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That sounds great - any chance of having some notes and powerpointy things for those of us who can't to the IoW? =(

Hi Alex,

I need to ask the speakers if they mind having their notes put on the web, either on their own site or on my blog.

I do plan to ask some of our pupils to make a short film/podcast of the day including snippets of sessions and some interviews with delegates.

Just to say, getting to the Isle of Wight is very easy. You can fly down to Southampton with Flybe very cheaply or catch a train to Southampton/Portsmouth. The ferries only take twenty minutes or so and then the same time again on a bus to Newport.

Just to clarify too, a Lead Practitioner event is primarily designed to help the teachers in the local area. However, I thought putting on a conference that anyone could attend would mean that more people could come from the mainland which would be great. My Head also kindly offered not to charge for using the school as a venue which means I have more of the budget to spend on speakers' expenses and catering. The conference is not a money making exercise. The £35 entry fee is for covering administrative costs. I just need to make sure I make ends meet and keep everybody happy!

I hope coming to The Isle of Wight won't put people off. It's a lovely place and is easy to get to really. I suggest book now and avoid disappointment!

The difficulty with organising anything like this is that there will always be colleagues who have problems with the date or the venue.

Best wishes


Yor course sounds wonderful but getting to the isle of Wight for a 9:30 start is not easy from Yorkshire. If the event goes well would you consider repeating it in another school on the mainland? Especially if you could get the same sort of deal with another sympathetic head.

Hi Theresa,

This is a one off event for this year. Possibly next year if I'm asked to continue my lead practitioner status, I could consider putting on something on the mainland. However, the idea of the LP work is to help the teachers in your local network.

Could you not fly down from Leeds the day before? I've just checked the return flight from Leeds airport to Southampton and you can fly down on the Thursday at 7.50 pm and come back the following day at 6.20. The return trip would be about £100. I know there would be accommodation on top of that.

Best wishes


This sounds like a fantastic conference, Joe. Just what I'm looking for...IoW really is a tad far from Aberdeenshire, though. It would be great if the speakers would be prepared to have some of their presentations published on your blog.
Keep up the good work.

Cheers Adam,

Yes, Aberdeenshire to the Isle of Wight is some distance!

Keep up the good work on your blog too. Look forward to seeing your "Rate my Mates" initiative.

Best wishes


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