Ensuring diverse representation across the primary English curriculum

    Published: 27 January 2022

    Participants from around the UK attended Herts for Learning’s (HfL) online national primary English conference on Tuesday 18th January 2022. Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive after a very powerful and inspirational day and recordings of the event are now available to buy.

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

    Focusing on diversity in the primary English curriculum, the programme of highly respected teachers, academics and political campaigners provided participants with a full day of thought provoking and inspirational sessions.

    Delegates were given examples 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 ended with an inspirational contribution from the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, The Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence, author, educator and motivational speaker.

    Delegates were given examples 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.

    “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, Norfolk
    “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, Hertfordshire
    “Andrew Moffatt and Stuart Lawrence inspirational. Michael Grey 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. South Yorkshire
    “Thank you again for one of the best events hosted by HfL EVER!”
    Cynthia Rowe, Head Teacher, How Wood Primary School and Nursery, St Albans

    Penny Slater, Deputy Primary Teaching & Learning Adviser was delighted by the feedback from both delegates and speakers saying:

    “It is vitally important that schools ensure 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.”

    Recordings of all the sessions are now available to all event participants until Friday 18th February to watch again on demand again and at their leisure.

    Tickets are now also available to anyone one else who would like to gain access to the recording until Friday 18th February 2022 for the reduced cost of £79.

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