Overview

24 Nov, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm25 Nov, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm
Online

English Teaching Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss best practice teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and assessments,

The Future of English Teaching Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss best practice teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and assessments, for both English Language and Literature, across Key Stage 3 (KS3) to Key Stage 5 (KS5). Sector leaders and expert bodies will share successful professional development methods for secondary school staff teaching English, and discuss key issues facing the profession.

In addition, a range of outstanding practitioners will share proven ways of raising standards of English teaching through innovative teaching methods, diversifying the curricula, and increasing pupils’ engagement in their own learning. The impact of the pandemic, and how to overcome related challenges around learning, will be a key theme throughout, considering how to ensure pupils at KS4 and KS5 reach their full potential and are able to demonstrate skills and knowledge.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • AI networking and live delegate meet-ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Sector based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference platform

Key Speakers

Clare Haviland photo
Clare Haviland
English Subject Advisor
Pearson
Rachel Roberts photo
Rachel Roberts
Chair and Trustee
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
Nick Wallace photo
Nick Wallace
Director of Curriculum
English Mastery

Other Speakers

Harmeet Matharu photo
Harmeet Matharu
Author and English Examiner
Chen Ying Rheverie photo
Chen Ying Rheverie
English Teacher
Unity Secondary School, Shanghai
Hollie Barnes photo
Hollie Barnes
English Teacher
Cambridge Regional College
Michelle Stratton photo
Michelle Stratton
Subject Lead for English
Queen Katharine Academy

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr John Yandell
Dr John Yandell
Subject Leader for PGCE English
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
9:40 am
Department for Education Guidance Update: Moving Beyond the Challenges of the Pandemic

This session will offer an update on the expectations and intentions of the English curriculum in light of changes due to, and the wider impact of, the pandemic.

There will be a particular focus on teaching and preparing pupils for assessments at KS4 but will also advise on utilising catch-up funding for recovering learning loss through KS3, and how to help ensure pupils are prepared to move into KS5.

Highlighting the seven key aims of the national curriculum for English, this session will help you to adapt teaching and learning approaches following the pandemic, while ensuring pupils are guided to develop key skills by covering the full curriculum.

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative
Senior Representative
English Curriculum Policy
Department for Education (DfE)
Invited
10:10 am
Pearson Stream
OCR Stream
AQA Stream
Assessment Update From Pearson
  • Reflecting on the Summer 2021 results and appeals: What did these tell us about the impact of learning during a pandemic?
  • Providing an insight to the Autumn 2021 entries, and considering expected outcomes, including how teachers can use these results to guide future learning, including for KS5
  • Outlining the new GCSE English Language 2.0, aiming to engage and motivate pupils through recent texts and skills-based writing tasks

This session will include time for questions.

Clare Haviland
Clare Haviland
English Subject Advisor
Pearson
Confirmed
Assessment Update From OCR
  • Understanding how the new skills-based English Literature curriculum will encourage pupils to engage with a wider range of literature, and improve responses to these texts
  • Advising on how to adapt to the altered requirements for English Language GCSEs for summer 2022
  • Reflecting on 2021 results, and how outcomes can be used to inform approaches to teaching ahead of the 2022 exam season, for KS4 and KS5

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative
Senior Representative
English Subject Specialist
OCR
Invited
Assessment Update From AQA
  • Highlighting the change in the English Literature A Level specification, which will come into effect in 2023, and advising schools on how to choose new texts
  • Reflecting on 2021 results, and how outcomes can be used to inform approaches to teaching ahead of the 2022 exam season, for KS4 and KS5
  • Outlining the Unit Award Scheme and exploring how this can make learning more accessible for those engaging with the English Functional Skills and Entry Level Certificate specifications

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative
Senior Representative
English Subject Specialist
AQA
Invited
10:40 am
Pearson Stream
OCR Stream
AQA Stream
Interactive Discussion Session: Overcoming Challenges and Planning Ahead

This session will be an opportunity for you to speak with colleagues also utilising Pearson specifications, in a live discussion, to explore the difficulties faced in preparing for assessments following the teacher-assessed grades system earlier in the year, and learn from each other about how you’re approaching teaching and learning through the spring and summer terms.

Interactive Discussion Session: Overcoming Challenges and Planning Ahead

This session will be an opportunity for you to speak with colleagues also utilising OCR specifications in a live discussion, to explore the difficulties faced in preparing for assessments following the teacher-assessed grades system earlier in the year, and learn from each other about how you’re approaching teaching and learning through the spring and summer terms.

Interactive Discussion Session: Overcoming Challenges and Planning Ahead

This session will be an opportunity for you to speak with colleagues also utilising AQA specifications in a live discussion, to explore the difficulties faced in preparing for assessments following the teacher-assessed grades system earlier in the year, and learn from each other about how you’re approaching teaching and learning through the spring and summer terms.

11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Supporting Teachers to Deliver Engaging English Lessons

This session will provide an outline of NATE’s work in undertaking research and developing resources for English teachers, to support lesson delivery and professional development.

Advice will be provided on effectively utilising key resources in your classroom, including:

  • IllumiNATE strategies and activities for Year 7-12
  • Global Learning in English
  • Creative Persuasion activities for KS3 and KS4

This session will include time for questions.

Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
Chair and Trustee
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
Confirmed
11:50 am
Transforming How You Teach English: The Mastery Curriculum

This session will outline the core elements of the English Mastery curriculum and discuss how this can be used as part of your school’s approach to recovering from learning loss.

Key learning points will include:

  • How to build a knowledge-rich KS3 curriculum, and a related teacher CPD plan
  • How to ensure approaches to assessment align with the knowledge-rich focus of mastery
  • How to utilise the mastery curriculum to reduce teacher workload, while also having a positive impact on pupil progress

This session will include time for questions.

Nick Wallace
Nick Wallace
Director of Curriculum
English Mastery
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Enhancing Pupil Engagement at KS3-4 to Increase Uptake at KS5
  • Learn about the English Association’s strategy to encourage more young people to enrol onto English A Levels in the next five years
  • Engaging pupils more intently in learning and talking about English as a subject, including through efforts to ‘Decolonise the Discipline’ and create a more diverse learning experience
  • Advising teachers on how to help pupils understand how studying English can fit in with long-term career goals
  • Examine opportunities to create links with feeder schools to encourage a collaborative transition into secondary English

This session will include time for questions.

Dr Rebecca Fisher
Dr Rebecca Fisher
CEO
The English Association
Invited
12:50 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Dr John Yandell
Dr John Yandell
Subject Leader for PGCE English
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
1:00 pm
End of Day One

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr John Yandell
Dr John Yandell
Subject Leader for PGCE English
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
9:40 am
Learning from an Award-Winning Approach to Teaching English

As departmental winners of the TES English teacher or team of the year award 2021, in recognition of a uniquely engaging curriculum, this session from Queen Katharine Academy will share insights from their approach, and ideas for how you can look to implement similar strategies in your classroom.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to embed diverse literature across a rich curriculum
  • Approaches to working with other departments to promote literacy and reading
  • Ideas for weekly staff CPD opportunities, to ensure teachers are as engaged in the curriculum as pupils
  • Ways to encourage pupils to embark on their own learning journey, developing cultural capital and independent thinking

This session will include time for questions.

Michelle Stratton
Michelle Stratton
Subject Lead for English
Queen Katharine Academy
Confirmed
10:10 am
A Better Future for English Teaching and Learning: Diversifying the Curriculum

Highlighting the importance of ensuring young people are studying texts relevant to them and the diverse make-up of the UK, this session will outline ways teachers can begin to map a more diverse English curriculum.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Methods for facilitating conversations in the classroom about what pupils want to read and study, and why
  • Strategies for using literature to teach about race, discrimination and marginalisation, helping to broaden knowledge and understanding among young people
  • Recommended texts and materials to help you think about your approaches to teaching in a more diverse way, as well as texts to introduce to pupils

This session will include time for questions.

Harmeet Matharu
Harmeet Matharu
Author and English Examiner
Confirmed
10:40 am
Interactive Discussion Session: Learning What Works for Your Peers

This session will be an opportunity to enter a live discussion room with colleagues and share approaches to teaching and learning, highlighting what works well in your classroom and how you have overcome challenges faced.

Participants will have the option to join a discussion focusing on KS3, KS4, or KS5.

11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Enhancing Creative Writing Through Greater Pupil Ownership

This session will offer guidance on how to bring out creativity among pupils, while enhancing the quality of writing, as engagement with the subject is improved.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to adapt the requirements of the curriculum to give pupils more ownership over what they write about and how, and how this may differ at different key stages
  • Ideas for ‘unique’ themes to help inspire pupils
  • Consider how experiences through the pandemic may translate into creative writing lessons and outputs
  • Recommended materials to help your class engage in different forms of creative writing

This session will include time for questions.

Hollie Barnes
Hollie Barnes
English Teacher
Cambridge Regional College
Confirmed
11:50 am
International Best Practice in Teaching English Language and Literature

As the recipient of the Inspiring Teacher of English Award 2020, acknowledging efforts to make lessons exciting and relevant for pupils, in this session Chen Ying Rheverie will share insights from her successful approach to teaching English in an international context.

Focusing on skills development and knowledge acquisition through curiosity, learn how the young people in her classroom are trained to ask questions, instead of just answering them, and gain strategies for facilitating critical thinking and challenging assumptions in your classroom.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Setting up a critical thinking classroom for inquiry and curiosity, including best practice routines and teacher-student relationships
  • Strategies for critical discussions, possibilities for differentiation and alternative assessments
  • Insights into successful synchronous and asynchronous learning

This session will include time for questions.

Chen Ying Rheverie
Chen Ying Rheverie
English Teacher
Unity Secondary School, Shanghai
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Developing a Metacognitive Approach to English Teaching and Assessments

Recognising anxieties in how pupils approached key exam questions, Amanda created a strategy to help all pupils learn and confidently apply their knowledge and skills in an exam setting.

This session will outline how metacognitive strategies can be used to teach English and advise on how best to support pupils to use such strategies.

Key takeaways will include:

  • How to ensure a metacognitive strategy enhances the efforts of the least able pupils, whilst ensuring the highest outcomes for the most able
  • Creating a visual guide for pupils to consider how they may approach engaging with and answering an exam question
  • Methods for using revision periods to remind pupils of the metacognitive approach

This session will include time for questions.

Amanda Simpkins
Amanda Simpkins
Head of English, Samuel Ward Academy
Unity Research School
Invited
12:50 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Dr John Yandell
Dr John Yandell
Subject Leader for PGCE English
UCL Institute of Education
Invited
1:00 pm
End of Day Two

*Programme subject to change

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