'That's me'! Ensuring diverse representation across the primary English curriculum

    Diversity is the theme of the Herts for Learning national primary English conference 2022; specifically focusing on ensuring that all pupils are given adequate opportunities to make a deep connection with reading through enhancing teacher’s commitment to providing books that reflect a wide range of realities.

    Seeing aspects of yourself reflected back in the pages of a book can be a startling experience. Being ‘seen’ in the class text, or in a book selected from the school library, can act as a form of validation; moreover, it can engage, excite, energise and invigorate the reader. When a child makes a connection with a book, much of a teacher’s work is done! Without need for prompt or provocation, a child will often seek a way to express that connection, be it through an enthused contribution to a discussion (‘Oh yes, that’s like me/my family/ my grandpa’), or perhaps through a written response. Either way, by helping all children to see that the books we choose relate to them, teachers can greatly improve engagement and, in turn, progress.

    The conference will feature input from experienced teachers, academics and political campaigners and will ensure that delegates leave with an understanding of how they can work to improve diverse representation through the English curriculum in their schools and classrooms, and why this work matters so much.

    • Andrew Moffat, Teacher, Parkfield Community School, Birmingham and author of the No Outsiders programme
    • Darren Chetty, Lecturer (Teaching), University College London
    • Sophie Driver, English subject leader, Highover Primary School, Hertfordshire
    • Gemma Bagnall, Primary school teacher, Worcestershire
    • Farrah Serroukh, author of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature 2017
    • Michael Gray, Class teacher, Gamlingay Village Primary, Bedfordshire

    The conference will end with a contribution from the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, The Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence, author, educator and motivational speaker.

    Why attend?

    • hear a range of views and perspectives as to why it’s so important that all children see themselves represented in the texts they encounter in primary school
    • gain valuable insight by listening to speakers who have researched, evidenced and improved practice and provision on diversity and inclusion within the primary English reading curriculum;
    • harness the inspiration needed to lead change across the school in this important and on-going area of focus for educators.
    • Herts for Learning will be making a charitable donation of 5% of all ticket sales to The Stephen Lawrence Foundation to support their work.

    On demand recordings

    On-demand access to all session recordings is available until Friday 18th February 2022 and costs £79.

    Ticket to access the recording of the National Primary English Conference 2022.

    For existing HfL schools and customers, please book a ticket via the HfL CPD Hub in the usual way: Course code: ENG/22/254/P

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    For all other bookings, please book via the Accelevents event platform where payments can be made by credit/debit card.

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    If you have any queries about booking a place please contact the Training and Events team on 01438 544477.

    Reflections on the conference

    Read all about the conference, summaries of the sessions and feedback in our blog.

    Ensuring diverse representation across the primary English curriculum: reflecting on our National Primary English Conference

    I cannot remember when I last attended any CPD that was so insightful and contained so many valuable ideas to take back to school, or when I was so moved by the passion and commitment of the contributors.  Thank you!

    Helen Hone, Drayton C of E Junior School

    Thank you for such a wonderful, inspiring day! Have been left with lots to think about and to take back to share with others. A truly valuable training day with brilliant guest speakers throughout.

    Sarah. Camp Primary and Nursery School

    Andrew Moffatt and Stuart Lawrence inspirational. Michael Gray we’ll be championing the word usualise in school now. Thank you to all for a really interesting and useful day.

    Karen Brooks, Blackburn Primary School