Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference

On Saturday 24 June 2017, for the second year running,  The City of Leicester College has the pleasure of hosting the “Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference”.   This is a high-impact training conference for teachers run by teachers who want to make a bigger difference in the classroom.


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Workshops will provide engaging classroom based research and/or practice that will provoke excitement, interest and inspire teachers and which will ultimately impact on the learning and life chances of our young people. Each delegate will be able to attend up to eight 20 minute, or four 40 minutes sessions, or do a mixture of these. The day will include lunch and a key note speaker. The conference is free to anyone who runs a workshop and all TCOLC staff. Delegates will only pay £40 each (£30 each for Leicester City school teachers).

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All enquiries to Pete Sanderson at PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk

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Conference Timetable

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Summer Conference 2017 workshops:

Keynote Speaker: Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh is an award-winning educator and the founder of NoTosh Limited, based in Scotland, Australia and San Francisco, with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. The team has a unique ongoing experience in creativity in creative contexts (we work with some of the world’s top fashion, media and tech companies) and research-based learning and teaching development with schools.

Ewan is also the author of the new book “How to come up with Great Ideas and Actually Make them Happen

keynote Session

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People: The End of Busy Work in Schools

Most businesses fail within two years because the owners spend too much time working IN their business, rather than working ON the business. Today, the world over, we see individual educators failing to achieve what they could do, because they’re spending so much time working in the operational weeds of administering learning, instead of taking time out to work ON their vision for learning WITH their students.

 They’re not alone. When school and education leaders fail to recognise that they, too, spend a disproportionate amount of time working IN the operational detail of the teacher’s craft – adding to their team’s workload with busy work – the result is fatal.

So, what can we all do to shift the balance of our time from operation to vision, and involve our students as part of the team to make that happen?

Ewan’s workshop: The NoTosh Curriculum Kitchen

Target audience: Teachers and leaders in schools

Primary/Secondary/Both: Both

Length: 80 minutes

Outline of the session: What if using and designing new curriculum was fun, experimental, and collaborative? Join Ewan McIntosh in a specially designed workshop on how to make the best use of the learning ‘pantry’. Participants create some playful experiences for themselves and their students. Using curriculum elements as core ingredients, educators can collaboratively cook-up a storm of innovative and purposeful recipes for teaching and learning. Who knows? Maybe a secret sauce will emerge!



All Workshops

Workshop Title: SOLO taxonomy and its relevance to the classroom
Leader: Andy Day  (@Andyphilipday) 

Target audience: all those working with young people, middle leaders, geography teachers.

Primary/Secondary/Both: Primary, Secondary and Further Ed. phases. All subjects. Those who want to find out about SOLO, and those who wish to develop their practice in it.

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: an understanding of the SOLO taxonomy model; how it can be applied to: lesson and unit planning, the design of lesson activities, assessment of individual student progress and student self-direction

Outline of the session: Andy will briefly outline the ideas involved in SOLO taxonomy and the concepts that lay behind its development. He will then share examples of SOLO resources that teachers from across the subject range have used in their classrooms, along with how he has used SOLO in his own geography classrooms to help guide lesson planning and unit design, build up differentiated opportunities based on common teaching material, assess students and provide feedback using SOLO taxonomy language, and encourage students to identify their own next steps in developing more sophisticated responses.



Workshop Title: Does progress in reading come without reading for pleasure?
Leader: Bill Lord  (@Joga5 )

Target audience: Anyone concerned with enthusing children to read and raising standards at the same time.

Primary/Secondary/Both: Early Years/ Primary / Secondary

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Teachers will leave some strategies for developing their school as a reading school, knowledge of some books they didn’t know and translated books as well as a big shopping list.

Outline of the session: During this session, Bill will share some of the strategies used at his school and others which have developed a love of books in their pupils. Bill will talk through his ‘Reading Rights of the Child’ through a range of books which he loves and has shared with children. There will be time to look at books and to share approaches from the schools of those attending as well so that the group will produce their own version of the Reading Rights.




Workshop: Identifying and developing the essential principles for mastery learning in every classroom
Leader: Andy Hind ( @andyhind_ES4S )


Workshop details: This professional development session, specifically designed for teachers and leaders, seeks to explore how a professional, within any educational setting, can offer the most effective learning experience for every learner. This session will explore highly effective learning, how it happens and what teachers and teaching assistants can do to offer deep learning across the curriculum. For any school to improve, there is a need for professional consistency throughout, together with shared expectations about effective learning.  Teachers and teaching assistants should be looking to ensure every different type of learning makes suitable progress. Effective teaching arises from significant degrees of professional analysis and reflection, it requires professionals to be innovative and to establish a set of professional beliefs that are supported by evidence.  This session aims to provide teachers and teaching assistants with the tools to reach this level of professional confidence as well as exploring how we develop independence within our young learners

 Length: 40 minutes

 Expected outcomes: Key aim – To consider the essential principles for professional effectiveness. To support individuals in developing an awareness of specifics that make a difference to outstanding classroom practice. To consider the essential elements for developing a mastery learning approach to classroom practice. To explore a range of classroom interventions that effect pupil progress. To introduce learning tools that support deeper learning and reflection. To explore how each learner has responsibility for their learning

 Target Audience: Teachers and Leaders

 Andy Hind: Andy left the teaching profession after 16 years, during which time he held various positions, including class teacher, subject co-ordinator, Senior Leader, Deputy Head and finally Head Teacher. He has worked in an advisory capacity within various L, A, s and has been trained with OFSTED. He now supports a vast numbers of local authorities, educational networks and schools across England and Wales. Andy is passionate about leadership and learning in education and has a genuine desire to support clients in creating the most effective learning organisations that provide exceptional learning experiences for all its learners.




Workshop Title: A New Perspective on Learning – Making English and Maths Active, Relevant and Fun
Leader: Bryn Llewellyn (@brynll)

Target audience: School leaders and teachers, mainly primary, as well as some KS3 intervention

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: By the end of the session, all participants will:

  • be able to create active outdoor sessions that develop mathematical fluency, reasoning & problem solving with our pupils;
  • be able to create active outdoor sessions that develop confidence in phonics and spelling with our pupils;
  • understand how they can offer a new dimension to core subject provision that is fun, engaging and enthuses children;
  • have learned something new;
  • feel fitter;
  • be smiling…

Outline of the session: As teachers and leaders, we need to look at ways we can increase and embed creative opportunities for learning. Bryn’s approach and ideas help develop unique and innovative ways to combine English, Mathematics and PE. His games help teachers to unlock the potential of the PE hall and outdoor environment for learning core subjects, while also developing levels of fitness in our children. Studies show that children who are physically fit are better at absorbing and retaining new information. Our games and ideas not only provide an enjoyable alternative to classroom-based learning, but promote physical activity – crucial when we all face the increasing problem of sedentary lifestyles. This has been backed up by the research undertaken by Leeds Beckett University, looking at the impact of physical activity on concentration, cognition and mathematical understanding.

Biography: According to a Key Stage 2 pupil at Oakdale Junior School in London, Bryn is ‘a genius’. However, his friends and family know the truth. Bryn worked in various UK schools for 25 years as a Teacher, Deputy Head and Acting Head. Over time, he was becoming increasingly frustrated that outside agencies were putting undue pressure on teachers and learners. Many primary schools were focussing only on English, Phonics, Guided Reading and Mathematics, with certain subjects put to one side. Subjects were being taught in boxes and experience shows this is not how we learn best. Bryn therefore decided to create educational resources that develop confidence in key areas of the curriculum through physical activity and founded Tagtiv8 Active Learning Games in 2012.




Workshop Title: Making writing exciting!
Leader: Simon Blower (@SimonPobble)

Target audience: Primary School leaders or teachers, literacy leaders

Length: 20 minutes

Expected outcomes: Practical ideas for improving writing attainment

Outline of the session: As an experienced Primary school teacher and co-founder of the writing platform Pobble I will share how Pobble is helping male writing exciting for thousands of Primary school pupils. Delegates will be shown the free resources on the Pobble site as well as a range of top tips for making writing even more exciting. At the end of the session teachers will be able to access thousands of teaching ideas and model texts to support their teaching of writing back in school.




Workshop Title: Become an Educational YouTuber
Leader: James Rolfe (@TeacherJames140)


Target Audience: Any teacher with access to an iPad/iPhone (other devices are great too but there will be a focus on iMovie) both primary and secondary

Length: 40 mins

Expected outcomes: By the end of the session attendees will gain an understanding of how creating their own short educational videos can improve their students’ progress and attendees will be inspired and able to create short videos and upload them onto YouTube.

Outline of session: I will share how we have become Educational YouTubers and how this venture into social media has benefitted our students and our department. We will explore a number of ways of using self made videos to enhance student progress and I will give an overview of iMovie on the iPad and the simplicity with which it links to YouTube. To get an idea of what we do, please check out our channel: https://m.youtube.com/user/JudgemeadowSci  Examples will be science themed but the ideas can be applied to any subject.



Workshop Title: How to praise pupils to improve motivation, self-esteem and resilience
Leader: Nicola S Morgan  (@nsmtc)

Target Audience: Teachers and Leaders

Length: 40mins

Outline of session: This seminar focuses on practical solutions to enable delegates to develop the full potential of their pupils. Motivation is the energy that gives behaviour direction and focus, and can be understood in a variety of ways. This seminar will inform about the different theories on motivation and guide how to create a classroom environment that encourages pupil motivation and achievement.



Workshop: Buckets, boxes & baskets! (A multi-sensory approach to literacy)
Leader: Gwyneth McCormack (@PositiveEyeLtd)

Target audience: Early years, KS1 and practitioners working in special schools.

Length: 40 mins

Expected Outcomes: To understand the elements of a multi-sensory approach to literacy, To understand how to incorporate multi-sensory techniques using an experience based approach, To inspire the practitioner attending with rich creative ideas to take away and use in the classroom.

Outline of session: Using a holistic theme-based approach during the emerging stages of literacy development is an important strategy for children and offers a multitude of rich literacy learning opportunities. The reading readiness pathway of auditory and language development, tactile discrimination, fine motor skills, concept development and book and story skills will provide the framework for this presentation. Inspiration will be offered with practical strategies, ideas and suggestions using some popular children’s stories or themes to example the approach e.g. “Frozen” “A visit to the Post Office”, “Visiting the beach including the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’” and finally “A world in a box’ a multi-sensory adventure on a boat made from a box.

Gwyneth McCormack: Director Positive Eye, Educational Consultant, training and resource provider for children /young people with SEN/Visual Impairment.




Workshop: Make it ‘APP’en – Inspire teaching and learning through engaging apps
Leader: Kevin McLaughlin (@kvnmcl

Target audience:  Primary and Secondary

Expected outcomes: Teachers to leave with a list of apps that can bring help inspire teaching and learning.

Workshop details: Schools have bought into the iPad fad so now what? What exactly will these devices do? The worst mistake to make is to use these devices as browsers and copy and paste machines. Kevin will show you how to get the best out of them, providing you with a top list of effective and proven apps that engage learners and bring a touch of inspiration to your teaching. Not to be missed if you don’t know what to do with your iPads.

Kevin McClaughlin: Primary Teacher, Artist and Musician, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator.




Workshop: Reading from the Roots Up
Leader: Kat Howard (@SaysMiss)

Target audience: Primary and secondary literacy leads/ English teachers/ anyone interested in driving literacy levels within schools.

Length: 20 mins

Expected outcomes: Practitioners can implement initiatives and reading-focused strategies to improve literacy levels within their classes or as a whole-school initiatives.

Outline of the session: a twenty minute interactive workshop, providing practical strategies to improve student access and enthusiasm towards reading. The strategies discussed will also be relevant to reading tasks within all subjects across a school in addition to driving reading for pleasure.



Workshop: Hook them in to learning
Leader: Crista Hazell (@CristaHazell)

Target audience: Primary, secondary, FE and special Ed teachers wanting to make a difference to and with the students who enter their classroom!

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: A plethora of takeaways for all that attend the sessions which they can trial and seek to implement with their classes on Monday after the event.

Outline of the session: Sharing tried and road-tested strategies Crista will share practice from her classroom to increase engagement, independence and deep learning. Learn how to create a positive classroom where engagement is fostered whilst ensuring progress takes place. You’ll leave with a plethora of top tips and practical strategies which will bring increased engagement and enjoyment to your classroom and curriculum area.




Workshop: Reducing workload and increasing impact with marking
Leader: Pete Sanderson (@LessonToolbox)

Target audience: KS2 to 5 teachers

Length: 40 mins

Expected outcomes: In this workshop delegates will leave with a better understanding of effective strategies for marking, feedback and assessment. These ideas have been kindly shared by schools nationally and selected for their effectiveness in enhancing learning.

Outline of the session: Delegates with have an opportunity to share their good practice and will leave with ideas and resources which can be used in lessons straight away.

Pete Sanderson: Leader of Teaching and Learning who shares ideas and resources on social media through his @lessontoolbox twitter page, blog and TES resources site. Pete has over 18,000 followers on twitter and his resources for learning have been viewed nearly 50,000 times.



Workshop Title: Three pillars of effective marking and feedback
Leader: Victoria Hewett (@mrshumanities)

Target audience: Primary and secondary teachers, SLT with teaching and learning responsibilities.

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Takeaway ideas for reducing marking workload whilst ensuring quality feedback to maintain and further student progress.

Outline of the session: Introduction to the 3 pillars, challenges of marking and feedback, #feedbackNOTmarking ideas, moving towards a more sustainable workload.




Workshop: The Human Guinea Pig – Inside the NHS. Discover the amazing NHS careers your students are missing out on!
Leader: Tom Warrender (@MedicMavericks)

Target Audience: Careers advisors, Science teachers, middle and senior team (mainly secondary)

Length: 40 minutes

Expected Outcomes: Raised awareness of alternate careers as opposed to  doctors and nurses, Knowledge of entry routes and opportunities, Tips on where to look for ideas and applications, You get to see inside your own body!, Free posters and book for everyone attending!

Outline of the session: Come and meet Tom, the Human Guinea Pig. He will take you on a whistle stop tour of the NHS so you can discover the amazing range of careers that require levels 9-4 at GCSE and are alternatives to the classic doctor / nurse career choice scenario. During the workshop you will be able to:  Use the ultrasound machine to see inside their body, See inside their eye with an iPhone retina scan, Record and print an ECG from their heart, Try keyhole surgery on a training device used by surgeons, Use a real needle to take fake blood from an fake arm. This workshop is perfect for anyone with these students:

  • Student 1 –  Wants to be a doctor – will become a doctor
  • Student 2 –  Wants to be a doctor – won’t get the grades
  • Student 3 –  Parents want them to become a doctor
  • Student 4 – Can’t see further than doctor or a nurse
  • Student 5 – Don’t think they are good enough to work in the NHS



Workshop: How schools can save 20 hours of teacher time every week, starting tomorrow
Leader: Thomas Rogers (@RogersHistory)

Target audience: Current or aspiring middle and senior leaders

Length: 40 minutes

Outline of the session: In this short seminar, I will present a compilation of the best evidence based changes that schools can make to cut teacher workload. Whether it be in the realms of marking and assessment or behaviour and data management, I will present some of the latest innovations that many schools are relying on to cut teacher stress as well as fight back against the system.

Thomas Rogers: Head of history in two schools, developing leader and current classroom teacher with ten years’ experience, I present from that perspective. My work as a weekly columnist for TES education over the last 18 months has given me a unique insight into what’s happening and why.



Workshop: Learning for Peace
Leader: Jackie Zammit (@WMQPEP)

Target audience: Primary Teachers, SLT, Learning Mentors, SENCO

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Participants will leave with practical ideas and resources for building relationships with the people in their classrooms and tools for teaching about interpersonal conflict with children.  The session will also inspire you to re-think SMSC development in your school.

Outline of the session: The session will be run in a circle and the facilitator will model the ways of working with children.  We will explore the use of the circle to help build, maintain and repair relationships.  We will share our experience of learning in circles to have fun, develop social and emotional skills and explore ways of teaching about interpersonal conflict.  The session will be interactive, engaging and thought-provoking.  Everyone will go away with resources to use in the classroom.



Workshop: Showing rapid progress in lesson with only few resources
Leader: Sur Sanghera (@SURSANGHERA)

Target audience: Secondary teachers, middle and senior leaders responsible for teaching and learning.

Length: 20 minutes

Expected outcomes: Developing toolkit to engage students independently in learning.

Outline of the session: Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences. Teachers who adopt a student-centred approach to teaching increase opportunities for student engagement, which then helps students to progress rapidly in lessons and sustain this level.

Sur Sanghera: T&L Senior Leader at Grace Academy, Coventry.




Workshop: Effective Differentiation Strategies
Leader: Bukky Yusuf (@rondelle10_b)

Target audience: Secondary

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Differentiating for the learning needs of our students can sometimes leave us wondering how we can do this effectively on top of everything else we have to plan. This practical session will outline the characteristics of effective differentiation and then share strategies which can be easily used within your next lessons.

Bukky Yusuf: Secondary Science teacher, consultant and qualified coach. In her most recent school leadership role, she led the NQT / ITT development programme, a Becoming Outstanding Coaching Programme and IT to enhance teaching & learning. As part of her commitment to increase diverse leadership within education, Bukky participates with a number of initiatives including WomenEd and BAMEed. She is a London Regional Leader for WomenEd and is registered as a leadership coach as part of a pilot programme run by the Department for Education. She also hosts @SLTchat and is on the executive group for bringing senior teachers together online, every Sunday across the UK.



Workshop: Unleash your inner gameshow host and use Kahoot!
Leader: Kevin Dajee (@KevinDajee)

Target audience: Teachers, Leaders and anyone working with young people

Length: 20 minutes

Expected outcomes: Delegates will be able to gain an understanding of what Kahoot! is, participate in a quick demonstration and identify a variety of ways that it can be used as a tool for assessment. By the end of the session delegates will gain the confidence to develop Kahoots! in their own teaching practice and beyond!

Outline of the session: Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform. Learning games can be created by anyone and are not restricted as to age level or subject matter. Kahoot! may be played using devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Delegates will be able to participate in a Kahoot! demonstration and realise ways that it can be utilised. It can be used for formative assessment, to monitor each student’s progress towards learning objectives, to identify strengths and weaknesses, to identify more challenging learning opportunities, or as a review of foundational knowledge for a subject. Come and find out how I have been using Kahoot! Your students will love it! There will be an opportunity for some Questions & Answers and an article will be provided outlining a range of ideas of how to incorporate Kahoot! as an effective assessment tool in your practice.

Kevin Dajee: Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Guidance Manager and Teacher of Psychology. Kevin is a published academic in peer-reviewed journals and is a proficient writer in a variety of fields. He has an active research interest and specialism within education and enjoys sharing ideas about teaching and learning. His diverse interests and writings within education, psychology and works of fiction are shared and discussed on his twitter page @KevinDajee and website www.kevindajee.com



Workshop: What makes feedback effective? & Creating and using comment banks
Leader: Helen Webb (@helenfwebb)

Audience: Secondary Teachers

Length: 40 minutes

Outline of the session: Feedback is continually reported to have significant impact on student progress.  In this session delegates will have the opportunity to discuss what actually makes feedback effective. Delegates will also have guidance on how to create and use comment banks to provide students with better quality feedback whilst also reducing teacher workload. 

Expected Outcomes: Delegates will have a better understanding on how to make their feedback to students more effective. A resource booklet that includes top tips for effective feedback and example feedback statements to get you started on writing your own comment banks will also be provided.

Helen Webb: Helen is an experienced secondary Science and Biology teacher, Lead Practitioner and freelance educational writer for the educational teaching magazine, Sec Ed.  Her professional interest is in the development and sharing of useful and practical ideas that keep both students and teachers engaged in their learning.  Helen shares her ideas via twitter @helenfwebb and her blog; her CPD resource packages are available on TES.







Workshop Title: The Art of Brilliant Behaviour for Learning
Leaders: Decisive Element – Gary Toward and Chris Henley (@PositiveWeather)


Target audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers, Classroom Support, anyone trying to engage young people in learning.

Length: 40 Minutes

Expected outcomes: Delegates will leave with a range of strategies to help create brilliant behaviour for learning in their classes the next day.

Outline of the session: Based on the best-selling ‘Brilliant Teacher’ series (short listed for Educational Book of the year), we will present some key strategies you can use to underpin the learning in your classroom and foster brilliant engagement from your pupils and students.




Workshop: Student leaders for learning
Leader: Silvana Galic     

Target audience: Primary and Secondary teachers

Length: 20 minutes

Expected outcomes: Teachers will leave the session with a better idea of how to use weaker or less confident students to lead groups of their peers in learning. Using examples from Maths lessons, teachers will see how students gain confidence by leading groups of their peers in different teaching groups, often in higher sets than their own.

Outline of the session: Teachers will have an opportunity to discuss strategies to support students and build confidence in a subject. Delegates will have a chance to talk with students from the City of Leicester College who have been involved in the programme and will be able to reflect on how they might implement similar strategies in their own schools.

Silvana Galic: Previous head of Maths and teacher for 28 years in British and International schools in the UK, Croatia, Serbia and Greece.



Workshop: Get Your Students Talking – Oracy Across The Curriculum
Leader: Richard Hull (@talkthetalkuk)

Target audience: Secondary school middle & senior leaders, English teachers, NQTs

Length: 40 Minutes

Outline of Session: Oracy is the foundation of literacy – and sometimes it can be difficult to get our students talking effectively! This session will support delegates in helping students to find their voice and present themselves in a variety of situations both in school and in their lives beyond as well as suggested activities and procedures to help develop a whole school approach.

Expected outcomes: At the end of the session, delegates should be able to: Identify positive and negative Visual, Vocal and Verbal modes of communication; Understand how an awareness of Visual, Vocal and Verbal modes of communication can have a positive impact on teaching and learning; Recognise the role teachers can play in developing confident communication in their students; Identify opportunities to promote confident communication in the classroom; Apply example activities developing student communication to their own teaching practice.

This session will: Equip delegates with the tools to identify and employ positive modes of communication – both in themselves and their students; Provide delegates with practical techniques to transfer to the classroom; Support delegates in developing their communication skills in the classroom in order to better engage students; Support delegates in encouraging a greater depth of student communication in the classroom.


Richard Hull: has been working within Theatre and Education for over a decade with young people throughout the UK, USA and Europe. He has taught English and Drama in Secondary Schools in Wales and International Schools in Switzerland.  He is currently Director of the charity ‘Talk The Talk’ – supporting schools in promoting oracy across the curriculum.




Workshop: Activities to improve student engagement
Leader: Linda Bradshaw

Target audience: Teachers with hard to reach students.

Length: 20 minutes

Expected outcomes: The session will be focusing on how to engage the disengaged, using music, lyrics and film clips effectively and linking the stimulus to higher order thinking skills.

Workshop details: Using lyrics, music, video, debates and role play to engage students and deepen students understanding of the learning outcome or success criteria.

Linda Bradshaw: Lead Practitioner at the City of Leicester College. In a 20 year Career Linda has worked for both the private and state sector across the country and became an AST for teaching and learning at Beauchamp College.



Workshop: Active Approaches to learning across the curriculum
Leader: Terry Grego (@eyeam1)

Target audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: The session will provide teachers with new skills, enabling them to diversify their practice and take risks in the classroom. By taking a more experiential approach to learning, teachers will see greater engagement and enjoyment in their classrooms, and therefore improved student outcomes.

Workshop details: The workshop will use a variety of active approaches developed and adapted from those used by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the rehearsal room. The session will explore how to make lessons memorable; engaging the students cognitively as well as kinaesthetically. We will undertake a range of activities which can be used in any department, drawing on the subject knowledge of the attendees to make the activities directly applicable to their own classrooms (not just drama studios).

Terry Grego: Drama Teacher, Leader of Teaching and Learning at The City of Leicester College.




Workshop: Jigsaw PSHE – a mindful approach
Leader: John Rees (@JigsawPSHE and @PSHESolutions)

Target audience: Anyone working with Primary aged children

Length: 40 Minutes

Expected outcomes: Be introduced to the philosophy and practice of Jigsaw PSHE; Discuss the importance of PSHE to learning & wellbeing; Experience some of the interactive learning activities; Learn about the evaluation of Jigsaw PSHE from Sheffield Hallam University.

Outline of the session: An overview of the philosophy and practicalities of Jigsaw PSHE; The importance of establishing and maintaining a safe learning environment; Calm me – an example of mindfulness in the classroom; Carrot cars – JigsawPSHE in practice; Evidence of impact of Jigsaw PSHE.

John Rees: Associate Consultant and Manager (Northern Region). Having taught PSHE for 12 years in secondary schools, latterly as a senior leader, John lead the Devon Healthy Schools Programme before transforming ‘APAUSE’, a schools-based health education programme from a two-school research project into an effective multi-agency programme with approximately 200 schools across the UK and overseas with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement. John became an independent PSHE consultant in 2006 and has enjoyed repeat commissions with a range of Local Authorities across the UK and overseas.  He was also a Regional Subject Advisor for the PSHE Association and a Regional Advisor (& Assessor) for the National PSHE CPD programme. John says that Jigsaw PSHE is simply the best PSHE programme he has ever seen for primary schools.  It builds on existing good practice, brings things up-to-date with a whole-school provision and overview to help provide high-quality PSHE and support learning and achievement across the curriculum.

John has been told that he has a voice and face for radio and despite those home-counties vowels, is 100% Welsh – especially during the rugby season!



Workshop: #adifferenceaday – tiny tweaks for classroom and leadership practice
Leader: Laura O’Leary (@laura_oleary)

Target audience: Any classroom teacher / Middle Leader

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: 100 teacher tweaks for making a difference Workshop details: This workshop will include practical strategies for improving classroom practice including strategies for ensuring the progress of key cohorts

Laura O’Leary: Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning) All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy, Nottinghamshire




Workshop: Developing Resilience and Mental toughness in your students
Leader: Steve Oakes (@alevelmindset)

Target audience: Teachers of students 4-18

Length: 40 minutes

Brief outline of the session: Mental toughness is a personality trait which embraces a range of concepts including Mindset (Dweck), Grit (Duckworth) and resilience. the mental toughness framework is a very accessible way to operationalise all of these ideas. The session will include practical tools to develop mental toughness. All delegates will be given the opportunity to complete the MTQ48 (mental toughness questionnaire). The mental toughness questionnaire enables users to identify the individual’s strengths and development needs to direct intervention more effectively.

Steve Oakes is Director of Education for AQR International. Prior to his current position, he has been a teacher for over 17 years. He is the co-author of the A Level Mindset and the GCSE Mindset (in press).



Workshop Title:  Tackling Mental Wellbeing through Engagement and Stories
Leader:  Hiten Bhatt (@BEGREATNOW

Target audience: Anyone working with children and young people

Primary/Secondary/Both: Both

Length:  40 Minutes

Expected outcomes: Gain some practical creative tools and ideas for engaging young people to improve Mental Wellbeing through engaging exercises and powerful stories.

Outline of the session: The Mental Wellbeing of children and young people has recently gained much media attention and is very much on Ofsted’s radar. This session will examine some innovative and practical strategies on how to begin to engage children and young people to improve their Mental Wellbeing. There are certain ideas and ways of looking at the world that are powerful tools for improving Mental Wellbeing, this session seeks to give a brief introduction on how Teachers can start to introduce these ideas into the classroom in an engaging way.

Hiten Bhatt: Director of BE GREAT Training, NLP Practitioner, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker




Workshop Title: Making Enterprise and Careers part of everyday learning.
Leader: Andrew “Bernie” Bernard (@EnterpriseSBox)

Target audience: All teachers with an emphasis on Enrichment / PSHE / Enterprise and Careers Coordinators

Primary/Secondary/Both: Both Primary and Secondary with a leaning towards Secondary.

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Participants will be able to see how to structure cross-curricular activity with careers and enterprise learning dimensions.

Outline of the session: Bernie will bring Enterprise Soapbox, Eco-Fish and sets of Your Enterprise Alphabet Cards and take workshop participants through a number of curriculum-linked, fun and unique activities. You can also win a set of Your Enterprise Alphabet cards too!




Workshop Title: Rubbish Science
Leader: Neil Atkin (@natkin)

Target audience: Science teachers

Primary/Secondary/Both: Both

Length: 40 minutes

Outline of the session: Alternative approaches to Science learning with few resources. Rubbish Science is based on a very simple premise, the world has too much rubbish  and too many people lack the scientific literacy to make balanced and informed decisions. So why not teach and learn science by using rubbish as a resource and kill two birds with one stone? The aims of rubbish science are to… Allow all students , including those who haven’t had access to resources to do science experiments where we don’t know the outcome; Give people the skills to improve their lives by thinking scientifically – To be able to make better informed decisions; Take rubbish out of the environment and increase the understanding of why it is important to do so; Produce something that is actually useful to a local population and/or the environment.



Workshop Title: Teaching the Language of Your Subject to EAL Learners: Different Subject = Different Language
Leader: Kamil Trzebiatowski (@ktlangspec)

Target audience: Anyone working with EAL learners in the mainstream classrooms

Primary/Secondary/Both: Secondary

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: Developing the ability to analyse the language of different academic domains, and understanding of various EAL-relevant strategies based on the language requirements identified for the benefit of EAL learners

Outline of the session: Different academic domains comes with different linguistic requirements (Lea and Street, 1998). This means that learners are faced with varying levels of linguistic challenge as they move from lesson to lesson, subject to subject, during their school days. For instance, the language of Science in textbooks is often peppered with passive voice, considerably more challenging than the past simple and continuous tenses often present in History texts. Dealing with these changes may be of particular challenge to EAL learners in mainstream secondary schools. This session suggest how secondary teachers can analyse the language demands of their subject, and plan for language in their lessons. This largely practical session will suggest several useful strategies for EAL learners, taking advantage of these understandings – strategies that can be taken straight back to attendees’ schools on the following Monday.

Leader: Kamil Trzebiatowski – EAL Coordinator, Teacher, Trainer, Speaker, Education Blogger (Valuing and Protecting Diversity Through Education), NALDIC Executive Committee Member, Member of EAL Journal Editorial Team, EAL Academy Associate, Pedagoo Hull Curator.