TSSW and its partner TSA's (including Exeter Consortium) were due to host the 2020 Summer Conference on Thursday 11 June 2020. However, the Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions prompted a re-think. During a time of unprecedented challenge for schools, we still wanted to offer an event to inspire and bring the profession together – albeit virtually.
Working with video production company Bitpod (who led TSSW's series of webinar training sessions for colleagues), we have now scheduled the conference on the slightly later date of Wednesday 1 July 2020 as a virtual conference and are delighted to announce the following programme of exciting keynotes and workshops:
Christine Counsell | Education Consultant and previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge
“Shaping a powerful curriculum: knowledge, literacy and inclusion”
Professor Becky Francis | Chief Executive Officer of the Education Endowment Foundation
“Using evidence to narrow the gap”
Dr Sam Friedman | Associate Professor in Sociology at London School of Economics
“The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged”
Professor Paul Kirschner | Professor Emeritus at the Open Universiteit
“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: What Educational Psychology tells us about Good Teaching”
The event has been condensed to under four hours as we are mindful of limiting on-screen experience for colleagues. Because sessions are delivered through webinars, delegates will be able to take breaks at their convenience and catch-up on sections missed. An added benefit is that delegates will be able to view the recordings of all the workshops from the day.
The conference is open to school leaders, teachers, Governors, researchers and other educational professionals and the keynotes and workshops are appropriate for both primary and secondary.
As a not-for-profit event, income from the ticket sales and advertising should cover the cost of production, presenters and administration. It is important to us to offer a premium conference experience for under £50 (£35 for TSSW members).
We look forward to you joining us on the day.
We're looking forward to welcoming Ferre Laevers and Julia Moons to the South West for the TSSW Early Years Conference 2020 later this year.
Ferre is director of the Research Centre for Experiential Education based at the University of Leuven and former President-elect of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association. Most of his work is linked to the innovative ‘Experiential Education’ project (EXE) of which he was the founding father, more than 35 years ago.
In EXE, a child’s wellbeing and the intensity of his or her mental activity (involvement) is seen as a key indicator for the ‘power’ of the learning environment and a condition for ‘deep-level learning’.
Julia Moons has been part of the EXE project since 1980. As a preschool teacher she has made a major contribution to the development of practice that supports well-being and involvement in children.
This conference was established because of the Teaching Schools South West (TSSW) Early Years SLE teams’ desire to bring specialists to Exeter and ensure inspirational speakers are available to all teachers across the South West.
Tickets are still available for the Conference, priced at £150 for delegates*
*£80 for Teaching Schools South West members
The first Teaching Schools South West (TSSW) Literacy Conference took place on Friday 29th November at Exeter Racecourse. The day-long event saw over 100 delegates gather from across the south west to take part in a variety of inspiring workshops, targeted at both primary and secondary phases.
In addition to 16 workshops from regional and national literacy experts, delegates were also treated to 3 keynote speeches from Ruth Miskin CBE, Daisy Christodoulou and Lindsay Skinner.
The event proved to be a great success with delegates taking away practical solutions and philosophical approaches to the teaching of literacy. Free resources were also provided including a copy of 'Rosenshine’s Principles in Action’ by Tom Sherrington, courtesy of sponsors - Oxford University Press, Lexonik and Cornerstone Teaching School.
Presentations from the event can be accessed by clicking here.
'An informative and inspiring day with lots of practical strategies and solutions - also a great opportunity to work with colleagues cross-phase'
‘I just wish I'd shut the school for the day and had all the team there - really valuable!’
‘It was a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by speakers who were enthused and passionate about their subject and communicated clearly and efficiently the key points that clearly had emerged from considerable hard work and study. Really helpful. Best CPD I have attended in a long time.’
Details of keynotes and workshops:
On Wednesday 9th October, Exeter Consortium and TSA hosted the most recent edition of the Teaching & Learning Symposium at St James’ School, Exeter. Symposiums are cross phase and wholly inclusive with a choice of workshops presented by colleagues for colleagues of primary, secondary and FE phase.
Over 70 colleagues from Exeter Consortium’s member schools attended the hour-long event, with each choosing three different 15-minute workshops to attend out of a possible seven, supporting a range of learning conversations and dialogues.
9th October Workshops
The event proved to be popular with lots of positive feedback gathered from colleagues:
If you wish to present your own workshop at future symposiums please email your idea/title and description to email@example.com, along with which date you would like to attend.
Future Symposium dates
With 2 months to go until Teaching School South West’s (TSSW) Literacy Conference SW 2019, delegates now have the chance to choose from a number of inspiring workshops to take part in on the day!
In addition to 3 keynote speeches from Ruth Miskin CBE, Daisy Christodoulou and Lindsay Skinner – 16 workshops have been arranged from regional and national literacy experts. More details below:
Ruth Miskin CBE | Ruth Miskin Training
‘Every child can read’
Daisy Christodoulou | No More Marking
‘Seven Myths About Education: Why Knowledge Matters’
Lindsay Skinner | Author / PiXL Associate / Headteacher
‘Crafting Brilliant Sentences’
Lindsay Skinner | Author/PiXL Associate/Head Teacher
‘Knowledge & Vocabulary’
Daisy Christodoulou | Director of Education No More Marking/Author
‘No More Marking – A Comparative Judgement Approach’
Dr Annabel Watson |Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter
‘Beyond Acronyms: Arguing Outside A Forest And Forgetting To PEE’
Donna Briggs | Deputy Director of Plymouth Teaching School Alliance
‘The Plymouth Oracy Project: Oracy At The Heart’
David Baker | Curriculum Manager for AQA
‘Writing For GCSE English Language Paper 1 & 2’
Julie Fossey & Claire Palmer | Deputy Head and Key Stage Leader at West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust
‘Improving Literacy Across The Curriculum’