Literacy Conference 2021

One Education have a wide range of different workshops at our Literacy Conference for delegates to choose from, suiting different roles and requirements. We have included a short summary about each one to help you decide which workshops would develop your CPD the greatest and would like to attend on the day.

By One Education Conferences on 03 Feb 2022

Workshop A - Laura Lodge:


The world today is a challenge in more ways than one, but particularly in terms of the information we consume. In an era of fake news, bias and people choosing their own ‘truth’, we all need to take a critical look at what we read and how it influences our behaviour, beliefs and opinions. It is more crucial than ever for children to understand how to be critically literate. Understanding how to navigate this is a really important part of children’s education, but one which doesn’t always get the focus it deserves. This session will explore what it means to be critically literate and how we can best support pupils to use this key skill when reading and writing texts. You will leave the session with an understanding of key aspects of critical literacy learning and a raft of ideas about how to teach it in the classroom, across the key stages.


Laura is a Senior Education Consultant and the Reading Award lead at One Education. She is also a curriculum expert for the Department for Education in KS1 and KS2 reading, whilst also being a published author with Schofield and Sims. In her role at One Education, Laura provides bespoke support and training to schools to develop their curriculum, with a particular focus on English.

Follow Laura on Twitter: @OESchoolDevelop and @lauralodge208

Workshop B – Harriet Brettell


“Play is essential for children’s development.” (DfE 2021 – Statutory Framework for the EYFS). We know how important play is in EYFS, but what role does it have in developing literacy? This workshop will explore the impact play has on social interactions, language development and emergent literacy skills. We will take a closer look at the different stages of play and how to enhance provision and areas in the environment to make them literacy-rich. Looking at the new EYFS framework, we will discuss ways to include purposeful and meaningful play opportunities which focus on; the role of adult-child and child- child interactions; oracy and vocabulary development; valuing books and print and identifying opportunities to develop fine motor control and early writing skills. You will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of how carefully considering the quality of play impacts on the development of emergent literacy skills.


Harriet has been an associate working for the Literacy department at One Education since 2019. Prior to this she was an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Camden, London where she was EYFS Leader and Literacy Leader while teaching Year 6 part-time. In 2018, Harriet moved to Manchester to start her own family. Harriet is passionate about everything Early Years and Literacy. She strongly believes that when these areas are taught well, it lays the foundations for a child to feel valued and to have the mindset and skills needed to be a happy and successful life-long learner.

Workshop C – Sophie Law


Sophie has successfully led the introduction and development of whole class feedback at her own school, as well as supporting other schools to implement this approach to practice. This workshop will be an introduction to whole class marking and feedback in English and will explore the impact this can have on pupils’ progress. Sophie will introduce participants to strategies designed to deliver effective, precise and time saving feedback at a whole class level to have a real impact on pupils’ learning.


Biography: Sophie is an experienced teacher who is currently the Year 6 teacher, English Leader and Research Lead at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School in Bradford. She is also an Evidence Lead in Education for Huntingdon Research School and Research Fellow for the Bradford Birth to 19 project.

Follow Sophie on Twitter: @Miss_SLaw

Workshop D – Sidhra Aslam


This workshop will share creative ideas on how develop a love for reading within school. It is crucial that we foster a love of reading for every child, no matter their background, first language or academic attainment. Sidhra will share examples of how to improve reading spaces around school and the process of how she developed her school library from start to finish. You will leave with a wealth of ideas for how to ignite a love for reading across your school spaces.


Sidhra is in her fourth year of teaching and currently works at a diverse 3 form entry primary school, where she has been the Year 6 and Reading lead for the last 2 years. Sidhra has experience working across KS2 and will also be starting her role as LKS2 Phase Lead in September. She is extremely passionate about ensuring that all children are given a fair start in life and believes that the well-being of children should be at the forefront of everything that we do.

Workshop E – Bryony Cotton and Gemma Zauscinski, Russell Scott Primary School


Bryony and Gemma will share the key milestones in Russell Scott Primary School’s reading journey and the impact this has had on our pupils. Look out for some top tips which will be quick and easy to implement back at your own school, inspiring you to create your own reading community!


Biography: Gemma and Bryony lead Literacy at Russell Scott Primary which has recently been awarded the One Education Reading Award at Gold level. They are both driven by the power of having reading at the heart of a school and its curriculum, seeing the value of building a true reading community for pupils, families and staff alike!

Find out more about Russell Scott’s approach to reading on their website.

Follow them on Twitter: @RScottPrimary

Workshop F – Giglets Education


Writing is like an iceberg: we only see a tiny part of what is involved. For writing to be great, we need to make sure we provide pupils with a great stimulus and a reason for writing. In this workshop, Giglets will explore how fantastic stimuli can enhance the writing journey and the steps that you and your learners can take together for great writing output!


Giglets is an online literacy resource used by thousands of teachers and pupils. Giglets allows you to share texts and activities that your pupils will love to work on whether they are in school or at home. Giglets includes an accessible and ever-expanding library of colourful and enjoyable texts in over 35 languages. Pupils are engaged before they have even begun to read, drawn in by enhanced texts that include audio support, illustrations, animations and theme music. Each pupil's reading and learning experience is supported by interactive tasks and questions focussed on reading comprehension and higher-order thinking. The rich selection of texts encourages independence and improves pupils' motivation to read.

Find out more on the Giglets Education website.

Follow them on Twitter: @Giglets

Workshop G – Pippa Pixley


In this exciting, interactive workshop Pippa will share tips and techniques in picture writing and storytelling skills inspired by the wonders of nature. You will be immersed in a multisensory experience as you explore, discover, observe and embrace your own natural curiosity and playfulness as you learn methods of deepening inquiry and visual thinking approaches.


Pippa is an author and artist based in the Peak District National Park. She is an experienced storyteller, illustrator and writer. Pippa’s clients include Harper Collins, MacMillan, Tango Children’s Books, Nosy Crow, and BBC One TV, to name but a few. She has worked with many schools, nurseries, arts organizations, museums, conservation trusts, publishers and universities over the past 12 years to deliver education programmes - either focused on literacy or the creative arts - helping children, students and families to develop an awareness of the wonders of the natural world and the power of imagination.

Find out more about Pippa’s work on her website

Follow her on Twitter: @PippaPixley1

Workshop H – Idil Yusuf


Idil’s workshop will focus on diversity and representation in the English and wider curriculum. She will explore the current landscape of the curriculum in primary schools, what changes could be made and the impact this could have on all learners. Idil will also explore a model of global learning, which incorporates diverse core texts, a full and broad humanities curriculum and the essential character skills required to thrive in a modern complex society.


Idil is an Assistant Head teacher, part of a core group of leaders across a growing multi-academy trust, that have developed and designed a bespoke wider curriculum with a focus on global citizenship and pupil agency. Idil is passionate about curriculum design and the importance of designing a curriculum that meets the needs of schools and their community.

Find out more about Idil’s work by visiting the Inspire Partnership and Foxfield Primary School websites.

Follow them on Twitter: @InspireSELondon and @foxfield

Workshop I – Alison Tarrant


Reading is a wonderful way to join the dots for children throughout the curriculum. This session will explore how to embed reading right across the curriculum, using fiction, information and poetry to explore a wide range of different topics. The session will also link to the Information Book Awards and the amazing texts they celebrate. It will be a practical session designed to give delegates activities and ideas to take away and implement straightaway in their schools.


Alison Tarrant is the Chief Executive of the School Library Association, and a Bookseller Rising Star 2018. She has previously worked as a school librarian. The School Library Association believes that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision, supporting the activities which usually take place within them, such as reading, research and information literacy skills.


Find more on the School Library Association website.
Follow them on Twitter @uksla

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