First National Tutoring Conference for The Tutors' Association
By Emma Swanson, Director of The Tutors' Association
21 Oct
On Monday 24th October The Tutors' Association is hosting its first National Tutoring conference in the beautiful setting of Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. With a theme of ‘Legacy of Learning’ we are looking forward to hearing from some truly inspiring keynote speakers who will share their insights into the importance of Legacy and how we, as educators, can transfer this to our students. TTA’s partnership with Galore Park for our Conference this year is a natural fit with our commitment to helping tutors to be as well-armed as possible with relevant material, and so enable children to do their best.
 
Being a tutor can be a relatively isolated professional role, and one where opportunities to  gain new skills and learning have to be sought out. This Conference promises to be a wonderful chance for us all not just to benefit from some first class professional seminars, but also to share experiences and take time out to reflect on our profession.
 

One Degree, the organisation of which our keynote speaker Ariana Azad is a Trustee, is the epitome of ‘Legacy’ in its purest sense. Adnan Jaffrey, its founder who very sadly passed away 5 years ago, had a very a successful career in the City but what really defined him was his passion and ability to connect with people from all walks of life. His charitable work started in 2009 with the Princes Trust charity, Mosaic, which aimed to inspire children from disadvantaged backgrounds through the use of successful role models.
 
In 2010, Adnan decided that a more hands-on approach over an extended period of time was necessary to really help children who were struggling at school and often lacking in confidence and ambition. Adnan understood the empowering nature of education to transform lives and so One Degree was born.

 
Adnan took on a group of challenging students at Crest Academy who had low predicted GCSE results, and persuaded his friends to join him in working with these students at weekends. Using a combination of study and sport, he built up a great sense of camaraderie between mentors and students and dramatically improved the actual exam results achieved. Crest Academy was so impressed with the outcome, that it invited Adnan to make the One Degree programme a regular mentoring programme at the school.  Truly a legacy of Adnan’s vision, and a lasting legacy of learning for both the Academy and those many students who have benefitted from the result of his vision.
 
In a very different but equally inspiring way, the All Blacks rugby team has created a long-lasting legacy of achievement which inspires not only its home nation of New Zealand but the whole world. Focus, determination, a humble attitude and a willingness to work hard are just some of the reasons why this rugby team retains its pre-eminent position in its sport. Sean Fitzpatrick was Captain of the All Blacks for many years, and remains one of the greatest all-time hookers in world rugby. He will be talking to us about how this legacy of success was created and maintained, and how lessons from his experience with the team can be passed on to our students. How can they be the very best that they can be?
How can we as tutors create businesses with focus and the ability to grow?
 
We are very much looking forward to sharing in what we hope will be the first of many such events, and in celebrating tutoring as a profession. 


Emma Swanson
Director of The Tutors' Association

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