Practical Pedagogies 2018

Background to the conference

Educational conferences can be prohibitively expensive for ordinary teachers, and often focus on abstract theory delivered by professional academics with very little hands-on classroom experience. Such events often appear more concerned with making money than with genuinely improving the quality of education being delivered within schools.

In contrast, "Practical Pedagogies" comes out of the belief that the best teacher-training conferences are delivered by practising teachers, for the benefit of each other and their students, at the minimum possible cost.

It was on this basis that 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 to each other and to visiting delegates 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 positive and 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)

Get Tickets!

Ticket sales are strictly limited and sell out well in advance in order to allow all attendees the maximum opportunity to attend their first-choice workshops.
Book early to avoid disappointment!

Standard Delegate
  • Access to all workshops on both days
  • Refreshments included
  • Hot lunch provided
  • Available until August 31st 2018
Early Bird
  • Access to all workshops on both days
  • Refreshments included
  • Hot lunch provided
  •  Only available until May 1st 2018*


*or until 50 tickets are sold, whichever is sooner

Late booking
  • Access to all workshops on both days
  • Refreshments included
  • lunch provided
  • Available from September 1st 2018
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