Our keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be the internationally renowned English educational trainer, writer, author and poet Pie Corbett: ‘The Big Picture Within Which Fluency Sits’.
Over the course of the day delegates will also be able to take part in workshops and hear presentations from:
Dr Tim Rasinski, professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic. Dr Rasinski is the author of the fluency chapter for the Handbook of Reading Research. His presentation will be: 'Building a Strong Reading Foundation – Phonics, Vocabulary, and Fluency’.
Kate Charlton, NQT Lead and Moderation Manager, Central Bedfordshire. Kate and her team have run the Herts for Learning KS1 and KS2 Reading Fluency Projects in their Local Authority and have dug deep into the project data, revealing some fascinating insights. Her presentation will be entitled: “More than just a test – how the YARC test illuminates our understanding of barriers and progress”.
Martin Galway, Primary Teaching and Learning Adviser (English), Herts for Learning will present: “Mapping out the reading curriculum: key considerations for subject leads".
There will be additional contributions from classroom practitioners:
Lauren Haines, English Subject Lead at Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School, Cheltenham
Hannah Trickett, Headteacher at Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School, Rickmansworth
Nicola O’Brien, English Subject Lead at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Rickmansworth
Our KS3 contributor will be Sam Taylor, Second in Charge of English at Great Marlow School, Buckinghamshire
Chorleywood Bookshop, an independent bookseller based in Hertfordshire and very experienced in working with local schools, will present delegates with some exciting new releases in children’s literature and be on-hand for book-talk and a Q and A session.
The conference is open to all but would be especially suitable for KS1, KS2 and KS3 classroom teachers, including TAs and NQTs, English subject leaders, Heads of Department, and aspiring leaders / heads of department and headteachers.