Llandudno Show 2023
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09:00 - 09:50
Differentiation (Adaptive Practice) is NOT a dirty word!’
During this session Nina Jackson will share with you differentiated strategies, activities and opportunities for all pupils to develop their love of learning, whilst being given an opportunity to shine and be their unique individual selves.
09:00 - 09:50
SEN Seminar
Myth busting sensory strategies big and small
This session will bust some common myths around sensory strategies and give you research based insight to support effective reflective sensory practice.
09:00 - 09:50
Bring Me The Head Of Willie Wonka
In this session, Hywel will support colleagues in tapping back into their professional imaginations in support of the child and through the lens of Curriculum for Wales.
09:00 - 09:50
Happiness in Education 
This seminar is designed to teach educators the importance of mental health and well-being as well as understand how to maintain their mental health in a positive and practical way. Time will also be given to look at ways to help young people feel more confident and resilient. This session will be fun and interactive.
09:00 - 09:50
It’s Ordinary Magic – Resilience
This seminar will provide you with some practical tips and tools to enable you to view your school or organisation through a resilience lens. We will learn what the evidence tells us about building resilience and review the free Resilience Framework and The Resilient Classroom resources.
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Kris Wodehouse, Grace Robson
09:00 - 09:50
SEN Seminar
Supporting children with Additional Learning Needs
During this session Lorraine will consider the complexity of needs of pupils in our schools today. She will discuss how we can identify the underlying needs and define some of the strategies, interventions and support that we can put in place to meet these needs.
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Lorraine Petersen OBE

09:00 - 09:50
A practical Science Seminar to Inspire future scientists!
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.
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Awen Haf Ashworth
09:00 - 09:50
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.
09:00 - 09:50
Cynllunio’n strategol er mwyn paratoi ar gyfer cyflwyno Cwricwlwm i Gymru gan ystyried anghenion yr ardal leol a gan sicrhau profiadau arloesol i bobl ifanc Dyffryn Conwy
Taith Ysgol uwchradd yng Ngogledd Cymru wrth iddynt lunio'n strategol er mwyn cynllunio cwricwlwm unigryw i bobl ifanc yr ardal. Bydd y cyflwyniad yn gyfle i gael blas ar sut mae'r ysgol wedi cynnwys y pedwar diben, y medrau a'r datganiadau o'r hyn sy'n bwysig wrth gynllunio a gwireddu'r cwricwlwm lleol sydd yn diwallu anghenion pobl ifanc yr ardal.
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Owain Gethin Davies
10:30 - 11:20
Formative Assessment – principles into practice
Shirley Clarke, a world expert in formative assessment, takes you through the interdependent pieces of the formative assessment jigsaw, linking evidence with current practice drawn from her many learning teams
10:30 - 11:20
SEN Seminar
Voices of Wellbeing: The Six Circles of Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
Nina will share with you an amazing wellbeing programme that can support the mental and emotional health of everyone in your school community.
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Nina Jackson, Kelly Hannaghan
10:30 - 11:20
SEN Seminar
Promoting Energy and Positivity for Staff Working with Children
Jenny will be talking about the importance of leading by example and building our energy and empathy levels so we can create strong, caring, inclusive relationships and learning environments for everyone.
10:30 - 11:20
Shift Happens: Be the Change
When the world’s doing its worst it’s doubly important that you know how to be at your best! This session will nudge you into remembering how to shine. Think of it as a personal upgrade that allows you to thrive no matter what the world throws at you. The aim is to educate, inspire and entertain, with wellbeing take-aways that are applicable at home and school.
10:30 - 11:20
Outdoor Learning for the New Curriculum: Grab and Go
A workshop packed full of practical ideas to teach different aspects of the new curriculum across the whole of the primary age group. We’ll demonstrate plenty of engaging activities, using simple everyday resources, and show how they can be adapted time and time again to require minimal planning but maximum fun! Ideal for those who already have experience of Outdoor Learning and are looking for fresh ideas, or for anyone who is just starting out on their journey towards teaching outdoors more often.
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Polly Snape & Carolyn Burkey
10:30 - 11:20
SEN Seminar
A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.
Do you have the balance right? This session will look at the importance of remaining ‘excited’ and joyful in the job (not in a cheesy way!). Together we will challenge our thinking and our hearts. We will discuss how to get the balance right and how we can teach and lead with authentic joy and excitement. Do we know what that looks like in our minds, do we feel it in our hearts? Let’s bring the excitement of having the best job in the world back to our school communities!
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Bethan Harding MBE
10:30 - 11:20
SEN Seminar
How well has your school implemented the ALN Code for Wales?
The new Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system came into force in September 2021 and began to be implemented from January 2022. The challenge of moving almost 100,000 pupils to the new statutory arrangements, still in the fall out of a pandemic is no mean feat. This session will reflect on how well the changes are taking place.
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Lorraine Petersen OBE

10:30 - 11:20
‘I’ve taught it, but have my pupils learnt it? 
This seminar will cover some headlines from research to help pupils know more, remember more and do more over time. What the evidence tells us about supporting pupils to tackle interesting, demanding work. For example, the importance of concepts, curiosity and low stakes quizzes.
10:30 - 11:20
The Power of Peer Coaching for staff and students
Find out how peer coaching can develop self-regulation, resilience and improve progress for both teachers and students. The best coaching holds up a mirror to our thinking so that we can develop metacognitive strategies and learn to think about our own thinking and then go on to develop the cognitive flexibility to cope with change and challenge. You will also get to try out a 7-minute coaching strategy to use with colleagues, students or on yourself.
10:30 - 11:20
Seminar 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.
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Awen Haf Ashworth
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
Hidden autistic sensory differences in your classroom
This seminar will reveal some common sensory differences experienced by autistic people and explore their relevance to your classroom, showing how simple tweaks could make the environment more accessible and engaging for everyone.
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
What’s in a label? Neurodiversity
In this seminar ‘What's in a label? Neurodiversity’ Karen will cover what the term neurodiversity means and the challenges and strengths children and young people will show in school and college. You will leave with reassuringly uncomplicated strategies and techniques.
12:00 - 12:50
BOTHEREDNESS and C4W: a reverie in stories, stance and pedagogy
In this session, Hywel will bring his book Botheredness: stories, stance and pedagogy to life! It’s a practical session of stories, laughter, ideas and research.
12:00 - 12:50
Mental Toughness: Developing Student Resilience
Developing student’s resilience is now being seen as just as important as academic learning and wellbeing. According to research that resilient students achieve higher attendance, more positive behaviour, and achieve greater academic outcomes. This session is designed for participants to gain a deeper understanding as well as explore a kit bag of research-based practical approaches and strategies to support building resilience in students.
12:00 - 12:50
SEN Seminar
Recognising ALN/SEND in the Early Years
It's commonly evidenced that early intervention improves outcomes for ALN/SEN children and this session will help education professionals recognise the indicators at an early age. It will also look at the routes and minimum ages for any diagnosis and how support can be provided in early years settings.
12:00 - 12:50
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.
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Professor Mick Waters
12:00 - 12:50
Stori Mistar Mostyn a hanesion eraill
Cyflwyniad i nofel hanesyddol newydd sydd wedi'i lleoli yn Llandudno sy'n cynnig llwybrau diddorol ar lawr y dosbarth. Mae llawer o alwadau wedi bod dros y blynydoedd diwethaf am gyflwyno Hanes Cymru yn llawnach ac yn fwy diddorol i holl blant Cymru. Dyna union fwriad Dr Elin Jones wrth iddi fynd ati i gyflawni uchelgais oes a chreu dwy gyfrol: Hanes yn y Tir a History Grounded.
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Myrddin ap Dafydd
12:00 - 12:50
Family Matters
When effective family engagement is embedded into a school culture, it has a positive impact on children and young people's outcomes. The question is are we doing enough to engage all families within our school communities. This session aims to explore why family engagement is so important and what the current challenges are. Take-away strategies to develop a parent friendly approach to building positive home school links, through purposeful family empowerment groups, within your school community.
13:30 - 14:20
The Art of Being Brilliant: Your Wellbeing Launchpad
Based on the science of positive psychology, this session is evidence-based but with the big words surgically removed and replaced with common sense, doable principles and great fun. The challenge is quite straight-forward; it’s about raising your ‘new normal’ to world class.
13:30 - 14:20
Outdoor Learning for the New Curriculum: Grab and Go
A workshop packed full of practical ideas to teach different aspects of the new curriculum across the whole of the primary age group. We’ll demonstrate plenty of engaging activities, using simple everyday resources, and show how they can be adapted time and time again to require minimal planning but maximum fun! Ideal for those who already have experience of Outdoor Learning and are looking for fresh ideas, or for anyone who is just starting out on their journey towards teaching outdoors more often.
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Polly Snape & Carolyn Burkey
13:30 - 14:20
HOPE – Being at your best, more of the time
How do you find, Live and Give the Magic through your fantastic work? Being in top form all of the time just isn’t possible, and we shouldn’t allow that unattainable goal of perfection to leave us feeling inadequate and deflated. But there ARE ways we can deliver our best game more often, and in this inspiring session, Sid Madge will help us develop the confidence and skills to do that.
13:30 - 14:20
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.
13:30 - 14:20
Music Therapy and Communication
You don’t’ need to talk. Music can speak to everyone. Music Therapy can help everyone to speak, even without words. We will examine different ways of working with pupils who are non-verbal including those who have autism, are elective mutes, are profoundly deaf or any other significant communication difficulty. Using a variety of games, art, ICT stories and improvisation we will explore how we can develop communication, physically, visually and through sound making.
13:30 - 14:20
The Magic of Metacognition for Learning and Wellbeing
How and why ‘thinking about thinking’ impacts on learning and mental fitness. We need to help students develop the habits of metacognition every day in our classrooms. This session offers advice about how to manage your mind and develop emotional resilience, plus practical strategies and an introduction to Buddhism in a Box – my simple guide to building mental muscle for future success and wellbeing.
13:30 - 14:20
‘Let me tell you a story’
Our brains ‘privilege’ story. We’ll take a look at why this is so and share ideas for using stories in our curriculum plans. As Stephen Pinker, world renowned psychologist, says 'Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
13:30 - 14:20
Overcoming barriers to primary maths
We all know literacy and numeracy skills improve the life chances of our young people. However, a significant proportion of children are not at the expected standard in maths on reaching secondary school. This should not sit well with us and it does not need to be this way. Ben Harding is an experienced Headteacher, inspector and maths specialist. In this session he will identify some reasons for this concerning issue and look to share research and practical solutions about how it can be addressed in your school.
13:30 - 14:20
Mental Health Isn’t Rocket Science!
There are many theories around happiness and positive mental health but they all boil down to the same few principles - some say there are 3 factors!! Join this session to find out what those three factors are and how understanding them can help us effectively, and simply, support the mental health of our students and ourselves!
13:30 - 14:20
Sesiwn flasu ymarferol a hwyliog yng nghwmni’r actores, awdures a’r athrawes Ioga a meddylgarwch Leisa Mererid
Sut allwn ni gyflwyno siapiau Ioga, dulliau anadlu ac ymarferion meddylgarwch syml ar lawr y dosbarth er mwyn meithrin a chefnogi iechyd a lles ein disgyblion.
15:00 - 15:50
SEN Seminar
The Importance of Play and Fun for Children’s Wellbeing
Jenny will discuss how co-operation, inclusion, community and belonging can be nurtured through play and playground activities.  Children can learn and play traditional and new games to support better learning, friendships and teamwork. Jenny will discuss how everyone can have their own interests in a busy, zoned playground. 
15:00 - 15:50
Building Body Confidence, Self-Esteem & Resilience
Negative body image correlates with low in-class participation. So, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has developed resources that help to improve body image and make students feel more confident to participate in life. This session will give an introduction to the project new ‘Amazing Me’ resource (for Primary) and ‘Confident Me’ resource (for Secondary). All delegates will leave with a free USB stick with resources.
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Martin Staniforth
15:00 - 15:50
The Magic in Education
There is magic in you and in us all. Let Sid Madge help you discover that magic and make it work for you. The key to that magic is LEARNING. Learning is essential to society, the economy and, vitally, to ourselves. Everything about our future – community, culture and enterprises – relies totally on that learning. But society struggles to keep up with dynamic social and environmental change and the way people now work and relate to others through technology. Sid’s unique and proven approach equips us to discover the necessary mindset, skills and self-belief to change society for the better.
15:00 - 15:50
SEN Seminar
How Active Learning will transform your school!
Post Covid, research undergone nationally shows that headteachers are concerned about: gaps in learning, mental and emotional well-being, and lack of physical activity within their children. With so much pressure on the school day, Jon will discuss how adding movement integration into curriculum subjects will not only increase levels of activity, but also raise attainment, and develop the whole child.
15:00 - 15:50
Confidence on Demand
In this fun and interactive session, you can understand how confidence is key and by the end, you will walk away with the practical tools to develop and maintain confidence in any situation.
15:00 - 15:50
Engagement Through Breathing Techniques & Movement
The seminar will be very practical and all will be asked to take part. Emma aims to deliver the session as she would with children. She will model how to run a simple wellbeing session for children between 3-11yrs old.
15:00 - 15:50
Would you like a tool for Building Family Resilience?
This seminar will provide participants with an introduction to the Family version of the Resilience Framework. The Resilience Framework consists of 42 resilient moves. A resilient move is an everyday action or step that evidence tells us can help build resilience. You will explore ways in which you can work more effectively with your parents and carers to embed a resilient approach.
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Kris Wodehouse, Grace Robson
15:00 - 15:50
Cyflwyno egwyddorion trochi cynnar a hwyr effeithiol.
Mapio llafaredd o fewn Maes Dysgu Ieithoedd,Llafaredd a Chyfathrebu gan rannu syniadau ac adnoddau i atgyfnerthu patrymau iaith cywir
15:00 - 15:50
Raising Boys Achievement
This seminar talks about tracing under-achievement in boys from pre-school to 16, and looks at we can do to prevent it. Gary will explain how to interact with boys to optimise learning and overcoming barriers to achievement.