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What is Unity Day?

Unity Day is the Trust’s annual whole-staff event. Every staff member, in every role, is encouraged to join us on this special day. It is a day to:

  • Celebrate
    Look back on our achievements as a trust and personal achievements and receive thanks for all our staff do towards ensuring our pupils receive the very best possible educational experience. We also take time to recognise colleagues that have gone above and beyond, in school and within the central team, to demonstrate the Trust’s values.
  • Collaborate
    An opportunity to meet together, learn together, network, reflect together, plan together and relax together. Many of our super staff, with skills and expertise to share, will present a professional development workshop or a wellbeing activity to contribute to this fantastic day.
  • Cultivate
    Unity Day is a day of self-discovery and self-improvement. Each staff member can decide on which workshops/activities they’d like to benefit from and design their own event schedule. Most choose a mix of professional development (from internal and external presenters) and wellbeing activities to nourish the mind, body and the soul.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again for Unity Day 2024

Friday, 28th June 2024 – Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk

We were overwhelmed by the offers of support for Unity Day 2023 – so many people have been generous with their time and expertise in offering to run a workshop (or workshops*).

*Because we use the word ‘sessions’ for the time slots we have split the day into, we use ‘workshops’ as the generic word for presentations, seminars, speeches, panel discussions and activities.

Sign up to present:

Unity Day 2024 may seem a long way off but we are collecting submissions for sessions, ideally by Easter 2024 so we can ask delegates to choose session choices and schedule by May 2024:

Below are the links to Unity Day 2023 guide and content brochure for information.

Hints & Tips for workshop planning

Before submitting your workshop details:

  • Think of a ‘it does what it says on the tin’ session title, or one that is catchy but not too cryptic.
  • Your workshop description should clearly define the audience and the objectives of the session – what will your delegates get out of the workshop?
  • Include an idea of resources/clothing your delegates will need to attend your workshop.
  • Specify clearly if they need some experience or skill level for the workshop.

Ensuring your workshop is clearly defined will allow delegates to make better choices and will avoid delegates either ignoring your workshop because they don’t understand its usefulness to them, or choosing your workshop when it isn’t beneficial to them.

Planning your workshop:

As you may already know, we have been organising Unity Day for a number of years now. Andy Samways produced a really helpful ‘Presenters’ Briefing Guide’ that has been e amended slight to reflect our new schedule timings and IT capabilities. Download here.

Below is the Unity Day 2023 Guide to the Day and Workshop Schedule to give you more information about the day, should you be unfamiliar with it.

Staff Guide to Unity Day 23

This guide gives you information about the day:

  • keynote speakers
  • timings
  • location
  • travel/parking
  • catering
  • maps of the parking, the site and the rooms
  • partner organisations and stands

Click to view online

Or view on Simplebooklet

Or download a printer-friendly version (but remember this will not stay up-to-date so check back here for the latest version).

Content – Session Choices Guide

The day is split into 6 sessions. This booklet is a list of workshops (seminars, speeches, panels, presentations and activities) for you to choose from to build your perfect day.

Workshops are organised into themes and have a suggested audience to help guide you and make sure you choose what’s right for you, to help you make the most of the day.

It’s a long booklet (33 pages) – so many of our staff and external speakers have offered so generously of their time! There is a vast range of sessions to choose from. We recommend you look at this document online and use the search function for searching for sessions most interesting to you by using key words.