Sign-up is now live for Learning Conversations at this year’s Learning Festival!

Scroll down to see a description of each of the 35 Learning Conversations on offer this year and to make your choices.

If you haven’t signed up to attend the festival, you can still do that using the same form.

What is this all about?

We have been running a Learning Festival at Preston Lodge for the last four years. It’s a festival of learning organised by teachers, for teachers, and allows us to get together and have meaningful, inspiring and fascinating conversations about learning and teaching in our classrooms.

This year’s Festival sees us change from our usual Saturday slot, to an autumnal Friday afternoon packed with high quality dialogue about all things learning. As always, we will be offering a fantastic range of Learning Conversations that allow teachers to explore, share and develop their pedagogy. Is there a better way to start your weekend?

We are delighted to be able to welcome Professor Kate Wall, from the University of Strathclyde, to this year’s event, where she will set the scene for our afternoon of pedagogical pondering, and be leading Conversations about the power of practitioner enquiry.

Keynote: Professor Kate Wall

What is Practitioner Enquiry and how can we make it more doable?
The most common reason given for not carrying out practitioner enquiry is time. This session will explore dispositions and techniques to help make it more achievable. Using real examples, Kate will show how schools and teachers that have got the balance right would say practitioner enquiry can actually help you cope with the many competing demands of teaching!

When and where will it be?

Our Learning Festival will open its doors on

Friday 26th October from 1.30 – 4.30pm

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 and education professionals to sign up to either lead Learning Conversations or attend and participate in these conversations.

What are Learning Conversations and how would I lead one?

Our Learning Conversations last for 35 minutes and we suggest that you share your own practice or experiences for approximately 15 minutes, and then 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…

1300-1330 Registration
1330-1400 Setting the Scene – Professor Kate Wall
1405-1440 Learning Conversations 1
1440-1445 Changeover
1445-1520 Learning Conversations 2
1520-1525 Changeover
1525-1615 Learning Conversations 3
1615-1630 Synthesis of the Day
1630 Close
1630 onwards Optional post-festival drink in The Goth [Directions from the school]

Teas, coffees and tasty bites will be available throughout the afternoon.

How do I choose my Learning Conversations or sign-up to attend?

You can view a list of the 35 Learning Conversations on offer below. If you are from a School other than Preston Lodge or Ross High School, and haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so. PL and Ross High staff didn’t need to pre-register.

LoveLearning2018 Learning Conversations

Once you’ve picked your three favourites and a reserve, click here to register your choices. We’ll do our best to match you up with your top three!

Our in-house staff charity group, The Persian Ladies, are once again putting on fabulous spread of soup, roll, tea & coffee and tasty bite to fuel our bodies and minds before the afternoon kicks off.  This will be available from 12.30pm in our canteen for the bargain price of £3 and you can sign-up for this on the form, paying on the day, with all profits going to their nominated charities.

We’ll be in touch again just before the big day with final arrangements, and you will get a badge with a list of the Learning Conversations you have chosen on the day so you don’t need to remember them!

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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