Was it nearly a year ago that we came together in Manchester at the inaugural PrimaryRocks Live Conference?
The PrimaryRocks team were busy doing their best swan impressions (paddling furiously beneath the surface while appearing serenely calm atop it). What had seemed like a great idea a few months earlier now felt VERY real. We were on the verge of pulling of something very special for so many reasons.
We were so lucky to have so many fantastic sponsors who supported us on the day with treats for the delegates and financial backing. The Literacy Shed provided the ice cream van which brought smiles to us all during the day, while providing the sugar boost to help us all get fired up for the afternoon sessions.
The venue was the wonderful Medlock Primary School, which Sophie Merrill had made to look beautiful with her flair for displays.
Keynotes from Hywell Roberts, Stephen Lockyer and Rob Smith, engaged, enthused and entertained. We were also lucky to have Lucy Powell, the then Shadow Minister for Education.
Seasoned trainers, enthusiastic amateurs and abject virgins took to the front of the classroom to share their passions on topics as diverse as physical computing and eTwinning. There was something for everyone on the day. Some sessions were left with standing room only! Michael Tidd and Graham Andre proved to be the biggest draws of the day. This was one of the reasons we have asked Michael back this year to keynote.
PrimaryRocks has always been about the people. The conference was only a success due to the continued support from our wonderful community! Their passion is what creates the buzz. The sheer numbers of the delegates that stayed to enjoy the #primarybeers and a curry shows how the #PrimaryRocks ethos is so much more than what happens within the four walls of a classroom. We are a community who support and inspire each other.
So with the next conference just around the corner, we are deep into the admin and organisation. We are once again doing our best swan impressions. We want it to be the most fantastic day for everyone whether they are veterans from last year or newbies this year. There will be an Ice cream van. The goody bags will be even better than last year (sorry no spoilers). We have a list of wonderful speakers who have been hand picked by the '#PrimaryRocks team for your viewing pleasure. PrimaryBeers will be happening again, so bring your beer money and your dancing shoes!
From all of us at #PrimaryRocks, thank you for making last year a day to remember. See you all in March for #PrimaryRocks Live '17.
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