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Professor Putwain taught in various schools and 6th form colleges in the UK from 1994 to 2006. After completing a PhD in 2006, David joined Edge Hill University working initially in the Department of Social and Psychological Sciences and subsequently in the Faculty of Education. David joined Liverpool John Moores University in May 2016. His research interests focus on how psychological factors influence, and in turn are influenced by, learning and achievement. He has a longstanding interest in test anxiety among school-aged populations and the development of interventions to provide students with the tools they need to manage their test anxiety.
'Testing times: When taking (and not taking) assessments becomes a source of anxiety.'
In his keynote, Professor Putwain focuses on the what, where and why of test anxiety and offers some practical solutions to try with learners before they take exams and throughout their schooling. Using evidence from the research that he and others have done, he tells us about the threats, the development and the signs of test anxiety. He then takes us through some tools from cognitive psychology to help us see the relationships between test anxiety and achievement, before suggesting some strategies we could use in our classrooms.
Dr McLellan taught psychology and mathematics in secondary schools for a number of years before joining the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University. Her long-standing interest is student motivation. In recent years, she has also worked on a number of projects focusing not only on achievement motivation but also on student wellbeing, mathematics anxiety, and creativity.
Ros enjoys working with schools to develop and refine strategies that make a real difference to teaching and learning in the classroom. She coordinates the long-standing SUPER network which is a partnership between the Faculty of Education and local schools that conducts research together that mutually benefits all partners. This work has led to collaboration with a network of schools in Kazakhstan where colleagues from the SUPER network helped to foster teachers' professional learning. She also led a recently completed collaborative project on student wellbeing in Kazakhstan. She is co-coordinator of the European Educational Research Association’s Health and Wellbeing Network.
'Supporting wellbeing in school: Enabling young people to fulfil their potential.'
In this keynote, Dr McLellan will explore wellbeing, examining how this has been conceptualised from a number of standpoints. By distinguishing ‘feeling well’ and ‘functioning well’ the connection between wellbeing and achievement will be made apparent and the argument for focusing on wellbeing to enable all young people to flourish will become evident. We will consider the implications of wellbeing conceptualisations for practitioners in school settings and highlight some areas schools should focus on to support young people’s wellbeing, including practical ideas that teachers can adapt to their own circumstances.