English Conference 2018: ‘Challenging Learners, Creative Approaches’

  • No Forthcoming Dates
  • Literacy
  • Full
  • Primary
  • Teaching & Learning

Friday 18th May 2018, 09:15—16:30 (lunch provided)

Huntingdon Marriott Hotel, PE29 6FL

To book your place at the conference click on the link below:


or email: bookings@cambridgeshire.gov.uk


£130 per person, for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough LA Schools

£150 per person, for Academies, Independent and Out of County Schools


James Clements will share his passion for teaching. An outspoken advocate of reading for pleasure, James has also worked extensively on developing the teaching of writing, utilising ‘A Pathway to success.'

Sarah Hubbard, Ofsted’s National Lead for English, will be speaking about strengths and weaknesses in primary English whilst focusing on driving improvements for all pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged groups.

Hear nationally and internationally renowned expert Prof. Debra Myhill outline how grammar is a key tool in exploring how texts work, both the texts children read and the texts they write.


From 08:45 Register and refreshments

09:10 Introduction and welcome

09:15 – 10:45 James Clements

James will be sharing his extensive knowledge of school improvement to discuss how to develop the teaching of writing sharing exciting and creative ideas around creating a ‘Pathway to Success’. He will talk about meeting the challenges of the National Curriculum and ways to engage pupils with the writing process. This session is being sponsored by Oxford University Press on a not-for-profit basis.

10:50 – 11:15 Refreshment break

11:15 – 12:25 Workshops

Workshop 1: James Clements — As an advocate of reading for pleasure, particularly championing the issue of Raising Boys’ Achievement, James authored the Building an Outstanding Reading School Report, which lays out six clear strategies for making reading for pleasure work in schools.

Workshop 2: LA Adviser — Having Fun with Poetry: Poetry is a powerful tool for engaging pupils with language and explicitly developing vocabulary. This will be an interactive hands–on session with accessible and adaptable ideas.

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch (provided)

13:15 – 14:45 Debra Myhill

Debra’s interests are in the teaching and research of language and literacy. Debra is the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing and she is committed to the bringing together of teaching, teacher education and research. Her desire is for education to equip children and young people with learning experiences which enable them to be literate. This will then enable them to be confident, articulate citizens of the future, able to use language and literature for personal fulfilment and economic well-being.

14:45 – 15:00 Refreshment break

15:00 – 16:20 Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard is an HMI and Ofsted’s National Lead for English (Primary and Secondary). She has spoken about the need for teachers is to be audacious, encouraging them to be creative in order to ‘set pupils’ minds alight’. She will share how successful schools are really making a difference as well as giving her perspective on future developments in English.

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