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Great Learners Conference – London

Date: 04 March 2020
Registration: 8:30 am - 8:55 am
Conference: 8:55 am - 3:15 pm
Location: london


Great Learners Conference lead by Will Ord who has trained teachers in over a thousand primary and secondary schools all over the UK and in twenty-five countries will include:


What makes a great learner?

This session will explore what great learners are, and provide very practical ways in which all teachers can contribute to their evolution in a busy setting. We’ll draw on a number of educationalists, including Guy Claxton and John Hattie.


How can we build resilience, risk taking and challenge in to the learning process?

This session will explore engagement and flow, and will deepen teachers’ understanding of The Learning Pit and Growth Mindsets. Very importantly, there will be an emphasis on practical things that all colleagues can try out in the classroom.


How can teachers develop thinking and communication skills in every lesson?

Drawing on the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy, this session will offer a really practical range of techniques for developing great thinking and dialogue (not mere conversation) in lessons. Particular emphasis will be on reasoning, argumentation, and collaborative thinking.


How can the mind help itself to code, file, and access information?

This will be a brief exploration of how we can develop our memory in very creative ways and help pupils to see their capacity to learn as changeable. We will also briefly consider key aspects of helpful and wasteful feedback. Both areas also connect to the Growth Mindset theme from the morning.

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Conference Prices

£199 + VAT (Early bird)

£230 + VAT (Standard rate)

Early bird offer is available 2 months before course date.

Includes lunch, refreshments, full set of course notes and CPD Certificate.


Key aims of the day

  • Explore your core goals and how we can achieve them together;
  • Consider research and practical strategies for great learning;
  • Challenge ideas, try activities and enjoy the day!

Key thoughts of the day:

  • What skills and attitudes would teachers like to see more of in the classroom?
  • How can schools coordinate the development of great learners in efficient, collective, and enjoyable ways alongside a full curriculum?
  • How can we build resilience, risk taking and challenges into the learning process?
  • What blocks some children from engaging in learning?
  • How can teachers develop thinking and communication skills in every lesson?
  • How can we help to ensure all lessons include ‘challenge for learning’?
  • How can we prevent children from just repeating things until they stick?

Course Leader

Will Ord


United Kingdom
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Target Audience

All teaching and non-teaching staff in primary and secondary schools


“The best conference we have ever been on. Will was amazing and he kept us engaged throughout. It has given us fantastic ideas!”
“Pupils are more engaged in their learning, challenging themselves more, and taking more responsibility. This has been noted by visitors and Ofsted.”
"Excellent, well-organised day and I will go away with some great ideas to improve learning for
young people."
“The impact on both pupils and staff in school has been outstanding, such practical ideas that
all work”.
"An outstanding conference! So well prepared, with thought given to every minute detail. Excellent speakers together with input from practitioners made for a well-balanced programme. Yet again NSM Training & Consultancy has proved itself to be a provider second
to none."
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    L. Watt, Sharnbrook Upper School
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