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Our varied breakout sessions will help delegates consider the theme in more detail. Led by Cambridge staff and other expert speakers, they will include sessions exploring the following questions:
Our breakouts will either be presentations or interactive workshops. All of them will help you to explore issues in more detail, and provide examples of effective practice to consider for your own context.
There will also be opportunities to hear updates on our latest initiatives, and to get an insight into what happens behind the scenes at Cambridge International.
The breakout schedule will be released at a later date so you can decide which sessions to attend on the day. There is limited space in each breakout session and not all sessions will run at the same time, so plan to be at your preferred session in good time.
In this workshop, we will consider what it means for a school to have a research culture. The structure of research within a school has the potential to generate a staff whose understanding and development of pedagogy, curriculum and their own role as educators goes beyond addressing policy demands, and instead engages with the idea of 'teacher as professional', where knowledge sits at the heart of judgement and action.
The workshop will include case studies where impact on teaching and learning, and on wider issues such as teacher satisfaction, recruitment and retention are addressed.
The session will cover the marking process and generic marking principles. It will use examples and activities to demonstrate how teachers can use Examiner Reports and Mark Schemes to improve candidate performance.
How do you know what works in your classroom? How can your students inform your teaching? This hands on workshop will explore how we can use student voice to assess the impact of teaching and learning in your school. We will hear from students and work with interview transcripts to identify themes for further exploration. These techniques will be useful for you to use in your own schools to understand what works for which students.
We all know that effective feedback can have a powerful impact on learning. In many respects, feedback is the bridge between teaching and learning. This workshop will empower participants to evaluate the impact of feedback on learning. It will explore a range of practical approaches to feedback that are effective, efficient and maximise impact including whole class feedback and 'live marking'.
The workshop will explore a range of ways in which schools have developed teacher research as models of ways of working. It will consider the stages of research and how these can best be sustained and supported in schools. Measuring impact will be part of the discussion, with examples of criteria and approaches developed by CamStar schools as example case studies. The workshop will enable participants to establish a successful research culture in their own schools, with support materials available to those people at the workshop.
This session will look at the role of the exams officer and the important activities they have to coordinate to run a successful exam series. It will explore the operational tasks that exams officers need to understand.
Research points to the crucial role oracy plays in the successful communication of knowledge and ideas. Teachers need to pay attention to the language they use in the presentation of their materials and interactions with students; students need to learn the skills required to use language effectively.
In this workshop, we will consider the factors involved in creating the right environment for developing oracy skills and explore the impact on active listening, reading and writing. We will model practical strategies for developing oracy in the classroom.
This workshop will be a practical exploration of our new teacher standards self-evaluation toolkit. We will look at how it can help our schools to evaluate and measure the impact they are having in the classroom, so that they can use this knowledge diagnostically to plan their professional development.
This session will consider the evidence on the most effective approaches to teaching and learning. How can I know what works best in my classrooms? What are the implications? This presentation will particularly focus on the area of a culturally sensitive pedagogy, recognising the fact that teaching and learning are mediated through culture and context.
Successful schools know the importance of constantly trying to improve. They know the importance of excellent professional development and support to help them do this. This session will showcase the key developments in Cambridge International's work to support teachers and help schools improve. It will include an introduction to our school self-evaluation and consultancy services, as well as our Professional Development training, qualifications and online resources.
Our recognitions managers will share their knowledge on making successful applications to universities and colleges in popular destination countries. We will look at the key deadlines and details for applying with a focus on the USA, UK and Australia and we will consider how Cambridge qualifications can help students in their university applications. We will examine college admission essays vs. the personal statement and how the Cambridge IPQ can support competitive applications.
A timeline approach will be taken to help schools embed the university application process within their planning for delivery of Cambridge International AS & A levels or Cambridge Pre-U. There will be opportunity for discussion and to share best practice from fellow delegates, and useful resources to take away.
Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary has four new subjects: Art & Design, Music, Digital Literacy and Physical Education. This workshop will introduce you to the new subjects, the resources available from Cambridge and give ideas of how you might choose to use these subjects in your school. There will be time for questions and answers with people involved in developing the new subjects.
This workshop follows on from the keynote presentation from Gerard Calnin and provides an opportunity for participants to unpack the proposed model of teacher evaluation. Participants will be able to explore each of the elements in detail and, in particular, ask questions about how these guidelines can be applied and implemented in their own context. Key areas to ensure success are discussed, as well as the research relating to why most models of teacher evaluation don’t achieve their objectives.
Whatever your position in school, there is constant pressure to drive forward an agenda of change and improvement. Yet, how often do we stop and really reflect on what we have learned from the past, to inform what we do in the future? This workshop focuses on how we can use our past actions to inform our future ones. We will explore how climate and culture play key roles in change management and consider the tools and strategies we can use to embed and sustain effective change in school – from both a teacher and leader perspective.
Format: Q & A session
This will be an opportunity to meet senior members of the Cambridge International team. You will be able to ask questions about how we help schools improve, how we ensure the rigour and integrity of our assessment processes, and take the opportunity to hear from the Cambridge International team.
01 July - 01 September 2019
Standard registration (£435)
5-9 registrations : 10% off
Over 9 registrations: 20% off
The conference included informative and practical teaching skills and excellent presentations.