Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

  • Keeping the Focus on Teaching and Learning: No gimmicks. No jargon. Just good practice, distilled
  • Build on the best of practical pedagogy and combine it with new and emerging research
  • Featuring a Keynote from Professor John Hattie on the latest T&L research

The theme of this year’s conference is quite simply teaching and learning.

In the increasingly complex world of education, we have brought together the best researchers and practicing UK educators to cut to the heart of what makes really excellent teaching.

With sessions from:

  • Professor John Hattie

  • Ross McGill AKA @TeacherToolkit

  • Alex Quigley

  • Dr Jonathan Sharples

  • David Didau

  • Dr Sam Twiselton from the Sheffield Institute for Education

  • Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby, authors of Making Every Lesson Count

  • Cat Scutt from the Chartered College of Teaching

Examine the evidence and combine with the practical wisdom of experienced classroom teachers so you can confidently promote and practice teacher autonomy.

What will leaders take back to school?

  • Pedagogical knowledge: update you own expertise to provide an effective and clear steer. 
  • Teacher recruitment crisis: ease the effects by using the expertise that exist, and finding the bright spots.
  • CPD: apply a bottom-up approach to CPD and embed what really works
  • TAs: maximise cost-efficiency and enhance pupil learning
  • Teacher expertise: enable teachers to be their best, rather than look their best

What will teachers take back to school?

  • Research v practice: take the best of principles and apply them to way you teach
  • Core skills: save time and energy by getting better at the techniques that make the difference
  • Realistic development: make marginal – but not burdensome – gains in pedagogy
  • Survive and thrive ideas: tips and advice from award-winning teachers who have experienced the highs and lows of the classroom



Information on speakers coming soon.

09:30 - 10:15

The Science of How We Learn


Hear about the research into what actually works in schools to improve children's learning: not what is fashionable, not what is political, but what actually produces the best results in terms of improving learning and educational outcomes.

By Professor John Hattie


10:15 - 11:00

The Chartered College of Teaching Perspective


The teacher-led professional standards, a professional code of ethics and a platform for sharing knowledge.

By Cat Scutt


11:15 - 12:00

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 1


Developing Teacher Expertise

- Conditions, contexts and implications. - How ITE and CPD should be developed in the post-White Paper/Green Paper era.

By Dr Sam Twiselton

Confident Teachers and Confident Students

- Develop successful habits of mind, body and pedagogy. - Reclaim the idea of authentic self-confidence. - Practical ways for teachers to lead in challenging times, and students to develop confidence and competence.

By Alex Quigley


13:00 - 13:45

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 2


The Dangers of Certainty

- How certainty can lead to over confidence and make us blinkered. - Explore 'Intelligent Accountability', a leadership approach which develops reliable expert intuition in teachers.

By David Didau

7 Practical Ideas for Every Classroom

Teaching strategies and advice which aims to motivate, comfort, amuse and reduce the workload of a teacher.

By Ross McGill


13:55 - 14:40

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 3


Making Every Lesson Count

- Explore the six core principles - challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning. - Inspire an ethos of excellence and growth, not only in individual classrooms but across a whole school.

By Shaun Allison & Andy Tharby

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

- Mitigate the increased vocabulary demands in primary and secondary curricula and assessment. - Practical approaches to explicitly teach students the specialist vocab of subjects, deliberately and repeatedly.

By Alex Quigley


14:50 - 15:35

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 4


Born to Learn

An evolutionary perspective on why schools shouldn't teach 21st century skills.

By David Didau

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

- Unpick the latest EEF report. - Clear and actionable guidance on applying the 7 evidence-based recommendations. - Practical resources to take back to school

By Jonathan Sharples


15:45 - 16:30

Redefining Our Version of Success


Hear Ross share great teaching practice, to save you time and to ensure you are the best teacher you can be, whatever the new policy of framework.

By Ross McGill