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This year’s conference will focus on writing and how teachers can inspire children to find their authentic writing voice whilst developing their accuracy and skills.  

"As we continue to record alarmingly low levels of writing enjoyment among children and young people, urgent coordinated action is needed. It is now time to provide considered opportunities aimed at reconnecting children and young people with the creative elements that transform writing into a pleasurable personal practice." National Literacy Trust: Annual Literacy Survey June 2023 

Michael Rosen, multi-award-winning author, performance poet, broadcaster, columnist, academic, and former Children’s Laureate will head up our programme of keynote speeches and workshops aimed to provide inspiration for successful writing teaching.   


  • “Developing Children’s Writing for Purpose and Pleasure” 
    Professor Michael Rosen, multi-award-winning author, performance poet, broadcaster, columnist, academic , former Children’s Laureate, current Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and 2023 PEN Pinter Prize winner.
  • “Why Oracy Matters” 
    Professor Neil Mercer, Emeritus Professor of Education and Director of Oracy Cambridge.
  • “Grammar as choice”
    Professor Debra Myhill, Professor Emerita of Language and Literacy University of Exeter
  • "Story Mudlarking"
    Katya Balen, award-winning children’s author


Our workshop programme will cover a wide range of topics including: writing for authentic purpose and audience, the reading-writing connection, developing an inclusive writing curriculum and enabling children to establish their unique writing voice. 

Our workshop presenters will be:  

  • “Writing Realities”
    Navan Govender, Lecturer in English Language Education in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde.
  • “The Reading and Writing Connection”
    Sam Creighton, Literacy Lead, Elmhurst primary school, London and former national journalist.
  • Implementing Authentic Writing Projects in the Classroom
    Nicola Izibili, English Consultant and Practising Teacher, Founder of the Writing Web
  • “Don't forget your full stops!”
    Amanda Webb, Teaching and Learning Adviser - English, HFL Education
  • “Supporting Struggling Writers”
    Kirsten Snook, Teaching and Learning Adviser – English, HFL Education
  • "Crafting a Writing Curriculum"
    Sonia Thompson, Headteacher/Director at St Matthew’s C.E. Primary Research and Support Schools, Nechells Birmingham

Why attend  

Delegates will be able to return to school galvanised and empowered develop strategic vision and leadership across their whole school and with a wealth of practical strategies to apply immediately within the classroom to enhance children’s experiences of writing including: 

  • practical ideas to inspire young writers 
  • updated understanding on current research and good practice  
  • effective ways to support all writers, no matter their age, stage, background or current attainment 
  • strategies for developing a holistic and cohesive approach to writing in your school 
  • strategies to empower all children to be motivated, effective writers
  • strategies for ensuring that children are involved in their own authentic writing process, feeling confident in their own voices

“There has never been greater need to talk about writing teaching and how we can motivate and inspire children to want to write for purpose and pleasure. How we, as educators, encourage children to generate their own ideas, talk about them, and develop these ideas in written form, helps to shape children as effective communicators now and within their future.” Michelle Nicholson, Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser, Primary English 

This event is open to all but would be especially useful for primary English subject leaders, teachers, TAs, headteachers and Governors. 

Online and with access to recordings for a further 28 days 

We are holding this event online to enable you and your staff to attend this high quality CPD without the need to travel. This also enables us to give you unlimited access to the recordings of all the sessions for a further 28 days after the live event on demand, when you book for the live event.  

Details of event date, location and speakers