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Learning Conference 2015

St Peter's 2-8

Learning Conference 2015

Clifton Conference FlyerClifton School and Nursery, St Peter’s School

08.30 -16.00 Saturday 24th January 2014

Guest Speakers: Shonette Bason-Wood, Katharine Finkill, Maureen Burgess, Andrew Tidswell

Cost (including lunch): £40 per delegate
Contact: 01904 527372 or

Speaker details

"Permission to Educate” - Shonette Bason-Wood

Shonette is different, from her look to her energy to her content.  She spent most of her teaching career giving permission to children to learn in innovative ways.

She has made the transition from the classroom to  Leadership and Management to ‘Bring Permission To’  to all staff to teach in exciting and inspiring ways.

You may think you have heard it all before, and you probably have, but through her dynamic and unique style she will challenge her audience to reflect on current modes of thinking and energise them to impact change through her ‘Permission To’ model. Within the model she explores:

  • Why we need ‘Permission To’
  • Rules from the classroom to Leadership
  • People who have given themselves ‘Permission To’
  • Rules or Mores?

By the end, Shonette may leave the room but she will leave a ‘Permission To’ legacy that every person will benefit from.

On a personal level she is raising FOUR lively teenagers and runs her own successful business.  She is not only an international educational consultant, trainer and international speaker, but also an author of both children and adult books.  She writes her own speaking and training packages and is unique in all ways.

“Confident, Capable, Creative Boys” - Katharine Finkill

‘Creating the right conditions for children to develop confidence in themselves as learners, explorers, discoverers and critical thinkers is vital in a rapidly changing world.  This is particularly important for boys as their natural exuberance, energy and keen exploratory drive may often be misinterpreted’ (Confident, capable, creative, supporting boys’ achievements 2007)

Playwise was founded in 2004 by Katharine Finkill, an experienced early years trainer and consultant. Katharine has been working in the early years sector for more than 28 years and her career has encompassed a variety of roles, as a practitioner and a nursery owner, as well as in an advisory/training capacity for large national organisations and local authorities. Katharine is passionate about the importance of all children being given opportunities to learn and develop within caring environments that offer rich, stimulating, developmentally appropriate experiences, and it is this passion that motivates her to offer support to others.

"A Feast of Art Ideas”- Maureen Burgess

Maureen will introduce a broad range of ideas, techniques and approaches relating to art and design in primary education and will showcase children’s work, which has been developed through different media around exciting educational themes. Delegates will also have a chance to create practical work, exploring a specific technique.

Margaret has taught Art and Design for 25 years in primary and secondary schools and has also worked for many years in further education colleges in England and New Zealand, establishing and teaching new art courses. She mostly works with Primary Matters, creating and leading art workshops for both pupils and teachers, developing creative and practical ideas and approaches around topic themes.

“Digital Story Telling with iPads” - Andrew Tidswell

Andrew will show us how to use iPads to create slideshows and videos to enhance Literacy teaching and learning in Pre-prep. It will be a fun, interactive session in an area of IT that many of our schools are currently introducing or embedding. If you are new to iPads in schools then we are sure that you will still find the session inspiring.  Clifton will provide iPads which will be preinstalled with any apps and teaching materials that Andrew is planning on using.

Andrew was a teacher in Leeds for 14 years before becoming a freelance trainer. One of his main areas of interest is the use of digital media in the classroom, including using iPads. He also has a particular specialism in the creative use of Interative Whiteboods to enhance teaching and learning. Andrew is a trainer for Espresso and Channel 4 Clipbank, Purple Mash, an Associate Consultant for RM and provides accredited training on behalf of Learning Central for the Digital Creator qualification. He has also delivered lectures in the pedagogical use of IT for Initial Teacher training courses at Leeds Met Carnegie University.  Andrew has worked on a number of longer term projects; developing relationships with individual schools, clusters and federations providing exemplar teaching sessions, bespoke staff training courses and training clinics for individuals or small groups.