'Putting Staff First'
With Jonny Uttley
If we do not ensure, first and foremost, that our teachers are happy, healthy, well qualified, highly motivated, hard-working, well-trained experts, they cannot be their best for their students. Consequently, a school which does not prioritise professional learning and managing staff workload which, as a consequence, will help improve staff wellbeing, is disadvantaging its own students.
Whilst it is easy to say that schools would not exist if it were not for the students, the glib converse is that without truly great school staff, the students would not be taught well enough. What we need, as recruiting subject specialist teachers, school leaders and specialist support staff becomes increasingly difficult, is a revolution in how we treat the adults in schools.
'How to Help your Child Become a Reader'
with Debbie Hepplewhite
Debbie campaigned extensively over many years to achieve national, evidence-based, systematic synthetic phonics teaching in primary schools. As a representative of the UK Reading Reform Foundation, she advised the British government for the parliamentary inquiry 'Teaching Children to Read' (March 2005) and she helped to inform Sir Jim Rose's 'Independent review of the teaching of early reading' (Final Report, Jim Rose, March 2006). A former teacher, headteacher and special needs teacher, she is known to be a controversial and inspirational speaker and has spoken alongside Sir Jim Rose at literacy conferences. Debbie has written many challenging articles for educational magazines and for many years she has provided practical advice for parents, teaching professionals, teacher-trainers, politicians, publishers and manufacturers.
'An introduction to FED as a model for school leaders'
with Steve Radcliffe
This interactive session is aimed at senior leaders, ideally with SLT teams accessing the session together. The session will provide an introduction to FED led by Steve Radcliffe, author of Future, Engage, Deliver. The session will include a range of interactive tools, aimed at provoking discussion within your SLT. This introductory session will act as the launch pad for potential future activity and future reading to support all schools involved.