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Celebrating Teacher Educators – Staffordshire University (23rd April 2020)

The OAKS are currently working as part of a teacher training provider collective and we are very grateful to the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area for their support for Teacher Educators (Mentors).

Effective professional learning supports not only recruitment, but also retention, as so many colleagues value this essential role. Effective Teacher Educators enhance the progress that our pupils make through their own high quality teaching and by enabling their colleagues to be even better informed by engaging them with the increasing evidence-based that underpins our growing community of professional knowledge.

If you are a teacher educator or school-based mentor in the Stoke-on-Trent area, this free conference (with £150 per school towards your Teacher Educator work) is designed to celebrate the amazing work that you do to develop our new and future teachers in this area.

The conference will take place on 23rd April at Staffordshire University. An outline programme is below and a booking link is available at:

Please can we ask you to book your place(s) by 21st February 2020

Below is the schedule for this fantastic day…

  • 9-9.30 am Arrival – Welcome and refreshments
  • 9.30 – 10.15 Keynote 1: Setting the Scene for Teacher Educator Opportunities: Professor Samantha Twistleton, Chair of the ITT Core Content Framework Working Group, She currently sits on  the DfE Expert Research and Recruitment Advisory Group, the DfE Specialist NPQs Advisory Group and is Vice President (external) Chartered College of Teaching
  • 10.20 – 10. 55 Workshop 1 (Choice from 5, These will include, Supporting diversity in our profession; Novice to Expert, how expert and novices think differently; Holding difficult conversations; Exploring the proposed new Ofsted Framework for Initial Teacher Education Partnerships; Sharing the work of Education Support, )
  • 10.55 – 11.15 Break and networking – Sharing a resource: What have you read (either a book, blog or article) that has had a positive impact on your work as a Teacher Educator? We will share these during the day and collate and share following the event, together with a summary of the tweets and the work of our visual artist.
  • 11.15 – 11.45 Workshop 2 (see above for choices)
  • 11.45 – 11.55 Movement break
  • 11.55 – 12.30. Keynote 2: Creating evidence-informed professional dialogues. James Richardson, Head of Dissemination & Impact Education Endowment Foundation. James has supported the work of both the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Research Schools, who have supported Teacher Educators in accessing evidence as part of their professional learning conversations.
  • 12.30 – 1.15 Lunch and networking – sharing resources (See above)
  • 1.15 – 2.15 Keynote 3 : Exploring the role of Ethical Values in Teacher Education: Dr. Peter Kent, Headteacher at Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, past-president of ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) and a Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. Peter was heavily involved in the work that led to the creation of A Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education.
  • 5 minute movement break
  • 2.20 – 3 pm Workshop 3 (choice from 5 – see above)
  • 3-3.15 Movement and tea break
  • 3.15- 3.45 Keynote 4: Why what you do matters – Emma Hollis, NASBTT and James Nobel-Rogers, UCET Emma Hollis is Executive Director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) which promotes high-quality schools-led programmes of training, education and professional development of teachers.  Emma was appointed in 2017 having previously been a Trustee at NASBTT for 18 months. She was also formerly Head of a Teaching School Alliance and ran a SCITT.  James Noble-Rogers is Executive Director of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), a membership organisation for universities involved in teacher education and education research.
  • 3.45 – 4pm Sharing next steps and evaluations. Raffle Drawn

As you can see this free event is a fantastic opportunity to network with other teacher educators and be a part of this exiting collaborative initiative that will hopefully raise the profile of the ‘unsung heroes’ of the education system.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Click here to book on to this exiting event.