Headington School’s Teaching and Learning Conference

Headington School’s Teaching and Learning Conference

27 June 2022

On Tue 7 June, Headington School held a successful Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference was attended by around 80 teachers from many local schools in the Oxford area. The keynote speaker was Kate Jones, author of several books of Retrieval Practice. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Jones/e/B093CJW58G%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Alongside her top tips for teachers in how to introduce more retrieval practice into the classroom, Kate was also keen to endure that whole-student development was paramount in her vision “schools should be as much about creating episodic memories of fun and joy as they are about semantic memories of knowledge”.

The Conference then moved to panel discussion, chaired by Deputy Head Simon Hawkes. Kate was joined by Tracey Smith, the Senior Lecturer on the PGCE course at Buckingham University, and Patrick Garton, Director of the Oxford Schools Teaching Alliance (OTSA). The questions were focussed on the state of Teaching of Learning right now, including the introduction of the ECF, the characteristics of good mentoring and the problem of retention in teaching.

Conference organiser, George Vlachonikolis (Professional Tutor at Headington) said, “the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and several delegates left saying this was the best hours worth of CPD they had attended this year. I sincerely hope this is the first of many conferences that Headington will look to put on”.

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