We are delighted to confirm that our plans to hold our 2022 conference are now in place. In collaboration with the Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, UK, we are advancing our plans into a hybrid conference – a mix between online and in-person – on 23rd, 24th, & 25th June 2022.

Confirmed Online Presentations

23 / 24 June 2022

(More presentations being added)

  • Action Jackson
    Action JacksonOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    How to motivate your learners to achieve
    Details:
    I’ll be focusing on the key to motivating young people and how to get the best out of them. Levels of motivation amongst young people has dipped, one way to get that back up is to give them a greater sense of PURPOSE and DRIVE. I will share the 3 questions you can use to get them back in the zone of resilience and success.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Al Kingsley
    Al KingsleyOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    How to select EdTech through Evidence
    Details:
    Any edtech supplier worth their salt should be able to point to a robust catalogue of evidence that backs up the claims made in their marketing material. To prevent schools from being swayed by the latest overhyped product, Al will explore the types of evidence they should review to help determine whether the facts cut through the noise and consider whether its promised outcomes would be truly useful in their school’s individual context.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Alistair Hamill
    Alistair HamillOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    The digital legacy of remote learning - using tech to enhance learning & feedback
    Details:
    Being thrown into the deep end during remote learning was challenging - but it led to some unprecedented innovation in the teaching community. This presentation will explore some possible covid-keepers from that time, digital strategies we might want to hold on to to enhance our classroom practice in the years ahead.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew JonesOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Maximising the Impact of Homework: Evidence Based Ideas
    Details:
    The session will discuss the types of homework activity that are most beneficial to pupils’ attainment. It will suggest ways in which the impact of homework can be improved, including the use of current evidence from cognitive psychology on retrieval practice, spacing and interleaving.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Andy Griffith
    Andy GriffithOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Andragogy not Pedagogy
    Details:
    With the expanse of MATs there is more expectation for staff to train and develop others. However, many teachers who have taken on this role have had little experience of leading training and learning for adults. This session will focus on how to most effectively design and deliver high impactful adult learning through the creation of training sessions, courses and interventions. As well as drawing from international research, Andy will reflect on his own experiences over the past twenty years as a prolific trainer of teachers and leaders.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Andy Lewis
    Andy LewisOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Settling
    Details:
    Settling with a particular role is different to settling for - and being focused on the role you have rather than constantly looking at the 'next step' can be transformative.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Andy McNeilly
    Andy McNeillyOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Building Relationships Through Stories
    Details:
    Using stories about your life to build connected relationships with your students to improve student outcomes

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Anita Devi & Jenny Bowers
    Anita Devi & Jenny BowersOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Making a SENCO well-being a reality
    Details:
    All aboard! All aboard! Journey with us down the River of SENCO Wellbeing, as we pass the historic 5 pillars of newness and through the Triple P-Bridge towards our final destination - Inclusion Ville (TM). On this journey, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own wellbeing as well as, what you can put in place to improve the quality of your life in the workplace. With Captain Anita Devi at the helm & Chief Mate Jenny Bowers leading the way, this is a journey not to be missed. They will even signpost you to some souvenirs that SENCOs can take away and share with their line managers aka head teachers. See you at the docks and remember to bring your sun cream. New shades / lenses will be provided 😎

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Aprajita Ralli
    Aprajita RalliOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Learners agency in classroom and beyond
    Details:
    How students can be empowered to not only, just voice their opinions, but also be the voice of change.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Carmen Bergmann
    Carmen BergmannOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Parents as partners in learning: Using funds of knowledge to build efficacy
    Details:
    Analysis of data from PISA 2018 found a larger proportion of academically resilient students (students in the bottom third of their country socioeconomically, and top third in performance) who were also in the top quarter of the index of parent support. We know parent support is vital to learning, but it can be challenging to engage all parents. During this session, Carmen Bergmann will share strategies to address the fear, discomfort, and/or apathy that caregivers may experience regarding their engagement and responsibility in the learning process. Participants will learn to promote efficacy by building on their funds of knowledge.

    Presentation time: Thursday TBC
  • Caroline Room
    Caroline RoomOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    The process of re-designing a KS3 curriculum
    Details:
    Over the last year we have moved from a 2 year to a 3 year KS3 and I've been working on developing a curriculum which is fully focused on achieving our aims as a department. In this presentation I intend on sharing the process(es) we went through from choosing and writing our intent to making decisions on the order of our topics, ensuring they develop and build on one another. I will also share my curriculum mapping process which has been presented at a deep dive and also to the IoE at UCL with great success. Lastly, I will be sharing my reflections of what has been less successful in the journey as well as my next steps so that others can learn from the experience.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Crista Hazell
    Crista HazellOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title: Language Learning for All - making languages relevant, fun and purposeful in the classroom.

    Details:
    I love languages and language learning and it breaks my heart that learners in classrooms across the UK find it boring, unhelpful and a waste of time. I want to share ideas that firmly places language learning at the heart of the curriculum promoting tolerance, acceptance and curiosity as well as an increase in knowledge & understanding of the learners first language. Languages should be for every classroom, at every stage and I have a few ideas to share that teachers and practitioners can take away and use which will engage, motivate and enthuse learners.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • David Sherratt
    David SherrattOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Motivating pupils for University.
    Details:
    Working-class, or low-income students, are massively underrepresented in highly selective universities. We discuss the idea of lack of motivation being a factor to this, i.e. how underrepresentation affects the aspirations of pupils. We also discuss the benefits of a Uni Pathways course, conducted on a small group of selected pupils, as well as their opinions and beliefs about academia and the course.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Dorian Love
    Dorian LoveOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Coding & Robotics 4 All?
    Details:
    There is a great deal of hype around coding & robotics, but many are still excluded from computer science education. How can we build diversity and inclusion?

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Emily Hunt
    Emily HuntOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Daring to innovate: six messages to empower learners
    Details:
    STEM subjects play a crucial role in facilitating innovation. This session will consider what lies at the heart of innovation and explore six key messages of the innovation process. We will consider what each of these features can teach children, both practically and emotionally. Participants will come away with practical examples of how to inspire an ‘innovation mindset’ in their students.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Esmeralda Salgado
    Esmeralda SalgadoOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Motivation on the MFL a classroom: the Goldilocks effect
    Details:
    In today’s climate, where languages are perceived as difficult, motivating and engaging students, especially low ability ones, can be a real challenge. This workshop, underpinned by Rosenshine’s principles applied to the MFL classroom, will look at different practical techniques, approaches and tasks to be adopted in the classroom proved to enhance motivation and engagement of all pupils via enjoyment and increased confidence. The workshop will focus on the use of traditional structured and scaffolded games, short-timed competitions, music, IT tools such as QR codes, as well as, profile-raising mechanisms in schools (talking walls and scratch cards) and project based learning, as tools to increase confidence, make languages relevant to learners and, therefore, extremely engaging. The session will be highly practical and will look at oral skills as being a key factor in student engagement while showing simple but highly effective techniques and tasks aimed to develop spontaneity in everyday lessons.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Dr Helen Lewis & Dr Janet Oostendorp Godfrey
    Dr Helen Lewis & Dr Janet Oostendorp GodfreyOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Thinking of a school dog? Exploring potential benefits and challenges
    Details:
    The benefits and challenges of bringing dogs into schools

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Hywel Roberts
    Hywel RobertsOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Botheredness: Stories, Stance and Pedagogy
    Details:
    An overview of key elements of bringing curriculum to life

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Isabelle Jones
    Isabelle JonesOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Language IS culture
    Details:
    The session will explore a range of ways to develop pupils’ cultural capital in the Languages classroom.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Jaya Hiranandani
    Jaya HiranandaniOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Dos and Don'ts of Action Research in the Classroom
    Details:
    Action research, also called participatory research, is a “learning by doing” approach that helps teachers to examine and improve their own practice through inquiry, reflection and dialogue. Unlike scientific research, action research is focused on bringing change rather than hypothesis-testing. If you have tried or want to try something new in your classroom, or are unsure about a teaching practice that you or your school has implemented,, you can use action research to gain new insights, create long-lasting change and connect with other educators and leaders at your school and beyond.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Jennifer Wozniak-Rush
    Jennifer Wozniak-RushOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Effective ways of giving feedback
    Details:
    Practical strategies on how to best give feedback to pupils that is not creating too much work for the students but that is moving learners' learning forward.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Jerome Nogues
    Jerome NoguesOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Develop creativity in the Language classroom with Canva
    Details:
    I will show a few language project ideas in Canva for Education to enthuse pupils as well as develop their creativity.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Jess Gosling
    Jess GoslingOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Top tips for the smooth running of an early years classroom
    Details:
    I'd like to share my experience of how to best organise young children: routines, schedules, activities, songs, and strategies especially relevant to raise wellbeing and language levels for those children learning English as a second language.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Justin Robbins & Karen Dempster
    Justin Robbins & Karen DempsterOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    The Four Pillars of Parental Engagement
    Details:
    Why parental engagement is critical for school success, what is needed and how to make it happen

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Kevin Hewitson
    Kevin HewitsonOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    If you can't reach them you can't teach them.
    Details:
    This session presents a four-step plan that will enable teachers to build effective learning relationships with their pupils. In doing so they will experience a reduction in the need for behaviour management, see improved pupil attainment and experience that buzz and energy that comes from great teaching and learning experiences.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Kit Rackley
    Kit RackleyOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    The DfE Draft Strategy on Climate Change & Sustainability Education: A Head’s Up & A Head Start
    Details:
    Many say that COP26 ended last November with not much to cheer about. But it did give us educators plenty food for thought. The Department for Education’s (DfE) released plans to improve climate change and sustainability education in England. A draft strategy has been published and I will offer a brief overview with some light analysis and what schools can do to get a head-start.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Lisa Thomas-Brown
    Lisa Thomas-BrownOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Trauma informed practice
    Details:
    Improving the health and wellbeing of students and supporting young people who have encountered trauma or mental health concerns. What this means in practice and in the classroom.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Lorna Baldry
    Lorna BaldryOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Organising Learning with Kindness
    Details:
    Kind can and arguably should, be who we are and what we do. In teaching and learning we can also plan kindness in to what we do, where we are and how we work. We all need some kindness, some of our learners especially need it. Working with learners who experience domestic abuse, who are homeless, who are disabled, ill, finding their learning limited by poverty, experiencing any challenges can call for some very particular focus on and consideration of kind teaching and learning.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Megan Sweet
    Megan SweetOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Investing in Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Educators
    Details:
    In a world of go-go-go, we can often lose sight of our relationship with, and care for, ourselves. When we cultivate a practice of self-care and learn how to address the limiting beliefs that thwart our potential, then we become more grounded and confident. Through this new perspective, we are better able to align ourselves towards our goals, celebrate our accomplishments, and transform our setbacks into fuel for our next success story.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Meghan Gardner
    Meghan GardnerOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Inviting your students' cultures into the classroom
    Details:
    Why integrating your students' own cultures into the classroom is beneficial to their learning and how to do this.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Nick Finnemore
    Nick FinnemoreOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Are we preparing our learners for future technology trends?
    Details:
    - Education Leaders need to push Edtech suppliers to use latest technology to support schools - technology is moving faster than Education is taking on board, Why? - We all need to be more curious in using technology to help solve the current time and social pressures

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Peppi Orfanogianni
    Peppi OrfanogianniOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Teacher Wellbeing Problems and solutions
    Details:
    Why is teacher wellbeing an issue in recent times? What causes teachers to feel overwhelmed? How that might change?
    Presentation time: TBC
  • Ron B. Rogers
    Ron B. RogersOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Universal Design for Learning, Engagement/Environment
    Details:
    Students have to be engaged to learn. 20 years ago one of the best teachers I know said "We have to capture their hearts before we can capture their minds."

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Sarah Pavey
    Sarah PaveyOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Playful approaches to school library promotion
    Details:
    Looking at ways to promote library services and resources using game-based learning and gamification. It will cover some pedagogical theory about game design and why some games work and others don't. It will consider how to share this type of learning and collaborate with other members of the wider school community. Content will be based on international case studies I gathered for research for my book Playing Games in the School Library which was published by Facet Publishing in September 2021 https://facetpublishing.com/page/detail/playing-games-in-the-school-library/?K=9781783305339 but the talk will focus on content and not just be a promotion for the book

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Sue Hellman
    Sue HellmanOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Empowering students with a history of struggle in math to rewrite their 'mathographies'
    Details:
    I worked for over 35 years in a math education system that turns a sizable percentage of the children who enter trusting it can & will teach them into adults who think of themselves as unable to do math! This session is about my mission to change that -- 1 learner and 1 listener at a time. I'll share practical strategies rooted in learning science, the importance of adopting a new math teaching mindset, and the joy that comes with helping students rediscover the capable math learner within. The good news is that it's never too late to help students self-actualize in math & it's way easier than you might think.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Tanya Howden
    Tanya HowdenOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Power up your teaching with tech for good
    Details:
    Technology has the power to do so much and in this talk I will be sharing some of my top tips to embed digital skills and education into your teaching practice using tech for good to show students the power they can have when they take a break from consuming to start creating!

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Tim Clarke & Henry Penfold
    Tim Clarke & Henry PenfoldOnline Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Using Microsoft Teams and OneNote in Primary schools to enhance in school and home learning
    Details:
    Use of Microsoft Teams and OneNote

    Presentation time: TBC

Confirmed In-Person Presentations

25 June 2022 – at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, UK

(More presentations being added)

  • Amjad Ali
    Amjad AliIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Try, Refine, Ditch
    Details:
    T&L ideas

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Andrew Bernie Bernard
    Andrew Bernie BernardIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Self-reflection supports skills development, achievement and career prospects.
    Details:
    Using tools created for his book, The Ladder, Bernie will show how student understanding of themselves and their skills can develop confidence, ambition and higher career aspiration whilst overcome inequality of opportunity

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Anita Devi
    Anita DeviIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    SEND, it's all about Teams!
    Details:
    SEND needs are on the rise, but the resources to match are not! In this session, Anita Devi will enable practitioners to find solutions to the conundrum above. The answer lies in harnessing the power of teams. Participants will leave with a clearer vision and strategy of how to create and sustain teams that enhance and extend learning opportunities for all. Ultimately resulting in better short- and long-term outcomes for children and young people.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Armando Di-Finizio
    Armando Di-FinizioIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Developing a productive & positive school ethos - 4 fundamental principles
    Details:
    "As we begin to rebuild our schools, the concept of ethos should form foundation of all we do as schools rediscover themselves. In recognising this, it is essential we avoid the pitfalls of a ‘pic n mix’ style of leadership, where off-the-shelf solutions are relied upon. Instead, we should be stripping practices, systems and structures back to their first principles to ensure consistency, sustainability and ownership of vision across a school or department. This session will explore leadership from the point of view of developing and maintaining a positive, productive ethos across a school or department. The session focuses on four areas that I believe are fundamental to creating and embedding an ethos which not only raise standards, but which will also establish welcoming schools that are a joy to work in. The four areas attendees will be asked to consider are: • Their own personal leadership qualities and behaviours • Their vision and how this will manifest itself. • The relationships we have with each other in schools • The strong need to create a sense of belonging."

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Benjamin D Barker
    Benjamin D BarkerIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    First 100 days of headship
    Details:
    A look back at the most challenging year for me professionally. The move from Senior LEadership Team to being the Head Teacher at a brand new secondary school in East Manchester. I look to share my thoughts, mistakes as well as lessons learned during my time in post. Trying as best I can to avoid any survivorship bias, this is an honest take on my first 100 days and what I would do differently if given the chance again.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Dan Edwards
    Dan EdwardsIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Missed
    Details:
    The missed opportunities of lockdown

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Dr Helen Ross
    Dr Helen RossIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Wobbly Teachers: Who Supports the Supporters?
    Details:
    "This talk addresses questions which are often raised quietly, behind closed doors just in case the parents hear, or so that the students don’t get wind of it! How are teachers, whose role is to support young people through their learning journeys, supported where their own needs are a barrier to learning, teaching and fully engaging with elements of the curriculum? Teachers have done school, possibly battled through university and clawed their way through teacher training to become a teacher. Their needs, difficulties or wobbles don’t just vanish when they enter school at 8 in the morning and then come back when they leave at 5. Many teachers have needs or varying severity and diverse type that need support, awareness, and possible tweaks to their ways of working, and those needs are covered under a myriad of laws. But what do schools do about it? What can schools do to help? How can we support our teachers to be our children’s champions?"

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Dr Sue Allingham
    Dr Sue AllinghamIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Putting the unique child back at the centre of practice and provision in the Early Years
    Details:
    The importance of developmentally informed practice to understand teaching and learning in the Early Years has arguably been increasingly missing in Education Policy in England. We are now in a place where the Statutory Overarching Principles and Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning have been sidelined to such an extent that some are unaware of them. Teaching from boxes of bought in programmes has become the norm. We have to put the children back at the centre and see the sky as the limit.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Ginny Bootman
    Ginny BootmanIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Building trust by breaking down barriers
    Details:
    Identifying strategies to build up trust to form a patchwork quilt of care for our children

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Mark Creasy
    Mark CreasyIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Working smarter, not harder in primary teaching
    Details:
    I will be sharing the myriad of ways that we can make teaching, in primary education, easier - whilst maintaining standards and getting the results. Providing an antidote to the more, more, more culture that currently pervades.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Martin Griffin
    Martin GriffinIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Divers and Thrivers: Non-cognitive characteristics associated with academic success
    Details:
    "In the Autumn of 2015, three researchers surveyed 6000 undergraduate Economics students at the University of Toronto before they began their studies. Students answered questions about procrastination, study habits, social identity, academic expectations, goals, risk aversion, time preference, and locus of control. Then the research team waited for the end-of-year exams, before selecting the questionnaire responses of those who’d ended up scoring in the bottom 10% of the year group (‘divers’) and those who scored in the top 10% of the year group (‘thrivers’). In terms of previous academic performance, the students had arrived with similarly high levels of success. The average admissions grade was 87%, and the same expectations had been shared as the course began; that students should study 18 hours a week outside of classes, for example, or take paid work for 8 hours a week or less. So why the big differences? This presentation will focus on what the researchers discovered by examining the attitudes, habits and study techniques of divers and thrivers, draw some tentative conclusions, and share five concrete, actionable techniques we can use to encourage greater reflection and conscientiousness in our own learners."

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Paul Trainor
    Paul TrainorIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Developing Mental Toughness
    Details:
    Mental Toughness is a learned personality trait which determines how we react to challenge, pressure and stress. This session will explore the key features of mental toughness, their application to school settings (classroom and whole school) and how to develop a mentally tough culture which allows staff and students to develop and achieve.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Peter Mattock
    Peter MattockIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Conceptual Maths
    Details:
    Teaching Maths for understanding

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Peter Radford
    Peter RadfordIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Racism, Sexism & Homophobia: How to change school culture urgently!
    Details:
    "At a time of unprecedented and growing awareness of systemic racism and misogyny as well as entrenched ignorance over LGBT+ issues, there has never been a greater need to proactively address these issues. Sexual harassment is rife within our schools and systems that exacerbate inequality and discrimination persist. The passive approach to these issues that tends to measure our record by 'number of incidents reported' is patently inadequate and biased in favour of those with power. If we are to equip our students with the education, awareness and values that will enable them to be outstanding global citizens who champion a fairer world then it is on us as school teachers and leaders to pro-actively notice and address systemic discrimination and adopt an anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobic approach within our schools. But how do we do that? This session will address how to change the culture of your school so that discrimination, harassment and victimisation, along with the attitudes that fuel them, become a thing of the past."

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Sara Alston
    Sara AlstonIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Working effective with your TA in the primary classroom
    Details:
    There is lots of research aimed at school leader about TA deployment and many books on how to be a good TA, but little aimed at the classroom. In this talk, Sara Alston will look at the importance of the teacher/ TA relationship and this come be used to support and promote children's learning effectively.

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Vanessa Wears
    Vanessa WearsIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Workload Warriors - how to do less when the job demands more
    Details:
    Strategies to help leaders do less!

    Presentation time: TBC
  • Zoe Paramour and Tim Paramour
    Zoe Paramour and Tim ParamourIn-person Presentation
    Presentation Title:
    Teaching Writing Right
    Details:
    Teaching Writing Right

    Presentation time: TBC