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Inaugural Independent-State School Educational Partnership Day at Canford

On Thursday 14th June, Canford School held its inaugural Independent-State School Educational Partnership Day.  Pupils from Canford were joined by visiting pupils from the Ark Globe Academy in London, The Bourne Academy in East Howe and Queen Anne’s School, Caversham to take part in a collaborative day focused on the science of learning and emerging careers. The return of linear A Levels has brought with it both challenges and opportunities.  The removal of formal exams at the end of the Lower Sixth year has created a breathing space in which serious academic interest and enthusiasm can be nurtured and developed.  The day was an opportunity for bright and ambitious Lower Sixth pupils to meet and share ideas with like-minded young people. 

The morning sessions were led by a team from BrainCanDo who ran a fascinating series of workshops on neuroscience, challenging pupils to think about how we develop our understanding of the world and why we make the decisions we do.  The afternoon focus was on careers and interview planning, with six groups of pupils rotating through a carousel of seven visiting professionals who work in emerging career sectors.  At the end of the day, there was a plenary session for all pupils involved to collect thoughts and ideas to present to the group.

Ben Vessey, Headmaster, commented:

Our first Educational Partnership Day offered a varied and challenging programme of activities which sparked discussion and reflection on the ways we think and learn, as well as offering insight into the scope of life beyond the school gates.   My thanks go to all those involved in providing such an exciting and inspirational intellectual event which we hope to repeat in the future.”

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