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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).

Our 2021 TEP Talks are well underway and we already have seen talks from Professor Teresa Cremin (Reading for Pleasure - Building Communities of Readers), Mark Anderson (Research-informed Approach to the Successful Use of Technology Support Remote Education) and most recently Pran Patel (Reviewing Curriculum Impact on all Children - Working Towards Equality).

Still to come in 2021, we have confirmed the following talks which are available to book now:

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

Christine Counsell

TEP Talks: Knowledge in a Curriculum: Getting Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions

Date: Thursday 8 July 2021

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

This session will cover:

Everyone seems to be talking about knowledge, but rarely is everyone talking about the same thing. All manner of myths and misconceptions abound, as well as some distorted and damaging practices. Christine Counsell will set out the diverse origins of the ‘knowledge turn’, relate these to wider debates and indicate where knowledge as a curriculum idea can be misunderstood. She will argue that knowledge in curriculum is nothing to do with knowledge organisers and that we cannot build a curriculum from the science of memory. Christine will discuss the centrality of subjects in thinking about curriculum, and their implications for teacher development. She will build the argument for knowledge as one that is generative and fertile, as well as critical, radical and emancipatory.

About Christine...

Christine Counsell is an independent consultant supporting schools, partnerships, Trusts and Teaching Schools in curriculum and teacher development. Following early teaching and leadership positions in state schools in Gloucestershire and Bristol, Christine worked as local authority adviser in primary and secondary schools. She then became Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge where she ran the history PGCE and specialised in the mentoring of new teachers. She then became Director of Education of a MAT serving areas of acute disadvantage in East Anglia. Alongside this she has worked nationally and internationally, as consultant, trainer and speaker, specialising in the teaching of history in post-conflict zones and working with policy-makers, teachers, leaders and scholars. Christine is Editor of Teaching History, and she has published and edited many textbooks, academic books and articles on curriculum. In 2016 she served on the DfE Workload Solutions group and from 2017-19 she served on the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group that developed the current inspection framework. Christine serves on the Boards of David Ross Education Trust, Now Teach and Ark Curriculum Plus.