2018 Workshop Programme Registration

                            Thursday 22 February 2018

                       Workshop bookings are now open

2018 Speaker Workshops

Betsy de Thierry - Complex Trauma and Containing the Chaos


Complex trauma. Exploring a theory to enable containment and clarity amidst the chaos. Our most traumatised children and young people can take the largest proportion of our hours and budget and often the professionals involved can feel overwhelmed and confused. Understanding complex trauma and how it presents can reduce stress and enable clarity and understanding. 


Juliet Robertson - A teaching framework for curriculum-based outdoor learning

This is a practical, outdoor workshop that provides you with a straightforward, open-ended framework to support primary teaching staff to develop their outdoor practice. It uses the skills, expertise and knowledge of a classroom teacher and extends this to enable them to create wonderful learning opportunities for their class outside. Attendees should be able to take the framework and easily teach their staff how to use it for any subject area in KS1 and KS2, using their outdoor space - be this a concrete or natural jungle. It provides an ideal bridge between indoor practice and traditional outdoor opportunities such as Forest School, adventurous activities and environmental education. 


Helen Moylett - Skill, Will and Thrill: Thinking with Learners


Good thinkers of all ages are aware of their own thinking processes and can plan, review and evaluate their learning. In order to become independent self-regulated thinkers and learners children need teachers who don't do the pretend thinking that results in children getting asked too many closed questions and being praised for quickly telling the adult the 'right' answer he/she already knows. This workshop will explore ways in which teachers can provide real cognitive challenge by building on children's interests and modelling the thinking processes they want to nurture in children.


Nick Swarbrick and Carol Brown (Oxford Brookes University) - Boys' Wellbeing in the Early Years and the Role of Assessment

Starting from how feedback is given we will be looking at how this has the potential to impact on a boy’s growing sense of identity.  If we give feedback that doesn’t allow children to see themselves as capable of change and growth, we risk limiting their options for later education and their sense of wellbeing. Crucial to this is professional reflection on how we interact with the youngest people in our sector: “Getting The Boy Game.”
Jane Fletcher (Oxford Brookes University) - Using video to understand learning and to develop reflection in teachers and problem solving skills in pupils.
To undertake significant reflective practice needs to go beyond the daily routines of the classroom and reflect on the learning taking place and possible misconceptions and barriers pupils might encounter. When the teacher has tried everything possible but still that child never really gets it or the group is still disengaged, a focused approach is necessary. Through capturing a lesson on video, time and space is gained to review and reflect in depth the critical areas the teacher might want to focus on. This workshop will look at the guidelines to be followed, in order to maximise the teacher’s time and impact on pupils’ learning.

Hannah Wilson and Julie Hunter - #WomenEd – From Zero to Sheroe

How a grassroots gender equality movement is encouraging women to be #10%braver to affect systemic, structural and societal change.


2018 Exhibitor Workshops


Discover a new way to get children more active more often in the most hassle free, sustainable and fun way possible.

For us, the child ALWAYS comes first, that's why over the course of a year we designed the blueprint to ensure a fitter future is achievable.

We take the time and effort away from teachers and introduce children to a FUN way of getting active in the classroom and at home through a range of online workouts suitable for even the smallest of spaces.

Let your teachers get on with what they do best and leave the rest to us.  No equipment, no space, no more than 5 minutes to get your kids active.... no problem.


Main Hall - 1pm


Peninsula are the UK's leading HR consultancy, assisting over 700 schools and nurseries nationwide with 24 hour advice, 365 days a year.  Local experts will demonstrate some of their award winning methods which will help the way you run your school.  Their presentation will discuss how to become GDPR compliant ahead of May 2018, focussing on processing and storing staff data correctly.  Peninsula can also assist with ensuring you are meeting all relevant employment and health & safety laws and making sure you are getting the very best from your staff through exceptional management.  Peninsula's presenters will be available throughout the day to answer any questions or concerns you have - you are the expert on what your school needs in order to provide the very best support to your students and staff, so let the experts in HR and health & safety share with you their knowledge.


Meeting Room - 1pm


How Psychotherapy in the classroom helps prevent exclusion

Hear about the successes and failures when clinical psychotherapist and broadcaster Gary Bloom was invited into a number of schools to work with pupils at risk of exclusion.

Gary gives insights into how psychotherapy can be a useful approach to engaging the most reluctant of pupils, and helping them develop a more positive future.  He explores how his work with staff has been transformational and the potential of working with parents in a therapeutic way.

Learn how Gary uses quantitative and qualitative data colletion to assess the effectiveness of his approach.  Vigorous debate encouraged!

Gary also works for a leading sports psychology clinic based in Harley Street, London with elite sports men and women suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours.

In addition, he presents the award wining radio programme, 'On the Sporting Couch', which is an on-air therapy session with sporting celebrities broadcast on Talksport.



Main Hall - 3.15pm

Using the Law to Optimise Collaboration


Tricia Pritchard, of solicitors Lee Bolton Monier-Williams, leads a workshop on how to use the legal framework to help get the educational outcomes that are needed. Tricia is herself a former headteacher, HMI, Diocesan Director of Education and Chief Executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. Currently she is an Education Adviser with LBMW and Chair of the Woodard Academies Trust. Participants are encouraged to bring live issues and experience, to what promises to be helpful input and a stimulating discussion with clear practical conclusions to put into effect.


Meeting Room - 12.30pm

Preparing Children for a Life Online


Gooseberry Planet is passionate about raising the profile of E-Safety in schools and about engaging and educating the whole school community.  Parents and teachers have a combined responsibility to protect and prepare children for a life online.  But are we doing enough? Do we feel comfortable talking about online dangers?  CAN we talk about them or does lack of knowledge, coupled with the digital divide between us and the younger generation, make this difficult?

The session will explore and discuss the current threats and vulnerabilities that exist online for everyone.  Stella will introduce Gooseberry Planet - an award winning educational software platform - and demonstrate how gaming technology can effectively help children learn about internet safety. The session will highlight the importance of involving parents in the child's learning journey and show how Gooseberry Planet can equip teachers with a complete toolkit to effectively and confidently address the subject of E-Safety.


Main Hall - 12.30pm

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