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World Education Summit 2023 leaves educators inspired after a four-day celebration of learning New Blog Post

23rd March 2023

The World Education Summit 2023 has now drawn to a close, leaving thousands of educators from around the world feeling inspired and enriched. Over four days, 443 speakers from 87 countries shared their knowledge and expertise with eager attendees. We are incredibly proud to have played a significant role in this prestigious event, which focused on learning, networking, and supporting continuous professional development.

Our CEO, Dawn Haywood, served as an ambassador for the summit, hosting numerous sessions alongside industry leaders such as Baroness Sue Campbell, Professor Michael Fullan, and Professor Carol Campbell. These insightful discussions covered topics ranging from leadership and legacy to deep learning and sustainability.

At the start of the week, Dawn Haywood and Windsor Academy Trust’s (WAT) Director of Operations, Chris Berry, explored our journey to net zero. They talked about the important role education has to play in climate change and shared WAT's approach to turning aspiration into action through climate education and decarbonising our estate.

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On Wednesday, Dawn Haywood was joined by WAT's Director of Primary, Matt Meckin, Director of Secondary, Dr Dan Owen, and Head of Professional Learning and Talent, Leyla Palmer, for a discussion on transforming schools through developing high-performing leaders. The panel shared practical examples and strategies, highlighting the critical role of strong leadership in the success of high-performing schools and school groups.

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Finally, WAT's Research and Development Lead, Kirsten Tinsley, shared her insights on developing a culture of research in school trusts as part of the event’s Research Bites showcase.

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Reflecting on her experience as an ambassador, Dawn Haywood, said, "It has been an honour to participate in and contribute to the World Education Summit once again. The wealth of knowledge and expertise shared has been truly inspiring and we look forward to putting what we’ve learnt into practice. I am also immensely proud of Windsor Academy Trust's involvement in the event and it was a privilege to be able to share some of our learnings with colleagues around the globe.”

In conclusion, the World Education Summit 2023 was another incredibly successful event, providing invaluable insights and networking opportunities for all involved. Windsor Academy Trust is proud to have been part of this fantastic summit, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to excellence in education and unlocking the academic and personal potential of young people.