Literacy Conference 2020 Workshops

One Education have a wide range of different workshops at this year's Literacy Conference for delegates to choose from, suiting different interests and roles. A short summary will be included about each one to help you decide which workshops would develop your CPD the greatest and would like to attend on the day. Please visit again for further updates.

By One Education on 10 Sep 2020

Literacy for all through relationships, systems and love! with Ella Hughes:

About the workshop:
This workshop will share creative ideas for how we can improve literacy across a school for all children – from the most able to international new arrivals with little or no prior English – by getting them to LOVE reading and writing.

I will share examples of how we inspired our children to want to write (spoiler – it includes working with a real life editor of real life books) and have grown a love of reading for the sheer pleasure of it that meant over 90 children turned up to my first lunch time KS2 book club last week!! (spoiler –the journey has involved hot chocolate and not just for the children!).

Although from the perspective of a senior leader I hope the key messages and practical examples will be relevant for anyone looking to ignite passion and raise standards in reading and writing.

Ella has been teaching for 14 years including 10 as a senior leader and nearly two years as Acting Headteacher of two different schools. Whilst most of her career has been spent in Greater Manchester (Stockport, Trafford and Manchester) Ella also enjoyed two years teaching in New Zealand.

She has taught the full primary age range (from Nursery to year 6) and a small specialist class of children with multiple, profound and complex SEND. She also spent three months working as a supply teacher and TA when she returned from New Zealand. Ella is currently the Headteacher of a three-form entry primary in central Manchester with a wonderfully diverse community of children who speak over 34 languages.

Whilst her previous responsibilities have included everything from SENCO, safeguarding and EYFS/KS1 lead to English, maths and science lead, her main roles now are leading Curriculum, Assessment, Teaching and Learning and KS2. Ella is passionate about the importance of nurturing relationships and emotional wellbeing for children and staff and have a real interest in how coaching can empower people. If she was a character from a book she would probably be Tigger!

Outside of school Ella loves to read, run, swim and spend time with my family. She can usually be found with her head in a book and in the past year she has started a children’s literature book club for adults.

Find Ella on Twitter: @ellathemermaid

Spelling strategies with Alice Pepper:

About the workshop:
A review of the findings of a 2-year in-house spelling research project whereby the teaching and learning of Spelling was scrutinised, re-organised and re-developed through the combination of context-related and wider research findings.

The application of a new programme of study into teaching spelling has resulted and the key elements of this will be shared as well as a guideline on how to personalise spelling provision at your own school.

Alice Pepper is an English SLE, with 10 years’ experience as an English leader in Trafford. She has delivered school to school support for many years and regularly delivers training through Trafford Teaching School Alliance’s CPD programme, including the English Leaders’ professional development. Alice is a KS2 writing moderator for Trafford and teaches Y6 at Tyntesfield Primary School where she leads Upper Key Stage 2.

Find Alice on Twitter: @MrsPeppe

Using drama to explore stories with Ben Connor:

About the workshop:
Mantle of the Expert uses dramatic imagination techniques to provide opportunities for children to explore stories, characters and situations.

The workshop will demonstrate simple techniques for using drama to explore stories, particularly picturebooks. We will then show how these methods can help children to develop their storytelling, by helping them to empathise with characters and ‘think’ themselves into a scene. The impact of these methods on pupils’ writing is brilliant as it helps them to bring their ideas to life.

Ben Connor is SLT, Curriculum/English Lead and Year 4 teacher at a school in Bolton. He is passionate about the use of drama, music, image, film and imagination to support childrens' writing and understanding of character emotions. He is interested in applying methods and techniques in the classroom to present pupils with a 3D curriculum that provides an engaging, exciting learning experience. Ben is now a qualified Mantle of the Expert trainer with a Quality Mark and everything.

Find Ben on Twitter: @bbcteaching Visit his website

Robbie the school dog - Inspire Academy:

About the workshop:
Emma Richards, Robbie’s Mum, will share with you the journey of having a school dog so far and how it all began. The workshop will explore how the school use Robbie to enhance our literacy skills for all children and the impact that this has had on the children and the school.

The workshop will also discuss how Robbie has helped to promote a love of reading within the school. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions about the practicalities of having a school dog.

Please note: Robbie will be there for the workshop so numbers will be limited and it will be first come first served when we open workshop bookings.

Robbie joined Inspire Academy in July 2018 as their school dog. He is one of the first mainstream school dogs in Tameside. He is a happy boy with a gentle temperament; he loves to be around children and adults. Robbie’s hobbies include cuddles, playing and hearing stories.

Find Robbie on Twitter: @Robbie_Inspire

Marking literacy more accessible for EAL children - Beth Southern:

About the workshop:
Do you know how language is acquired by EAL children or the order in which children develop language skills in a second language (thinking about reading, writing, speaking and listening)?

What about the huge impact poor vocabulary can have on reading and comprehension, and the experience gaps this can bring?

We know that EAL children lack vocabulary by the very nature of them being learners of English but did you know that a huge number of English speaking children also have vocabulary gaps that stifle their progress?

This session will dive in to vocabulary and look at ways to make learning words everybody’s business! A range of practical strategies and tips for building literacy in to all quality first teaching.

Beth Southern is the creator of EAL HUB and is an experienced EAL Consultant and a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for EAL. She has a wealth of experience across both primary and secondary, within state sector and private education. Beth was Head of EAL at a large inner-city academy in Manchester for 4 years and more recently was Leading Teacher for EAL at a local council. She has worked with EAL pupils for the last 12 years and has a wide range of experience of working with International Schools around the world. Her passion is to make EAL teaching as inclusive as possible by supporting teachers in feeling more confident using EAL strategies within quality first teaching.

Find Beth on Twitter: @bethan_southern

Greater Depth Reading - Laura Lodge:

About the workshop:

Outside the realms of statutory assessment, what does Reading at a greater depth look like?

How can we challenge children to develop their understanding of what they read at a greater depth?

This workshop will explore what greater depth looks like and a wide range of approaches to support children to become deeper readers. Looking at strategies including text choice, questioning, close analysis and developing personal responses, delegates will leave the workshop with practical ideas to implement in school.


Laura, a senior education consultant at One Education, specialises in providing bespoke training to schools across the curriculum, particularly in English. She is also a curriculum expert on KS1 and KS2 Reading for the Department for Education and STA. Previously working as a Key Stage Two and English lead in Manchester, Laura led wide-ranging training opportunities and supported curriculum change.

Find Laura on Twitter: @lauralodge208

When phonics doesn't work - Helen Marriott:

About the workshop:

Let’s be honest – phonics does not work for everyone!

There is no doubt that reading is vital for the development of all areas of learning. For a significant portion of children learning to read via phonics does not work for them. During the workshop we will look at different types of learners and different ways of supporting these pupils in our classrooms.

Helen has spent the last 20 years working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in a range of settings and roles, and is now working as a Specialist Inclusion Teacher and Speech and Language Therapist at One Education.

Find the One Education SEND and Inclusion Team on Twitter: @OneEdSEND

Practical Ways to Promote Reading in Schools:

About the workshop:
Do you want to develop a reading culture within your school? If you do, then this workshop is for you. You will walk away with a handful of practical methods that you can you implement immediately.

Developing a reading culture within your school and a love for reading amongst children does not come overnight but tactfully weaving it throughout your school and exposing children to books at every opportunity is the way to do it. I will be sharing what I’ve successfully done at my school with a little bit of theory.

I am English Lead (Writing and Reading) and a Year 5 teacher at a school in Huddersfield. Reading is something that I am extremely passionate about. As a child, reading wasn’t something that happened regularly at home and now as a teacher, I know how important an active reading household is. Promoting a love of books is high on my agenda. As teachers, we can see a correlation between those who do and don’t read, and the quality of their work in other subjects. As educators, it is our moral duty to give each child the opportunity to successfully master all aspects of the curriculum and to do that, we need to get books under their noses.

I’m also Computing Lead and regularly tell staff to turn their devices on and off when they have a problem, TES columnist and probably best known on #EduTwitter for my viral FootShake dance.

Find Kyrome on Twitter: @MrKAdams_
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How Literature can Shape your School Curriculum:

About the workshop:
This workshop will explore how literature can shape a whole school curriculum, the development of a literature spine ensuring diversity within choices made and the interplay between literature and the wider curriculum, making sure your curriculum is exceeding the expectations of the National Curriculum whilst being unique and bespoke to your school, it's pupils and the community.

Lekha Sharma is the Vice Principal-Quality of Education at a primary school in South London. She is a blogger, TES columnist and author of upcoming book ‘Curriculum to Classroom’. She is a postgraduate student at Oxford University studying Learning and Teaching. She has worked at a number of schools in both inner and outer London and in the Midlands.

Find Lekha on Twitter: @teacherfeature2

Developing Strategic Readers Ready for Secondary School:

About the workshop:
This workshop will focus on developing strategic readers in preparation for the increased challenge and demands of reading at secondary school. The session will first explore what effective literacy transition looks like between KS2 and KS3. The session will move on to discuss how to develop a reading culture in KS3, including best practice in teaching reading across the curriculum.

Sarah Green is an Assistant Headteacher working across mainstream and special secondary schools within The Prospere Learning Trust, South Manchester. She is a Voice21 National Oracy Leader and an Evidence Lead in Education (ELE) with Manchester Communication Research School.

During her sixteen years in education, Sarah has taught English across schools in Tameside, Stockport and Manchester, and has held a range of middle and senior leadership posts developing the English curriculum, assessment, feedback, literacy interventions and KS2-3 transition. She is an experienced AQA GCSE examiner and a trained UCL GROW@KS3 literacy intervention practitioner.

Sarah provides school-to-school support specialising in the leadership of English and the development of quality-first teaching & learning through evidence-informed professional development, coaching, quality assurance, whole-school literacy and oracy. She has presented on her literacy work alongside Senior HMI Vincent Ashworth and has recently played a key role in developing Manchester’s first city-wide KS2-3 transition reading project.

Sarah is currently working in partnership with One Education to help develop their new Secondary Reading Award. She is passionate about developing confident, life-long readers and believes literacy is everyone’s business!

Find Sarah on Twitter: @sarahlgreen07

Supporting Writing Across the Curriculum at KS3:

About the workshop:
This workshop will focus on developing writing strategies to allow students to become more competent and confident writers. The workshop will explore different methods to engage students with writing with a core focus on the need to explicitly teach students how to plan and reflect. It will provide ideas for writing stimuli and how to use talk effectively in the classroom to stimulate writing, including reference to the National Literacy Trust’s IPEELL pilot programme.

Rebecca has been teaching for twelve years with seven years of experience as a Head of English in a challenging school in Manchester. She has a wealth of experience teaching students across KS3 and KS4 with varying needs and abilities, developing expertise in creating an inclusive classroom and encouraging even the most reluctant students to engage with their learning.

Rebecca is an experienced AQA GCSE Examiner and has also delivered ‘GROW@KS3’ and ‘Inference’ interventions developed alongside UCL and Barlow Hall Primary. She has been active in implementing effective Oracy in the classroom using the School 21 model, embedding an oracy curriculum that develops students’ confidence and communication skills which can then be transferred into written skills.

Rebecca is part of the school’s ‘Teaching and Learning’ party and has delivered CPD to promote reciprocal reading and develop explicit reading strategies across the school. Rebecca has also recently worked alongside the National Literacy Trust to deliver a KS3 writing pilot programme called ‘IPEELL’ which focused on strategies to support less able and reluctant writers to be more confident and engaged when approaching writing. Rebecca is a passionate practitioner and is most at home in the classroom!

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