#supperconversation@ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Monday 22nd September

For those of you still unsure as to what #supperconversations@ffresh is all about, it is beginning to be defined as “good food, good wine, good people, good conversation to influence positive change”. In essence it is “conversational leadership” in practice.

Monday 22nd September is “Beyond the School Gates” – to book please email or DM me on twitter

Robin Hughes is the Secretary of ASCL Cymru (ASCL is the Association of Schools and College Leaders) and nearly every senior leader in secondary schools in Wales is a member. I am delighted to say that Robin has agreed to be our lead contributor and to explain about “Schools Challenge Cymru”. I have invite Headteachers of the Cardiff “Pathways to Success” Schools to join us as well and there has been a great response.

The aims of this supper conversation are to:

  • Make introductions around the tables
  • Help foster new links between the wider community (FE, HE, business, the Arts etc) with schools who are participatory Cardiff schools in “Schools Challenge Cymru” (http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/schoolshome/raisingstandards/schools-challenge-cymru/?lang=en) in order to assist the potential development of projects to engage young people in their own development and in “wanting” to succeed.
  • Explore what kind of new and realistic partnerships and projects will assist the schools present and how we can help
  • Explore with Robin, attending Heads and guests, what educational leadership that engages young people really looks like and finally
  • What do we want “leadership in education” to look like in Wales as a key driver of the education our children and grandchildren need us to provide.

I will (as usual) and with the assistance of Colin Heyman organise some appropriate facilitation and advance briefing, keep it “light touch” and let the participants very much lead the way. So far our formats have worked out really well. This Supper Conversation will have limited places restricting us to 2 large tables maximum  – giving the secondary Heads a really good opportunity to make new links – very much in the spirit of Schools Challenge Cymru. We will bring the conversations from both tables together over coffee and beyond in a final plenary session.

As usual, the menu choice from ffresh is superb and includes wine / soft drinks on arrival as well as through the supper itself:

Starters:

Twice baked goats cheese soufflé with beetroot salad OR

Pan fried pigeon breast with petit pois a la francaise

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Mains:

Rump of lamb with Janssons temptation OR

Cod with caponata and dauphine potatoes

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Desserts:

Orange and almond cake

Buttermilk pudding with raspberries

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Coffee and after dinner mints

Practicalities:

  • The number of bookings is limited in order that we can facilitate really well a good conversation – this means that it is essential that if you are interested that you book and confirm your place by emailing me as soon as possible
  • The cost is £35.00, which includes wine / soft drinks on arrival and during the meal, a superb 3 course meal with menu choices and great attention to any individual dietary needs, coffee and mints to conclude.
  • On booking, I shall supply an invoice and it is essential that payment is made in advance please to confirm your booking
  • Timing: arrival is for 18:30 and we sit down at 19:00 and will conclude at approximately 21.30 / 21:45
  • Dress code: smart casual
  • Menu choices are given above and when you book, please let me know of your menu choices and any dietary or access requirements.
  • Outline details of #supperconversations@ffresh: http://www.learningpathways.info/supperconversations.html includes details of future dates
  • Terms and Conditions: http://www.learningpathways.info/supperconversationsatffresh%20terms%20and%20conditions.pdf

 

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