters

A whole day of speakers, workshops and networking can go by in a whirlwind and it can be easy to forget that good idea you had while someone was talking or the interesting website a colleague mentioned… So this year Learning Jotters will be available to all staff to make notes, scribble ideas, doodle to help capture what you’ve learnt, why it matters and how you’re going to use it.

You’ll be sent a specific evaluation form via email that you need to complete and submit in order to ‘check in and out’ of the conference.


Coffee and Tea will be provided by barista carts from ‘The Mobile Coffee Bean’ located in the Food Hall and in the Student Union/Common Area – this is available all day but please note that during busy times such as the morning break only Americano coffee and standard tea will be available. At quieter times, a full menu of barista made coffees and a range of teas will be available.

Cold bottled water is available all day from the fridges located in the Food Hall.

Cupcakes will be available in the Food Hall from 2pm for your afternoon break.


The lunch options are provided by a range of traders from 12pm to 2pm in the Courtyard and in the Support Learning Cafe:

    • Rare Str’eat (Borough Market Buritos) – serving Steak Burito’s with super tasty fillings. Easy to eat and of course each can be customised if someone doesn’t want one of the ingredients in there. Boxes available for those who want a wheat free option –
    • Goan BBQ – Vegetarian beach burgers plus wraps and salads –
    • Southern Style – serving meaty Louisiana delights such as Cowboy Cottage Pie (sweet potato side), Cowboy Sloppy Joe (cornbread waffle dipper side – gluten and dairy free), Cowboy Nacho Salad (served with salad) –  All dishes include British beef, smoked bacon, haricot beans and bell peppers in a bourbon bbq glaze and creole salsa.
    • Jerk Chicken and Veg – Zingy and fresh jerk chicken or jerk veggie cakes in wraps or salad boxes –

Cold drinks available to staff from the fridges in the Food Hall – just help yourself all day.


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