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Primary ECT Conference: Things Can Only Get Better!

Event code SCH 22/339 
Event description Our conference focus for this year is ‘Things can only get better!’ We truly believe this and have designed our conference based on this theme with the aim to support Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in their first and second year of induction. We will be offering 4 interactive and engaging online LIVE workshops from experts in a number of fields such as Self-care and Well-being, Literacy, Science and more! It is a fantastic opportunity for Primary ECTs to access workshops focusing on key issues in the classroom and beyond with opportunities to network with fellow ECTs during the session.

Workshop 1 with Andrew Berry (Primary Science Adviser, Centre Manager of Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre, The Education People) How to develop children’s learning in an engaging and effective manner
Starting from the findings from the recent Ofsted review into primary science, this workshop will help delegates to improve the way by which science is learnt in their classrooms. After an outline of the expectations in the National Curriculum, it will provide concrete examples of how one can develop both substantive and disciplinary knowledge, as well as how to engage the pupils, and how to use their recording to support their learning.

Workshop 2 with Hannah Bailey (Primary Programme Lead, TKAT) Finding it a challenge to plan exciting writing lessons?
This session will explore how different texts can inspire children to write. The links between reading and writing will also be made explicit and references will be made to national expectations. Delegates will create a 'tool box' of ideas to motivate children to write as well as be provided with a resource bank of websites and further reading.

Workshop 3 with Andrew Woods (Specialist Lead Advisor, Mathematics, The Education People) The Patterns of Attention
When we direct our attention (or directed by others) to something,several cognitive processes quickly occur. We might hold a gaze; zoom in and discern details; zoom out to recognise relationships; connect and perceive properties and start to reason on these properties. The astonishing reality is that we cycle through these multiple times every second.
Inspired by work by John Mason, in this session Andrew will explore how these patterns of attention are important and how they can be utilised within teaching to maximise encoding. There will collaboration and discussion so please come prepared to share your experiences.

Workshop 4 and close with Kelly Hannaghan (Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant, The Education People) Thriving Futures in Education – A Wellbeing Toolkit for Early Career Teachers
With an ever-increasing workload and limited time, Early Career Teachers are currently feeling the pinch of pressure within these challenging times. The recent Teacher Wellbeing Index undertaken by The Education Support Partnership highlights that 52% of educators feel that their mental health has been negatively impacted throughout the pandemic. Schools are at risk of heading towards a teacher retention crisis, if action isn’t taken now.
This session has been designed with Early Career Teachers in mind to help reflect on workload, learn how to manage stress and anxiety, prioritise self-care in order to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.
There will be a focus on developing a nurture first approach for pupils and will help Early Career teachers enhance their practice with the therapeutic skills and strategies to respond to the emotional wellbeing needs of pupils.

Aims of the session
• Discover a solution focussed approach for developing a culture of resilience to support teacher and student emotional health
• Gain ideas to help managing stress and anxiety for preventing teacher burnout
• Explore the current statistics around teacher and student mental health.
• Learn how to spot the signs of distress and develop a quality first teaching approach for mental health and wellbeing support in education
• Take-away a wellbeing toolkit

There will also be a recorded workshop available for delegates to view after the conference. This has been designed and delivered by Lee Parkinson ‘ICT with Mr. P’ and focuses on 'Working Smarter not Harder'. Lee will demonstrate a handful of useful ways that technology can enhance and support learning, but also make your life easier as a teacher.

This conference will run as an interactive Zoom session. Delegates will be sent the link no later than 24 hours before the start date. Please ensure you are able to access Zoom at least 1 hour prior to the session. Please note that these are not recorded and therefore not available to watch at a later date and delegates need to attend as a live session.

If you have not used Zoom before and require helpful tips, we recommend having a look at these:

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Participants who are unable to install Zoom can join our training using the Zoom web client on their desktop web browser. The Join from your browser link will appear after the user clicks on the link to join the meeting. 
Training objectives  
Key stages
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Subject areas Early Career Teachers
Target audience
Early Career Teacher
target audience
Qualification level
Zoom course, use own computer, XXX XXX map
Training Provider The Education People - Early Career Teacher Induction Team
Admin contact Joanne Hawker (
Grant Reeves
Part of SLA? No
Kent LA cost
Other LA/Academy cost
Independent/PVI cost
Number of credits 15
Funding information This conference is chargeable
£150 or 15 credits
20% VAT will be added at the point of invoice
Start date Wednesday 16 March 2022
Times 09:30-15:30
Number of sessions 1