‘There is nowhere else in the independent sector offering training of this sincerity and depth.’
Independent Schools Association Review
The education that we support needs special teachers. So a high priority for the trustees is the training and development of teachers.
Our chief approach to training and development of teachers is the ERT-sponsored International Teachers Conference. This takes place every year in the Villa Boccella near Lucca in Italy. In July 2023 we held the tenth of these conferences, attended by 55 teachers from around the world. The theme of this conference was ‘Meeting the needs of the next generation’. To read about this Conference, see the September 2023 ERT newsletter here.
A short film beautifully conveys the essence of these events. For a full account of one of the conferences, see Carey Dickinson’s article in the ISA Review. Also, have a look at this Youtube film of Geometry tutor Tom Bree’s engaging demonstration of the Pentagram Dance of Earth and Venus – click here.
The 2024 International Teachers Conference will run from 6 - 13 July.
From the beginning of the ERT, we have been sponsoring teacher exchanges between the family of schools that we support. And we’ve sponsored well over 100 gap-year students to volunteer at these schools around the world. Some of these gap-year students have gone on to become career teachers.