American university staff visit academy

Chris Deakin, assistant head of Banbury Academy, is pictured with Daniel Aronoff,deputy director of the School of Education.
Chris Deakin, assistant head of Banbury Academy, is pictured with Daniel Aronoff,deputy director of the School of Education.

Banbury Academy welcomed visitors from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey on June 2, who spoke to students about learning at the academy in Ruskin Road.

Daniel Aronoff, deputy director of the School of Education, and Kate Spencer Ado, assistant professor gave a ringing endorsement of the academy’s “well-considered activities, positive relationships and high quality of learning taking place”.

They added the teachers were described as ‘outstanding’ and said they were overwhelmed by the students’ ‘eloquence and enthusiasm’.

In the evening, at the Wroxton Symposium in Education, Chris Deakin, assistant principal of Banbury Academy, was invited to talk about how technology can be used to develop student independence.

It explored the nature of various internet tools and resources to make lessons engaging, but also to develop independence and put students in control of their own learning.

This included the power of blogging, Twitter, Pinterest and Blendspace for enhancing the ‘flipped classroom’ and enabling students to meet their potential in the 24hr classroom.

Other presenters from the USA and UK covered issues such as values-based education and developments in teacher training.

Mr Deakin said: “It is always an honour to be involved in such forums, where one can share great ideas and strategies that make a difference in the lives of young people.

“That sense of working locally and globally with fellow professionals is very rewarding. Sharing and improving our practices with children across the Atlantic, a great day was had by all.”

The Wroxton Symposium in Education is a conference that focuses on ‘International Issues in Education’ and mutual concerns and solutions. It brings together academics from the US and educators/leaders from Oxfordshire schools.

Papers are presented by speakers and issues discussed along with sharing of strategic thinking. Issues involve promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.