What is this all about?

This year we are once again offering a fantastic range of collaborative, dialogue-based professional Learning Conversations for teachers to explore, share and develop their pedagogy. In addition, we’re opening our Learning Festival up to all parents and carers interested in finding out how they could further support young people in their learning.

When and where will it be?

Our Learning Festival will open its doors on Saturday 28th October 2017.

It will take place at Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian.

There will be parking on site, and we are well connected with the number 26 bus from Edinburgh and by rail to Prestonpans station.

Full address: Preston Lodge High School, Park View, Prestonpans, EH32 9QJ

What will it look like?

The Preston Lodge Learning Festival takes a learning conversation approach. We ask teachers, parents and carers to sign up to either lead Learning Conversations or attend and participate in these conversations.

What are Learning Conversations?

Our Learning Conversations last for 40 minutes and we suggest that you share your own practice or experiences for approximately 20 minutes and lead a discussion with the participants for the remaining time. Anyone can lead a Learning Conversation, if it’s interesting to you, it will be interesting to others also. Powerpoint is discouraged – we’re aiming for conversations, not presentations. We’ll aim to ensure that your Learning Conversation runs no more than twice to enable you to attend other Learning Conversations also.

The timings will be confirmed in due course, but will be something like…

0930 Registration
1000 Setting the Scene – Jonathan Lear, a practising teacher and deputy head at an   inner-city primary school, and one of the 33 at Independent Thinking, will discuss “Guerrilla Teaching” and lead a Q&A session. “Guerrilla Teaching” is what Jonathan calls his award-winning combination of great creativity, a sound grasp of pedagogy and a willingness to take more than a few risks in the classroom. He is highly acclaimed we are delighted that he is able to join us.
1100 Learning Conversations 1
1140 Changeover
1150 Learning Conversations 2
1230 Lunch
1315 Learning Conversations 3
1355 Changeover
 1405 Review & Reflect Session
1440 Synthesis of the Day
1500 Close
1530 Optional post-festival drink in The Goth [Directions from the school]

Optional teas, coffees and a simple lunch will be available. Our Persian Ladies will be providing homemade soup, a roll and a tasty treat for £5, with profits going to charity.

How do I sign up?

To sign up click here.

We will contact you by email when the workshop list has been finalised.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact the team at

We look forward to seeing you all on the day!


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