APTC get-togethers being social as well as business occasions, events got under way the evening before with dinner at the Pastiche Bistro in town. This was attended by about half of the eventual Sunday gathering. No speeches or quizzes or awards or lucky draws - just food, drink and conversation. Some were with us for their last time - others appearing for the first. The Association has gradually evolved from its breakaway origins (from Kip McGrath) when revolution and survival issues were most at heart, to a more consolidating and networking function - a forum for identifying and sharing ideas and experience.
I always make it my purpose to come away from the annual meeting with at least one new discovery, perhaps of some teaching resource or of a more efficient way of doing things, to try out in Canterbury. This year for me it was new software for teaching Primary Maths. Because it would be quite expensive, it was important to be confident that the purchase was going to be right. The experience of the 30 or so members of the Association provides this sort of confidence; and I am happy to say I am so far pleased with the new product I installed last week.
That is one reason why I value my APTC contacts, and renew each year my £60 membership. For the independent tuition centre owner, belonging to the APTC makes sense.