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Rev Kate Bottley to speak at Leeds teacher conference

Thursday 16 May 2019

Rev Kate Bottley will be helping teachers to keep faith with their chosen profession when she delivers the keynote address at a major teaching and learning conference in Leeds.

‘Exploring the heart of teaching’ is the theme of the Teaching and Learning Leeds Conference 2019, which takes place at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) on Saturday 22 June.

Rev Kate Bottley will open the conference with Heart and Soul – Rediscovering the Passion, tackling the challenges facing educators and young people today, and how teachers can keep their passion and creativity alive. Although well known today as a broadcaster and Church of England priest, Kate is also a qualified teacher who spent some of her training at Leeds Girls’ High School.

Maths teacher, writer and podcaster Craig Barton will give the closing talk, on memory and desirable difficulties, covering theory and practical strategies for improving memory and retention.

Now in its fourth year, the Teaching and Learning Leeds Conference attracts around 300 delegates from across Yorkshire and further afield. The 2019 conference offers sessions on topics related to teaching and learning, meeting individual student needs, leadership, primary and early years, and subject specific workshops in secondary English, maths and DT.

The conference is organised by GSAL English teacher Anne Williams, who was recognised for being a leading innovator in education when she was named one of the runners up at the inaugural i25 awards in March.

Anne said: “The conference is designed to reinvigorate weary teachers as we approach the end of the school year. The combination of inspiring speakers and networking with supportive colleagues is a great pick me up, reminding teachers why they joined the profession and love what they do.”

The conference is at The Grammar School at Leeds, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8GS on Saturday 22 June from 09:00 to 16:00. Admission is £25 which includes lunch, the keynote speeches and up to four workshops. Find further information and book online, or email if you have any queries.

Photo credit John Mannell

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