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Joining the Dots – June 24th

Our Joining the Dots conference has moved ONLINE. The Conference is an opportunity for teachers and leaders in our Five Counties community of schools to connect and share a collaborative day of learning and networking. We had hoped to stage out first major face-to-face event in Taunton but potential national travel disruption means the event is now completely virtual.  The content of our keynotes and discussions remains unchanged – our programme is rooted in the Five Counties TSHs Values: Collaboration and Partnership for Education, Excellence and Equity. We look forward to seeing you virtually on the day!

Keynote Speakers

Becky Allen

Becky Allen who is Professor of Education at the University of Brighton and Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp. Becky is the author of 'The Teacher Gap' and 'The Next Big Thing in School Improvement' and will be talking about and answering questions regarding both of these popular books.

Toby Greany

Toby Greany, Chair in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham will be discussing his ‘Leading in Lockdown’ report which was first issued in November 2021. Toby will share findings from the first two phases and will then deliver an interactive session around the issues and potential ways forward for TS Hubs, teachers and leaders across the five counties region.

Tom Rees

Tom Rees is Executive Director for Programmes at Ambition Institute. Tom's afternoon session will focus on Ambition as an organisation and their purpose, mission and aspirations in the PD landscape and will incorporate reflections on the ECT and NPQ programmes to date.

Matt Stevenson and Richard Gill

We are delighted that our Joining the Dots conference will be opened by Matt Stevenson, Deputy Director to the Regional Schools Commissioner SW and Richard Gill CBE, Chair of Teaching School Hubs Council and CEO of Arthur Terry Learning Partnership.

Professor Jane Andrews

Professor Jane Andrews, University West of England, teaches and researches in a range of areas with a particular interest in multilingualism and learning.

Jane will be hosting a workshop at Joining the Dots based upon her recent extremely interesting research project, funded by the AHRC, entitled "Creating Welcoming Learning Environments: Disseminating arts-based approaches to including all learners in their education". Jane is the co-author of the recently published book 'Creating Welcome Learning Environments, Using Creative Arts Methods in Language Classrooms'.

Agenda for the day

9:30 – 9:35AM

Welcome from Matt Stevenson
Matt Stevenson, Deputy Director to the Regional Schools Commissioner SW

9:35 – 9:55AM

Keynote
Keynote by Richard Gill CBE, Chair of Teaching School Hubs Council and CEO of Arthur Terry Learning Partnership.

10:00 – 11:00AM

Keynote
Keynote by Becky Allen, Author & Professor of Education, University of Brighton. Becky Allen who is Professor of Education at the University of Brighton and Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp. Becky is the author of 'The Teacher Gap' and 'The Next Big Thing in School Improvement' and will be talking about and answering questions regarding both of these popular books.

11:00 – 11:30AM

Q&A
Q&A with Becky Allen

11:30 – 12:00PM

Break

12:00 – 12:45PM

Choice of Keynote / Workshops*
*Speakers include Tom Rees: Executive Director for Programmes, Ambition Institute and Toby Greany: Chair in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Nottingham.

12:50 – 13:50PM

Lunch

14:00 – 14:45PM

Choice of Keynote / Workshops*
*Speakers include Tom Rees: Executive Director for Programmes, Ambition Institute and Toby Greany: Chair in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Nottingham.

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