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Seminar highlights

How creativity in the classroom means throwing out the rulebook: Simon Cooper-Hind

"Do what you've always done, get what you've always got". Change is vital if children are going to meet their full potential. This session, aimed at KS12 teachers, looks at critically evaluating one's own teaching, how children learn - and throwing out that rule book.

March 11, 12pm

Multi sensory approaches to English teaching: Ingrid Spencer and Caroline Evans

This practical interactive session explores the use of music, sensory stimuli and visual recording techniques to promote creativity and learning. March 11, 1.15pm

An exploration of how emotional safety supports individuals to take creative risks: Jenny Mosley

The key to raising standards is a happy team: that's the thrust of this seminar. If staff are positive and respectful, they will unlock "excellence". If you can rely on support when you make mistakes, then you're more than likely to take risks and try out new ideas. March 11, 10.30am

Creative science for the foundation stage: Debbie Eccles

Young children develop much scientific understanding though creative play. This session explores ways to develop creative thinking through play-based activities aimed at scientific aspects of knowledge and understanding the world.

March 11, 2.15pm

Creative thinking through literature - and here's to you, Mrs Ockleton: Garry Burnett and Gordon Giltrap

Garry Burnett and celebrated guitarist Gordon Giltrap explore how the creative use of narrative and metaphor in teaching all subjects can stir feelings and develop cognitive skills. It also highlights the importance of inspiration and the creative process of shaping and drafting.

March 10, 1.15pm

Numeracy - how to boost youngsters, motivation and confidence: Chris Tomlinson

Tomlinson provides a demonstration of techniques to create an effective and motivating maths classroom, and draws on the accelerated learning theory "to bring maths alive" and offer new ideas for improving numeracy.

March 11, 12pm

Toxic Childhood - How contemporary culture is damaging child development: Sue Palmer

Why do so many children have developmental or behavioural disorders? Research suggests that contemporary technological culture, while fine for adults, interferes with child development. Our culture has evolved beyond our biology and unless we act soon, it can only get worse. March 9, 3.15pm

QCA Conference: Making learning irresistible ... creating a curriculum for the future: Mick Walters, QCA

A half-day conference addressing curriculum design. Is your curriculum a joy or do you feel held back by its constraints? Practical examples are offered from across the country. March 10, 10.30am

Using ICT to foster self-esteem in dyslexic children: Judith Stansfield

Children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder and Asperger syndrome tend to have low self-esteem. This seminar will suggest ICT solutions.

March 11, 11.45am

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