learning for the 21st century
“How Artificial Intelligence can transform Education”
Helen Stride - CENTURY www.century.tech
A practical session on What is artificial intelligence and how is it impacting students and teachers in our schools? How will it impact you? How can you use it to improve the quality of teaching and learning in your school? How do the data insights generated by such advanced technology evidence progress to SLT and Ofsted? How can you achieve such improvements across all subjects, including Maths and English?
CENTURY is an artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students, providing a personalised learning journey and real-time analytics. CENTURY combines artificial intelligence, data science & cognitive neuroscience to deliver revolutionary education. Automating tasks like marking and homework tracking, frees up valuable time for teachers to focus on what matters most: teaching!
“A closer look at the UK’s early school starting age”
Wendy Ellyatt - CEO, Save Childhood Movement www.savechildhood.net
Why does England have such an early school starting age? Does the evidence support it? Does it help close the attainment gap and produce better results later on? Does it benefit the youngest children and those that have educational disadvantage?
In this talk Wendy will look at the history behind the school starting age and to what degree it is supporting children’s later attainment and wellbeing. She will explore the international evidence and discuss our shared responsibility for ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to flourish.
“Using Mindfulness in the classroom”
Emily Phillips MINDUP™ The Goldie Hawn Foundation www.mindup.org
How can Mindfulness help the classroom environment and give children the skills they need to adapt & cope with the increased pressures they are facing in the 21st century?
This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Mind Up programme outlining the four pillars of the programme - neuroscience, mindful awareness, social and emotional learning and positive psychology. It will present a brief overview of the lessons and how Mindfulness is being used to promote a positive classroom culture where children are more focussed, caring and compassionate.
“Arts and creativity in our schools”
Helen Frost – Arts Connect www.artsconnect.co.uk
Based in the West Midlands, Arts Connect is working towards ensuring that all children and young people form birth to 25 years can access and enjoy the Arts, by forging connections with high quality arts and cultural activity.
This workshop will show how creativity in schools can be enriched through engaging in Artsmark and Arts Award, which can help schools to put the Arts back into their curriculum.
“Whitecross High School Project: how local students became filmmakers”
Katie Horne - Whitecross High School www.whitecross.hereford.sch.uk/
A small group of local students have worked very hard over the last two years on "Shared Freedom-Shared Future" - our Heritage Lottery-funded film-making project focusing on the contribution of Polish airmen and soldiers during the Second World War, and their subsequent settlement in and around Herefordshire.
Through workshops and field trips, including talking to members of the older Polish community the young people gathered stories and produced a short film drama, plus a longer film, following their journey into the past. The film acknowledges the contribution that Polish people have made to British society and challenges the misconception of Polish people living in British society as dependents. The film is now touring.
“Innovative Tools for Teaching”
Charlotte Lewis - Whole Education www.wholeeducation.org
An interactive session to discuss innovative teaching practices and how these can be used by schools to better prepare young people for the future.
Can these practices support academic success as well as developing the wider skills like teamwork and resilience that are increasingly important for the world of work? This session is for everyone- whether you’ve never thought about teaching before or spent your life in the classroom.
“Lumos - teaching character and broadening horizons”
Sian Murcott - Lumos, Aylestone School www.aylestone.org.uk
Where better to learn about resilience than from elite sports expert Mark Lowther, of Cardiff Metropolitan University? What can beat finding out about the robots of the future from the people designing them at the world-leading Bristol Robotics Laboratory? And instead of just going “wow!” you take these experiences further in a group set up to help you flourish and fulfil your potential.
This is Lumos, a programme for high achievers at Aylestone School which aims to teach students such character skills as self-motivation, organisation and hard work. It also encourages them to explore the world around them and gets them to think about the direction they would like their lives to take. Lumos coordinator, Siȃn Murcott, will be talking about the Lumos programme and leading a discussion about how schools can teach young people character skills, help them broaden their horizons and expose them to the widest possible range of career paths.
“Learning outside the classroom”
Justine Lee - Council for Learning Outside the Classroom www.lotc.org.uk
Children and young people learn in so many ways and where we learn, the ‘places’, have a significant effect on how students engage with a subject or an idea. Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere – outdoors or indoors: in the school grounds, on the high street, in the local park, in museums and art galleries or on mountain tops and rivers. LOtC can transform lives and schools.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom inspires and empowers teachers and schools to take their lessons beyond the school walls. Our LOtC Mark is a national accreditation for schools. It recognises exemplary provision and also provides a framework to help schools develop their LOtC offer.
“Mantle of the expert – creative and flexible learning”
Lynsey McCrohon - Priory Church in Wales Primary School www.priory.powys.sch.uk
'Ever wanted to navigate a crocodile-filled swamp or rescue an injured orangutan from a rainforest in Borneo? Well, that’s what the children at Priory Church in Wales Primary School get up to whilst using their imaginations in their classrooms. Mantle of the Expert constantly challenges all of the pupils and staff to greater levels of thinking, questioning and creativity.
For Priory CiW Primary School it has proven to be an inclusive, respectful and successful vehicle in which to teach and learn together. This method of teaching and learning has enabled the school to create a stimulating, creative and flexible learning environment where staff and children have mutual trust and respect for one another. It provides the children with the skills, confidence and knowledge to participate in learning activities that take them out of their 'comfort zone' enabling the whole class to come together and work alongside all of their peers as a cohesive team.’'
“Micro-studio presented by Ingenuity Studio - learning engineering by doing”
NMiTE Design Cohort - NMiTE www.nmite.org.uk
Participate in the unique learning-by-doing approach of NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering). This workshop will be led by the Design Cohort, young co-creators of the first new UK university in 40 years.
Design a device to engage people in engineering. Britain needs more diverse engineers with the right skills for the workplace. NMiTE learners will tackle real-world engineering challenges, mentored by real-world engineers and will learn by continuous assessment, not exams. Candidates will impress through their curiosity and ingenuity. Backed by government, educators (including the University of Warwick) and industry, NMiTE will transform the future of Higher Education.
"Oracy and confident communication - help your students find their voice"
Richard Hull - Talk the Talk www.talkthetalkuk.org
Sometimes it can be difficult to get our students to talk effectively. This practical session will support delegates to help students find their own voice, and present themselves in a variety of situations both in school and in their lives beyond.
At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
Identify positive and negative Visual, Vocal and Verbal modes of communication.
Understand how an awareness of Visual, Vocal and Verbal modes of communication can have a positive impact on teaching and learning.
Recognise the role teachers can play in developing confident communication in their students.
"Peer Mentoring: a low cost, high impact solution?"
Maggie Steel - FunKey Maths www.funkeymaths.com
Peer Mentoring benefits mentors and mentees. So why do we not use it more in our education system? What are the secrets to setting up a successful scheme? Can it work in primary and secondary? What are the benefits beyond academic gains?
This workshop will look at the wide range of benefits of a well-run peer mentoring programme and the pre-conditions for setting up a successful scheme.
“Power to parents”
Diahann Hughes Hawkins - local parent and school governor
What can any parent do to help make a situation better for their state school-educated child?
This presentation will explore various ways that parents can become more involved in the education of their children, while working within the education system to make a difference. There are ways to help maintain the childhood of each child for as long as possible, while still enabling them to learn the basic they need. The tendency to push children beyond their natural learning pace can lead to longer-term, negative outcomes - from disconnection from learning to behavioural problems. Some ideas that will be explored are: curriculum alternatives, positive behaviour strategies, outdoor learning, strong school governance, and flexi-schooling.
"Educate Together...how it works (3 workshops)"
Ros Farrell - Educate Together www.educatetogether.org.uk
1. Educate Together - what we do and why we do it.
This session will explore how our small MAT teaches an innovative and unique ethical curriculum whilst also teaching the National Curriculum and ensuring high academic standards. We will look at the Learn Together curriculum and the Trust’s ethos that underpins all we do from recruitment to SATs testing. We will look at ways all schools can teach global skills and world views within and around the statutory frameworks we work with without compromising core standards.
2. To teach ethics or not to teach ethics, that is the question. What are they? How can we teach them to children/students of any age. This will give lots of ideas on how to put ethical education firmly at the core of your classroom practice. I will also cover dealing with controversial and confrontational issues in a classroom. PRIMARY FOCUS
3. . To teach ethics or not to teach ethics, that is the question. What are they? How can we teach them to children/students of any age. This will give lots of ideas on how to put ethical education firmly at the core of your classroom practice. I will also cover dealing with controversial and confrontational issues in a classroom. SECONDARY FOCUS
Ros Farrell is a headteacher at Redfield Educate Together Academy Trust in Bristol, which is a new primary school that opened 5 years ago. Prior to that she had 2 other headships, and has worked as both a Primary Consultant and teacher.