1st/2nd november 2018 cologne Germany

practical pedagogies!

A unique training conference by teachers for teachers
Venue 2018: St. George's English International School, Cologne  

REAL training for REAL classroom teachers

Background to Practical Pedagogies

Educational conferences can be prohibitively expensive for ordinary teachers, and often focus on abstract theory delivered by academics with little hands-on classroom experience. In contrast, "Practical Pedagogies" believes the best training conferences are delivered by practising teachers, for the benefit of each other and their students, at an affordable price.

Practical Pedagogies 2015 and 2016 took place at the International School of Toulouse, France. Teachers from all over the world delivered upwards of 100 sessions in a vibrant, friendly and enriching event lasting two days. Hot lunches, refreshments, an evening restaurant meal after day 1, and a bar tour after day 2 provided social opportunities for carrying on the conversations with old friends and new acquaintances.

The feedback was so enthusiastic that it's been decided to take the show on the road, with St. George's International School Cologne scheduled to host the next conference in November 2018. Session proposals will be invited as from January, a programme will be drawn up in February, and delegates will be encouraged to book their places from March onwards.

Russel Tarr, conference organiser (@russeltarr)

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Keynote Speaker

Hywel Roberts

HYWEL ROBERTS

Hywel has been a teacher for over twenty-five years. He is an experienced teacher in Special, Primary and Secondary settings. His award-winning book ‘Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’ is published by Crown House Publishing. He writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement about his encounters as a ‘travelling teacher’. His new book ‘Uncharted Territories’, written with Dr Debra Kidd, was published in Spring 2018.

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Practical Pedagogies 2018: List of Sessions

These 98 workshops are now confirmed.

To submit a workshop proposal, click here.

Delegates will be able to attend eight workshops over two days. A timetable will be produced in September avoiding obvious clashes between similar workshops.



Workshop: An introduction to microscale chemistry techniques; Demonstration: More advanced features of microscale techniques and associated pedagogies. (DOUBLE SESSION)

Bob Worley

The aim of these practical workshops is to help you teach students, 7 to 18, basic principles of chemistry, not how to be chemists. Present textbook procedures are rooted in methods of the early 20th century. My inspiration is from the late Alex Johnstones work in chemical education at Glasgow University. He showed why students find chemistry difficult, summarised in his famous _triangleÓ and how students are often confused (and distracted) in practical work. The first session deals with simple procedures, including reducing costs improved classroom management and safety. There is hardly any dangerous glassware used as most simple procedures can be carried on plastic surfaces such a folders and Petri dishes. The second workshop will take the methods further, many of which have been included in exemplar Exam Board Procedures. See www.microchemuk.weebly.com.

Bob Worley

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Practical chemistry

How international collaboration is opening the doors of the classroom and increasing student engagement.

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Collaboration with the school librarian not only saves you time but also increases independent learning and student engagement. Digital and information literacy is an essential part of any school curriculum and school librarians have been looking for ways to support teachers in more innovative ways than ever before. I have spent the last few years focusing on digital tools such as Flipgrid, Padlet and Google Hangouts and will explain how we have been using these to connect our students across the world whilst using them to teach digital citizenship and research skills. This workshop will give the opportunity to learn how to use these resources and understand how they link with information literacy/research skills and independent learning within the classroom.

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Online collaboration and independent learning. Innovation opening the doors of the school library

Giving Feedback and organising peer feedback in language-learning

Dico Krommenhoek

As teachers, we give feedback all the time. How could we improve the quality of our feedback - written of in-class? How can we train our students to give each other effective feedback and to make the most of reading their peers' comments? During the last couple of years I've been trying out ways of improving my own feedback and of organising this important skill to my students. During the workshop my intention is to showcase these ways and to ask delegates to try out these methods. They should leave the workshop with concrete ideas and how-to's.

Dico Krommenhoek

Audience: Secondary | Theme: giving and receiving feedback

Practitioner Enquiry: Professional Development with impact

George Gilchrist

I will speak about practitioner enquiry and how it re-conceptualises professional development, the benefits for learners, teachers, schools and systems, as well as the benefits from such an approach. Then lead a discussion around the barriers to implementation and engaging in with research as teachers or school leaders.

George Gilchrist

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Re-imagining of professional development

Advanced Masterclass for Teachers With Traditional Social Media Skills

Ross Morrison McGill

This workshop is designed for teachers already confident with social media and with a good grasp of technology keen to take their mastery to the next level. Ross, who is the "Most Followed Educator on Social Media in the UK" will share his expertise and insights by covering such things as: Twitter for intermediates / Advanced Analytics and SEO / Scheduling / Social media activism. This will be a double-length workshop and attendees will need to bring their own laptop or tablet to take an active part in the session.

Ross Morrison McGill

Audience: Whole-School | Theme: Social Media

Traditional verses Progressive Teaching. Is it like Marmite?

Joanne Ladds

This workshop will start with a questionnaire for the delegates. This will put them in a category of traditionalist or progressive. This information will be used to describe the different types of teaching styles, looking at the two extremes. This will be linked and explained in terms of a "marmite" advert, are you a lover or hater of marmite?! This will then lead into an explanation of how a balance of progressive and traditional methods is probably the best approach to teaching methods. The extent of traditional or progressive teaching will depend on the ethos of the school, the pupils and the teachers. Hopefully teachers are in schools where their preference towards their preferred teaching style is matched with the school ethos. The session will conclude with a focus on what research says "makes great teaching". This will focus on 4 "dos" and 4 "don'ts". Hopefully delegates will leave with a better understanding of how their views of teaching fits with their school's ethos and some ideas of specific teaching methods that they can take away and try in their classrooms.

Joanne Ladds

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Teaching Styles

Teach the Future!

Aileen Moeck

Aileen Moeck is German Ambassador of the international organisation "teach the future" and founder of the education project "Zukunftsbauer", which is teaching kids how to think like a futurist and deal with change in the field of new work. We will present the idea and necessity of the global Teach the Future movement: By giving young people the tools to engage with the future early in life, we are equipping them to face uncertainties and challenges and helping them discover their role in shaping the future. Education is meant to prepare students for the future, something we can only do well if we teach the future itself. We want kids and teens to become aware of their own and our global future. By applying methods and techniques from the academy fields future studies, entrepreneurship and innovation management, we want to show them how they can become a builder and entrepreneur of their own future and so in the long-run becoming proactive, open minded, holistic thinking and emphatic founders, employees, customers and citizens. Our plan is to open school future labs in every school, provide kids and schools with the right material, technology and mindset to become a progressive, responsible and social future thinker.

Aileen Moeck

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Job and Study Orientation

Stories, nursery rhymes and computational linguistics - How robotics can help young children's language development

Susan Nic Reamoinn

Teachers from the early years sector will enjoy this session. Never one to keep things extremely formal this seminar will involve some movement and engagement from the audience. I have spent six years using robotics as a tool to develop language in the early years. Starting with the children's first language and then focusing on their second language later in the school year. Our robots play a huge role in the classroom leading us on our journey to new words and phrases they even encourage the children to relay stories and nursery rhymes. This session will show how the classroom teacher and the floor robot can work together to inspire young children and set a fun and interactive space for computational linguistics.

Susan Nic Reamoinn

Audience: Primary | Theme: Technology/Language learning/Computational thinking

Mindfulness as a tool for teachers and learners.

Maria Dolores Gomez

This is a hands-on workshop in which we will experience mindfulness as a tool for stress management and better cognitive and academic performance. You will leave this session with a toolbox full of techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory and focus and promote self-esteem and even enhance your immune system. It is especially suitable for beginners but experts might benefit from the mindfulness practice as well.

Maria Dolores Gomez

Audience: Whole School | Theme: mindfulness, motivation, stress management, social skills, academic performance

Today's Teacher, Tomorrow.

Joanna Norton

Preparing students for a globally connected future, where problem solving, divergent thinking and an ability to demonstrate flexibility, are increasingly key indicators of success. Bruce & Edwards (2016) suggest that an optimum learning environment where such preparedness is the objective, is guided by teachers comfortable with adaptability. Today's Teacher, Tomorrow will begin by exploring the concept of adaptability within teacher development. It will then move to present three creative exercises in the areas of problem solving, divergent thinking and collaboration, to encourage participant reflection on their attempts to create a globally connected future.

Joanna Norton

Audience: Whole School | Theme: All teachers / connected learning / adaptability

Invitations and provocations to promote inquiry in Kindergarten

Estelle Ash

This session is aimed at Kindergarten teachers but can provide 'take-away and adapt' ideas for teachers of older primary children who are looking at ways to engage their students in more open-ended/practical learning opportunities. There will be time to look at how 'stations' can be set up as invitations and provocations to support student's independent learning. Some tried and tested examples will be shared and discussed. Part of the session will involve a practical focus where participants can develop and share ideas, considering application in their particular teaching context.

Estelle Ash

Audience: Primary | Theme: Use of resources and the environment

The Power of the Teacher's Self: Simple and Profound Practices for Nurturing our own Emotional Health (co-presenter: Rush Sabiston Frank)

Nick Haisman-Smith

A typical day in schools brings many opportunities and threats to our sense of wellness and our ability to stay focused on our 'True North'. Through_the personal responses we make and the relationships we establish,_we have the power to choose, to reframe and to move forwards with compassion for ourselves and each other. Using case studies and real-life scenarios, this experiential workshop offers the opportunity to practice how to view situations wisely; send challenging messages with authority and empathy; and, without guilt, nurture our own emotional health._

Nick Haisman-Smith

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Social and Emotional Learning/Wellbeing

Current Events as Teachable Moments: Promoting Global Citizenship Across Curriculum

Mariusz Galczynski

Current events reported in news media offer us the opportunity to capitalize on teachable moments with students. But in doing so, we need to think about issues of difference, power, and privilege raised in these current events: What makes them newsworthy or controversial? And to whom? In the framework of multicultural education, such content cannot be taught separately but must instead be woven skillfully into existing lessons_ Ówhether for arts, language, social studies, STEM, or physical education classrooms_ Óso that global citizenship can be meaningfully promoted across curriculum. This workshop will begin by deconstructing how social differences are politicized via current events. Next, discussion of strategies for multicultural teaching will lead into an activity where we brainstorm how to modify your own lessons to promote dialogue among students. Finally, we_ _ll showcase curriculum resources that are readily available to teachers, including the Top 10 Twitter accounts to follow for first-rate #GlobalEd lesson plans.

Mariusz Galczynski

Audience: Whole School | Theme: All Subjects / Global Citizenship / Curriculum Design

Using a Geospatial survey tool across the school curriculum.

Bob Lang

This workshop will look at how to use ESRI's ArcGIS Online Survey123 app across a wide range of school subjects and settings not just in Geography. Participants will learn how to make a survey and see how it can be used as a tool to aid inquiry and investigation across a range of subjects and the school. This workshop is suitable for beginners and experts as well as from a range of subjects were a geospatial aspect could be useful.

Bob Lang

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Cross curricular geospatial investigation

Statistics telling stories: maths across the curriculum

Jim Noble

Building on the conference exhibition that students from the school in Cologne will be working on with us, this session is about exploring the stories in statistics. Across many of the subject groups, statistics play the hero and the villain. They can be the main plot or the peripheral cameo, but they always tell a story. This session is an exercise in helping students to get at those stories and bridge the gap between the number crunchers and the narrators. I might argue that it has never been more relevant to address the critical thinking skills needed to employ, interpret and consume statistics. Full of ideas and resources that go across the curriculum, this session is for anyone who can see that argument from any subject area.

Jim Noble

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Statistics across the curriculum

Challenge for all: strategies to stretch every student and make learning aspirational across the whole 'ability' spectrum.

Jennifer Webb

Key aims: - Provide a range of strategies for teachers to personalise learning and ensure that lessons have a high degree of challenge. - Tackle stereotypes about personalisation at the bottom of the ability range by giving alternatives to traditional 'scaffolding' - Discuss issues and solutions for teachers operating in difficult socio-economic areas with students who have complex needs, ensuring that challenge is still there. This will be appropriate for teachers from across the experience spectrum, and be completely cross-curricular. Many of the strategies will be informed by my work as a director of T&L in a complex inner-city school, and will all be supported by actual examples of student work and those of colleagues who have trialled them.

Jennifer Webb

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Challenge and Aspiration

How sound is your language? Addressing the challenges of academic English in the international history classroom

Scott Allsop

International students may have a high level of conversational English that disguises low levels of academic language. While their teachers use subject specific terminology in class, students study across contexts where the words and definitions may clash. This session will explore some ways in which we might help our students jump the hurdles of homonyms, navigate slippery synonyms, and develop their use of academic language in the history classroom and beyond.

Scott Allsop

Audience: Secondary | Theme: History, EAL

The Joy of Co-construction: Securing deep knowledge and understanding by sharing the curriculum planning and delivery with your students.

Tom Sherrington

The session will focus on the process of getting a class of students to engage in the whole process of planning and delivering a knowledge-rich curriculum. Using examples from past experiences I will share the practical strategies as well as the overall philosophy. This will include how to get started, how to organise lessons, the role online platforms can play, the roles students can take, the level of responsibility they can be given and the role of the teacher in securing deep knowledge. It's an exciting way to teach at any age and is especially productive with students who need to be truly stretched and challenged.

Tom Sherrington

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Co-construction; student-led learning.

Secondary PSHE: How to cover everything without it being a light touch.

Kim Constable

In the session, I would like to discuss and examine what should and shouldn't be part of a discrete PSHE programme in a secondary curriculum running from year 7 to year 11. I would also be looking at ways to ensure that topics are covered in appropriate depth and detail rather than a light touch, whilst also meeting the needs of the students. I would also discuss assessment in PSHE and ideas on ways to show progress over a year, key stage and school career. This session would be suitable for non-specialist teachers as well as those with training in PSHE.

Kim Constable

Audience: Secondary | Theme: PSHE

Zero Prep, Maximum Effect.

Peter Dawes

A series of adaptable ideas for starters, plenaries and engaging activities for pupils of most ages. Little or no technology involved or required for teachers to implement. Will suit beginners and expert teachers alike. For teachers who believe their pupils need to be doing the bulk of the work, not the teacher. Requires a willingness to participate actively, though NOT embarrassingly!

Peter Dawes

Audience: Whole School | Theme: MFL and English learning

Isms and ologies: effectively teaching the 20th Century using intellectual history

Nick Shepley

From fascism to liberalism, socialism and conservatism, modern history is littered with big and often misunderstood ideas. This seminar will equip teachers with the skills to help learners navigate a century of thought and consider differentiated approaches and activities

Nick Shepley

Audience: Secondary | Theme: History/ lesson ideas/differentiation

Improve language skills and cultural understanding through the use of comics in the MFL classroom.

Thomas Genton

This seminar focuses on various ways on how comics or cartoon strips are used in MFL lessons to develop pupils' cultural and linguistic understanding. Examples of resources and works used in lessons will be shared with delegates and explored to inspire teachers and pupils alike. This is aimed for teachers teaching Sixth Form/College students.

Thomas Genton

Audience: Secondary | Theme: MFL (focus of French)

Follow The Money: Transform your whole classroom into a mini-economy

Dominic Tremblay

Transform your whole classroom into a mini-economy in connection with a specific project that is ready to integrate into your curriculum. Students gain understanding of currency, borrowing, online shopping, taxes, buying supplies, the impact of counterfeit currency, selling services and more as they explore options in this project.

Dominic Tremblay

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Numeracy, financial awareness, citizenship

Cultural capital - What is it and why is it relevant in the Primary classroom?

Bill Lord

In this session, Bill will explain how he and his staff developed a progression of activities and experiences across the foundation and primary ages aimed at increasing pupil cultural capital to support their learning across the curriculum and developing a wider understanding. The session will consider the reasons for it, the activities planned and time to work together to build one together for delegates' schools.

Bill Lord

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Cultural and cross curricular enrichment

Making Boardgames for Learning Pragmatic

Daniel Motta

Numerous boardgames exist that try to incorporate the learning of concepts into the gameplay. A fan of board games myself, I___ve tried to find ones that worked well for the middle school to high school level. In this workshop, I will share the games that I___ve found to be of educational value - and most importantly, how I tweaked gameplay to make them pragmatic in the classroom. Different board games will be set up on audience tables. I will give a brief description of the game including what I see as most insightful. Audience members at the featured table will mock gameplay while others observe. I will repeat that process for 4-5 games. Sample titles: Kolejka (Queue); Covalence; One fish, Two Fish, Redfish, You Fish; Bioenergy Farm Game; Food Chain Checkers; Virulence

Daniel Motta

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Learning Activities / Adapting Games

Learning the English of primary mathematics

Graham Smith

A ten minute overview of the language of primary mathematics followed by an hour of looking at collaborative activities, designed to equip EAL learners with the language they need to negotiate primary mathematics and a valuable resource for all learners. Participants will receive free resources to take away and use.in their classrooms.

Graham Smith

Audience: Primary | Theme: Collaborative learning

E-Safety Toolbox

Julian Wood

Using visual metaphors and practical ideas, Julian will delve into his eSafety toolbox, sharing great ideas and practical tips to help deliver the important topic of internet safety for students. In this extremely practical session Julian will showcase lesson ideas, websites, assembly themes and reveal what is in his eSafety toolkit.

Julian Wood

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Internet Safety, Computing, ICT

Using YourEnterpriseAlphabet cards to encourage positive and creative thinking, inspirational self-talk and communication skills

Andrew Bernard

We will be playing games - including Countdown(!) - to cement the power of positive words and vocabulary to enrich personal thinking, self-talk and development of a more empowered self-awareness. Games, discussion and ideas will be explored as part of the session. There will also be giveaways.

Andrew Bernard

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Vocabulary and Career Skills.

Teacher magpies - practical ideas to use in history and humanities lessons.

Carol Stobbs

I love meeting and working with other humanities teachers but for the last five years have been the only history teacher in the faculty. This has made me really appreciate the fantastic resource that Twitter is. If I need inspiration, help or support it is there with just a few clicks. I like ideas that I can use straight away and spark my interest. I am a complete magpie and like to mix creative with more traditional academic learning. The aim of this session is to try activities to engage your students, reinforce their knowledge and spark new ideas for your classroom. These activities do come from a history classroom and include source work, but many work well in other subjects. So if you fancy trying something you then we might have just the thing for you.

Carol Stobbs

Audience: Secondary | Theme: History and humanities teaching activities.

Finding (free) quality images and media resources for teaching and learning

Theo Kuechel

Teachers often ask where can they get really good free images and media content that they can use in their lessons, without infringing copyright? A growing number of museums, libraries, and archives around the world are digitising their collections and making them freely available. Similarly, the quality and availability of copyright free "stock" media continues to improve. This practical workshop gives participants the opportunity and tools to explore a goldmine of inspirational content, including; images, maps, video and audio resources. It will enable participants, to find, access, adapt and personalise them for their own lessons and teaching resources. The workshop will provide examples of how other teachers are using these resources. It is appropriate for teachers of all ages, and areas of the curriculum; including the arts, humanities and STEM subjects. Licensing, Copyright and attribution will be covered in an educational context, as will e-safety and digital literacy. No one will be leaving empty-handed!

Theo Kuechel

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Resources

Working on and adapting Mathematical "problem solving" type tasks across the 8-14 age range (co-presenter: Jim Noble)

Mike Ollerton

This active/hand-on workshop will offer delegates between twenty and thirty problem-solving type tasks suitable for teachers of 8-14 year old students. Our three aims are: a) to work on some mathematics; b) to discuss how any of the tasks might be adapted and integrated into any mathematics scheme of work; c) to discuss pedagogical implications of using problem-solving tasks in mathematics classrooms.

Mike Ollerton

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Mathematics

Caves, Watering & Firesides: a pedagogical approach to organising learning spaces to develop independent learners.

Nicholas Garrick

Using the four modes of learning, teachers will experience the theory in practice through: designing learning environments (Caves); exploring the concept of the 'Third Teacher' (Watering Hole); watch and reflect on examples of learning in this way (Fireside), and, understand the core theories that lead to independent learning (Forest). This session is relevant for all teachers at any stage, no matter the age group, subject or syllabus.

Nicholas Garrick

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Classroom environment/ Independence

QuadBlogging: Connecting half a million writers across the globe (co-presenter: John Sutton)

David Mitchell

Since 2011, QuadBlogging has seen over 500,000 pupils from 70+ countries taking part. In this session, teachers will learn about the potential of blogging with pupils from 4 years old up to 18 years old. Teachers with devices will be able to sign up for QuadBlogging in the session. It's feee, quick and proven to raise standards in classrooms. Teachers will receive a free blog and John Sutton will guide the delegates through setting this blog up and getting going. All delegates will also receive a blogging policy.

David Mitchell

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Improving writing standards.

"We are what we do"; promoting kindness not just cleverness in schools

Paul Bateson

Drawing on ten years teaching experience in the North of England, and a six month tour of schools across Asia, this will be a 70 minute active workshop exploring how we can promote kindness as well as cleverness in schools. Looking at how classroom teachers, pastoral leaders and school leaders can use care, creativity, curriculum, community, and school councils, to energise student voice; and to improve wellbeing, promote tolerance and diversity, mobilise proactivty and affect social change. We will draw on practical examples and activities, discussion and planning time.

Paul Bateson

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Creative Citizenship

Character Toolkit: Practical, hands-on character and positive education tools and techniques (co-presenter: Elizabeth Wright)

Frederika Roberts

Frederika Roberts and Elizabeth Wright have been running a character and positive education programme in schools for the past three years. During this time, the programme has continuously evolved, based on what works best in schools, and on research evidence from around the world. In May 2018, Frederika and Elizabeth published a book packed with classroom and whole school activities for 5-11 year olds. Their aim is to always provide the best possible character and positive education interventions in schools, so that children can progress through the education system with a wealth of internal resources to guide them through any challenges they may face. In this workshop, they will bring you a range of simple activities for you to experience first-hand and use in your own school straight away. Be prepared to join in and have fun this workshop will be highly participative!

Frederika Roberts

Audience: Primary | Theme: Pupil (and staff) wellbeing ___ Character Education and Positive Education

Essential Skills in Enterprise Education: What are they and how do you develop them in school?

Rachel Mowle

This will be suitable for beginners and experts. The session will begin with establishing a common set of essential skills (including team work, staying positive and presenting) and the importance of teaching them explicitly, with a common language. Teachers will trial activities which explicitly teach the essential skills and which can be used with their students in the classroom. They will then be provided with a framework for assessing development of these skills in their students and reflect on the improvements which are needed in their schools. These 'take away' resources will be linked to the principles of enterprise education. The session will end with teachers completing an action plan for how to embed the essential skills in the classroom, with clear steps for how to achieve this.

Rachel Mowle

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Skills and enterprise education

Reflective Practice to Lead Change

Lisa Ashes

We all have problems that create barriers to learning in our schools. From problems with individual learners to school wide stumbling blocks to success, problems can get in the way of excellent learning outcomes. However, they only remain problems if we do not do anything about them. Leading learning in a myriad of contexts, Lisa has observed and overcome problems great and small. Through real examples of problems that have been solved and the processes involved in this practice, Lisa will help you to explore how you can become a leader of learning through reflection, problem solving and creative practice.

Lisa Ashes

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Teaching and Learning

Miscellaneous Manipulatives

Dominic Tremblay

Are there manipulatives gathering dust in your classroom somewhere? Let Dominic show you how to breathe life into these resources and use them effectively to help students form solid foundations for understanding new math concepts. From kindergarten all the way to grade 10, students do better when they can work creatively with visual representations to comprehend abstract concepts. Let's put those manipulatives back to work!

Dominic Tremblay

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Numeracy

Student independence - 15 practical tips to promote and maintain student independence in learning.

Sam Haslam

A hands-on workshop on the topic of student independence, highly relevant to all teachers at this moment in time. Will contain an overview of relevant research followed by an opportunity to try out some of the activities which I regularly use in the classroom to promote student independence. Will draw on my experience as a Modern Languages teacher but I will make sure that my tips/activities are accessible to all secondary school teachers. Teachers will have 15 tips they can take back to their classroom to implement the Monday after the conference, and all resources/templates etc. will be shared with delegates.

Sam Haslam

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Student independence

Grammate and more: engaging activities to help pupils understand grammar concepts in MFL lessons

Laura  Riley

A workshop aimed for secondary MFL teachers to share ideas and participate in activities that are used to help pupils understand grammar concepts and consequently use them in their work. Activities vary from 'Grammate' (grammar karate - no experience needed) and Smiley Riley's grammar hits, to Gringo (grammar bingo) plus much much more. Activities will be demonstrated and resources shared for you to take away and try in your MFL classroom.

Laura Riley

Audience: Secondary | Theme: MFL (French and German specialism)

Gamification: How to Design a Game-Inspired Course

Yasemin Islah

Gamification of learning can be a powerful motivator for our tech-savvy students. Changing up the course content can not only spice it a little bit up but also will keep students' attention, draw on their strengths and engage them as lifelong learners. And it is amazingly fun, for sure. In this session, the participants will have the chance to explore the steps of designing a gamified lesson plan. They will have the opportunity to put it into practice and discover the tools that will allow them to develop a gamified lesson for their grade/subject level. (Workshop Details Explained): The trainer explains what gamification is and why games are so engaging for people, then shows real-life examples from other sectors besides educational area. The man focus after that is to explain the game mechanics in order to create a gamified lesson plan. Before the hands-on session, participants are also informed about the player types (based on Bartle Taxonomy of Player Types) and how to group their students according to their features. After this introduction, the workshop will continue with the 6 steps of how to create a gamified lesson plan. The participants will be following these steps to create their own lesson plan.

Yasemin Islah

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Classroom Management and All Topics

Science Through Storytelling - a truly cross-curricular approach

Jules Pottle

Stories have always been used as a backdrop for science lessons such as testing materials to build the strongest house for the three little pigs. 'Science Through Storytelling' goes one step further. By teaching the children to tell a science story by heart, you can teach them to tell the science. This oral rehearsal of the facts and sequences in a science topic can help children to visualize and internalize the learning by connecting to the characters. Storytelling Schools' method puts a story at the heart of all the English lessons. If that story also contains science then one story can be used for both lessons. Children can write about science concepts in English tasks and improve their understanding of the story in their science lessons. Jules Pottle of Storytelling Schools will lead a session on how to use storytelling in the primary classroom. Come and learn how to tell a story and build a topic around it that is truly cross-curricular. This is a practical workshop for primary school teachers interested in storytelling or science but secondary teachers may find the storytelling skills useful in teaching history, plots of lengthy stories or plays or sequences in science. All welcome. Come prepared to get involved and have fun. No previous experience necessary.

Jules Pottle

Audience: Primary | Theme: Science, Literacy and Oracy

Deciphering and Understanding Mathematical Word Problems - Practical Approaches for the Primary Classroom

Jean Knapp

The session looks at practical ideas and strategies to help children decipher and understand word problems. It looks at how the skills used in reading can be applied and used in the process. There will be lots of practical ideas and resources to try and embed in lessons. It would be useful to teachers at all levels; I've used the ideas myself, with teacher trainees abd experienced teachers

Jean Knapp

Audience: Primary | Theme: Mathematics/Word Problems/Approaches for Understanding

One game: "Pass it on": Playing and unpicking one simple game for 4-6+ year olds in terms of the underlying mathematics

Helen Williams

Participants will play one game suitable for our youngest learners, using a variety of resources, structured and unstructured (water, sand, counters...) and analyse what is stressed mathematically when the resources change. International research into early years mathematics will be referred to. This hands-on session is suitable for those teaching early years (4-8 year olds) as well as those wishing to understand how our younger mathematicians learn.

Helen Williams

Audience: Primary | Theme: Mathematics, Mathematical thinking, reasoning and discussion, early years number

The Open Session - An Introduction to the Power of Collective Empathy and Compassion (co-presenter: Rush Sabiston Frank)

Nick Haisman-Smith

The Open Session is the cornerstone practice for effective Middle and High School wellbeing/SEL programs in hundreds of schools in the US. This highly interative session will provide an introduction to the Open Session, preparing participants to skillfully facilitate this powerful interaction with students. Open Session builds SEL and is based on the development of specific techniques for clarification, empathic listening, and group problem-solving of real-life student, or teacher-generated issues. The format uses the Socratic method and is infused with tenets of social and emotional intelligence. Elements can be seen in The Power of Collective Empathy, a TEDx for High School. This session is appropriate for both beginner and experienced educators. Participants will: - receive a 'how to' guide for running an Open Session; - experience of being part of an Open Session during the workshop; - hear an overview of the theory, principles and 'best practices' for running Open Session.

Nick Haisman-Smith

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Social and Emotional Learning/Wellbeing

Developing young leaders - a practical guide to empowering students

Chris Mayoh

This session will explore a wide variety of ways in which teachers and school leaders can create opportunities in which students of all ages can develop genuine and meaningful leadership skills across and beyond the curriculum. From more formal initiatives such as Student Councils and Digital Leaders to creative day-to-day approaches, we will evaluate the effectiveness of a range of opportunities and discuss the school environment we need to cultivate to enable children and young people to be empowered to gain such an important life skill as leadership.

Chris Mayoh

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Student Leadership
Joanne Ladds

Joanne Ladds

Mindset Matters

Mindset Matters

Joanne Ladds

The workshop will start with an introduction to fixed and growth mindsets. This will included an activity to look at the mindset of those present in the workshop. It will look at how growth mindset can be used successfully in schools to motivate teachers and pupils whilst engaging the parents in the learning journey. The workshop will look at growth mindset from the perspective of the teachers in terms of their own professional development and teaching techniques as well as being used as a tool to motivate pupils and to involve parents with a school's educational vision. It is hoped that delegates will leave with a positive outlook on their teaching methodologies as well as ideas about how to make pupils and parents engage with the learning journey.

Joanne Ladds

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Growth Mindset

Concept-based Disciplinary Units of Inquiry

Angeline Aow

Are you a subject specialist struggling to develop a concept-based disciplinary unit? Do you believe in a concept-based curriculum, but are not sure how to teach to concepts whilst maintaining disciplinary rigor and integrity? In this session the Structure of Knowledge (Erickson) and Structure of Process (Lanning) will be shared with you through practical examples of disciplinary units of inquiry. You will be walked through what to take into consideration, how to tackle this challenge and begin developing your own disciplinary unit of inquiry.

Angeline Aow

Audience: Primary | Theme: Subject-specialists in Primary

Walk in My Shoes: Using Smartphones to Development Empathy and Student Voice through Drama and Music (co-presenter: Laura Pilarski)

Joyce Moriana

Program Description/Abstract: Learn how to use smartphones in class to unlock student engagement, build empathy and develop digital literacy skills. Witness how student-created songs empowers them and gives them voice. Students and teachers can co-learn to create an environment in which smartphones become the starting point to building meaningful connections and a more empathetic student. Participant Outcomes: Participants will: Come to peace with technology instead of fighting it on a daily basis Build trust between student and educator Accept their role as a co-learner and abandon the antiquated role of the "teacher" Witness how smartphones can be used to build empathy, which is contrary to the latest studies and assertions. Session Alignment: Inspired by the belief that smartphones can be used to empower students in dramatic arts and music, students use these devices to counter the belief that smartphones decrease empathy. In fact, students learn to use their smartphones to build empathy within their environment. Participants will witness student-created videos that address such issues as mental wellness and learning to find one's voice in a society that ever changing. Conference areas of Focus: Student engagement Empathy Mental wellness Session Length: 60-70 minutes Session Process: Intro: (Joyce) Using menti.com, an online polling app that doesn't require downloading, participants will engage in a survey based on the negative issues they experience in their classroom around student use of smartphones. There will be an open discussion in which participants will have the opportunity to discuss the issues they encounter with the use of smartphones in their classrooms. We will then discuss how a co-curricular project, "Walking in Our Shoes" changed the landscape of drama and vocal classes in our high school. Laura will address anything that pertains to music including smart device applications for songwriting and creation of lyrics, whereas Joyce will address the dramatic arts component. The process involved in creating songs and video will be addressed in detail, as educators are made aware of how smartphones are used to collect, organize and eventually edit their final product, whether that be a song or a film. The session will end with samples of student-created songs and films. Research Base Current trends suggest that cell phone use amongst children impacts the ability to develop empathy in children. The negative side to technology, when not used correctly could have catastrophic effects, and has prompted educators and parents to demand that cell phone manufacturers implement technology to reduce that impact. Impact By strategically using smartphones in class, trust and understanding can be acquired between students and teachers. Intended Audience: Teachers of students from grades 7 up Content Level: Beginner to Intermediate The presenters of this seminar are Joyce Moriana and Laura Pilarski

Joyce Moriana

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Technology to build Empathy

An introduction to Mantle of the Expert (DOUBLE SESSION)

Tim Taylor

The Mantle of the Expert approach is about making learning exciting and meaningful to children. The idea is to create an imaginary context where the students are cast as an expert team with a job to do - rescue an injured climber, excavate an Egyptian tomb, restore a ruined castle - which the teacher uses to create purposeful activities for curriculum study: writing reports, researching the past, drawing plans to scale. In this workshop Tim will introduce the approach and take participants into an imaginary context just the way it would be done in the classroom.

Tim Taylor

Audience: Primary | Theme: Mantle of the Expert

Motivating the Unmotivated: How to get kids who hate school to do what you want

Amy Deprey

The focus of this session is to explain what has worked for me to motivate students (who hate school) in English classes that do not choose to take my courses. Teachers who have at-risk students will especially be interested in this seminar. Most of what I do focuses on classroom habits, modeling inspiration, creating engagig lessons based on pop culture games, student choice, and most importantly love and patience with difficult kids.

Amy Deprey

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Engagement

Creating a new normal: improving outcomes by tweaking how we lead and work.

Leah Wright

During this session, I will share how, as a Head of Year 6, I am working to improve the learning culture (and ultimately the outcomes) through embedding tried and tested methods as well as new trials with children and staff. These include: a whole culture change, pupil leadership, working with parents, different organisation strategies and raising expectations of everyone. Teachers will take away strategies they could try in their year groups/departments and hopefully be inspired to challenge their 'normal' way of doing things to improve outcomes.

Leah Wright

Audience: Primary | Theme: Leadership/Pupil leadership/collaboration/

Internationalism- the benefits of making links.

Alice Southern

This workshop would focus on the benefits of working with schools abroad and doing projects with them. It would be suitable for primary and secondary teachers and would be suitable for beginners and experts. In the workshop, I will provide examples of projects which I have carried out including History project with a school in Normandy focusing on D-Day. I would show how these projects are easy to fit alongside current topics being taught and so do not create too much more work for teachers. I will also link the projects with the Global Goals and demonstrate the positive impact of working collaboratively across cultures/religions/countries by using student voice. The workshop will provide the participants to come up with ideas for their own projects, either subject specific, or whole school based.

Alice Southern

Audience: Whole School | Theme: International projects

60 tech tools and tricks in 60 minutes - tech tips, tricks and tools you need to know as a primary teacher.

Jon Kitchin

It will be something of a Tim Vine affair - guaranteed to be engaging and useful! The tech tools outlined will all be free, and the session will be practical in the sense that teachers will be hopefully enthused to use any new tools/tricks in their classroom as soon as they return to school. All areas of primary school tech will feature - from search tips to internet safety to music and coding. This will be a session for all, from beginners to experts - it will be interesting to see how many tools, tricks and tips even the seasoned pros recognise and use!

Jon Kitchin

Audience: Primary | Theme: Educational Technology

Reluctant Writers? Engagement and Motivation in Literacy.

Carol Allen

This session will start from the premise that there are a wide variety of reasons why children are reluctant writers from those with physical barriers to learning, through those with a range of learning difficulties to those who struggle with social-emotional and anxiety issues. From working with hands to alert the neurological networks before writing through to creating personalised books for those with particular interests, this practical session will help us evaluate a range of ideas to support our students. How do you quickly assess the effectiveness of writing implements to reduce the physical effort of handwritten production? We will look at creative stimuli to immerse children with ideas to form the subject of their writing; assistive technology (low and high tech) that supports everyone to be a successful writer; writing and blogging for a world-wide audience; using symbol supported writing effectively and creative alternatives to writing such as podcasting, vlogging, animation and writing on the move! The session will be packed with easy to replicate ideas for people to take away and use themselves; appropriate for beginners and equally those wishing to re-energize. Fun, fast-paced and most of all, useful!

Carol Allen

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Inclusion; Literacy

StoryBricks: Using LEGO for Literacy

Dominic Tremblay

Now, even your most reluctant writers will have fun learning the basic skills for writing a story! Using LEGO bricks, figures, plates and special software, students work collaboratively to create visual scenes that they write down, photograph, publish and share with others. Using LEGO takes away any stress associated with staring at a blank page while trying to come up with something. Ready to see students excited by the process of writing and proud of the results they come up with? This is the workshop for you!

Dominic Tremblay

Audience: Primary | Theme: Literacy

Responsive Teaching - Progression, Assessment and Learning.

Dave Stacey

Responsive Teaching is what Dylan Wiliam has said he wishes he'd called Assessment for Learning. In this session, we'll at some of the ideas and research around what progression looks like, understand the different impacts that our assessment practices can have on learners and on teachers, and share some practical strategies to try out back in school

Dave Stacey

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Assessment, Progression, Marking, Feedback

Grassroots Wellbeing: promoting staff & student wellbeing from the bottom up.

Charlotte Ward

This session would be for teachers who wish to start promoting wellbeing in their schools. DIscussing practical wellbeing ideas & strategies that can be implemented with minimal money or support. How to use ideas from Twitter such as #teacher5aday #student5aday within school and convincing SLT to support a wellbeing focus. I would hope participants would come with their own ideas to share & develop & that by the end of the session they may have a plan as to how to go about supporting wellbeing in their setting. The ideas I provide will be from a secondary focus but those in primary settings may also find it useful.

Charlotte Ward

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Wellbeing

Bringing Shakespeare to Life! (co-presenter: Matt Wardle)

Emma Bramley

This 70 minute session will be a fully immersive experience looking at how North West Drama engage teachers and children in Shakespeare's plays. Focusing on one play we will explore how the story, characters and language can be explored through drama through rich and exciting techniques. Accessible and easily transferable into any classroom setting these approaches will offer participants compelling and imaginative ways to introduce children to Shakespeare so that it ignites their curiosity whilst developing teachers confidence with both the texts and the approaches to it. We passionately believe in the power of drama to affect and engage pupils, extending and building on our innate ability and inclination to explore the world through play. The effective drama process requires participants to act, enact, interact, direct, manage, review and evaluate; key problem solving skills.

Emma Bramley

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Literacy/Shakespeare

Choose Your Differentiated Adventure: Instructional Strategies that make a difference for meeting the needs of the Whole Child

John McCarthy

The session will explore 4-7 strategies through participant immersion for full understanding through experiences. Participants will be provided with a list of annotated strategies, from which they will vote on the ones to explore. I will facilitate the participants through the differentiated learning experiences. We will do as many as time permits. Participants of all experience level will find value as they will choose the focus. Participants will leave with LARGE list of strategies for immediate use in their schools and classrooms. A copy of my book will be offered as a drawing, and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the session.

John McCarthy

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Differentiation

Moving Stories. Enhancing physical literacy through literacy.

Richard Cheetham

This workshop is to offer the delivery of a fundamental movement skills educational initiative workshop (Literally Moving) at the appropriate level within Infant and Primary education. The approach is to include the following: 1. Teachers to recognise the fundamental movement skills and their importance in child development, lifelong physical literacy and sport related activities 2. Recognise appropriate delivery methods to highlight an integrated approach linking subjects such as literacy and numeracy 3. A practical delivery method where teachers are made aware of exemplars in which the key elements and integrated model are shown 4. Provision of appropriate resource material.

Richard Cheetham

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Literacy and fundamental movement skills

Indigenous Knowledge in the Classroom

Helen Margaret Murray

This seminar will focus on how to teach about Indigenous peoples in a way that is engaging and relevant for pupils, introducing important ideas and concepts. Ideas for activities and resources will be shown and discussed. This seminar is relevant for the teaching of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in TOK and for other subjects in which Indigenous culture and history are part of the curriculum.

Helen Margaret Murray

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Implementation of curriculum

Teachers Supporting Teachers: We're Better Together (co:presenter: Paula Schmidt)

Michele Vosberg

"Inspired Together Learning" takes the best of what we have learned about how teachers can and should support other teachers. It is our mission to help create and sustain excellent teachers. In our workshop we would share: What do beginning teachers need? What are their typical struggles and typical timeframes for experiencing those struggles? How can teaching colleagues support new teachers when and where they need the most help? Experienced teachers also have struggles. What are typical struggles of experienced teachers and how can beginning teachers help them? How can beginning teachers and experienced teachers best communicate in order to build connections that will help both parties to support each other and to build a strong community of teachers who work together for the benefit of improving themselves and their schools? We will share our insights and then to facilitate a discussion about how teachers can support each other in order to build a strong learning community.

Michele Vosberg

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Mentoring and Supporting Teachers (co-presenter: Paula Schmidt)

Teaching and Feedback Techniques to develop independent learners across the age groups

Zoe Smeaton

In my department we have become increasingly aware or increasingly annoyed by the lack of independent study from our 6th formers. This is particularly worrying with the development of the new A levels and the demands of the new courses. Whilst I agree with the problem, I'm more aware that in order to create independent 6th formers, we need to develop independent students, starting in year 7 and developing their skills so that they can already be independent by the time they get to the 6th form. Suitable for anyone who is interested! I would like to present SIX strategies that I have been using: Strategy 1: True/False starter and plenary activities; Strategy 2: Using assessment to create independent learners; Strategy 3: Tick sheets, success criteria stickers and assessment criteria checklists' Strategy 4: MARCKS: An acronym for students to figure out where they went wrong in tests; Strategy 5: encouraging reading around the subject; Strategy 6: What good work looks like wall.

Zoe Smeaton

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Developing independent learners

Using curriculum artefacts in geography: developing a pedagogy of narratives

Alan Parkinson

Alan will share outcomes from two ERASMUS+ funded projects which he has been involved with, and which have informed his recent teaching, plus two projects where he has connected with university geographers. There will be a focus on the development of curriculum artefacts: substantive resources based around physical objects. Alan will outline the idea of a 'pedagogy of narratives', with a focus on storytelling, and helping students to 'write the earth': one of geography's core purposes. There will be some time to respond to the ideas, and work in groups to create your own resource(s) to use back in your own classroom.

Alan Parkinson

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Geography

Engaging older students with Google Maps and [new] Google Earth.

Richard Allaway

Going beyond using these fancy online atlases to find your house or where you are going on holiday. This hands-on workshop will explore how to use them regularly in the classroom to support Geography students with their knowledge and understanding of examples and case studies.

Richard Allaway

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Geography

INQUIRY -> ENGAGEMENT -> EMPOWERMENT: Inquiry-Based Learning across Disciplines

Denise Altobello

Engage students. Easier said than done, right? Where cult of personality can work in some amazing teachers' favor, many of us dream of students becoming engaged because of the content and skills developed by our courses, rather than by our enviable personalities. Well, dream no more. Relying upon the Food Network "Chopped" formula - Constraints + Choice = Skill + Creativity, this inquiry model becomes a springboard to student engagement. When students engage in real world issues through the lens of inquiry, they soon become empowered as learners and doers. Best of all, their presentations of learning (POLs), often turn out to be as deep as they are lively. Our discussion will break down the components of inquiry projects - from 15-minute ones to semester projects - into manageable chunks and will provide attendees with the framework, skill set, resources, assessment options and rubrics that will allow them to help students build purpose, autonomy and mastery.

Denise Altobello

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Inquiry Learning across Disciplines/ Student Engagement / 21c Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking

#IBGeog19 - The Final Run In. Practical techniques, resources & what we now know with 5 months to go (co-presenter: Richard Allaway).

Matt Podbury

This session will be especially useful for teachers of the new IB DP Geography curriculum for first examination in 2019. The session will be run by Matt & Richard, two experienced teachers of IB DP Geography both of who have teaching websites dedicated to the new syllabus. We will focus on techniques for teaching the new course, especially focusing on the brand new content of the course as well as suitable case study material and tips for the final run in. This session is suitable for all teachers of IB DP Geography, those who make be making a transition and also those who teach the A-level specifications as much of the content will be transferable.

Matt Podbury

Audience: Secondary | Theme: IB DP Geography

It's challenge, Jim - but not as we know it!

David Rogers

Challenge is often banded around, but there is very little common understanding of what challenge looks like in the classroom. Through a range of whole school examples, I will present ten practical ideas that teachers and curriculum leaders can implement the week after the conference. The ideas will range in scale from those that apply to whole school leaders right down to the individual classroom teacher. I will also cover the somewhat controversial Self directed Learning approach adopted by the Focus Learning Trust.

David Rogers

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Challenge

Impact learning in secondary history

Terry Haydn

Getting pupils to remember, understand and apply what they have learned is more complicated and difficult than non-teachers imagine. It's not simply about the 'quantity' of teaching time or volume of knowledge transmitted - teaching can be a "hit and miss" affair. It's partly about the impact of the teaching and resources on pupils' thinking. The session looks at some examples of "impact" resources, including some 'collections' on particular historical topics, and aims to provide some suggestions about how to build up collections of impact resources. There will be some impact "learning packages" (Walsh, 2003) for participants to take away.

Terry Haydn

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Effective learning

Happy teachers, happy pupils -Teacher wellbeing: make it the heart of your school's agenda.

Costa Constantinou

Staff are our greatest asset and resource in getting the best from pupils. So, creating a nurturing working environment in which they can grow as practitioners is vital if we want to get the best from our students. __ In this session, we will explore the ingredients of an emotionally healthy and happy school, and look at best practice examples of how schools are promoting staff health and wellbeing. This includes the "Five Ways to Wellbeing" and "How to Establish a Team of Wellbeing Champions" because everyone needs a champion on their side! We will also draw on practical ways to measure staff wellbeing and touch upon how these ideas can be extended to student health and wellbeing by referring to the "Eight Principles to Promoting a Whole School and College Approach to Emotional Health and Wellbeing" published by the Public Health England and the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition, March 2015.

Costa Constantinou

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Wellbeing

Everything is Awesome with LEGO Math!

Dominic Tremblay

Did you know that approximately 7 LEGO sets are purchased worldwide every second? This popular brick can help students truly understand what numbers mean. Fractions are just a fraction of what you can do with LEGO. Learn how to use them to teach geometry, data management, algebra, measurement, equations, number sense, operations and more.

Dominic Tremblay

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Numeracy

Mathematics with Cuisenaire rods: from the early years to adult (co-presenters: Mike Ollerton / Helen Williams)

Simon Gregg

This hands-on workshop exploring the mathematical potential of Cuisenaire rods is suitable for teachers of all ages of learner; and for those who have used / are using them in their maths classrooms, as well as for those who have never heard of them! Come along and find out their rich potential. The aim of the workshop is for participants to feel enthused and confident in exploring some different areas of mathematics using Cuisenaire with their pupils.

Simon Gregg

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Mathematics/ manipulatives / thinking and reasoning

Growth Mindset: How to support those with Special Educational Needs

Rachel Bailey

The focus of this seminar is on the application of the concept of growth mindset for the special educational needs population within secondary schools. The topic has not been covered before by research so this presents a unique opportunity to hear and discuss the latest research findings on how best to encourage a growth mindset in students with SEN. The seminar will cover the basics of growth mindset before discussing practical methods of how to implement this in your classroom focusing especially on students with special educational needs although methods will be applicable to most students within the classroom. Chances will be given throughout for discussion and reflection on teaching and the challenges of growth mindset in the classroom and materials will be provided that teachers can take away to try. Teachers will be given the opportunity to partake in further research on the area. Suitable for both beginners and experts.

Rachel Bailey

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Differentiation

Getting more out of teaching in the OUTdoors...

Leigh  Hoath

Many children respond very differently in the outdoor setting than when in the classroom. There are many publications which suggest how to support learning in the outdoors but this workshop focusses on the teachers' teaching and offers a very simply but effective framework for better practice when teaching outside. The workshop will help teachers to gain confidence with managing behaviour, learning and their overall teaching when moving outside the classroom into the school grounds, on off site visits and residentials. The workshop is suitable for teachers from all age phases, subject areas and range of experience.

Leigh Hoath

Audience: Whole School | Theme: outdoor teaching

Scenario based learning: bringing the real world into your classroom (co-presenter: Tony McAleese - @T0nymca)

Caron Downes

From the "Coroner's Office" to an "Escape Room", turn your classroom into an adventure. Delegates will be introduced to a range of tried and tested scenarios, which have been used to liven up Maths and Humanities lessons. Drawing on our experience we will outline ideas for lessons, whether introducing or revising a topic. We will also be considering how these can be put into practice without breaking the bank or causing weeks of preparation. After hearing about our lessons, and having a chance to try some of them out, we hope there will be time for delegates to share their own experiences of bringing the "real world" into the classroom.

Caron Downes

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Creativity

Proactive Post-16 Learners (co-presenter: Carla Khouri)

Andrew Luck

The workshop will provide strategies for developing independent, proactive post-16 learners. This is aimed at teachers in any subject who are looking for ways to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. The session will be interactive, and will include a number of techniques for teachers to implement in their own practice. These techniques include the use of technology, flipped-learning and learning for the future.

Andrew Luck

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Independent Learners

The transformative power of questions in the literature classroom

Elizabeth Stephan

In this session we explore the way that questions can transform the students' relationship with literature, their engagement with it, and the quality of their understanding of it as evidenced in their performance on assessed tasks. We consider how the teacher's role and effectiveness are also significantly enhanced through awareness of different models of questions and their cognitive and psychological impact, and through the skillful use of these at different stages of the studying and learning process. We discuss some successful models of questioning, and experiment with a number of practical ways of using these in the early, mid and revision stages of studying texts of different genres and in translation.

Elizabeth Stephan

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Literature - revision / questioning

Dilemma-Led Learning: people/place/problem

Hywel Roberts

Protecting children into contexts can deepen learning, build enquiry and offer opportunities for powerful writing. Using a People/Place/Problem approach to thinking and planing, this practical workshop will give delegates some new ways of looking at their curriculum offer and strategies to use straight away in the classroom. There will be many dilemmas to resolve and laughs to be had.

Hywel Roberts

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Values, cross curricular, oracy and articulacy

Enterprise Education: How can we improve students' learning and involvement in entrepreneurship?

Shani Hartley

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction about the need in enterprise education to shift from a traditional pedagogical approach of teacher-led instruction to student-centred active learning. The workshop will then conduct various activities with participants in the role of students actively involved in learning entrepreneurship. This will include ways to generate business ideas and practice selling techniques. Participants will also gain ideas for conducting market days, trade shows and reality TV styled business pitches. It is suitable for both beginning and expert teachers.

Shani Hartley

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Enterprise Education / Pedagogy / Active Learning

Making Maths Digital: Tools for exploring mathematics understanding on t'internet (co-presenter: Adrian Sparrow)

Ben Rouse

In this hands-on session we look at some online tools that have made me change my mind that "maths is a written discipline". Write, speak and draw maths, explore activities to develop mathematical understanding through tools like Desmos and Equatio. The session requires a Laptop with Chrome browser available.

Ben Rouse

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Mathematics

Equality and Diversity in the Classroom

Adele Bates

All students need to feel safe and included in schools before they can think about algebra, Dickens quotes or daring to put their hand up. This workshop examines what can make a student feel excluded in your subject, in your classroom, and how that can affect their learning: whether that's mental health issues, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, language difficulties, cultural differences, racial exclusion, young carer responsibilities, LGBT+ awareness - or other aspects that you have experienced in your teaching. Through interactive activities, scenarios, practical resources and discussions you will get a chance to learn how best to make your learning environment safe and inclusive for all your students - and importantly, how this will improve their participation and learning from your very next lesson... Suitable for all teaching staff in all types of schools.

Adele Bates

Audience: Whole School | Theme: PSHE - Whole School Inclusion

Should we tame our artists? Questioning assessment in the creative arts.

Rose Neilson

1. Best-practice exchange and discussion; benefits and limitations of the wide variety of ways in which creative work (e.g. artworks, practical/technical skills, composition, performance etc.) can be assessed in classrooms to support progress; summary of research evidence supporting or refuting commonly-used methods. 2. Impact of different methods of assessment upon long-term outcomes for students (e.g. willingness to take risks, creative problem-solving, relevance of preparation for future study in the field). 3. Challenges of preparing students for success in external assessments whilst maintaining authenticity in their creative processes. 4. Helping non-specialists to understand the nature and validity of assessment methods in creative subject areas; managing the reputation/status of creative subjects; should parity of reporting with other subjects (for student achievement and school administration purposes, rather than imposition by national policies) be required by schools. Suitable for experienced and beginner teachers, and non-specialists with a responsibility for or interest in the arts

Rose Neilson

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Assessment and marking of skills, understanding and outcomes in the creative arts

Diminishing the Difference: practical strategies to support, motivate and inspire disadvantaged pupils so that they perform as well as their non disadvantaged peers.

Julie Richardson

A look at the complexities surrounding many pupils that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, through a number of case studies - what are the issues? Group exploration of a number of strategies that have been tried and tested and how the difficulties of showing impact. Participants will leave with a range of strategies that can be employed to support disadvantaged pupils and remove the barriers they might have to learning.

Julie Richardson

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Addressing pupil needs

Championing Creativity in the Classroom

Alex  Fairlamb

This session aims to define creativity within Teaching and Learning and explore the impact that it has upon students and their learning, and to identify and challenge the barriers that can limit opportunities for creativity within lessons and to examine a range of useful creativity resources and strategies which will enable teachers to champion creativity within the curriculum in both practical and engaging ways.

Alex Fairlamb

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Creativity

Inclusion For All- Whole School Approaches to Positive LGBT+ Inclusion and Human Rights Education

Shaun  Dellenty

The session is led by British multi -award winning school leader and LGBT+ inclusion in education advocate Shaun Dellenty, a pioneer of large scale change within the UK education system. Shaun is a highly respected, very engaging speaker known to move hearts and minds. A survivor of prejudice related bullying, Shaun brings a highly compassionate, non -judgmental and practical approach to a subject that some education systems find very challenging. Staff at all levels and abilities are encouraged to attend the session that has the core themes of 'children first' and 'organisational change'. Rather than limit his approach to any one education system, Shaun will highlight the moral rationale for undertaking positive work on LGBT+ inclusion in schools. He will share good practice, draw on personal testimony, case study and share a tried and tested range of leadership, teacher and student led approaches and activities that aim to make schools and faith schools safer more inclusive places for all stakeholders. Shaun will bring his unique vision to the seminar, drawing upon a wide breath of experiences of leading on LGBT+ inclusion and human rights in education systems since 2009. The session should be of interest to anyone working in an education context, but may be of particular interest to leadership, teaching staff and those working on inclusion, diversity, mental health, anti-bullying and human rights education.

Shaun Dellenty

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Inclusion

"Video killed the busy teacher": how to use video feedback in formative assessment. "

Christopher Hill

An introduction to using video screencasts as part of formative assessment. Teachers are often overloaded with essays to mark and spend hours correcting and writing feedback. How useful is this feedback and is this an efficient use of teacher time? This workshop explores using audio and video feedback which will not only save teachers time, but will have a greater impact on students' learning. This practical workshop is suitable for beginners with no previous experience of using screencast software (Screencastify) and is particularly relevant for teachers of English and the social sciences. Participants are requested to bring a laptop and combined headset with microphone.

Christopher Hill

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Assessment / Feedback / EdTech

Building Independence and Resilience in your learners

Neil Atkin

Do your students lack the ability to think independently? Do they give up easily? What can you do to develop them into resilient thinkers? Research-based strategies that have been shown to work. You can join a follow up online community to evaluate and refine what we have learned

Neil Atkin

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Pedagogy

"How to be a primary headteacher at 5 minutes notice." Whether thrown in or not, how to survive your first 30 days.

Dughall McCormick

People, processes and practicalities. Key principles if you find yourself in a leadership role. Everything any senior leader needs to know contained in a succinct session that will equip anyone for the trials and tribulations of senior leadership, expected or not!

Dughall McCormick

Audience: Primary | Theme: Leadership

Tell me a story!

Lisa Stevens

Everyone loves a story, whatever their age, and stories are a valuable resource for the language teacher. This practical session for primary school teachers will consider the place of storytelling in the primary languages classroom and explore some favourite stories and how they might be used. It will also offer suggestions for teachers and learners to find, make and share their storytelling skills, and, using a variety of tools including paper, technology and the human body, encourage the discussion and creation of materials that can be used 'tomorrow' in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring a favourite book that they have or would like to use in the classroom, but some imagination and enthusiasm will suffice if luggage space is tight!

Lisa Stevens

Audience: Primary | Theme: primary languages; literacy; storytelling; spanish; french; german

Pathways to Excellence: Rethinking professional learning networks (PLNs) to recruit, develop and retain outstanding staff for outstanding schools

Liz Free

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Networks (PLNs) are established vehicles for educational partnerships working and yet commitment to them has ebbed and flowed. They have defined a range of project and methodology driven approaches such as lesson study or action research. In this engaging and interactive session, you will hear case studies which highlight how collaboration, a focus on outcomes, the pursuit of high quality teaching and persistence in hurdling barriers to improvement have led to success from a headteacher who has moved into the international community from an outstanding UK Teaching school, a headteacher with significant experience across excellent international schools and an international director of professional learning and development. There will be opportunities to knowledge share with fellow international school leaders and to identify areas for further research as we work together to design professional learning, as an extended international learning community, for the benefit of our schools, our staff and our pupils.

Liz Free

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Leadership/CPD/School Improvement

Uncharted Territories: Adventures in Learning

Hywel Roberts

Times are always changing and as educators and providers we have to ensure we are keeping up. There is no room to stand still. Children need to be protected into curriculum, they need to be equipped to contribute to the world in the spirit of self- worth, wisdom and inquiry. They need to know how to question and challenge, whilst appreciating and recognising that not everyone will see the world in the way they do. This practical session will explore these ideas whilst ensuring we support our children in being successful navigators of often uncharted territories. Colleagues will leave with new eyes on their curriculum with tools and strategies that will enhance their thinking and practice.

Hywel Roberts

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Teaching and learning, emotional literacy, oracy, storytelling

Stepping through the hole in the Ozone layer - How do we deal with misconceptions in Science lessons?

Patrick McHugh

This could be of use to both Primary and Secondary Science teachers. It is common to come across various misconceptions when teaching Science - this can be anything from pupils believing that humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time to thinking that the hole in the Ozone layer causes global warming. This workshop will seek to identify these misconceptions and then try out different techniques for challenging these ideas and promoting critical thinking. How can we do this without making learners feel stupid?

Patrick McHugh

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Science / misconceptions / challenges

Let's take this outside - inspirational and innovative outdoor learning in the humanities and beyond

David Alcock

Could you refresh your learning by taking some of it outside? We will discuss a variety of techniques for how to engage your learners in the outdoors. Geographers and historians will find this useful, but it will have applications across the arts and sciences, and across all age groups, and will inspire those who rarely venture outside and those to whom it is a second home. You will try out some techniques in the grounds of the school, with ideas in the broad categories of 'no or few props', 'natural stimulation', 'hypothesis creation', 'place making', 'urban task force', and 'rename and rebrand'. (possible double session)

David Alcock

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Outdoor Learning / Humanities (and beyond)

Successfully offering three languages (two first languages and one foreign language) in the IMYC, IGCSE and IB programmes of study

Aurelia McNicol

How can we support our students to become plurilinguists and consolidate skills from one language to another? Do some curriculae allow easier implementations than others in school settings? How to connect programmes between the Juniors, Middle and Senior years so that the students' skills are consistently enhanced throughout their schooling? The various ways to obtain an IB bilingual diploma. The recognition of Bilingual diploma in Universities. What if a student does not master one mother tongue as such but can juggle with three to four languages superficially? The role of one's mother tongue in TOK and HOTS

Aurelia McNicol

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Languages

How artificial intelligence is transforming the classroom and improving outcomes today.

Priya Lakhani

What is artificial intelligence and how is it impacting students and teachers today? How will it impact you? How can you use it? Including case studies and impact data from schools.

Priya Lakhani

Audience: Whole School | Theme: AI in education

Teaching Genocides: The Why, the How, and the What

Kathleen Ralf

In this session teachers will be presented with why, in this day and age, Genocide education should be included in all upper school curriculums. With the rise of isolationism and nationalism in countries around the world, we must work to educate students on the dangers of that kind of thinking. Teachers will come away with a framework to use to help students analyze and understand Genocides, get some useful lesson ideas, and explore range of excellent resources to help students engage in this topic. Whether you are just starting out in the English or Humanities classroom, or if you are seasoned veteran, there is something here for everyone.

Kathleen Ralf

Audience: Secondary | Theme: Genocide & Human Rights Education

Making Digital Competence Cross-Curricular with 3D Printing

Andy Chaplin

3D Printing does not belong simply in the technology lesson. Using a set of simple methods, it can be used to enhance learning outcomes in all subjects. Introducing new technology to an overcrowded curriculum can be a barrier for many teachers, even for early adopters. 3d printing and its related skills can not only dramatically enhance digital competence, it can increase employability in learners, and while digital competency is being bracketed with literacy and numeracy as a core transferable skill, the effectiveness of the implementation is often tricky for front line teachers to quantify. In this session examples will be shown of projects that have directly lead to employment in cases where traditional exam results were a precluding factor. Those attending will be shown an approach for introducing the technology in all subject areas (3d printing in philosophy, anyone?) as well as a series of real examples where learners have developed teamwork skills, iterative design processes and creative judgement using free, intuitive, and for the most part, browser-based tools. It is in no way essential that the teacher has technical design skills! After the session, teachers will have an action plan for the introduction of 3d printing as well as an overview of costs (starting at below $200) together with access to free resources and support forums to further their knowledge in this direction. Although this seminar is aimed primarily at those with little knowledge of 3d printing, it will also be of particular interest to technology teachers looking to expand the use of 3d printing in other departments.

Andy Chaplin

Audience: Whole School | Theme: Digital Competence 7 3D printing
An incredibly wide ranging, thought provoking and - most importantly - useful conference. As an international teacher it was particularly useful to meet and chat with other overseas teachers face-to-face. In terms of the conference sessions, everything I attended delivered something that either I could implement in my classroom or that got me to reflect more critically on what I already do. The huge range of available sessions meant I could mix a focus on my subject area with some of the broader conceptual sessions that took place.
Scott Allsop Head of Humanities, @BSB_Humanities, Bucharest, Romania
The Practical Pedagogies conference is like no other because it brings together educators from across the globe. It offers a eclectic mix of thought provoking, practical and inspiring workshops, led by an equally varied selection of people who have effective teaching and learning slap bang in the middle of their thoughts. It has formed a vital part of my CPD, and I defy anyone to attend and not be challenged and changed.
Lisa Stevens MFL teacher with a passion for creativity and technology, Director of Lisibo Ltd, UK
The Practical Pedagogies conference stands out from the other conferences due to the unique set up of having fellow conference members providing the sessions. These sessions are relevant and provide hands-on techniques that are useful for all teachers of any age. The family-like atmosphere created by Russel allows all conference members to socialise and interact with fellow educators from around the world. The money saved on this very affordable conference can then be used on the pub crawl where the truly deep pedagogical discussions take place!
Jesse Bywater Leader for Learning, De Blijberg International Primary School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands