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Our key challenge: our Early Years settings and schools – how do we ensure that they are great places to learn?

We have a superb wealth of talented professionals joining us – as contributors and as Festivalgoers – to share ideas and learn from each other in our learning zones throughout the festival.We’ll be looking at key questions including:

  • student wellbeing – is this recognised enough as a priority?
  • is education really a right for all?
  • new ideas for the curriculum – what does it offer for a brighter future?

We’ve listed just some of our great contributors below with more to come, we’re also delighted that the Teacher Development Trust , LGBTeD and BAMEed are working with us by curating sessions for this theme.

Friday Sessions Focus
Margaret Mullholland, Director, Swiss Cottage TSA
Nick Hodge, Professor, Sheffield Institute of Education
Dave Whitaker, Executive Principal, Wellspring Academy Trust
Judith Smith, Executive Headteacher , Talbot Specialist School

Panel – Wellbeing and SEND

The policy environment for the wellbeing of children and young people with SEND is in a state of flux. The panel of highly experienced colleagues from the special school and wider education sector will be discussing issues of concern for both policy and practice.

Alice Stott Director of Impact & Innovation The Oracy Imperative
Janet Carroll Curriculum Advisor Cornerstones Education The six steps of curriculum design
Cara Doxey Primary English Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher Sheffield Hallam University with Year 5 and 6 Reading Allowed Experts from Scarcliffe primary school, Derbyshire How can reading aloud inspire struggling and reluctant readers to read for pleasure?
Chris Rossiter Chief Executive Driver Youth Trust Leading SEND in an uncertain world
Dr Zoe Brownlie Clinical Psychologist and Lead for Healthy Minds Healthy Minds, Sheffield CAMHS Healthy Minds. A whole school approach to emotional well-being
Kenny Wheeler Senior Consultant Teacher Driver Youth Trust Leading SEND in an uncertain world
Peter Imray Freelance trainer, advisor and writer The Cost of failure
Professor Julia Hirst, Professor of Sexualities and Sexual Health, Sheffield Hallam University
Tracey Holland, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Business Development, Sheffield Hallam University
Teachers’ readiness to teach compulsory Relationships and Relationships & Sex Education from September 2020
Chris Wright Head of Wellbeing Youth Sports Trust Addressing the decline in children’s wellbeing to improve achievement
Sean Harford National Director, Education Ofsted The Primary curriculum
Simon Knight Joint Headteacher / National SEND Leader Frank Wise School / Whole School SEND The cost of failure
Charlotte Bowyer Assistant Headteacher King Ecgbert School Teaching subject language
Helen Griffin P4C and Global Learning Advisor Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) Using Philosophy for Children (P4C) to understand extremism and terrorism
Julie Westrop Director A2E2 Edu Ltd Excite, engage and enable all parents to support their children’s learning
Dr Julie Snead Executive Principal Delta Academies Trust The Mission Approach to curriculum design and innovation
Scott Jacques Executive Principal Springwell Leeds Academy Learning From Experience – an Integrated whole school approach to mental health provision in a Special Educational setting
Alice O’Neill English SLE Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance An introduction to Mastery English
Chris French CEO Mercia Learning Trust Curriculum making for social mobility.
Karen Wespieser, Director of Operations , Driver Youth Trust
Richard Selfridge, Drive for Literacy Facilitator, Driver Youth Trust
Specially Surprising? What SEN statistics mean for the school system
Rebecca Brooks Education Policy Advisor Adoption UK The advantages of implementing an ACE aware school policy including, with case studies, its relevance to OFSTED values, the new framework, exclusions and pupil performance.
Simon Hickton Founder and Director Cornerstones Education Revolutionising curriculum design, planning and workload.
Stuart Guest Headteacher Colebourne Primary School The advantages of implementing an ACE aware school policy including, with case studies, its relevance to OFSTED values, the new framework, exclusions and pupil performance.
Fufy Demissie Senior Lecturer and Senior Nursery Practitioner Sheffield Hallam University Games to promote critical and creative thinking in the early years
Saturday Sessions Focus
Dr Rebecca Kitchen CPD Curriculum and Marketing Manager, Geographical Association Thinking critically about data to raise achievement
Luke Mitchell Head of Behaviour Support Services Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance Positive Regard specialist behaviour training
Kat Rhodes Co Headteacher Tapton School Academy Trust Better Together: Achieving true collaboration across our academy trust
Dr Karen Daniels Senior Lecturer in Primary English Sheffield Institute of Education (in conjunction with UKLA) Working with the United Kingdom Literacy Association. How can UKLA support your school in advancing practice in the teaching of English?
Kat Emms Research Assistant Edge Foundation Delivering engaging Project Based Learning (PBL)
Carolyn Leary Programme Director CRESST (Conflict Resolution Education) Handling conflict well – training young people in conflict resolution skills
Jonathan Lear Deputy Head, Author and Speaker Independent Thinking (and St Catherine’s Catholic Primary school) Curriculum Design for building knowledge, developing creative thinking and promoting independence
Melissa Simmonds Founder MisTaught Black History Month For dummies, white teachers & everybody else

Valerie Schreiner, Senior Programme Manager, Distinguished Teacher Awards;, US-UK Fulbright Commission

Loralie Heagy, Professor and Director, Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), US-UK Fulbright Commission

Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award for International Teachers: opportunities for funded professional development in the US for UK teachers
Will Ryan Associate / Education Consultant Independent Thinking Limited Dare to be different
Bob Sawyer Director of Schools Diocese of Hallam Developing the teaching of problem solving within a mastery curriculum
Carolyn Leary Programme Director CRESST (Conflict Resolution Education) Young Peacemakers and peer mediation
Catherine Pass Communication & Community Lead Voice 21 Get talking in class: embedding Oracy in every lesson
Crista Hazell Teacher, Leader, Education Consultant Independent Thinking Ltd The Creativity conundrum
Helen Griffin Gender and Education Advisor Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) Gender equality in Primary schools
Neil Coleman Mentor Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) CIC Playtime safety in Primary schools