6th National Conference: Able, Gifted and Talented in Independent Prep Schools 2017

6th National Conference: Able, Gifted and Talented in Independent Prep Schools 2017

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Thursday 26th January 2017

For Class and Subject Teachers, Co-ordinators for Able or Gifted and Talented Pupils, Learning Support Teachers, Directors of studies and Senior Managers.

Keynotes

  • James Clements - Tough at the Top: Creating an environment to challenge every child

  • Claire Robinson - Excellence for All - Developing a Deeper, Long term and Lasting Approach

2 Breakout sessions

7 workshop choices

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6th National Conference: AGT in Independent Prep Schools

09.00

Registration and Book Shop

09.30

Introduction

09.35

Keynote 1: Tough at the Top: Creating an environment to challenge every child - James Clements, Director,  Shakespeare and More

10.50

Refreshments and Book Shop

11.20

Workshop session 1:

  1. You Are What You Read:  Using great literature to stretch able, gifted and talented pupils - James Clements, Director,  Shakespeare and More

  2. Broadening horizons: facilitating able language learning in the early years and KS1 - Rachel Clarke, Director, Primary English Education Consultancy Ltd

  3. Assessment for Learning - Fil Came, Director, Learning Works

  4. School 1: Teaching children how to think, not what to think - Silvia Garrido-Soriano, FPS UK, Hampton School

  5. School 2: Mind Mission - John Flood, Head of English, AGT Co-ordinator, Devonshire House Prep School

12.25 Lunch
13.30

Keynote 2Excellence for All - Developing a Deeper, Long term and Lasting Approach - Claire Robinson, Headteacher, Holme Grange

14.15 Refreshments and Exhibition
14.45

Workshop session 2 - Repeat of 1-3 plus

4b. School 3: Meeting the challenge of working with able girls - Sarah Shaw, Director of Studies, North London Collegiate Junior School

5b. School 4: Ideas and policies for those new to AGT - Aaron Gardner, Head of Middles and Covering AGT Co-ordinator, Great Walstead Prep School

15.50 Conference End

 

*The organisers reserve the right to modify the programme as necessary

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Conference Fees:

Full Fee: £220 + VAT

Group Fee: £196 + VAT (when booking 2 or more delegates)

All fees include all refreshments, lunch and conference materials.

* Please note, your school details will be checked against the SATIPS member database, if you are not located you're booking will be adjusted to the full ticket price and may incur an admin fee.

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Keynote Speakers

James Clements.pngJames Clements, Director, Director, Shakespeare and more

For ten years, James worked as a teacher and senior leader at an outstanding inner city primary school. He was also a local authority Lead Teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools.
He now researches and writes about primary education, providing advice to schools and local authorities, publishers, and many other organisations. He is the director of ShakespeareandMore.com, a free education website that supports the teaching of English in primary schools.

Tough at the Top: Creating an environment to challenge every child

How can we ensure every child is challenged at school?
How can we stretch all children, no matter what their starting point?
How can we organise teaching and learning so provision for our able, gifted and talented pupils isn’t made up of extras and add-ons?

This keynote will share practical ways to challenge all pupils through the curriculum we offer and the way learning is organised in the classroom. Drawing on key principles from research, this practical session will be illustrated with case-studies drawn from the high-performing schools I’ve worked with as a researcher and adviser.

Claire Robinson.pngClaire Robinson, Headmistress, Holme Grange Prep School

With Headship experience in both state and independent schools, my focus  is on learning and how we can equip teachers to secure success. My aim is to provide teachers with a ‘tool kit’ in order to raise pupil attainment and increase proficiency and confidence.  

We place emphasis on the development of Intellectual Character and have high expectations of all. Children are empowered to enjoy their learning, take ownership and responsibility for it and develop as lifelong learners. We acknowledge barriers some pupils may have to their learning but don’t view them as excuses for underachievement.

In 2005 I was awarded Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School for the South of England.
I have also worked as a School Improvement Partner, and successfully led and managed change within a school.
 
Holme Grange was awarded the NACE Challenge Award in November 2013 - In our assessment it was commented that: “…  HG has shown itself to be committed to developing a school where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be.”

In January 2015 Holme Grange was awarded Excellent judgements in all areas of the School. Teachers  from UK, Norway and India are now regular visitors to the School who come to share good practice.

Excellence for All - Developing a Deeper, Long term and Lasting Approach

We have developed within our School Community a pattern of Intellectual behaviours, a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to succeed. Our journey is not complete and the road has not been without disruption, delay and diversion but we continue to build the toolkit for teachers and the skills for students with the aim of achieving confidence and success for all.

We have undeniably high expectations, we have engaged, and continue to engage, in professional conversations which result in favourable outcomes for us all in every way.

“It is not about doing one thing 100% better, it’s about doing 100 things 1% better” Sir Clive Woodward.

We did not do this for inspection, we do it because it is the right thing to do, but were judged on the outcomes when the inspectors came. ISI are looking to see that the needs of all pupils are being met. I will share how we chose to demonstrate this and how we demonstrate impact of Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management in order to secure positive outcomes for our pupils.

Workshop Presenters

James Clements.pngJames Clements, Director, Shakespare and More

For ten years, James worked as a teacher and senior leader at an outstanding inner city primary school. He was also a local authority Lead Teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools.
He now researches and writes about primary education, providing advice to schools and local authorities, publishers, and many other organisations. He is the director of ShakespeareandMore.com, a free education website that supports the teaching of English in primary schools.

Workshop: You Are What You Read:  Using great literature to stretch able, gifted and talented pupils

Drawing on my experiences teaching at a high-performing London primary school and my job running the education website Shakespeare and More, this workshop will consider the role great literature can play in stretching able, gifted and talented pupils. I will share some of the challenges and lasting benefits of using classic texts to ensure a rich learning experience for all children. The session will consider the impact this can have on able, gifted and talented children, both academically and in a wider sense. This practical session will also look at how teachers can use rich texts to make meaningful links across the curriculum and the role challenging texts can play in helping children to develop a love of reading.

_MG_9696.jpgRachel Clarke, Director, Primary English Education Consultancy Ltd.

Rachel works with education professionals nationally and internationally to improve all aspects of English teaching in the Primary Years. During her 20 years in Primary Education she has held the positions of: SENCO, English Subject Leader, Deputy Headteacher and local authority Literacy Adviser.

Rachel is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer who carefully facilitates the improved understanding of others through active and practical training sessions. She is a member of the National Literacy Trust and the United Kingdom Literacy Association where she has held the post of regional representative for the midlands.

PrimaryEnglishLogo_CMYK.jpgRachel writes regular articles for Teach Primary magazine and is an enthusiastic blogger. Her website www.primaryenglished.co.uk is a source of free guidance and resources, and is visited daily by teachers looking for support and inspiration.

Workshop: Broadening horizons: facilitating able language learning in the early years and KS1

In this workshop I will explore practical activities for enabling children to use and develop their expertise as English language learners. We will look at playful, child-centred and adult-led ways to extend children’s existing language skills so that they deepen their understanding of language to become expressive and expert users of English.

fil.jpgFil Came, Director, Learning Works 

Fil is co-founder of Learning Works, a leading UK Educational Consultancy. He is a respected teacher trainer and well-known within the independent sector for his practical advice and support. He writes a half-termly newsletter for independent schools that is now distributed to over 3000 colleagues and schools. Through Learning Works® Fil seeks to bring innovative and high quality training for your professional development and always at affordable prices.

Workshop: Assessment for Learning

Assessment can be used not just to measure learning, but to promote learning. My workshop will look at how assessment for learning (AfL) can be used to meet the learning needs of more able pupils. We will briefly look at the principles underpinning AfL and then focus on practical strategies and suggestions for the classroom, small group and 1:1 work.  

This will include:

  • Approaches to personalise learning
  • Negotiating and developing the pupil’s voice
  • Supporting ownership and decision-making
  • Challenging through targets and questioning skills  
  • Nurturing self-reflection, self-assessment and growth mindset


We cannot put the learning into our pupil’s heads but AfL is a key tool to help motivate and deepen the learning process for our more able pupils.

Silvia Garrido.jpgSilvia Garrido-Soriano, FPS UK, Hampton School

Gifted and Talented comes under the umbrella of Special needs, which many teachers seem to overlook. There is as much frustration amongst those less able pupils as amongst those more able, who tend to feel detached due to the lack of challenge in lessons. I strive to stimulate those pupils through various activities and societies.

I created Think! club and I regularly use Future Problem Solving (FPS) as part of my stretch and challenge programme. I am increasingly more involved in Wellbeing sessions, which are vital in today’s society. Our students today will be the leaders of the future and I strongly believe that emotional intelligence is the key to success. I have experienced over the last 14 years of teaching that isolation is equally linked to those most and least able pupils.

Workshop: Teaching children how to think, not what to think

In my workshop I will introduce the concept of FPS, the six steps process and discuss the national and international competitions that can pupils can take part in. I will endeavour to excite the audience through testimonials, videos and a practice of the process.

John Flood, Head of English and AGT Co-ordinator, Devonshire House Prep School

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I have worked in the private sector for 12 years as Head of English and for the last two years as Gifted and Talented Coordinator.  Prior to this I worked for 10 years in a primary school in East London as an ICT Coordinator.  These experiences have taught me that the rigours of teaching different syllabi can alter our perceptions of the full range of skills children might possess.  With this in mind I am interested in establishing links between curriculum areas and creating tasks with a ‘real’ purpose.  These are designed to provide a forum for meaningful discussion with teachers about how we perceive and identify gifted and talented.

Workshop: Mind Mission Challenge Days:  code breaking

Spanning Years 4 to 8, this session will first look at how to set up a day of enquiry across the curriculum.  It will then focus on an example tasking pupils with using teamwork and lateral thinking to locate a real object in the local community.  This activity is useful both for harnessing skills and identifying and assessing those who are skilled.

Mrs S Shaw 1.jpgSarah Shaw, Director of Studies, North London Collegiate Junior School

I am the Director of Studies at North London Collegiate Junior School, which is an academically selective girl’s school from the ages of 4 to 18. I have been teaching for 13 years and in that time I have taught in co-educational, state and independent schools. As Director of Studies, I am responsible for teaching, learning and assessment from Reception to Year 6. I lead a large team of subject leaders and I have responsibility for staff development. A key aspect of my role is to drive the school’s academic priorities forward and ensure that the curriculum is interesting, motivating and stretching for our girls. This is largely facilitated by a specific model of primary, subject specialist teaching, which I have been developing over the last couple of years, coupled with a strong model of pastoral care.

Workshop: Meeting the challenge of working with able girls

NLCS is an academically selective girls school. In my workshop I will discuss some of the ways in which we ensure all girls and challenged and inspired. Our approaches to dealing with common issues such as perfectionism and developing positive intellectual habits of resilience and self-reflection will be discussed.

Aaron Gardner.JPGAaron Gardner, Head of Middles and Covering AGT Co-ordinator, Great Walstead Prep School - Back by popular demand

I have been a teacher in the independent sector for the last 5 years, working at Hurstpierpoint College and Great Walstead Prep School. I am passionate about History and RS and am currently the Head of RS. In the last few years, I have had a variety of responsibilities, including that of Able, Gifted and Talented Coordinator. I have experience of writing a variety of policies from scratch, linking varying parts of a school development plan to compliance with Ofsted and ISI and turning a department round, ready for the journey to the NACE award. The main success through this, is finding practical solutions and different programs to support teaching and enrichment and getting colleagues on board.

Workshop: Ideas and policies for those new to AGT

This workshop will show you my journey from starting with very little, to writing policies and creating practical solutions to get AG&T up and running, including enrichment, master classes and learning cultures. I will share ideas for getting colleagues on board and discuss how to link with your school’s development plan and targets for ISI.

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