Conference – Closing the gap

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Conference – Closing the gap: The pandemic’s effect on children’s education and what we can do about it

The global pandemic left many gaps in children’s learning and education, and schools are yet to recover from it. The conference ‘Closing the gap’ will focus on bringing awareness to the issues schools are facing and giving you solutions on how you can work towards closing these gaps.

Why should you attend?

No matter how much you know, there are always new things that you can learn and improve. This conference will offer new ideas and tools you can implement in your school. You will have a chance to connect with our incredible speakers and get an insight on how to deal with the gap in education left by the pandemic.

What topics will the conference cover?

Assessment – You will learn how putting timely and high-quality formative assessment at the core of teaching and learning is the key to improving outcomes.

Curriculum – You will be provided with depth and detail of practical illustration around what curriculum needs to deliver in schools.

Disadvantage – You will learn to address the challenges faced as the attainment gap for disadvantage pupils widens.

Who will be presenting?

Dylan Wiliam will join us via live video. Dylan is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In a varied career, he has taught in inner-city schools, directed a large-scale testing programme, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research programme focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning.

Christine Counsell will join us in person. Christine has been a leading curriculum developer in history for the past decade. She is editor of the influential professional journal for history teachers, Teaching History. She is leader of the PGCE History course at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University. In 2006 the University of Cambridge awarded her its Pilkington Prize for outstanding teaching.

Roy Blatchford will join us in person. Roy is founder of – working with schools, academy trusts, colleges and universities in the UK and internationally. He recently chaired ASCL’s Commission ‘The Forgotten Third’, and currently chairs the East Sussex Secondary Board and the children’s communication charity I CAN. Roy is the editor/author of over 150 books. He was appointed CBE for services to education in the 2016 New Year Honours.