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One Education Literacy Conference


The One Education Literacy Conference 2017 will be a day not to be missed! Featuring keynote speakers Mat Tobin, Neil Griffiths and James Clements, as well as a multitude of inspiring workshops to choose from.

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Oct 12 2017


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The Studio
51 Lever Street
M1 1FN

Phone: 08449671111



12 October 2017

The One Education Literacy Conference 2017 will be a day not to be missed!

#Litconf17 is being held in The Studio; an exciting, modern event venue in the heart of Manchester City Centre. This venue was chosen following the excellent feedback we received after #Litconf16.

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Keynote speakers

Mat Tobin will be opening the conference with an inspirational talk about the use of picture books across the school, Neil Griffiths will guide us through approaches to help children develop a love of reading, and James Clements will close the day with a presentation on why we must encourage children to read.

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There will be a multitude of workshops to choose from, including workshops from Liz Chamberlain, author of ‘Inspiring Writing in Primary Schools’ and Simon Smith, Principal and self-proclaimed addict of childrens' books.

We will also see a return visit from the hilarious and extremely intelligent John Murray (Reading Explorers).

All of this, plus bespoke exhibitors, an ultra-modern, city central location, great food, & opportunities to network with literacy specialists from across the North West.

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Who's it for?

Early Years, KS1 and KS2 Class teachers, SLT, Literacy Leads, Head Teachers

Keynote Speakers

Mat TobinMat Tobin #Litconf17 Keynote Speaker

Mat teaches English and Children's Literature in Primary ITE and both the Primary PGCE and the 3-7 Early Years PGCE. Since joining Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of Primary teaching in Oxfordshire, Mat has been asked to deliver several keynotes across the UK on reading for pleasure, picture books and engaging pupils in the reading and writing process. He has research interests in children's literature and exploring how we can support all parents with regards to reading for pleasure in the home.

Find Mat on Twitter @Mat_at_Brookes

Keynote: Making a case for books - Why picture books are essential for all

Reading picture books is easy isn't it? Why bother with them at all when children come to school and what do they offer which other texts do not? Why should they be central to teaching throughout the primary curriculum and how do they relate to the reading for pleasure agenda? This keynote will explore the powerful relationship between words and pictures and how picture books are, essentially, for all.

Neil GriffithsNeil Griffiths - #LitConf17 Keynote Speaker

Neil Griffiths was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before taking on the role of director of a National Literacy Project for the Basic Skills Agency. Neil’s highly original Storysack idea was then set up and is now the worldwide, highly acclaimed, and award-winning Storysack® phenomenon.

Many publishers and institutions have asked Neil to contribute his wealth of experience to their projects over the years – his knowledge of learning, his gift of story, his passion for teaching, and his love of children – helping them to produce prized resources and to achieve success in the highly competitive educational market. Neil also finds time to write his own children’s picture books, published exclusively by Red Robin Books.

Neil delivers inspirational training worldwide. He is known internationally for his unique delivery, exceptional energy, and his rare storytelling gift. As part of his training, he works with Birmingham-based children’s booksellers Peters to deliver reading for pleasure roadshows at schools across the country.

He inspires teachers and librarians to improve their skills in the classroom and encourage a lifelong love of reading in children. A time with Neil is an experience you will never forget!

Keynote: Developing a Love of Reading

This highly thought-provoking session will explore the many ways that adults, both in school and at home, can play a crucial role in helping develop their children into life-long readers. With positive feedback such as, "Changed my approach to reading aloud forever!" we know delegates will leave feeling inspired and motivated!

James ClementsJames Clements - #LitConf17 Keynote Speaker

James Clements is the founder of education website 'Shakespeare and More'. For ten years, James was a teacher and senior leader at a wonderful primary school in West London. He also worked as a local authority lead teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools. James is now a researcher and education writer, working with schools and local authorities across the UK and further afield to develop the teaching of English.

Find James on Twitter @MrJClements

Keynote: Making a case for books - raising standards through reading for pleasure

In this session, James will look at the impact building a strong reading culture can have on a school, sharing practical ideas for teaching every child to read well and choose to read.


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Feedback from #Litconf16

What was the best part of the day?

"Such an inspirational day. I am going back to school full of exciting ideas to share with my team. Thank you." Michelle Harvey, English Lead, Cross Lee Primary School, Manchester

"Being inspired again when I feel demotivated." Narelle Black, KS1 Lead, Westdale Lane Infants

"Everything was useful. Every speaker gave me something to go back to school with." Ella Tarrant, English Leader, Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

"Keynote speakers were great and I feel inspired." Gina Linney, Deputy Head Teacher, St Phillip's CofE Primary

"Excellent sessions - so many strategies to take back to school." S Halliwell, Head Teacher, Chorlton CofE Primary School

Read a review of #LitConf16 from Education Director Jane Sowerby

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