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ITT & ECT National Conference 2021

In December, the Future Teaching Scholars team welcomed Scholars in Years 4, 5 and 6 of the programme to our annual National Conference.

This event, hosted virtually by the team, provided our Scholars with new inspiration through a series of interesting and varied sessions as they look to further develop their professional teaching careers.

The conference began with an opening session led by Dr. Richard Churches, Programme Director, which featured a pre-recorded welcome message from Richard Hall, FTS Programme Lead at the Department for Education.

“Future Teaching Scholars is unique in that it’s a six-year programme, which is unlike anything else we do in the department,” explained Richard Hall. “We have Scholars now in every stage of the programme, which is really exciting for us.”

“These events are always engaging, whether they are in-person or online – and the conference today is designed to give you an even wider choice of sessions than ever before.”

Sessions were delivered by experienced teachers based upon research-driven expertise, and included the following areas:

  • Starting again: From KS2 to KS3 Mathematics
  • Technology from Remote Learning to the Classroom
  • Planning a Broad and Varied Curriculum
  • Supporting Students with EAL
  • Care and Training of Your Voice
  • The Role of Deliberate Practice in Teaching
  • The Science of Learning and The Field of Educational Neuroscience

The day concluded with ‘Implementation – Making Your Mark’ delivered by John Coats from Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. Scholars were provided with a robust framework and methodology for solving problems and enacting change in their school, following the ethos that “a bad idea well-implemented is often better than a good idea badly implemented.”

The Future Teaching Scholars team would like to give a big thank you again to Jamie Freeman, Rebecca Matthews, John Coats, Laura O’Brien, Rebecca Turvill, Roger Terry, and Matthew Roberts for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our Scholars.

To catch up on the sessions that our Scholars attended, follow #FTSConf2021 on Twitter.