The event referred to was a workshop at which the pilot group of beacons was brought together to reflect on their experience and to produce advice for the next 125 schools due to begin operation in September.
Beacon schools have developed relationships with neighbouring schools, where teachers exchange ideas, share staff development opportunities and are providing evidence of what works and why. Teachers have overcome the potential dangers of elitism through collaboration and professionalism.
The many success stories presented should be applauded. They reflect a high degree of commitment, not only of beacon staff but their colleagues in partner institutions. For all of us, it was an invigorating and uplifting session.
Carol Adams, chief education officer, Shropshire; Professor David Hargreaves, Cambridge University; Janet Major, teacher Bungay high school, Suffolk; Professor John MacBeath, University of Strathclyde