See below a short synopsis of the talks and presentations; workshops and panels that will be delivered during the National Conference
Jill Hodges will demonstrate ways tutors can prepare for the future of education, particularly in regard to the use of technology and digital skills. Jill will explore why digital skills are important, how to get children excited about technology and where to help children to skill up. Tutors are in high demand for digital skills as schools often do not have the resources to deliver more than the basics. Delegates will learn why this is an important area and understand how educational needs are changing.
Dr Adam Boddison’s address will explore recent developments in education and the challenges and opportunities for educators in this changing landscape. Whether teaching in a classroom environment or tutoring in a one-to-one environment, delegates will learn to appreciate the different and respective roles we all have to play in the education landscape.
Kirstine Szifris will highlight the education of people in prisons, providing an important opportunity for them to engage in learning. Szifris’ talk focuses on her research on an initiative of philosophical inquiry and dialogue in prisons. While policy perspectives focus on basic skills and employment related qualifications, a range of organisations now offer alternative styles of education in prison to find their passion, identity and interest in self-improvement. The talk will provide delegates an overview of current thinking in the Prison Education sector and the role of education in identity development. It encourages people towards a life free of offending. A thoughtful discussion for delegates to consider their role and potential opportunities to make a difference in this arena.
Private Tutor Vanessa Thompsett will discuss how tutoring can offer people with disabilities work and retain financial independence, as well the various rewards of tutoring. Delegates will learn that people with disabilities, whether from birth or chronic illness through to wounded servicemen, can work in the tutoring sector. With her own personal anecdotes, Vanessa will address various attitudes to disability, how to self-manage energy and time and how to make an impact on the world of education.
Dr Kevin Smith will outline effective intervention strategies and study skills, to enable such learners to cope with an increasingly demanding curriculum. Tutors will be able to better help students prepare for success in their exams and use technology to encourage them to set targets and monitor their own success.
Private language tutor Lucinda Williams will discuss her extensive residential tuition experience, primarily focus on how best to motivate students to study and work whilst abroad during their school holidays. Delegates will be encouraged to discuss how to adapt tutoring approaches by engaging students in fun projects and activities outside of the classroom whilst still stretching their academic and intellectual horizons.
Kam and Ana Pindoria will focus on the elements of business growth, related to marketing, receiving more enquiries as well as the other vital aspects of tutoring businesses that sustain them. The importance of branding, an online presence and social media will also be explored. Delegates will gain key information on the sales, process, marketing, product, people and finance.
Private Tutor Emily Milne will provide tutors a plethora of tips and ideas for how to find resources, how to make the most use of time and build a portfolio of resources to quickly prepare practically for any lesson. An interactive workshop giving ideas to thoroughly engage students to enjoy learning and make lessons as effective as possible.
Private Tutor John Nichols will give a discussion on the developments in educational research - how to find it, how to assess it, conclusions and where the focus lies. It will explore the role of neuroscience, teaching practices, whether Edtech provides solutions and how tutors can use each to be more effective.
David Hawkins gives an overview of university admission processes to the U.K., USA, Canada and Europe, giving delegates key information to understanding the nuances of each system. Delegates will gain a greater awareness of how to access specialist support to assist students with university applications as well as knowledge of the different university pathways.
Dr Stephen Curran will deal with the role of the tutor in delivering key skills for primary age children by addressing a number of issues. Delegates will glean how to add value to the English and Maths curricula, different tutoring approaches, the advantages and disadvantages of one-to-one and classroom-based tutoring, testing alongside structured approaches and what resources to use.
Led by former Headteacher, author and educational writer Peter Tait, a panel of experts Dr Alan Beggs, Dr Kathryn Weston, Nicky Horn, Natalie Harling and Daniel Licence.
The session will explore the psychology of performance, methods and strategies to develop a resilience, grit and character in our students, in a variety of contexts. The Q&A will also address areas of mental health and intervention methods. Panellists will be raising awareness of how to spot potential mental health issues, to enable young people to become more self-aware, and look at how we can help them be high-performing, focused and independent for their future career direction.