Literacy Conference 2021 - Keynote Speaker: Dr Kulvarn Atwal

By One Education on 24 May 2021



Dr Kulvarn Atwal FCCT has spent his entire career teaching and leading in East London schools and is currently Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School and Uphall Primary School. Highlands was recently awarded the Mayor of London’s Schools for Success award for the fourth year in a row; one of only 12 primary or secondary schools in London to achieve that accolade.

Kulvarn specialises in teacher professional learning. His doctoral thesis highlighted the factors that impact upon teacher engagement in professional learning activities, with a particular focus on workplace learning theories and action research.

He has published his first book, ‘The Thinking School. Developing a Dynamic Learning Community’.

Summary of Keynote: The Thinking School: The Importance of Teacher Professional Learning in Improving Children’s Oracy

In this keynote speech, Kulvarn will discuss the significance of teacher professional learning as a lever to improve students’ literacy; the importance of empowering teachers to explore their practice and to lead their own professional development. Enabling literacy development for every child in a class can be a complex task and we require thinking, reflective practitioners. Kulvarn will discuss how the development of skills in Oracy is central to the development of Literacy. A wide range of strategies will be shared to enable you to develop a talk-rich environment in your classrooms and schools.

Kulvarn occasionally tweets at @thinkingschool2

Find out more about his book, The Thinking School, and order your own copy through an independent bookshop.

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