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The Education People is very excited to be launching its new TEP Talks series from September 2020. These interactive sessions will take the form of a monthly webinar, followed by questions, answers and discussion. They will be led by leading national and international speakers and link closely to current educational priorities.

This is a unique opportunity for teachers to connect with leading education experts as they share ideas and provide thoughts on how to close the gaps in pupil learning and improve educational outcomes.

Autumn Term 2020 we have had TEP Talks from Marc Rowland (Putting Your Energy into the Provision for the Forgotten Third), Alex Quigley (Closing the Reading Gap), Professor Daniel Muijs (Using Relevant Research and Evidence to Inform Practice in School) and Ian Gilbert (Navigation vs Knowledge - Thinking and Learning in a Post COVID World).

We are currently putting together our 2021 TEP Talks and have Professor Teresa Cremin lined up for January and Tom Sherrington in for March and more speakers to follow.

Please be aware that our TEP Talks are only available as live events and will not be available to purchase as recorded webinars.

Professor Teresa Cremin

TEP Talks: Reading for Pleasure - Building Communities of Readers

14 January 2021

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

It is widely recognised that children who read for pleasure improve their life chances, not just academically, but also in relation to their wellbeing and social relationships. Research has shown however that children in England read less often and don’t enjoy reading as much as their counterparts in other countries. So, this evidence-informed webinar, drawing on the Open University's research into reading for pleasure, will offer practical ways forward to support the development of readers who not only can, but do choose to read and find enjoyment in the process.

This webinar will explore:

  • the benefits and challenges of reading for pleasure
  • ways to develop richer repertoires of children’s literature and other texts
  • strategies for getting to know your children as readers EYFS - Year Six
  • an effective RfP pedagogy.

Such a pedagogy includes the creation of relaxed ‘social reading environments’ in schools, where children and their teachers read together, both aloud and independently, discuss what they are reading and share recommendations informally. Through sharing 'books in common' and something of their own journeys as readers, communities of engaged readers are built.

The session will link to the Oxford University Reading for Pleasure website:

Please will all delegates have to hand a brilliant children's book they know and love.

Professor Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Previously she served as President of the UK Reading Association and the UKLA, a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and a Trustee of the Poetry Archive and SES.

Tom Sherrington

TEP Talks: Changing Teachers' Habits with Evidence-informed CPD

Date: 23 March 2021

Time: 3.45pm to 5.00pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

Ofsted identified instructional leadership as a key driver in effective schools. Essential to instructional leadership is quality professional development. Tom’s latest Book ‘Teaching Walkthrus' grew out of the realisation that most teachers are looking to develop their practice, harnessing ideas from cognitive science and other research.

This webinar will support leaders to answer the following questions and support with designing finely tuned professional learning systems and content:

  • Why can it be difficult for teachers to improve?
  • What are good bets for them to work on?
  • How can leaders manage professional learning and accountability procedures to maximise teacher development?

Tom Sherrington is an education consultant and author. He writes the popular blog and his books include The Learning Rainforest and best-seller Rosenshine’s Principles in Action. Mostly recently he co-authored Teaching WalkThrus with Oliver Caviglioli. With 30 years' experience as a physics and maths teacher and school leader, including 11 years as a Headteacher, Tom is in demand from schools across the UK and around the world to deliver CPD for teachers and leadership teams. He works with several schools and colleges providing consultancy support on curriculum and improving the quality of teaching. He is a regular keynote speaker and contributor to conferences and education festivals.