Primary English Conference

This year we're joined by Tom Palmer an author who specialises in writing books for ‘reluctant readers’. His books have been shortlisted for various awards and his work is ‘’making a valuable contribution to improve pupils’ writing’’ (Ofsted)

Tom was himself a reluctant reader and writer at school age. Arriving at high school he was not allowed to do English Literature or Languages because his English language was so weak.  Age 17, Tom found reading for pleasure, through football. and thanks his mum and Leeds United for this.

Tom will talk about how reading changed everything for him. How it gave him confidence, empathy, dreams, hope and – most importantly – happiness. He will also discuss how he tries to pass that on to children in schools and libraries through his books and school visits.
During the day you will also attend 3 workshops and have the opportunity to meet with suppliers in our exhibition space.




Schofield & Sims has been a leading publisher of schoolbooks for over a century. Focusing particularly on maths, English and science at the early years and primary levels, Schofield & Sims resources are written by experienced teachers and used by successful schools throughout the UK and beyond. 

Highlights for 2017 include Grammar and Punctuation and Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, two brand new programmes designed to help you tackle some of the most challenging areas of the curriculum. Supporting a mastery approach to teaching and learning, both series include detailed lesson plans, targeted practice materials, integrated assessment and teacher support.


8.45 - 9.30       
Registration and exhibitors

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote – Tom Palmer

10.30 - 11.00

11.00 – 12.00
Workshop 1

12 – 13.15            
Lunch and exhibitors

13.15 - 14.15          
Workshop 2

14.15 - 14.30

14.30 - 15.30
Workshop 3

15.30 - 15.45


Workshops, Delegates will attend 3 workshops out of the 5 workshops:

The Football Writing Game

Tom Palmer will host a competitive writing activity where teams of delegates will face writing and sporting challenges in an atmosphere of intense competition. Based on his school workshop that aims to get children writing with adrenalin and practical ideas for how to engage your children.


University College London experts will support your ability to analyse the grammar of texts in order to develop pupils' reading and writing skills. This workshop will introduce participants to Englicious a free web-based platform which offers teachers subject knowledge, lesson plans, starters, videos, projects and interactive grammar activities for use in the classroom. 


Led by enthusiastic bloggers, Gemma Hathaway and Fiona Pickering from Smithdown Primary School, this workshop will show you how to motivate pupils to write and to improve their writing and reading skills via blogging.

Spelling Strategies

Sharon Halligan and Jenny Wilson will share how Leamington Community Primary School successfully tackles the teaching and learning of spelling.

Reading in Role

Elizabeth Taylor, a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and drama specialist, will lead a workshop exploring the benefits of using drama to support children’s deeper understanding of fiction. 


There are currently, no active sesssions for this course.

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