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Career Illuminations 2019 NQT and Early Career Teacher Conference

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​​​On Thursday 27 June, the Leeds Trinity University Institute of Childhood and Education (ICE) is proud to present its 2019 NQT and Early Career Teacher Conference – 'Career Illuminations'.

What's happening?

A revitalising day to gather invigorating ideas from experienced practitioners, grow ideas about investment in career progression, and share challenges and successes with fellow early career teachers.

This one day conference welcomes newly qualified and early career teachers, offering delegates a chance to explore career progression routes, and consider niche areas in which they might choose to develop specialist knowledge with which to enrich their school.

The range of workshops is designed to help early career teachers explore and begin to build new aspects of expertise, with a strong focus on how to build their next career steps whilst avoiding burnout.

In addition, a 'work and wellbeing' strand of sessions will give delegates new ideas about how to stay resilient and invested in the classroom.

Format

9.00-9.30am - Arrival
9.30-9.45am - Opening Address
9.45-10.45am - Keynote Speaker - Hywel Roberts (please see bio below)
10.45-11.15am - Exhibition and Refreshments
11.20am-12.20pm - Workshop 1 (please see full list below)
12.20-1.20pm - Exhibition and Lunch
1.20-2.20pm - Workshop 2
2.30-3.30pm - Workshop 3

When?

Thursday 27 June
9.30 – 3.30pm

Where?

Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD

Cost?

The Conference is £30 for Leeds Trinity graduates, and £50 for all other NQT and early career teachers.

How to book?

Visit our Online Store to book your place and choose your workshops (full details below). The deadline is Friday 14 June, but workshop places are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For any queries, please email cpd@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Further information

To download a parking permit for the event, please click here and enter the password provided in your arrival email.

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to welcome Hywel Roberts, an inspirational writer, presenter, teacher trainer and best-selling author of 'Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally' and 'Unchartered Territories' (with Debra Kidd). Hywel will also be leading a workshop on teachers-as-writers, to encourage delegates to add their voices to the world of educational blogs, articles and books.

Workshops

11.20am – 12.20pm

Getting and Staying Organised (Vanessa Mudd)
In a profession where the 'To Do List' truly never ends understanding how to organise yourself is key. Vanessa provides practical examples, exploring ways you can match them to your individual style of working. Busting myths around workload, work-life balance and stamina her workshop will also consider how self-organisation can boost your mental wellbeing, alongside managing how you are perceived by others.

Leading on Curriculum Design (Alex Ford)
Curriculum is now at the centre of Ofsted's drive to improve schools and tackle social inequalities. But knowledge of curriculum is not the preserve of school and subject leaders. An understanding of curriculum is vital amongst teachers at all levels to ensure that the curricula we teach do not become stale, but are in a constant state of renewal. This session will explore the contested nature of curriculum and give some insight into how curriculum is being perceived in the new Ofsted framework. More importantly however it aims to empower new teachers with curriculum knowledge which will allow them to take part in vital discussions about curriculum renewal.

The power of coaching and mentoring in professional development (Jonathan Doherty)
The Early Career Framework identifies the role of coaching and mentoring in supporting early career teachers. This workshop will look at how and where coaching and mentoring sit within the wider responsibilities of being a  teacher, examine the difference between the two and provide practical ways to use this as part of your professional learning and development.

Steps into SENCO and Mental Health specialism (Bev Peartree)
SEND is a highly diverse, specialist, enriching and developing area of educational practice. There are significant career opportunities in this field which form the focus for this workshop around identification, provision development and leadership in schools. The workshop will help you explore the National Award for SEN Co-ordination for aspiring SENCOs and also the newly developed MA in Mental Health for educational settings.

Workshop: From infinity to beyond – teaching, thinking, writing [Leigh Hoath with Hywel Roberts]
Learning never stops. Formal education does. In this workshop, Leigh and Hywel will take you on a tour of the world beyond the walls of the classroom. Drawing on their extensive and varied experience, Hywel and Leigh will describe their experiences beyond the classroom as thinkers and writers, and illustrate how these have supported their own and others' teaching.  If you are interested in writing about teaching, forays into the world of education publishing, and innovative ways to add your voice to national debates, this workshop will provide you with inspiration and practical next steps.

Stepping into Management: Advice on Inspiring, Appreciating and Developing Staff (Sarah Case)
Sarah will offer an overview of research and strategies which leaders can use to develop their team as well as giving people a framework to reflect on their own leadership qualities.  Every teacher has leadership opportunities at all points in their career and Sarah will aim to give some guidance on how to use these to the greatest effect - wherever you are in the school structure.

1.20 – 2.20pm

Physical de-stressing for tired teachers (Bridget Rowan)
Bridget will guide you into a powerful Yoga Nidra practise.  Suitable for all, generally it is done lying down but can also be practised in a comfortable sitting position if preferred.  Yoga Nidra is conscious sleep: your body rests deeply and your mind stays awake and aware following the instructions.  A 30 minute Yoga Nidra practise is said to be equivalent to a 2 hour sleep.  Bridget personally uses Yoga Nidra to let go of the activities of the mind and to relax the body to help her be a better, clearer and calmer teacher. After the practise Bridget will give you tips on practising at home or at work and guide you to the best free resources that can be found on the internet.

Career paths and orbits (Elaine Guzdek, Jessie Mytum-Smithson and Jenny Webb)
This is a workshop for any teacher who wants to find out about alternative career paths.  Three presenters who have eschewed a linear career path and found ways to maximise exciting opportunities in education will share their stories and offer invaluable advice about thinking laterally for a long and sustaining career.

Combatting Stress - How to square the circle of a job that is never done (Hannah Collins)
This workshop will look at the unique psychological challenge of teaching and identity strategies to help teachers actively manage stress. It will look at building resilience, honing emotional intelligence and staying true to your values in a chaotic, ever-changing educational landscape.

Steps into SENCO and Mental Health specialism (Bev Peartree)
SEND is a highly diverse, specialist, enriching and developing area of educational practice. There are significant career opportunities in this field which form the focus for this workshop around identification, provision development and leadership in schools. The workshop will help you explore the National Award for SEN Co-ordination for aspiring SENCOs and also the newly developed MA in Mental Health for educational settings.

Developing expertise in provision for PP and disadvantaged students (Amy Thompson)
Successfully supporting disadvantaged students without creating excessive workload is one of the most important skills in your teaching repertoire. This workshop will help you to enhance your existing good practice, identify habits and strategies to develop in the future so that you can enable disadvantaged learners to flourish within your classroom and across your school. The emphasis will be on practical, grab and go resources and strategies, and how to start to see yourself as a school PP lead.  This year we will also take a particular focus on the hardest to engage (and re-engage … and re-engage) with learning. Even before you have students through your classroom door you can be laying the foundations for highly effective learning. Never underestimate the power your approach can have for disengaged students.

Stepping into Management: Advice on Inspiring, Appreciating and Developing Staff (Sarah Case)
Sarah will offer an overview of research and strategies which leaders can use to develop their team as well as giving people a framework to reflect on their own leadership qualities.  Every teacher has leadership opportunities at all points in their career and Sarah will aim to give some guidance on how to use these to the greatest effect - wherever you are in the school structure.

2.30 – 3.30pm

Looking after your voice, and using it to its best effect (Alex Bennet)
Alex will offer practical suggestions of how to developing use of voice in the classroom. His starting point is that our use of voice improves relationships with students and allows for a collaborative working relationship. Using his extensive experience, he will explore how to develop the use of your voice to impart the key information at the core of your lesson, and recap the nuts and bolts of using and looking after your voice.

Avoiding 'Colour Blindness' as a teacher (Joe Williams joint with Vanessa Mudd)
In today's challenging climate how do you promote equal opportunities, plus provide inclusivity and support for students of all ethnicities without being tokenistic? Vanessa and Joe tackle how to talk openly about race, whatever the context of your school or personal background. Exploring classroom discussion, the curriculum and even your display boards, this session will give you confidence to enhance whole school practice with practical ideas.

Career paths and orbits (Elaine Guzdek, Jessie Mytum-Smithson and Jenny Webb)
This is a workshop for any teacher who wants to find out about alternative career paths.  Three presenters who have eschewed a linear career path and found ways to maximise exciting opportunities in education will share their stories and offer invaluable advice about thinking laterally for a long and sustaining career.

Combatting Stress - How to square the circle of a job that is never done (Hannah Collins)
This workshop will look at the unique psychological challenge of teaching and identity strategies to help teachers actively manage stress. It will look at building resilience, honing emotional intelligence and staying true to your values in a chaotic, ever-changing educational landscape.

How to become a Research Lead (and a Research-informed Leader) (Mark Miller)
There is an increasing evidence-base for 'what works' in teaching. But there is often a need for a bridge between what the research says and how that research then applies to teachers. The school Research Lead can navigate those waters to ensure that schools make informed decisions based on the best available evidence. In this workshop we will explore how to become a Research Lead and how to develop your understanding of this emerging pillar of education. Not only will it help you to lead specifically on research, but it will inform your practice whatever your desired role.

Developing expertise in provision for PP and disadvantaged students (Amy Thompson)
Successfully supporting disadvantaged students without creating excessive workload is one of the most important skills in your teaching repertoire. This workshop will help you to enhance your existing good practice, identify habits and strategies to develop in the future so that you can enable disadvantaged learners to flourish within your classroom and across your school. The emphasis will be on practical, grab and go resources and strategies, and how to start to see yourself as a school PP lead.  This year we will also take a particular focus on the hardest to engage (and re-engage … and re-engage) with learning. Even before you have students through your classroom door you can be laying the foundations for highly effective learning. Never underestimate the power your approach can have for disengaged students.

Developing Expertise in EAL Provision (Kasia Schofield)
Kasia will offer practical suggestions of how to support EAL pupils in the mainstream lessons and how to stretch and challenge EAL pupils (Steps -A-E). Her starting point is that EAL does not mean low ability and that both language acquisition and language learning are crucial in supporting the progress of EAL pupils, regardless of their steps. Using her extensive experience as both an EAL teacher and learner, she will explore how the curriculum can be adapted and teaching tailored to meet the needs of EAL pupils, and how these insights can be promoted within your school: EAL does not mean low ability and all teachers should be advocates of meaningful stretch and challenge for all.