Cardiff Seminars 2023
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09:00 - 09:50
SEN Seminar
Maths – Scaffolding for Success
Curriculums and teaching methods change but is the way we are teaching maths today the best way for those with ALN/SEN? This seminar looks at popular topics such as Money, Time, Times Tables, Data Handling and looks at ways to teach them given the world we live in today. It explores ways to utilise technology and student motivation to teach.
09:00 - 09:50
SEN Seminar
‘I’M NOT NAUGHTY!’ Supporting children with Oppositional Demand Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
This seminar is designed to give participants an insight, understanding and provide a kit bag of strategies. Participants will be given a range of options for inclusive educational approaches and uncomplicated strategies to meet the needs of children and young persons with PDA/ODD to support them effectively.
09:00 - 09:50
The Power of Collaboration
At a time when morale is dropping, fostering community and collaboration, not competition, is key for the future of education. It’s so important to celebrate the things that are going well in our schools, no matter how small, and collaborate with one another to help share the burdens. We need to unlearn the habits drilled into us by competitive thinking. We will all do better, including our students, when we take the time to appreciate our own achievements, and the achievements of others, and find a way to come together and work alongside one another.
09:00 - 09:50
SEN Seminar
Using Vibrant Quality Circle Times to Promote Child Wellbeing in Positive Calm Classrooms
The Vale of Glamorgan schools reported post-Covid children’s reading and writing skills had regressed. Literacy skills, conversational confidence, turn-taking, tolerance and reading non-verbal cues had been impacted by lockdowns and closures. Encouraging children to converse through vibrant, proactive Circle Times promotes communication skills and expression, aiming to promote wellbeing using this safe forum and other strategies. Jenny describes important steps and guidelines of Circle Times and highlights The Five Skills of Communication for carrying out Circle Times. She will also discuss the use of puppets, calming techniques, speaking in rounds, games and activities to help with team building and developing respectful relationships.
09:00 - 09:50
‘Voices of Wellbeing’ – The Six Circles of Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Voices of Wellbeing, Nina and Kelly will share with you an amazing wellbeing programme that can support the mental and emotional health of everyone in your school community. From Purpose, Relationships, Emotional Learning, Self-Care, Gratitude and Celebration you will find ways to embed these in your school curriculum and pastoral systems. When mental and emotional health is such a concern, this session will give you ideas, strategies and the skills to use purposeful interventions so that everyone can flourish.
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Nina Jackson, Kelly Hannaghan
09:00 - 09:50
Using Drama and Storytelling: a reverie in Botheredness and C4W
Based on the best selling teacher book, this session will offer a high speed rollercoaster ride focussing on getting children bothered about what they’re learning! Hywel will share ways to develop a pedagogical toolkit, strategies to harness our own professional imaginations and look at making the mundane irresistible.
09:00 - 09:50
Using CBT to Make Positive Behaviour Changes
If you want to change disruptive behaviour in students, punitive measures are highly unlikely to work, they often lead to more resentment and are destructive to teacher pupil relationships. If you want to make positive change then using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools have been proved to been an effective method of intervention and is recommended by NICE and DfE. This session give you all the tools needed to immediately begin using CBT techniques in your setting including working on motivating students to make positive changes.
09:00 - 09:50
A practical Science Seminar to Inspire future scientists!
The session, led by Awen Ashworth, will give you the opportunity to learn about Science in the Early Years. As a practical session, you will have a go at the simple Science experiments that you can deliver in the classroom. The session will give you an insight to the different methods of introducing Science by using simple equipment. With the new Curriculum in Wales now being delivered, both Science and Technology is one of the 6 areas of learning and experience.
09:00 - 09:50
Dinasyddion y dyfodol
Ymunwch â Swyddogion Addysg ac Ymgysylltu â Phobl Ifanc Senedd Cymru i ddysgu am ffyrdd y gallwch helpu eich dysgwyr i ddeall eu hawliau democrataidd fel rhan o'r Cwricwlwm Newydd i Gymru.
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Megan Rhys Williams
10:30 - 11:20
Resilient Leadership
This seminar will introduce the audience to the Resilience Leaders Elements Programme. It will guide them through the four elements that work together to develop Resilient Leaders and introduce some of the 12 facets in greater depth. The seminar will also demonstrate how to use RLE as part of developing resilient muscle strength with middle and senior leaders in your setting.
10:30 - 11:20
Behaviour Change – Winning Hearts and Minds for Consistent Practices
Great behaviour management is counterintuitive. Ollie will show you how to adjust behaviour to support a wider culture change, how intuitive emotional responses lead to deep-rooted problems and why your whiteboard is key. He will lead you through effective strategies that will make your school ripple with consistent practice. Ollie will gently uncover the gremlins in your school culture and show you how to make rapid progress in 30 days identifying a clear understanding of what makes change difficult to embrace with a clear, identifiable catalyst for a transformation in school culture.
10:30 - 11:20
Digital Tools to Enhance Teaching & Learning Across the Curriculum
A fully interactive seminar to outline the latest digital tools used to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities we provide our pupils/students, across the key stages. Delegates will experience a ‘day in the life’ of a teacher fully immersed in the use of digital technology and will be encouraged to participate throughout. From making the most of devices available, utilising workflow solutions such as Google Workspace for Education and Office 365, to the latest 3rd party applications making learning accessible for all.
10:30 - 11:20
Developing Inclusive Communication Through Brick Play
Brick Play is a play-based approach using toy bricks to develop communication and interaction skills in a fun and inclusive way. Use of the approach can be tailored to individuals to ensure that every session is as accessible as possible regardless of ability, diagnosis and age. Niki Jones a highly specialist speech and language therapist who has a wealth of experience in delivering Brick Play for over a decade in schools across the country, will discuss how to implement Brick Play for aided communicators by creating inclusive communication environments using robust communication and visual supports.
10:30 - 11:20
Effective Parental Communication: Improving Pupil/Student Attendance & Behaviour
Often many cases of poor attendance and behaviour are a direct result of a lack of effective engagement between parents and school. This may be through parents not contacting the school – either to report and talk about the reason for their child’s absence and to seek support, or not being aware of the school’s expectations. This session will look at practical and proved ways to communicate and support parents to get to the root of the problem and improve attendance and behaviour.
10:30 - 11:20
SEN Seminar
‘The Gift of Giving’ for pupil wellbeing, ALN and SEMH
The gift of giving and sharing professional knowledge and expertise to enhance the wellbeing of all pupils. From kindness, listening to pupils and meeting their emotional and learning needs, Nina Jackson will gift you with some amazing practical strategies and methodologies to help students develop their resilience, self-confidence and application to learning so that they have hope and purpose to develop their unique magical ingredients.
10:30 - 11:20
The New Curriculum
Pedagogy and assessment to match and progression for everyone. We are getting there! This session will examine the way the vision for 'Successful Futures' is becoming a reality.
10:30 - 11:20
What if some of your knowledge and understanding around mental health, well-being and performance was actually holding you back, or even hurting you?
This seminar will start to unpick some of our long held and established beliefs around what makes positive mental health and how this interacts with our well-being. It delves beyond some of the ‘known’ knowledge and looks at how we might challenge how we think and interpret our own world narrative.
10:30 - 11:20
Health and Wellbeing Outdoors – effective ways of engaging pupils
This practical hands-on workshop will awaken the senses and provide opportunities to connect with nature. Being outdoors provides real world experiences to promote thinking and problem-solving skills. This session will encourage participants to discover ways to improve motor skills and increase levels of physical activity as well as explore creativity and inspiration through easy activities and games. All of which encourage engagement in learning and increased academic achievement. Participants will be able to enhance their skills as a facilitator and understand the role of adults in the outdoor environment. The outdoors is a place to nurture ourselves and those around us. It helps to reduce stress and fatigue which in turn improves our health and wellbeing. The session will be outside in Bute Park, exploring the green heart of the city. Please bring outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes/wellies to wear.
10:30 - 11:20
Gwyddoniaeth ymarferol i Sbarduno gwyddonwyr y dyfodol!
O dan arweiniad Awen Ashworth fe gewch gyfle i ddysgu am Wyddoniaeth yn y blynyddoedd cynnar. Bydd hwn yn sesiwn ymarferol ble byddwch yn cael cyfle i roi cynnig ar wneud arbrofion Gwyddoniaeth syml y gellir eu gwneud eto yn eich lleoliad. Bydd y gweithdy yn rhoi mewnolwg i ddulliau newydd o gyflwyno Gwyddoniaeth gan ddefnyddio offer syml. Gyda’r Cwricwlwm newydd yn yr arfaeth, mae Gwyddoniaeth a Thechnoleg yn un o’r chwe maes dysgu ac arbenigedd.
12:00 - 12:50
Metacognition & Wellbeing
Metacognition is often summarised as a pupil’s ability to “plan, monitor & evaluate”, but it can also be about self-awareness and self-regulation. This workshop will give colleagues a very practical and engaging introduction to the power of metacognition in the process of learning and, indeed, living.
12:00 - 12:50
Building a Culture of Oracy in the Classroom
Empowering staff with the skills, tools and strategies to implement Oracy as a purposeful activity in the classroom and around the school. Oracy is a powerful tool for all subjects and this workshop explores how it can be used to inspire pupils to ‘find their voice’, express opinions, build their confidence and deepen their learning.
12:00 - 12:50
Working with Disruptive, Defiant & Disrespectful Pupils
It is no secret that today’s classrooms can be a challenging environment for learning. Many pupils are coming to school/college exhibiting challenging behaviours, not only do these challenging behaviours affect educators’ ability to teach a lesson and maintain control, but they also disrupt the productivity of the class as a whole. This seminar is designed to challenge the typical perceptions around behaviour as well as including a variety of tools, strategies and techniques help effectively manage challenging behaviour as well as promote positive behaviour.
12:00 - 12:50
Giving Teachers a Voice
I am not going to stand here and pretend there is a quick fix to the challenges every school faces today but we can all start by giving teachers a voice. Teachers feeling unheard has become a key contributor to today’s ongoing mental health and wellbeing challenges. By empowering teachers and offering them both choice and voice, you will see lasting benefits. In this session, I will speak about how you can do this and case studies of how empowering teachers and emphasising diversity will foster greater collaboration to achieve greater success.
12:00 - 12:50
Top time saving tips for the busy SENCo/ALNCo
Working to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils/students is challenge in both schools and colleges. For the SENCo/ALNCo this is even more challenging, given the specific and complex needs of the pupils/students they look after. Learning to juggle daily work demands including data, assessments, paperwork can be tricky. This seminar is designed to help the participants to identify parts of their role which take up so much of their time, unpick ways to save time and manage tasks effectively by introducing powerful and flexible tools that are simple to integrate into a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
Top time saving tips for the busy SENCo/ALNCo
Working to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils/students is challenge in both schools and colleges. For the SENCo/ALNCo this is even more challenging, given the specific and complex needs of the pupils/students they look after. Learning to juggle daily work demands including data, assessments, paperwork can be tricky. This seminar is designed to help the participants to identify parts of their role which take up so much of their time, unpick ways to save time and manage tasks effectively by introducing powerful and flexible tools that are simple to integrate into a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
How can behaviour “be sensory”? And do sensory toys help or hinder us?
This seminar explores what is going on behind "sensory behaviour" and looks at whether the sensory toys that are sold to us help support children to maintain socially expected behaviour or whether they're simply a distraction from learning. Attendees will gain practical insight they can use in their classrooms right away, as well as technical knowledge they can use to evaluate resources and strategies.
12:00 - 12:50
Talk for Reading
Pie will take delegates through the three stages of the Talk for Reading process that enables children to become strategic readers who can comprehend independently and express their understanding coherently. They not only love reading but can talk or write about text powerfully.
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
The Fundamentals of Attachment in Practice: Supporting children/young people in school & college
This session looks at the fundamentals of Attachment Theory such as brain development, the attachment cycle, symptoms and presenting behaviours associated with insecure attachment. Knowledge of attachment is now recognised as important for those who work with children and young people. Complex trauma means that very often children/young people have developed maladaptive coping strategies that need to be undone so they can relearn appropriate skills for social integration. This session is full of practical interventions and strategies to support children and adolescents with Attachment disorders.
12:00 - 12:50
Cefnogi’r Gweithlu Addysg i Ddysgu Cymraeg
Cyflwyniad ar y rhaglen genedlaethol o gyrsiau dysgu a defnyddio’r Gymraeg gan Brif Weithredwr Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol. Mae’r Ganolfan yn arwain y sector Dysgu Cymraeg i oedolion ac wedi datblygu porth Cenedlaethol newydd sy’n cyflwyno rhaglen o weithgaredd Dysgu Cymraeg i’r gweithlu addysg.
13:30 - 14:20
SEN Seminar
Youth Work’s Contribution to the Education of Young People
Youth Work is often valued (particularly by young people) but not always well understood. In this session, you will learn how, via a voluntary relationship with a Youth Worker, young people learn, develop and progress by gaining skills and knowledge in a variety of settings. Youth Work takes place in both formal (e.g. schools, colleges) and less formal settings (e.g. Youth Clubs, Community Centres, hospitals and on the streets), as well as digitally, with a focus on personal and social development. Youth Workers are also skilled at understanding and breaking down barriers preventing access to services such as formal education and many are effective leaders, at all levels.
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Gavin Gibbs, Marco Gill Cervantes
13:30 - 14:20
Reading & Writing For Life
Motivating your students through genuine engagement is the route to successful learning. Helping students see how they will be richer from your lessons and the relevance of those lessons to their lives is absolutely essential. Hywel and Martin offer some practical ideas and deep thinking about success in your classroom. They will consider how to tell imaginative stories and develop reading and writing skills useful to the world of the 21st Century. They will also work on writing stories and consider the ways in which reading and writing can broaden your world, your expectations, your confidence and your skills as a communicator. Looking at real writing for real purposes with genuine audiences is at the heart of developing strong approaches to how we read and how we write.
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Hywel Roberts, Martin Illingworth
13:30 - 14:20
Values as an Organisational Compass
Being a values-based school means following a model of seven elements in every aspect of school life, from how guests are greeted, to how conflict is mediated between pupils. This session will also look at the authentic modelling by adults, developing an inner curriculum, creating a values-based environment and curriculum, developing quality leadership and the development of an ethical vocabulary. During this seminar you will leave with an understanding of how you can breathe even more life into the values of your school and community.
13:30 - 14:20
The Importance of Play & Playgrounds for all Children
Reports show that some pupils are finding unstructured playground play and socialisation difficult post-Covid. Many schools are having huge problems in the playground. Play is crucial to children’s wellbeing, resilience and ability to learn, with play laying the foundations for literacy, communication and spontaneity. Jenny will highlight key common issues that are found in playgrounds currently and ways of encouraging healthy, active play, good communication between supervisors and children and ideas that children can help to take responsibility for their behaviour and support the problem-solving process to finding solutions to playground issues.
13:30 - 14:20
The Art of Argument
How can children/young people learn to argue skilfully, both emotionally and with good reasons?  Argumentation is a key life skill and central to many essays and exams.  This workshop will be practical, fun, and give colleagues great techniques for helping your pupils/students to be more reasonable!  
13:30 - 14:20
SEN Seminar
Maths – Teach for Today’s World
Working to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils/students is challenge in both schools and colleges. For the SENCo/ALNCo this is even more challenging, given the specific and complex needs of the pupils/students they look after. Learning to juggle daily work demands including data, assessments, paperwork can be tricky. This seminar is designed to help the participants to identify parts of their role which take up so much of their time, unpick ways to save time and manage tasks effectively by introducing powerful and flexible tools that are simple to integrate into a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
13:30 - 14:20
Supporting TAs to Develop Metacognition
The Education Endowment Foundation indicates that explicitly teaching metacognitive strategies, such as planning, monitoring and evaluating, can have a significantly positive impact on pupil outcomes. The guidance report, outlines seven key recommendations, which offer teachers and senior leaders’ practical advice on how to develop their pupils’ metacognitive skills and knowledge, however teaching assistants (TAs) are in fact best placed to achieve this goal. This session will look at ways to support TAs to develop the understanding to help pupils develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning.
13:30 - 14:20
Ensuring Behaviour Sanctions Don’t Compound Mental Health Issues
One of the areas education seems to struggle with is behaviour management. We continue to use confrontational, punitive systems that are ineffective. What we also need to address is their impact on the mental health of students, especially Neurodiverse students. This session will look at how common elements of behaviour management systems can be damaging to student mental health, as well as potentially being against safeguarding guidance and The Equality Act 2010. It will discuss how your setting can assess your behaviour management system and make adaptations to reduce the harm for the student.
13:30 - 14:20
Cadw a chynnal athrawon o fewn y proffesiwn – beth sydd angen ei feithrin mewn darpar athrawon?
Honnir gan sawl ymchwil bod athrawon ledled y byd yn gadael y proffesiwn un ai yn fuan yn eu gyrfa neu'n ymddeol yn gynnar iawn (Harrison, Newman & Roth, 2006; Perrachione, Rosser & Petersen, 2008; Dolton & Van der Klauuw, 1995). Mae'n broblem byd eang, nid dim ond yng Nghymru. Ond sut mae sicrhau bod athrawon yn parhau ac yn ffynnu yn y proffesiwn? Dewch i ddysgu mwy yn y seminar hwn.
15:00 - 15:50
Creativity: learn, unlearn, relearn
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Martin Illingworth
15:00 - 15:50
Embedding Regular Testing into the Curriculum: Challenges & Solutions
Over a century of research investigating memory processes has robustly demonstrated that regular testing is beneficial for learning and long-term retention when compared to other learning strategies. However, there is a lack of awareness and understanding of testing and how/why it might benefit learning. Educators may also have concerns about how to successfully embed testing within a course. This workshop will provide an introduction to regular testing, how and why it benefits learning, how educators may embed regular quizzing in their curriculum, and solutions to potential issues they may face in doing so.
15:00 - 15:50
MINDSET! What is it? How do I improve it? What happens if I lose it?
Educationally, Mindset has often been attributed to Carol Dweck and Barry Hymer as either Fixed or Growth. However, it is more than this. Mindset is linked to how we perceive our world, our expectations, our development of skills and knowledge, our resilience, and indeed, our ability to get support, accept feedback and even being vulnerable. Switching Mindsets in education might well be an asset,that could help us perform better and in so doing, even help us avoid stress and the dreaded burnout. This session will provide participants with a greater understanding as well as strategies to implement.
15:00 - 15:50
Rethinking Wellbeing in Education
Wellbeing has very much become a buzz word over the last few years, it’s important we get clarity on wellbeing and not hide behind it. This session will explore a new way of looking at how to develop a robust and resilient community in education, where staff feel equipped to support young people thrive in their learning and to be able to manage future adversity.
15:00 - 15:50
I Hurt Inside; Making the Unconscious Conscious
“Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate” – Carl Jung Music therapy is a reality changer. Music can brighten your mood, reduce stress/ tension as well as improve physical health. Where children have experienced trauma, brain development may be interrupted, leading to functional impairments, affecting mental, emotional and behaviour; health. Within an education setting this can be difficult to manage because the child's unconscious thoughts and feelings can manifest in a range of behaviours including; emotional regulation, disassociation, cognitive ability. Impulse control, self-image and eating disorders. Music Therapy can help and this session shows you how. Target audience: Early Years and Primary
15:00 - 15:50
The Holy Grail – Is it what we really need?
The main aim of this seminar is to help you think about how you can make a difference to children and young people (CYP) who are experiencing distress. Specific objectives are: to discuss my experience as a Clinical Psychologist and what it has taught me, introduce psychological models that help us think about CYP’s behaviour as communication, and suggest some things you can do (individual or organisation) to work with CYP experiencing distress
15:00 - 15:50
Just why “smart” goals set us up for mediocrity… AT BEST!
This seminar will look at how a team of teachers who set a 'MASSIVE' goal can create a HUGE return. David will adddress the two things that top achievers seek, that most of us avoid, how to get and remain motivated to be more effective and how to take ownership of our commitments.
15:00 - 15:50
Prosiect RILL (Rhaglen Iaith a Llythrennedd) – Cwrs 15 wythnos am ddim i ysgolion cynradd Cymru a Lloegr.
Datblygwyd RILL gan Brifysgol Bangor, Prifysgol y Drindod Leeds a Phrifysgol Rhydychen. Mae RILL yn darparu rhaglen iaith a llythrennedd 15 wythnos yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg i blant Blwyddyn 3 a 4. Yn wreiddiol, lansiwyd RILL ar lein ym mis Ebrill 2020 yn sgil cyflwyno cyfyngiadau i atal y Coronafeirws rhag lledaenu. Ar hyn o bryd, mae'r Brosiect yn cael ei ehangu o fewn ysgolion Cymru a Lloegr er mwyn helpu gwella sgiliau iaith, cyfathrebu a darllen plant.