Speakers


The Keynotes


Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

Professor Sugata Mitra

Keynote: The future of education.

Bio: Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK and previously a Visiting Professor at MIT in the US. He was recently described by The Times newspaper as a "Global Education Superstar". In 2013 Sugata won TED Global and received US$1million towards his wish to build a school in the clouds. Sugata works in the areas of Cognitive Science, Information Science and Educational Technology.

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Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle

Keynote: What makes an outstanding teacher?

Workshop: Motivation – what works? Drawing on accessible psychology.

Bio: Phil is both an inner city English teacher and an internationally recognised expert on teaching and learning. Specialising in working with students in challenging circumstances, his contextual value added scores are year-on-year amongst the highest of any teacher in the country.

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Professor Guy Claxton

Professor Guy Claxton

Professor Guy Claxton

Plenary: Developing 21st century learners – the next big challenge!

Workshop: 21st century teaching – what has to change?

Bio: Since September 2008, Professor Guy Claxton has been Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CrL), and Professor of the Learning Sciences, at the University of Winchester. He previously held the same title at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He has a ‘double first’ from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. His books have been translated into many languages including Japanese, Greek, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

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The workshop leaders



Brian Ashton

Brian Ashton MBE

Brian Ashton MBE

Workshop: Be Amazing!

Bio: Brian Ashton MBE attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School, before reading History at Leicester University and gaining qualified teacher status as a secondary teacher. Brian saw twenty eight years of service/penance (!) in the profession and balanced this alongside a successful rugby career: playing at club, representative and national Level in England, France and Italy. He entered professional rugby coaching and was Head Coach at Bath, Ireland and England, most recently guiding England to the World Cup final in 2007. Brian is an internationally recognised innovator and paradigm thinker and is currently Managing Director of SCD (Something Completely Different), providing consultancy in the areas of sport, education and business.

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Zoe Elder

Zoë Elder

Zoë Elder

Workshop: The Molten Core of Learning!

Bio: Zoë divides her time between her leadership role as a Senior Leader in a large secondary school where she leads on coaching, research, development, pedagogical and curriculum innovation and as a Teaching and Learning Adviser for The North Somerset Learning Exchange. She works with teachers and school leaders in primary, special and secondary schools, developing cross-school action research and innovation projects for students and teachers alike and is the Lead Adviser for Gifted and Talented Provision.

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Alicia Drummond

Alicia Drummond

Alicia Drummond

Workshop: Cultivating well-being – the role of the school and the family.

Bio: Alicia Drummond is the founder of Let's Talk Ltd, a specialist parenting coach and BACP registered counsellor.

Alicia works with schools and parents to give them the skills, tools and understanding to work together to create an environment in which Emotional Intelligence is nurtured and strengthened and teenagers can thrive.

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Oliver Caviglioli

Oliver Caviglioli

Oliver Caviglioli

Workshop: Evidence–based teaching – what works best?

Bio: Oliver is a former special school head teacher, author, magazine columnist, trainer, illustrator and originator of visual depictions of evidence-based teaching techniques. Driven by a pursuit of what works best, Oliver is inspired by visual solutions for decision-making and collaborative thinking. His experience as a special school head teacher gave him the behavioural analysis and organisational rigour to add to his design skills. Oliver’s fascination with all things visual, coupled with 30 years of research, have resulted in the creation of teachinghow2s.com

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Ian Morris

Ian Morris

Ian Morris

Workshop: Cultivating well–being – the role of the school and the family.

Bio: Ian Morris is the Head of Well-being at Wellington College in Berkshire, where he has worked since 2004. Ian has a degree in Theology and much of his time involves the teaching of Religion and Philosophy, which he has done in the state and independent sectors since 2000. Ian introduced the teaching of Well-being to Wellington in 2006 (colloquially known as happiness lessons). Since 2006, Ian has written a course in Well-being for years 9-12 and has authored a book on the teaching of happiness and well-being called ‘Learning to Ride Elephants’ (Continuum Press, 2009) as well as 2 articles arguing for the centrality of well-being as an aim of education. Ian lives at Wellington College with his wife, daughter and son, and 2 cats.

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

Workshop: Promoting engagement with the wider society.

Bio: Michael attended school in Cambridge, before studying history at the University of Edinburgh, and moving on to Exeter University (St Luke’s College of Education) where he gained his PGCE. He taught in London before moving abroad and working as a teacher in British international schools, first in Bogota, Colombia, then Lima, Peru. He lived and worked in the region for a total of 10 years.

He has taught history, politics, and geography at GCSE/IGCSE, MYP, A-Level, and IB Diploma levels, and was the head of theory of knowledge (TOK) at Markham College, where he also set up the Film department. He has been an IB Diploma examiner for the last 4 years.

He now works as co-founder and CEO of Kuvu Tutors, an online company providing live one-to-one and one-to-many video support for students at international schools around the world. He is the creator of theoryofknowledge.net, the world’s most used online resource for TOK.

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Gareth Pearson

Gareth Pearson

Gareth Pearson

Workshop: The teacher as Coach – what role does character education have in the classroom?

Bio: Gareth Pearson is currently the Senior Deputy head at Lord Wandsworth College, a co-ed boarding school of 525 pupils in the North Hampshire countryside. Previously, he was a Housemaster at Wellington College and before this, he worked as a Maths teacher at Millfield School in Somerset. Before becoming a teacher he enjoyed an 8 year career as an Officer in the Royal Marines. He is married with 2 children Rhys and Molly and enjoys rugby, tennis and anything else that takes him outdoors.

Nick Dennis

Nick Dennis

Nick Dennis

Workshop: A strategy of alternatives – thinking about technology and pedagogy.

Bio: Dr Nick Dennis is Deputy Head (Academic) at Berkhamsted School. He is a board member of the Independent Schools Council ICT Strategy Group, an Apple Education Mentor and has written a number of resources and articles including a chapter in Professor Terry Hadyn’s edited volume Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History. He writes about education, technology and learning on his blog.

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David Weston

David Weston

David Weston

Workshop: What makes successful teacher learning?

Bio: David Weston MEng (Oxon) ALCM PGCE, a former maths, physics and ICT teacher with nine years of experience, a former consultant specialising in data and assessment, and an author of physics and maths materials for Pearson. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education and has trained TeachFirst students at Canterbury Christ Church University and Kings College. He founded the Teacher Development Trust in 2012.

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Loic Menzies

Loic Menzies

Loic Menzies

Workshop: The importance of engaging with parents to keep pupls on track.

Bio: Loic Menzies is Director of the ‘think-and-action tank’ LKMco, an Associate Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Education and a trustee of the charity Changemakers. He was previously Associate Senior Manager and Head of History and Social Sciences at St. George’s R.C. School in North West London. Before that he was a youth worker involved in youth participation and young person-led community projects. He now specialises in education policy, youth development, social enterprise and school-based teacher training. He holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Laura Mcinerney

Laura Mcinerney

Laura McInerney

Workshop: Cultivating well–being – the role of the school and the family.

Bio: Laura McInerney was a teacher for six years in East London. During this time she was a Head of Department, Sixth Form Manager and an AST. She authored the book "The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools, & How To Avoid Them" and recently wrote a chapter on well-being and education in The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri studying the overlap between US and UK Policy.

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Victoria Capelin

Victoria Capelin

Victoria Capelin

Workshop: Making assessment productive and rewarding the learning process.

Bio: Victoria has been a teacher for eight years in both the maintained and private sectors and has a particular interest, among other things, in assessment for learning for which she is a lead practitioner. A subject based trainer and coach, she has been a Head of Department for the last two years and is now Director of Study for English at Portslade Academy (PACA).

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