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The Education People is very excited to bring you another great lineup of TEP Talks speakers for 2022.  The TEP Talks series launched in 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.

During 2020 we 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).

2021 TEP Talks were held by Professor Teresa Cremin (Reading for Pleasure - Building Communities of Readers), Mark Anderson (Research-informed Approach to the Successful Use of Technology Support Remote Education), Pran Patel (Reviewing Curriculum Impact on all Children - Working Towards Equality)  Christine Counsell (Knowledge in a Curriculum: Getting Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions), and most recently Maxine McDonald Taylor (The Education Inspection Framework and SEND).

So far for 2022, 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.

Lavinya Stennett

TEP Talks: One Year On - What Now?

Date: Tuesday 25 January 2022

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

This session will cover:

Does our curriculum meet the needs of all our pupils? Is learning about ‘Black history’ in the lone month of October enough? Does the conversation need to shift from what we can do, to what is the impact of what we have done so far?

Lavinya challenges us to consider these and other questions. She will give some specific examples of black history that could push the conversation on and argue that these could be and should be embedded within the National Curriculum.

This talk will enable us to consider the impact of our curriculum on all our children and what we can do practically to ensure that the curriculum that we provide is the accessible to everyone.

About Lavinya...

Lavinya is a writer, activist, and Founder and CEO of The Black Curriculum. Graduating with a first class from SOAS in 2019, she has most recently authored a paper exploring Maroon ecology in Jamaica and Brazil.
Lavinya was recently named as one of the Sunday Times 50 Women of the Year and was awarded Trailblazer of The Year by Hello Magazine, as well as featuring in Vogue, and GQ for her activism.

Christopher Such

TEP Talks: Evidence-Informed Reading Comprehension

Date: Thursday 10 February 2022

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £40 (+VAT)

This session will cover:

An overview of the essential elements of reading comprehension based on an evidence-informed overview of reading. This will include:

  • frameworks and concepts for understanding reading comprehension, including the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope
  • the connection between word recognition, fluency and comprehension
  • background knowledge, vocabulary and curriculum development
  • sentence structure and text structure
  • inference - what it is and what it isn't
  • the ineffectiveness of teaching generic comprehension skills...
    ...and the rich, meaningful exploration of texts that should replace it.
About Christopher...

Christopher Such is a primary school teacher and senior leader who has worked in education for over 15 years. He has worked with schools, MATs and initial teacher training providers to support evidence-informed reading. He is the author of The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading and the creator of the education blog Primary Colour. He currently works for Ambition Institute and offers education consultancy on reading and curriculum development.

Follow Christopher on Twitter.

Daisy Christodoulou

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2022

Time: 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Webinar: A 90 minute webinar with Q&A session

Price: £60 (+VAT)

This session will cover:

Getting the Balance Right. Assessment for learning has been around for 20 years, but has it had the impact we've hoped for? What makes for good formative assessment, and what is the balance between formative and summative types of assessment? What is responsive teaching and how can it help improve formative assessment practices? What are the practical techniques teachers and senior leaders can use to ensure that their assessments are both accurate and useful?

About Daisy...

Daisy is the Director of Education at No More Marking, a provider of online Comparative Judgement software for schools. Comparative Judgement is an innovative, reliable and quick way to assess essays. You can find out more about how is works on the No More Marking website.

Before joining No More Marking, Daisy was Head of Assessment at Ark Schools, a group of academy schools in the UK, and before that, a secondary English teacher in London. Daisy has written three books about education, Seven Myths About Education, Making Good Progress and Teachers vs Tech, find out more about her books here.

You can find out more about Daisy in this profile from Schools Week and this one from the Guardian
Daisy can be contacted or followed on Twitter or by visiting her website: Daisy Christodoulou.