Aspire MAT inset, 31st August 2021, The Dairy at Waddesdon Helen Le Brocq (Facilitator)
My brief was to deliver a facilitated thought-provoking, enjoyable and reflective session, that engaged all members of the Aspire family, allowing everyone to start their academic year considering how their personal values and qualities contribute to the greater values and goals of the Aspire PRU. A number of themes emerged, and important conversations circled around the key issues that the entire staff team wanted to discuss. These themes embraced personal authenticity, family values and the involvement and engagement of the students’ entire families, diversity and inclusion and communication between the various teams, creativity and what makes great learning environments etc. The day also offered a chance for brand new members of staff to meet and get to know the spirit of Aspire.
The first session asked for personal tokens that represented each person, with a creative walk around the grounds, telling stories about their personal objects and discussing when one is at one’s best. The second session was a World Café event, where participants were asked to Explore Questions that Matter and circulate around the particular issues they wanted to discuss and make a contribution to, with table hosts encouraging everyone’s contributions, helping to connect the diverse perspectives and collating and reporting on the table’s findings. These sessions were a delight to deliver. The Aspire team were engaging and engaged, offered their personal stories and insights, and I had a lasting impression of a team of creative people absolutely dedicated to the values and goals of the organisation. I hope that these discussions will provide interesting food for thought in the coming year.