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21 May 2019   |   Emma Beveridge, Associate Principal   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

Saturday 27 April saw the first of what we hope will be many BrewEd events organised and hosted by Wellspring Academy Trust. These informal CPD events started in 2017 when Ed Finch (@MrEFinch) and Daryn Egan-Simon (@darynsimon) embarked on creating a new way for educators to share their visions, ideas and approaches.

The day, predominantly advertised on twitter, saw colleagues from Barnsley, Leeds, Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Hull come together for an afternoon of pints and pedagogy (other beverages were available). Luke Mitchell kicked off the day with his usual mix of magic, the science of the brain and behaviour. Following Luke, Hannah Albery, Headteacher from Yarborough Primary Academy, spoke with passion about Numicon and Maths approaches. Kate Margarson aka @thenurturelady shared her expertise on early childhood trauma. After lunch, Paul Hopkins spoke all things educational research before Mark Finnis gave us lots of laughs and an insight into restorative practice. Rob Burnett, Assistant Principal at Beacon Academy, shared his inspiring journey from primary teaching to secondary teaching having recently won the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award. And, finally, Dave Whittaker expertly rounded off the day with his Star Wars Leadership team approach.

At Wellspring we make a difference and we do things differently. Events like BrewEd are a perfect example of this. These events are only successful thanks to the professionals that attend and speak at them, who volunteer their time and choose courage over comfort. As Brené Brown so expertly says, ‘courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver’. The speakers were outstanding and they were brave. I am confident that the attendees left a little braver and a little better. I know that I speak for everyone who attended the event when I say how grateful we are for their time and professional generosity. Role on the next #BrewEd event!


Feedback for #BrewEdYorks (from Twitter)

‘Just an inspirational afternoon at #BrewEdYorks. Thank you to all the magnificent speakers. We salute you all. Thank you’

 ‘CPD and gin! Not a combo I was told about on ITT but this was some of the best CPD I have experienced! Thank you to everyone involved #BrewEdYorks.’

 ‘#BrewEdYorks so I started the day with total imposter syndrome, 10% braver yeah. Really had a great time, proper geeked out and looking for next BrewEd events.’

 ‘Already engaged and inspired #BrewEdYorks’

 ‘CPD and beer and it’s in a pub! I can’t wait to be a part of today here in Hull #BrewEdYorks’

 ‘Such a great day at #BrewEdYorks. Thanks to all those who presented. Great company and thought-provoking presentations #kindness #connection #relationships’


Why not organise your own Brew Ed?

The more, the merrier… in more ways than one! Come on, Lincolnshire. Come on, Leeds. Come on, Barnsley. Come on, Kirklees. We are professionally generous and have a great deal to share with one another and with colleagues throughout education.

For information on how to organise your own Brew Ed, contact Emma Beveridge:


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