Fortunately, I had a relatively easy journey to WWT Slimbridge (https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/), despite the recent flooding and its proximity to the very high River Severn and Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
Since it was less rainy and windy than yesterday, I was able to appreciate the surroundings. For many years, we had a family pass for WWT Slimbridge and spent many pleasureable hours at the centre. However, today, the focus was not particularly leisure, but work; I was meeting with Mark Stead, National Formal Learning Manager, and his colleague Sue Belej, Learning Manager at WWT Slimbridge.
Mark had sent an agenda in advance of our meeting, namely:
- Overview of WWT Learning Programme (MS).
- Overview of Slimbridge Learning Programme (SB).
- Overview of Primary Humanities Network (EE).
- Primary Humanities Network meeting at Slimbridge.
- Geography South-West website.
- Other ways of working together moving forward.
Our discussion, whilst informal, was hugely productive. I learnt more about their Learning Programme, both at the national and local scale. I provided some background to our Primary Humanities Network, which was established back in April 2018 and is continuing to grow rapidly. We planned the structure and content of a forthcoming Primary Humanities Network meeting (in fact, a Primary Humanities Day, to be held from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on Wednesday 29th April 2020) and considered how best to incorporate a drone demonstration by Sanjeeva Karunaratne, Head of Computing & ICT, CAS Communities Leader, Cyber Schools Hub and Certified Raspberry Pi Educator, who is based at Newent Community School in Gloucestershire. Exciting!
Afterwards, I met up briefly with Simon Ross, who, alongside John Davidson, is instigating a geography-themed website, largely aimed at teaching professionals within the south west of England. He was later meeting with Mark and colleagues to investigate how they might be able to work in partnership with WWT Slimbridge, promoting the centre and their learning offerings, as well as creating new educational sessions and resources with them, perhaps? Watch this space for further information shortly!