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).

  • Click here to purchase tickets (timetable of workshops to be confirmed at Easter)

Anyone can submit a workshop proposal – if it’s something you’ve tried out in your classroom, then others will want to hear about it. If you’re keen to give it a go please submit the proposal by Monday 17th April to PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk  including all the details below.

If you don’t run a workshop, We hope you will all attend (and tell every teacher you ever met ever!).

If you would like to sponsor the conference or may be interested in having a stand at the event, please contact Pete Sanderson (Leader of teaching & Learning) on the email below.

Details to be included in your proposal:

  • Workshop Title:
  • Target audience (e.g. anyone working with your people, middle/senior leaders, history teachers etc):
  • Primary/Secondary/Both:
  • Length: (20 or 40 minutes):
  • Expected outcomes:
  • Outline of the session:

Email to: PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk

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Summer Conference 2017 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: Practical Technology in the Classroom
Leader: Sam McKavanagh (@MrMcKavanaghRE)

Target audience: Primary and secondary teachers

Length: 20 minutes

 Expected outcomes: A range of practical ways of using technology that are reliable, low budget and research backed ways of including and incorporating technology in the classroom. There will be practical demonstrations and walk-throughs of how to use the technology as well as suggestions of how it can be easily adapted to suit the individual teacher.

Outline of the session: A selection of practical demonstrations of apps such as Plickers and QuickKey, how YouTube can be used to benefit pupils and r a range of other technology. It will give educators a chance to experience and reflect upon the technology as well as inviting discussion as to how it can be incorporated into their own teaching practice.



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

Target audience: Secondary

Length: 40 minutes

Expected outcomes: The session will demonstrate how you can regularly support and challenge your students, using strategies that you can start using within your next lessons.